Peppa Pig Live Tour Traveling Through New Zealand and August

Coseup Peppa Pig Live Treasure Hunt Peppa Pig Live Treasure Hunt logoChildren throughout the world love to watch Peppa Pig on the television, but nowt they don’t have to be in front of an electronic device to be entertained by the cute and adorable little pig. Peppa Pig’s Live show is making its way through New Zealand and Australia. The live show features Peppa with her little brother George and several of their friends. In Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt. Peppa goes on a treasure Hunt with George and Danny Dog. Of course this fantastic treasure hunt will include seeing and going along with other friends like Grandpa Pig, Zoe Zebra, Polly Parrot, Pedro Pony, and Grandpa Dog.
Peppa Pig may be touring down under, but it was first started in England. Now the shows airs throughout the world. It is one of the most watched children television show in Australia. It is definitely a hit in living rooms across the world, and letOn Boat Peppa Pig Live Treasure Hunt’s hope that it is just as fun and enjoyable in person. But with Peppa Pig involved, it is bound to great.

Wooden Dora the Explorer House Stand 4ft Tall

NICKELODEON DORA THE EXPLORER TOYSIf you are a Dora the Explorer fan, then you may have already come across the wooden Dora the Explorer dollhouse.    We are a Dora the Explorer fan site and because of this, we had to tell you about the large Dora the Explorer dollhouse made by Kidcraft.   We do not have any actual experience with the house, but it looked cool.

This is one of the dollhouses that I would love to play with as a little girl.    It is a 3 story doll house that comes with several different brightly colored furniture items.    The description says that it comes with 13 different pieces of furniture the children can use to decorate the house.   This an open dollhouse that has 1 walls omitted for the construction so that you can see inside and play with all the furniture pieces.   You have probably notice that this is a bit different from some of the Dora the Explore doll houses and castles that have been sold in the past.  Those were made from hard molded plastic and were not as tall as this dollhouse.   The price of this dollhouse  does reflect the uniqueness and larger size.  Many retailers sell this doll hour for $125 and more.    This contrasts with some of the smaller plastic dollhouses that can sell for $40.

Adults Get Their Own History Lesson from Lincoln Movie

In fall 2012 politics of the lat 1800’s  in the new movie “Lincoln”   The movie was made by Steven Spielberg and dramatized the fight that Lincoln led not only on the battle ground, but in Congress as he tried to push for the abolishing slavery.    As we see from the film, things have always been complicated when it come to politics.  Although America has been a one nation under God, it has also be a nation of many diverse people that come to that table with many different ideologies.   The movie is rated PG-13, so it may not be suitable for young children.

If you would like to give your child a history lesson that covers this same period of time, then the Addy American Girl books will cover many different topics dealing with slavery and then the abolition of slavery.   Addy is a young slave girl that runs away with her mother to the north.  There are several different books in her series that stretch for the end years of slavery in the United States to when the slavery is finally abolished.

There are also some other free history lessons around the web that will complement your child’s learning  about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and slavery.    As of the writing of this Article, Brainpop.com has a free video that use animation to teaches about the Civil War to kids.   Brainpop is a subscription based website, but they do have a few free videos like the one explaining the Civil War.

As we watch historical based fiction and read historical fiction we will see similarities between the lives we live today to those of the people in the past.   Of course, there will be many differences that will be noticeable.   History is interesting for children and for adults and there are fun ways to learn about the past, whether through a movie or book.

Taco Bell Takes Away Kids Meals

Taco Bell Kid's Meal
Taco Bell Kid’s Meal

Taco Bell has discontinued serving kids meals.  In the press release issued from the company, it seemed that the kids menu was not making too much financial sense.    They said that they were going to concentrate their efforts in other areas- and that would make sense.   “Pioneering this change on our menu is a bold move for our industry, and it makes sense for Taco Bell,” said [Taco Bell CEO Greg] Creed. “We’ll be able to better focus on creating new and inventive items that our customers love.”

I have no experience with the kid’s meals at Taco Bell because I have never purchase any.    If I go to Taco Bell with the family, I would usually purchase the multiple family taco deals that have approximately 10 tacos in the pack (sorry I cannot remember the exact number).

Now when I want to eat tacos I make them at home.  Making tacos at home can be something fun and fast that the family can do together-you can make them to your liking.  But when you are on the road it Taco Bell would be the easiest choice.  Now some food choices at the restaurant have to be made without including any kid’s menu items.

Dora the Explorer and Staying Active with Soccer

SoccerBallCountriesWe know that the Dora is a very active little girl.  For someone that goes on so many adventures over the last 10 years, she obviously enjoys going out and moving around.    One of the activities that we have seen Dora do is play soccer.  She has both played the game herself and watched others play.

Soccer is a popular sport in Latin America and other parts of the world.    Around the world, it ranks as the most popular sport.  It may already be popular in your home too.

Children can be inspired to get up and play the game.  Knowing that one of the favorite preschool characters also likes it may be an inspiration.   You do not have to go run out and get Dora soccer balls, and soccer cleats, but you can definitely have a lot of fun.   Even if it just you and your child in the backyard or a field, there are going to be some fun moments.

