The 6th Annual Global Invent It Challenge

Go ahead and get your kids thinking about a real world environmental issue because the Invent It! Challenge is back and better than ever! This 6th annual challenge, a partnership between Cricket Media and the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation is launching on January 17, 2017 and kids from […]

5 Screen Free Family Activities to Beat Winter Break Boredom

Everyone loves winter break, right? Um, yeah, right. Love it. Definitely. Winner. The most wonderful time of the year.   So you sense some sarcasm? Here’s the thing: My kids are home. It’s cold out (at least where I live) so outdoor activities are difficult. Friends are away so arranging playtime with other kids is […]

DIG is looking at “Beijing Through Time”

This month in DIG, we are taking a fascinating, engaging, and informative look at the history of China’s capital city of Beijing—from past to present.   Have you ever wondered how an issue of DIG gets put together? Editor Rosalie Baker is ready to tell you:   “For the past few years, I have focused […]


Warning: This blog is a little corny.   I’m having one of those moments where I wish I was a kid in today’s times. Growing up, Halloween was a one-day event: a parade at school, trick-or-treating at night, and then a month week of candy as we switched gears, put the costumes away, and started counting down […]

Sleep-away Camp is No Reason to Get Tents

My kids have always been independent and were ready to take off for sleep-away camp and not look back from the first summer they were old enough. After many seasons of packing for these expeditions, I’ve learned a few valuable tips I’d like to pass along.   Don’t bother packing tons of cute, coordinated outfits […]

Kyngdom: Puzzled Yet?

Amazing puzzle solving is happening on our Kyngdom forum. If your child likes to solve word problems, puzzles, riddles, codes, or just loves fantasy fiction, writing, or the chance to be part of something really cool, you need to have them head over to the Chatterbox and check it out.   So what’s going on […]

Scavenger Hunts: Teach and they Shall Find

I may have mentioned in a previous blog (or five) that my family loves scavenger hunts. We play them all the time in the form of Easter Egg hunts, geocaching, find the constellation, the “license plate game” and “I Spy.” But did you know that scavenger hunts are a fun way to teach your kids […]

Krazy for Kyngdom

Chances are, unless you are between the ages of 8 and 15 years old, you haven’t been to Cricket’s Chatterbox lately. The Chatterbox is our online writing forum where kids can develop and contribute to stories, including creating characters, building new worlds, and learning the art of narrative. It’s a unique, safe writing space moderated […]

The ABC’s of a Spring Break Staycation

Ahhh spring break. That random week when everyone in the world with children under the age of 15 descends on Disney World. True story: I’ve never actually taken a spring break vacation. So this blog is going to be all about fun things to do over spring break that don’t involve airplanes.   How about […]