- Promising new girl’s book series: Sophie and the Shadow Woods. http://bit.ly/c6TjzR (via @kidscreen) #
- Finally ready to let your kids have a go at that new iPad? techradar has a good roundup of 7 apps to start off with. http://bit.ly/afUUqR #
- Michael Bay (of all people) producing a live-action 3-D Hansel and Gretel film. http://bit.ly/9G9OTe (via Collider) #
- Forget Bratz, MGA Ent. intros Bitty Buttons rag dolls that remind kids “everybody is unique in their own special way.” http://bit.ly/afKNiH #
- A new peak at the new Looney Tunes Show via @cartoonbew http://bit.ly/cT9fby #
- You have YOUR beach graphic novel…what about your kids? Here are some options from @sljournal http://bit.ly/aKJ5J0 #
- Silly Bandz invaded your home, school & camp. Now, they are making their way to your videogame console. (via @ToyBook) http://bit.ly/cG5622 #
- Percy Jackson, djinni Bartimaeus, & the Little Prince are all going Graphic in new novelizations. (via @publisherswkly) http://bit.ly/chnqWQ #
- Not me! RT @PWKidsBookshelf: RT @VoraciousReader Who knew that Beverly Cleary wrote 3 books based on Leave it to Beaver? #
- Great summary of current cool kid tunes from @BethBC http://bit.ly/axn2Ln #
- Is Tomica ready to take over US toy shelves? Back-to-basics toy fun from Tomy. http://bit.ly/9XnUN0 #
- New post: Bordering on shameless vaca picture sharing BUT…Does Disney deliver with in-person princess appearances ? http://bit.ly/bqtobp #
- Still looking for a way to entertain your kids this summer? Consider Girl Power Extreme Camp. (via @theplaygrounder) http://bit.ly/bofov4 #
- How can the Muppets be truly revived? Maybe Pixar knows! (via @THR) http://bit.ly/aRSyEq #
- Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) to do his own take on a Disney Haunted Mansion film. Hopefully, much better. http://bit.ly/ahLOT1 #
- A clip of new CGI Road Runner-Coyote short has been released. Looney Tunes in 3-D feels odd. (via @cartoonbrew) http://bit.ly/9zekcZ #
We have just come back from what has been established as an American tradition: the first family trip to Disney World. Unlike a recent “adult trip” we took, where the main objective was to get our FastPasses for the most intense rides possible, this time we had one “necessary” goal: meet all the Disney Princesses. Princess-mania has been in our house for over a year now, and Disney was as much about Mickey and the rides as it was about Cinderella and crew.
My wife, in-laws and aunt made it a mini-game to become Princess “completists,” getting all the signatures and photos of the faux royalty for Maia’s little book. Be it top-tier princesses like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty or the more recently crowned like Tiana and Mulan, we were going to make it happen.
Maia had the time of her life, in awe of the in-person appearances of her cartoon heroes and barely able to eat at a Princess breakfast in the castle. She seemed not to notice that the actors changed every time she saw them and had no problem standing in line or searching far and wide to seek out hard-to-find characters like Mulan. While some characters were questionable in live-action form, others looked like Enchanted-style princesses, ripped from their cartoon settings to appear in person at Disney World.
We didn’t have to work as hard as I thought to complete the safari. We left Walt Disney World sweaty, tired but successful in our quest. The autograph tent in Mickey’s Toon Town made some of this easy, as did the breakfast in Cinderella’s castle. The less popular characters took a bit of searching, but we used logic (Pocahontas in the forests of Animal Kingdom, Mulan in Epcot’s China) and all were found on the first try. And, for the most part, the actors did an amazing job capturing the look and feel of the character.
Check out our personal “Princess safari” below and let us know what you think. Does Disney deliver the costumed character goods?
