Change it Up! transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project

Change it up_Chrissy22With a deep passion for dance and great taste in music, it made sense for Chrissy to support transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project for the Change It Up! program, where each month an employee chooses a worthy organization for which to fundraise and collect spare change.

Based in San Diego, CA, transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project is an organization that empowers culturally diverse youth to mobilize social change through performing arts. Participants go through intensive technical dance, theatre training, and community-building leadership activities with the goal of creating public performances that address complex social issues that affect their community.

Find out how you can support transcenDANCE Youth Arts too, right here.

The Riddle Show™ Giveaway for International Joke Day!

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Happy International Joke Day! To help get your friends laughing out loud this summer, we are giving away three The Riddle Show™ electronic microphones for you to enjoy!

The Riddle Show™ has 145+ riddles, jokes, and tongue twisters. This talking electronic microphone features pre-recorded content, music, and sound effects. Press a button for a joke or riddle, then another for the answer, or try a tricky tongue twister! It also doubles as a working microphone so children can perform their own comedy show or other material. This is a fun way to boost self-confidence and build vocabulary.

If you’d like to order The Riddle Show™, visit our online store, here. Shipping is always free on orders of $50 or more.

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The Riddle Show™ giveaway ends Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. PST.

5 Facts You Should Know about Meteors on Meteor Watch Day

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Did you know that today is Meteor Watch Day? Here are five things you should know about meteors before you and your family go on watch tonight.

1. Did you know that “shooting stars” are not stars at all, but heated and glowing meteoroids falling through the Earth’s atmosphere?

2. Meteoroids are significantly smaller than asteroids, and range in size from small grains to 1 meter-wide objects.

3. Legend has it that if you wished upon a shooting star the wish would come true. It is believed to have originated in Greece, when a Greek astronomer Ptolemy, around AD 127-151, wrote that the Gods occasionally, out of curiosity, peer down at the Earth from between the spheres. When this happened stars sometimes slip through the gap, becoming visible as shooting stars. It was thought that because the Gods were already looking at us, they would be more receptive to any wishes we made!

4. Sometimes the best way to see a meteor shower is not to use a telescope or binoculars, but rather to just look up with your eyes.

5. Meteor showers are best viewed after midnight. This is because after midnight your particular part of the Earth is facing in the direction of the Earth’s motion about the Sun, and so the meteoroids enter the atmosphere at a steeper angle with a higher speed, and are more numerous than earlier in the night.

Oh, and just in case you need some tools, we’ve got you covered. Check out the Nancy B Moonscope or the GeoSafari® Vega 360 Telescope.

Sources:
http://thecuriousastronomer.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/meteor-watch-day/
http://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/meteor-watch-day/

KA-Boom! Free July 4th Coloring Pages

Make your little learner’s 4th of July weekend more exciting with these coloring pages! These coloring pages were inspired by the award-winning Shelby’s Snack Shack Game™.

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Here is Shelby enjoying the fireworks. Download it here: Shelby Coloring Page1

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Shelby is celebrating July 4th with more fireworks. Download it here: Shelby Coloring Page2

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Shelby is getting ready to enjoy a nice BBQ snack on this coloring page. Download it here: Shelby Coloring Page3

Get more coloring printables on our “Nifty Coloring Pages” board on Pinterest, HERE.

Diggity Dogs™ Game Was Featured on the Today Show!

Hot diggity dog! We are so proud to announce that our award-winning matching and counting game, Diggity Dogs™ Game, was featured on the Today Show. Toy expert Stephanie Oppenheim handpicked Diggity Dogs™ as one of the “hottest kid-tested toys for less than $15″. Take a look at the segment below (if you’re crunched for time, we’re at the 4:36 mark).

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