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5 Animal Jokes to Share with Your Kids

Cheerful little girl in a pink cap puts out the tongue in forest

When’s the last time you heard a good joke that you could actually share with your kids?

Whether you are planning an animal theme unit or just want a little laugh, here are 5 animal jokes to share with your kids!

Did you hear about the cow who wrote a joke book?


It’s udder nonsense.


Why did the pony take cough medicine?


He was a little hoarse.


What to friendly pigs become?


Pen pals.


Why are computers like sharks?

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They both have mega-bytes.

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Why do bears sleep through winter?


Because they don’t have alarm clocks!

Want more animal laughs?  The jokes included in this posts are from the book 99 1/2 Animal Jokes, Riddles, & Nonsense.  Be sure to grab your own copy today to read the other 94 1/2 jokes!

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STRANGE MAGIC – New Family Activity Sheets Now Available!

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

STRANGE MAGIC opened in theaters everywhere on January 23rd.

And now, they’re bringing us these free printables kids (and even moms!) will surely love! 🙂


Download it here: Strange Magic Spot The Difference



 Download it here: Strange Magic Playing Cards



 Download it here: Strange Magic Maze


And if you’re hosting a party for the kids, here are some more fun and free printables. (To download or save these images on your computer, right-click on your mouse and click on “Save Image As” on the pop-up that will appear.)















10 Great Books for First Graders

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Finding books for first graders isn’t difficult at all. There are plenty of options for every age group and grade level. It’s finding books your child will love that’s typically the hard part.

Fortunately, we have you covered with a list of books worth your child’s time, and yours. Some your child may read alone, others you may have to read to him.

Best of the Best: The books in this section are award winners.

  1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: There’s a bit of wild thing in every child (and adult), and that’s part of what makes this Caldecott Medal book such fun.
  2. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin: Farmer Brown’s cows can type (and drive Farmer Brown batty).

Old Favorites: Some books stand the test of time. Here are two of them.

  1. Charlotte’s Web (Trophy Newbery) by E.B. White: No matter how cute he is, Wilbur’s days are numbered. Fortunately, a clever spider named Charlotte has a plan.
  2. Frog and Toad Are Friends: Best friends Frog and Toad take us along on their adventures and learning experiences.

Nature Books: These books explore the natural world, sometimes in a realistic manner, sometimes using fantasy.

  1. The Big Snow and Other Stories: A Treasury of Caldecott Award-Winning Tales by Berta and Elmer Hader: Animals have to prepare for the coming winter. This book illustrates how in a fun, eye-catching manner.
  2. Winter Eyes by Douglas Florian: This is a fun collection of poems all about various aspects of winter. Your child is sure to discover a few favorites in this collection.

Sleuth Stories: These books focus on the fun of solving mysteries.

  1. Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery (I Can Read Book 2) by Doug Cushman: This is four chapters filled with fun clues and illustrations as Aunt Eater solves mysteries for her group of friends.
  2. Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon by Nina Laden: What happens when Leon the chameleon doesn’t come home as expected? Where is he? His wife is worried, but there’s no need to fear. Private I. Guana will sniff out the answer.

Funny Books: There’s nothing like a little humor to make any day better. These books ensure smiles and giggles.

  1. Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon by Doreen Cronin: Can you imagine a worm in a baseball cap doing the Hokey Pokey? Now you don’t have to, thanks to this book’s funny illustrations that accompany the diary of the main character’s wormy escapades.
  2. The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning: So what happens when Owen sends his grandmother a hug through the mail? Hilarity all around.

Give these books a try, and let us know how you and your child liked them.

Have some great books in mind?

We want to know!

Share your favorite books for first graders in the comments.

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BIG HERO 6 – New Activity Sheets & Coloring Pages!

BIG HERO 6 now playing in theatres everywhere. And here’s a better way to share the fun and excitement with these new activity sheets and coloring pages themed to the movie!

Free Printables

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Who says you can’t make inflatable robots. Make them come to life. Download it here!

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Do you know what super suit goes to each member of the team? Let’s test your smarts here. Download it now.

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Get ready to add a dash of color to your favorite BIG 6 hero. Get an 8-page free coloring book ready for your kid’s little hands. Download it here!

What The Movie Is All About

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter).

When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

For more information, check out: www.Disney.com/BigHero6

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3 cool fall vacations that wont break the bank

3 Cool Fall Vacations that Won’t Break the Bank

3 cool fall vacations that wont break the bank

Taking a Fall vacation may be the better option for many people- they’re cheaper, they have less of a chance of being overbooked, and you may have more time off work to actually enjoy one. If you are looking for a great fall vacation that won’t break the bank, check out one of these cool options and get to enjoying your time off.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park USA

Utah has five national parks and Capitol Reef is the least known — which means it is the least visited. Which also equates to it being the least expensive! If you have ever wanted to see the natural beauty of Utah and get away for a few days, this is the best option for your money.

