children-and-families

New device alerts parents when kids are in danger of drowning

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine

Unveiled at CES, the Coral Manta camera keeps a watchful eye at residential swimming pools.

Eyal Golan, an Israeli entrepreneur with three young children, built a swimming pool at his home about five years ago. At the time, he was looking for safety features to give him some peace of mind. "But there was nothing that works like a lifeguard," he said. "Something that always watches the pool and does not depend on the child's behavior – like whether he wears the device or forgot to wear it."

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Did you know that there’s a new Jewish parenting podcast?

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
From Kveller

It’s true: Kveller.com just launched a shiny new podcast, Call Your Mother.


Hosted by all-star writers Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna, Call Your Mother offers a sharp, sassy take on all the ups and downs of parenting while Jewish. Each episode includes an interview with a notable Jewish mom — including comedian Judy Gold and celebrity chef Einat Admony — who will shed new light on everything from addiction and anti-Semitism to sex and the Supreme Court.

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Parshat Terumah

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
By Rafael Kushick from BimBam.com 

 

Make family time fun time by watching Torah parshiot (portion) videos together then discussing them at the dinner table, at bedtime, while driving, or whenever.

 

Even the Torah has something to say about design and architecture.

 

Parshat Terumah asks the question, what would YOU build to house your most precious possessions? Who would you hire as the architect? Furniture designer Rafael Kushick helps us understand the divinely architected blueprints for the holiest – and most confusing – building project ever attempted.

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Terrific Toys

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:00am
Leah Reisman for Mishpacha


There are so many toys, and so many favorites, that there is a museum dedicated solely to kids’ favorite toys and games


The National Toy Hall of Fame, which is situated in the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, features the world’s most popular toys and games from classic oldies to the latest fads. Every year since 1998, the public is welcome to nominate their favorite toys. A group of educators and historians are then tasked with choosing the winners for the year. Over the years, a wide range of toys and games have been featured, from board games to jump rope to dolls. This year there were 12 nominees, including some familiar choices, such as the American Girl doll, chalk, Chutes & Ladders, a sled, Uno, and Tic-Tac-Toe. The winners were recently announced on Thursday, November 8 and...they...are... Uno, Pinball, and the Magic Eight Ball. Do youthink those toys are winners?

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Button Tree Art for Tu BiShvat

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:00am
From Simply Designing


This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


This fun button art craft is sure to be a hit for kids of all ages (just keep a close eye on younger children who might be tempted to put them in their mouth!)!


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Super Easy Chocolate Bark for an Easy Tu B’Shevat Craft Project

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

 

From Chai & Home


You know if it’s after Hanukkah I’m looking to melt some Hanukkah gelt! Like I’ve written before, there is something about melting gelt that makes it taste so much better. When in gelt form, the chocolate is so dry and flavorless, but when melted it tastes like the finest Belgian chocolate. No fooling. You tell me if I’m wrong. Anyway, this year the kosher candy store where I  buy my gelt only had pareve gelt, much to the disappointment of some kids at my Hanukkah party (yes, I refrained from “In my day, we were happy to get any gelt at all” even though I was very tempted.) In previous years I’ve made 4 fruits bark, fondue, and used it as icing, but this year I was feeling particularly woodsy so I was just going to melt it down and make it bark-like with a bit of texture. It is super easy to do and makes a great Tu b’Shevat craft project.

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Game Apps for Your Child to Learn About Ecosystems, Habitats & Biomes

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


By Yonah Kirschner, DigitalJlearning


As the Jewish holiday most closely connected to the environment and the natural world, Tu Bishvat provides a great opportunity for teachers to include earth and environmental science in their curriculum. This year, we were inspired by Jewish texts about the natural world. For each text, we’ve taken out a particular topic you can focus on in your classroom and provided educational technology resources that can help your students reach their learning goals. Our hope is that after using these tools and developing a stronger understanding of Earth, your students will have a more meaningful Tu Bishvat.

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We Are Family: Jewish Mizrahi Folktale for Kids

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:00am
from BimBam.com
 

Watch this episode of Shaboom: Plotz Landing as Gabi and Rafael slide into a Jewish folktale and help two brothers learn about love and the appreciation of family. And along the way they learn the words to Hinei Ma Tov, a Jewish song about peace.

Enjoy another similar folktale from PJ Library with “One City, Two Brothers.” 

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