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 […]

Ice, Ice, Baby: Frosted Window Craft with Your Kids

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. As I do every year. I heard much of the Midwest got slammed with snow recently, and they probably don’t understand my desire for it. In truth, I don’t love snow, but having a white Christmas is so rare where I live that you’ll have better luck spotting a […]

What Do Origami and Elephants Have in Common?

The Story Behind the Origami   Originally, the folks at the Bronx Zoo set out to collect 35,000 elephants representing the heartbreaking number of 35,000 elephants (96 per day) killed each year for their ivory tusks. The overall goal of the initiative is to help gain a wider awareness of the elephant ivory trafficking crisis […]

Happily Ever Heifer

Every year we get one holiday catalog that trumps all others. You might think it’s the latest phonebook-sized toy catalog, but you’d be wrong. Our household anxiously awaits for the annual Heifer International catalog, because each holiday, my daughters pour over it deciding between cows, goats, sheep, donkeys rabbits, fish, and more.   If you […]

Getting in the Spirit of #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is upon us, and all of us at Cricket Media are thankful to YOU, our customers, for giving your children the gift of reading. Of all the gifts you can bestow on your children, this truly is one that will last a lifetime. With the knowledge that this gift belongs in the hands (and […]

Double the Joy, Double the Reading, Double the Giving

Corporate social responsibility…you know the kind where Toms will donate a pair of shoes to someone who needs it or where Smile Squared will give a toothbrush to a child for every one you buy…has become a “thing” in the past few years. In fact, it is now not at all uncommon to have a […]

Back to School Supplies for Louisiana

Today is my daughter’s first day back to school. Like millions of other kids around the country, she gathered her new school supplies, stuffed them in her new backpack, crammed in her spotless lunchbox (complete with an adorable lunchbox note, natch) and staggered out the door, totally weighed down by the sheer amount of stuff […]

Earth Day Lessons: A Trashion Show

Earlier this year, my daughter participated in her school’s fourth annual Trashion show, where students were invited to create some sort of wearable ensemble made from reclaimed and/or recyclable materials to promote recycling and sustainable lifestyles.  Students who participated in the school’s annual event were not only able to showcase their creative talents, but were […]

Meet Grandfather Gandhi

By Elizabeth Huyuk   “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi was a great leader who worked to free India from British rule in the 1930s. Gandhi taught a new way of fighting— without violence. He and his followers simply refused to […]

Reducing the Word Gap

Did you know that “the single-best predictor of a child’s academic success is not parental education or socioeconomic status, but rather the quality and quantity of the words that a baby hears during his or her first three years?”   According to Why Boosting Poor Children’s Vocabulary Is Important for Public Health, by age three, “85 per­cent […]