Book a room at the Lodge at Red River Ranch and enjoy its 2,000 acres of open pastures and beautiful rivers. When you get there, spend an extra $5 for a week long pass to the nearby 3,100-tree orchard, where the cherries, apricots, peaches, and pears are yours to pick at your liking.

While at Capitol Reef, enjoy climbing and hiking, stargazing, and an outdoor concert series by Utah Symphony (in August).

Fredericksburg, Texas

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Did you know Texas is the fifth largest producer of wine in the country?

If that lone isn’t a reason to get you to Fredericksburg- which boasts the award-winning Pedernales Cellars – maybe you’d like to visit the city for its authentic German charm. The Roadrunner Inn is cheap and nice, and it sits close to authentic local food. The Marburger Orchard is close by, as well, and allows you to pick your own peaches.

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After all the food and wine, take a walk along the Enchanted Rock or the Gorman Falls in Colorado Bend State Park to enjoy a quiet evening under the stars. For the person looking for a relaxing getaway that won’t demand too much attention, time, stress, or money, this is perfect for you.

Burlington, Vermont

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If you really love Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, this is the place to be — since it is the headquarters! But there’s more to see than just that in this quaint little town. This town is chic, rustic, and eco-friendly. Check out the Hotel Vermont for great lodging at a fair price, or go a little cheaper and stay at the famed The Little Place Guest House.

For a great dinner (that may be a bit of a splurge) many people recommend the Hen of the Wood, or check out a smaller restaurant along the main strip. After you eat, take a bike ride or a walk along the Island Line Trail. Be sure to visit Lake Champlain and the Shelburne Farms. Enjoy the walking trails and handcrafted cheddar, fresh milk, and event the classes on sheep shearing.


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Showing in theaters on October 10, 2014, Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows 11-year-old Alexander in his (mis)adventures as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life!

Soon enough, he discovers that he’s not alone when his mom, dad and his siblings all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.




Here are 4 hilarious clips you wouldn’t want to miss!

“Stop, Drop & Roll”


“Effort On The Potty”

“This Day Was Cursed”

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Halloween Wars Season Premiere

Who’ll be the last team standing to win the title of Halloween Wars champion and plus a $50,000 grand prize as it premieres on October 05?

Hosted by Justin Willman, teams will go head-to-head each week to create different themed pumpkin displays. The categories for each week include “The Haunted Farm”, “Don’t Go Into the Forest”, “Mummies vs. Werewolves” and “The Haunted Carnival”.

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HALLOWEEN WARS Season Premiere Hosts & JudgesGuest Judge Lew Temple with judges Brian Kinney, Shinmin Li, and Host Justin Willman on Food Network’s Halloween Wars

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Fire and Rescue Book

FREE Disney Fire & Rescue Activity Book

Fire and Rescue Book

If your little ones are a fan of Disney’s Cars and Disney’s Planes, they are going to love this free educational activity book!

Smoky the Bear, National Parks, and the heroes from Disney’s PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE have teamed up to help your kids have fun with fire safety this summer. Download the Educational Activity Guide below and feel free to share with your family, friends and readers.  

Click the image below to download your FREE Disney PLANES: FIRE & RESUE educational activity book!



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Visit the website: www.disney.com/Planes


Disney’s PLANES FIRE AND RESCUE flies into theatres everywhere on July 18th!


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Trailer

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. The film hits theaters nationwide Oct. 10, 2014.

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1st Grade Reading List

Recommended Reading List for First Grade

1st Grade Reading List

Finding good books for your children to read is never a problem, except when the time comes to actually purchase or borrow them. Then, it’s all too easy to draw a blank on all of those amazing books you’ve heard of. Never fear! We have you covered with a selection of books your first grader is sure to enjoy:

Award-Winning Books:

  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin: This Caldecott Medal winner has illiterate cows wreaking havoc on Farmer Brown’s life.
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel: Some kinds of fun just never go out of style, and this Caldecott Honor Book continues to entertain with attractive illustrations and interesting stories of Frog and his best friend Toad.



History and Social Studies:

  • The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern, illustrated by Marni Backer: It’s never too early to learn about the joy that comes from helping those who are less fortunate. This book’s young main characters look for ways to help a homeless woman.

Science and Nature:

  • The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: A Book About How Living Things Grow by Patricia Relf, illustrated by John Speirs: With spring here and summer on its way, there’s no better time to get in some reading about gardening. The fun starts when Ms. Frizzle’s class plants a garden and Phoebe’s plot fails to grow. The class ends up exploring the inside of a flower!
  • The Tiny Seed (The World of Eric Carle) by Eric Carle, illustrated by Eric Carle: Follow a tiny seed as it makes the often-dangerous journey around the world. This book combines educational themes with eye-catching illustrations.


  • Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully: Mirette is a gutsy girl who helps a high-wire artist battle his own fears.

This is just a short selection of recommended books for first graders, but there are more good books for this age group than there are kids to read them. Let us know how you like these, and share your favorite books for first graders in the Comments section.

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