There are also local recreational centers that offer team soccer for children.  The YMCA, city or county recreation centers, schools, and some private organizations offer recreational and competitive soccer.

No matter where you decide to play soccer, the most important thing is to have lots of fun and stay active.   Doing activities that show getting out and moving can be fun will, hopefully, be something that children will take into adulthood.  We know that being physically active cuts down on obesity and all the related health problems that go along with it.

If you can use Dora to bring some fun into staying active with your kids, then Vamanos, let’s go!

Rabbit: An inspiration for the Home Gardener

GardenPeppersBefore having a garden in the backyard was a la mode, Rabbit was doing and doing big. It you watch episodes or movies of Winnie the Pooh, you will notice that Rabbit has rows of vegetables planted in his yard. Granted being in a 100 Hundred Acre Wood does afford the space to go all out with the planting, there are some elements that others can take and implement in their own spaces.

If you have a yard, you can select a sunny portion to use for your garden. Some choose to begin by planting the seeds. You can also start with small little seedlings. Both of these can be purchased at your local plant nursery or garden center. You may also want to do it the old fashion way and use seed from the fruits or vegetables that you have consumed.

Those living in small area can also plant some small vegetables in pots. They can be hanging pots or pots that you can place on the porch of patio.

Some individuals have also brought their outside garden from to the outside to the inside. The inside garden can include some small potted herbs or tomatoes. Not only does these small plants add to the meals that you make, but the aromas that they release into the house can be wonderful.

Maybe you won’t be growing cartloads of carrots like Rabbit, but you can have you own garden space that can fit any size space.

Dora the Explorer Receives NAMIC Award

Dora the Explorer has been recognized by several different organizations during its long run on television. This year the program received a National Association of Multi-Ethnicity of in Communications (NAMIC) award in the area of animation.

The NAMIC Vision Awards are given out annually and this is their 19th year of giving out awards. Sponsors for this years awards are Disney-ABC Networks, Warner Brothers, Time Warner Cable , Bright House Networks, Comcast and NBC Universal, Fox Deportes, and producer Carl Beverly.

Dora Not the First to Show Age Adjusted Characters

image_thumb.pngAn earlier blog post was written about a new animated series that depicted Dora as an older girl. The animated series is scheduled to start airing this fall 2014 on Nickelodeon. The addition of new series that includes an aged character is not new. Updated shows like these are part of animated and non-animated programs.

Those that remember that remember the ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World”, might be a happy to know that there is a new series in the works called “Girl Meets World.” The new series will be airing on the Disney Channel and will feature some of the original cast members.

Nickelodeon has also aged the original characters from the animated series “Rugrats” when the little babies in the show were aged to middle schoolers in “All Grown Up!” The sequel ran for 5 seasons, while the original ran for 9 seasons.

Throughout television history, viewers have wondered what would become of their favorite characters as they became older. There are different sequels that have tried to answer that question. Some have been better received than others.

As “Dora and Friends:Into the City” premieres, many eyes will be watching to see if it has the same staying power as its predecessor, “Dora the Explorer.”

Thomas and Friends Grow with New Bikes, Ornaments and Other Products

It was announced earlier this month that Thomas and Friends will begin airing as a daily show on PBS Kids.   With that growth we will also see increase in types and varieties of Thomas merchandise being available to the public.

Several new products are already scheduled to be available for sale by the end of this year. Some of those are Thomas and Friends bikes and scooters.  Thomas has already had some bikes and scooters that are on the market, but this adds to the variety.

Some more fun on wheels will include a 10 foot long roller coaster called Thomas & Friends Up and Down rollercoaster.   This mini roller coaster is fun toy for young children.

New UV protective hats that feature Thomas are one of the new additions.  This headgear is used to protect kids from the harmful sun rays, while outside.

Staying healthy includes taking care of our teeth.  Children will have some more toothbrush options when some new Thomas and Friends toothbrushes hit store shelves.

After brushing their teeth and getting ready for the day, the new bright Thomas and Friends socks that can be part of getting dressed during the day.  These socks from Planet Sox are non-slip.

For the holiday season, there will be more Christmas decorations to join the variety.   Expect to see new Thomas and Friends ornaments, and stockings this year.

Dora Tween Series Coming This Fall

First Tween Dora Doll. Dora Links Doll
First Tween Dora Doll. Dora Links Doll

We have seen foreshadowing of this, but it has been confirmed that a new tween animated series about Dora the Explorer will be coming to Nickelodeon Fall 2014. The series, “Dora and Friends: Into the City” will feature Dora as a somewhat typical 10 year-old girl that has adventures with her friends and schoolmates.

In this series, Dora will be leaving her best friend, Boots the Monkey, behind for her human friends. Although she is more in the concrete jungle than the natural jungle, Dora will still have problems that she needs to solve with a little help from her friends.

Fans were introduced to tween Dora through a doll. Initially there was some criticism about having a more mature Dora the Explorer, but that subsided over time. There was even a television special that featured the older Dora and her friends.