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Media Guy: A look at animal-themed fun

Try these animal-themed activities with your children.

Back to Cool – Games

Time to look at the three Es – enlighten, entertain and educate! SESAME STREET: ONCE UPON A MONSTER Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar, Grover and a bevvy of new monsters combine in this game for Xbox’s Kinect motion capture system. The game allows players to participate...

Back to Cool – Apps

Time to look at the three Es – enlighten, entertain and educate! THE FANTASTIC GARDEN Two PEI moms, illustrator Kate Sharpley and preschool music teacher Julie Hughes, have combined to create a charming digital book, based on a song written by Julie. It tells the...

Back to Cool – Books

Time to look at the three Es – enlighten, entertain and educate! GIRAFFE AND BIRD, by Rebecca Bender This sumptuous picture book offers an irreverent take on relationships – one that acknowledges that “getting along can be difficult”. Giraffe has bad breath and makes noises when...

Natural selections: Books

Summer’s here and the forecast calls for products that will get children out in the garden, on their feet and in interactive mode on those long road trips. Kinder Gardens: Games and Adventures and Kinder Gardens: Growing Inspiration for Children By Lisa Ely and Michael Glassman These two books by California landscape...

Natural selections: Apps

Summer’s here and the forecast calls for products that will get children out in the garden, on their feet and in interactive mode on those long road trips. SPARK! The stereotypical view of smart phones and iPods is that they drive families apart, with each member furiously fifi dgeting inside their...

Natural selections: Games

Summer’s here and the forecast calls for products that will get children out in the garden, on their feet and in interactive mode on those long road trips. LEGO PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: The Video Game Why kids thrill to playing games that render their live-action heroes as stubby block figures...

Media Guy: Using Technology to Teach Kids About the Environment

As the world gets ready to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, we thought it time to take stock of what’s really out there in terms of media products designed to get kids thinking green. Given the pervasiveness of environmental messaging in society generally, we were surprised to find...

Media Guy: The Kids Wanna Rock!

New music for little ones that won’t set your teeth on edge Time Out to Rock, The Not-Its In the ’90s it was Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Now the Seattle sound is pitching itself to five-year-olds, led by The Not-Its. Fronted by vocalist Sarah Shannon (formerly the lead singer with...

Screen Savers – Media Guy

While the new TV season puts the tried and true in new containers, XBox gets ready to turn the gaming world upside down. Preschoolers 3-2-1 Let’s Go, Wednesdays, 4 p.m., Treehouse The latest in a long line of Sesame Street spinoffs, this is a spinoff from the spinoffs. The newest Muppet creation, a fairy...