I have two young girls who are 4 and 6 years old. They are quite the artists and just love to express themselves. We also love to read and one of our favorite books is Beautiful Oops. A while back, we received an advance copy and have been reading it at least once a week since. This book is filled with “mistakes” and “errors” that were made and then turned in to something else. For example, spilled paint becomes an elephant. It is fun to see my girls use their imaginations to discover what the mistakes can be turned in to.
t should come as no surprise to you to hear that I am big into mobile gaming. I have been gaming since I was a little girl and still do every chance I get. In fact, I am raising my daughters to be little gamers themselves. They are 4 and 5 right now and ask to play games every night. We recently got a Samsung Galaxy Tab A preloaded with a mobile game that wasn’t even out yet (until today!) – Snoopy Pop! To say they were excited to try it out is an understatement.
Make it a family movie night with the beloved blue creatures in the fully animated, all-new take on The Smurfs when Sony Pictures Animation’s SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE debuts on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD July 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. I grew up watching the Smurfs and so did my husband – so this was a movie we knew we wanted to share with our daughters. We have really enjoyed the past Smurfs movies, and this one did not disappoint either.
I grew up watching Tom and Jerry – and have since shared my love for them with my daughters. My girls are 4 and 6 and some of the biggest Tom and Jerry fans out there. I was shocked to see them sit and watch the old cartoons for hours. I mean, they would watch episode after episode. It surprised me mostly because in many of them (maybe all?), Tom and Jerry don’t talk, which I figured might be a little boring for younger kids.
I have said it many times but one of my favorite things to do with my family is curl up and watch a movie. At least once a week we have family movie night where we make popcorn, squish together on the couch, and put on a family friendly film. It is a tradition I hope to carry on for many years. My girls are currently still pretty young, 4 and 6, so we need to find movies that are appropriate for their age. We found that in A Stork’s Journey!
I have two young daughters – ages 4 and 6 – and they are huge Strawberry Shortcake fans. I admit, I may have had a little bit to do with that seeing as I have been a fan since I was a little girl. The fact that they are making new shows (and that we can still find the old ones I used to watch) has really solidified my love for the series. Cuddling up on the couch with them and watching a few episodes brings nostalgia to a whole new level, as I remember doing the same with my mom.
My daughters are big gamers, just like their mama. They have a tablet that my husband and I have filled with great games for their age that they share. The newest game we downloaded is Noddy Toyland Detective. This app is based on a show that they watch on Netflix all the time. It is one of their favorites so you can imagine how excited they were to see a game where they could play as Noddy and solve cases! They couldn’t believe they could meet characters from the TV show including Bumpy Dog, Revs, Pat-Pat and the Panda Pockets, Fuse, the Naughticorns! This game quickly became one of my favorites too.
Summer is finally here – but not every day is going to be perfect and sunny. Let’s face it, some days you are going to have to stay inside. It could be raining, or just too hot. I have two little girls (ages 4 and 6) and I know how hard it can be to entertain them sometimes. Here are some screen free ideas that we do together when we just can’t get outside.
In our house, we love Shaun the Sheep. I have watched stuff from him for as long as I can remember, and I just love that my girls are fans now too. We went to see the Shaun the Sheep movie in theaters and it is one of our best family memories. Naturally, we were thrilled to receive an advance copy of the newest Shaun the Sheep DVD, Animal Antics! Shaun the Sheep: Animal Antics arrives on DVD and Digital HD June 13 from Lionsgate. With seven laugh out loud episodes and new special features, this DVD is a must have for families!
There are a handful of shows that both my daughters and I enjoy watching. One of those is Gwen Stefani’s animated series Kuu Kuu Harajuku! Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Music, Baby!, contains 14 episodes from Season One and will be available on DVD on June 13th 2017. This series currently airs on Nickelodeon and we record it so we can always watch it together as a family. It is one of our favorite shows – and one I think just about anyone will love!
Let’s face it, kids aren’t always the perfect angels we wish they were. My girls are good kids overall, but they need incentive now and then. They fight like any siblings do and they are both just as stubborn as their mama. When my daughter started Preschool her teacher introduced her to something called DoJo Points. Basically the kids could earn points, or lose points, depending on their behavior. Parents can log in to an app on their phone and see when they gain/lose points and why. This was a great tool for her and her attitude immediately turned around. I wanted to do something like this for her at home, and that is how I came up with what we call, monster points.
Bambi has always been one of my absolute favorite Disney movies. I watched it many times growing up with my mom and sister – so naturally I was thrilled to be able to do it with my young daughters now. In order to help celebrate the 75th anniversary release of Bambi, we had a movie night under the stars! Now, we have family movie night every weekend, but this one was special. We even cuddled up outside with our pet bunny while watching, and just for the night, his name was Thumper instead of Riley.
One of my favorite things to do to pass the time is gaming.We have just about every video game system out there – even a few tablets that are dedicated to mobile gaming. My daughters are only 4 and 5 but we play a lot of games on there together. They have even started being able to play some games by themselves. One of our new favorites is Poptropica Worlds, and I think all families will love it!
There is almost nothing I enjoy more than cuddling up with my daughters and watching a movie or a few TV shows. Some of our favorites include The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That and Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab. So we were all excited when NCircle Entertainment sent us copies of their May titles and they included those! There is also Guess How Much I Love You, which is one of our favorite books to read, and Super 4, which is from playmobil!
Mama Smith grew up reading and in turn, loves reading to her little girls. She knows the importance of reading from birth and has put together a list of some of the best kids books of 2017! Each book on this guide was personally tested and/or approved by Mama Smith. Please enjoy and remember to keep coming back because new items are added daily! This guide may contain affiliate links.