- Kid's TV show to watch: reggae-filled preschool series Rastamouse. http://bit.ly/bp17FA (via @animationworld) #
- Avoid the trip! Chuck E. Cheese comes home with a new title for Nintendo Wii and DS. http://bit.ly/ciqSVl (via @geekchicdaily) #
- Disney fan organization D23 and Los Angeles-area ArcLight Cinemas are running classic Disney flicks all through August. http://bit.ly/cEjDW0 #
- Did you hear? Yo Gabba Gabba! is coming to Comic-Con. (via @gabbafriends) http://bit.ly/bZ7Ccy #
- Kraft Foods has just released a healthy-eating iPad app targeted at the little ones. http://bit.ly/a46eP7 #
- On the Wii game …RT @mediamacaroni: I wonder if it'll recreate the experience of the Harlem Chuck E Cheese, with every game broken. Sweet. #
- Latest cutesy slightly-bizarre Japanese toy: dancing robotic mushroom Kinopuyo. (via @cscoutjapan) http://bit.ly/c4qNZm #
- A fun little round-up of the Tokyo Toy Show. Always interesting finds! http://bit.ly/9JlVNS #
- In case you have not heard….Disney is going live-action with Tinker Bell. http://bit.ly/b9wRB7 #
- Social Gaming trend to watch: Educational Social Games. (via @insidenetwork) http://bit.ly/97Fk1I #
- Great round-up of products to make mealtime a tad more interesting for the little ones from @theindietot http://bit.ly/aB2FLl #
- Wear your allergies proudly and with a trendy touch thanks to these patches, clothing and stickers from Jeeto! http://bit.ly/9asmej #
- Dance Magic Dance is a group art show inspired by Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. (via @flavorwire) http://bit.ly/9cClN2 #
- Love her effort here! RT @PasteMagazine: In which Amy Poehler talks to us about @smrtgrls: http://bit.ly/9YJDvX #
- Disney to open Disney English effort in Brazil. English is taught using Disney characters. (via @deadlineLondon) http://bit.ly/dAqs4Z #
- Iceland-based Hildur Hermanns has created VeikYndi (Icelandic for "SickNices") characters to help cheer up the sick. http://bit.ly/9l9hR1 #
- Snuggled in the middle of the indie-filled Billboard Heatseekers chart? The Laurie Berkner Band. http://bit.ly/9xBB0y #
- Can't wait! Scholastic has announced details for 'Mockingjay' (Hunger Games 3) print run and tour. http://bit.ly/dis33V (via PW) #
- A kid's book that doubles as a tribute to the monster flicks of the 1950s? Count me in. (via @tashrow) http://bit.ly/axPCxs #
- Asian concept store Man Is In The Forest will sell Disney products created by leading designers. (via @ToyXplosion) http://bit.ly/a1IIix #
- Wishing Stars app turns your Disneyland visit into a scavenger hunt. http://wishing-stars.com/ #
- Have you experienced the Yummyfun show for kids? My take on your kid's first cooking show: http://bit.ly/bony3c #
Open your children’s entertainment slow cooker and throw in some Jack’s Big Music Show, mix it with your favorite Food Network Chef and throw in a sprinkle of Pee Wee’s Playhouse and you have Clare Crespo’s The Yummyfun Kooking Series.
The Yummyfun Kooking Series is part of Clare Crespo’s cooking-themed Yummyfun brand for kids. For those who have yet to sample this delicious project, Clare has put out three themed cooking DVDs for kids (“Spring Has Sprung,” “Monkeying Around in the Kitchen,” and “Spookyfun”) as well as a monthly recipe club for families called The Yummyfun Kooking Club. The brand is also supported by a robust website located at Yummyfun.com.
Clare’s cooking skills have already inspired two best-selling cookbook/artbook mashups (The Secret Life of Food, Hey There, Cupcake! ), regular appearances on morning shows like The Today Show, NPR visits and even offbeat jobs like creating a food portrait of artist Beck. As for her experience working with kids and kids’ entertainment, Clare taught themed cooking classes to kids at The Blue School in NYC and The New School of Cooking in Los Angeles. She has also art directed a segment for Yo Gabba Gabba and designed pirate food for SpongeBob SquarePants. Meanwhile, she has kept busy with her “adult” cooking projects as well as her work as an artist.
As for the show itself, Clare’s love for food and art is clearly on display in this quality independent production that brings together her endearing personality, kid-friendly recipes, puppets and a very cool house band. We watched the “Monkeying Around in the Kitchen” episode and Maia was glued to the screen as “Yummyclare” taught us how to make Monkey Pops (chocolate covered bananas), Banana Dogs (bananas on hot dog buns) and Hawaiian Shirt Punch (fruit punch with pretty fruit slices). Clare’s persona is sweet, pleasant and subtly quirky. Drop-ins from scientist Safari Geoff, a musical visit from The Tastebuds, a few puppets and a unique kitchen set will capture the interest of kids not likely to sit still for a cooking-only show. While each episode turns up a bit short at only 17-minutes, I do hope this project gets attention from a TV network or distributor so we can start to see more episodes.
In the meantime, check out some sample clips below!