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Chanukah — the Jewish Festival of Lights — starts tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 20, 2011! In the last couple of years several kid-friendly Chanukah YouTube videos have made the rounds, and I figured this was a good time to share them. So, whether your family celebrates Chanukah or you just know someone else who does, enjoy these fun, peppy videos!
Last week’s post about School House Rocks got me thinking about those wonderful songs from my childhood, and how kids of today can enjoy them as much as their parents did (and still do!). Here are a couple of my family’s favorites. Any you’d care to add?!?!
Today my son came home from school talking about School House Rock and (albeit rather vaguely) the Preamble to the Constitution. The strange coincidence is that — the same day — life took me down to the US Capitol Building where I watched Members of Congress debate on the floor and participate in floor votes!
In honor of this odd coincidence, here is the video that the 7-year-old is attempting to hum.
It’s summer, it’s hot, and there’s only so much time anyone can spend at the pool or the beach. So, if your kids are like mine, sometimes you need at least a little bit of screen-time to restore everyone’s sanity.
With that in mind, here are a couple of great LEGO sites sure to entertain both kids and adults. Watch ‘em with the kids; chilled juice boxes for everyone!
First, LEGO356 (AKA A LEGO a Day). This is the project of Dan, a teacher, photographer, and LEGO enthusiast. As he explains, he took a photo everyday with a LEGO mini-figure. His blog chronicles this great project, and is sure to elicit a chuckle from grown-ups and a chorus of “Cool!” from the kids. The blog will be complete on July 31, 2011, so be sure to visit before the end of the month…and then to re-visit afterwards!
Also, this Yahoo article features some other great projects made out of LEGO. As always, this amazing stuff begs the question: where DO people find the time to do this type of thing?!?! But, we’re all too happy to check it out!
For direct links to the Legoland car video go here:
No doubt about it, this past week has featured some very exciting world events. By this, of course, I mean Star Wars Day — May the Fourth (be with you) — and Cinco de Mayo! In honor of these momentous occasions, here are two fun YouTube videos.
The first is a great summary of the first three Star Wars movies (well, really the middle three, but you know what I mean)…in LEGO! It’s an awesome video, narrated by a child, which deserves special kudos for the LEGO carbonite Han Solo. Fabulous!
Well, if your kids are like mine, they’ve spent the last 11 months and 29 days planning for today. With the possible exception of their birthdays, April Fools Day is one of my children’s favorite days of the year!
This is why I’m putting this video on their YouTube playlists today. Yes, the video is not great and the sound-over is in German. But — for sheer amusement — this video absolutely takes the April Fools Day cake. (That cake, of course, is frosted with sour cream and ketchup!) Happy day, everyone, and don’t forget to watch your back!