Gift Guide: Snap Circuits for the Inquisitive Pre-Teen

SCRoverWe were delighted to receive this request from a reader yesterday —

Greatlakesborn: I’m looking for birthday ideas for a 9-year-old girl.  She is pretty active and inquisitive. Thanks!

We know we’ve been a little thin on the recommendations for that age, so we’re absolutely thrilled to respond to this request. Today we’re going to talk about Snap Circuits, a physics toy that comes in kits at a range of price points to build everything from radios to rovers.

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Book Review: Feminist Fairy Tales (A Polish Example)

IMG_2095This week’s post was originally inspired way back in July when I was in Poland with my family. We were visiting the Wawel Castle in Krakow, an incredible medieval castle that has withstood centuries of war and occupation (albeit with a few fires and restorations). It is now a national museum. I’d like to use an anecdote from this trip to illustrate the way stories can be retold in a way that is more gender-fair.

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Getting Reel: Into the Woods

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For Christmas, I gave my 6-year-old niece and nephew gift certificates to go to the movies. As I’ve told you before, gift certificates are one of my favorite customizable presents — give the gift of experience, as they say. So, one day over their holiday break, we went out to lunch, to the movies, and of course stopped for hot cocoa on the way home.

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New Year, New Schedule

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Happy New Year, Fair Play fans! We know we’ve apologized multiple times for our delinquency but here it is again — I’m very sorry for putting this project on the back burner. I’m currently finishing writing my dissertation (defending at the end of February!) and that, with other research projects, has precluded too much blogging.

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Book Review: Books for the Beginning Reader

BreadAndJamForFrancesToday, my niece and nephew (primary inspirations for the blog) turn 6! They recently started kindergarten. This post is a tribute to both of those milestones. For their birthday, I gave them a series of books that I learned to read on: Russell Hoban’s Frances series. The Frances books are about a sassy badger and her attempts to navigate childhood’s great challenges.

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Ask and Ye Shall Receive…More Gender-fair Options

LandsEndScienceToday’s post is semi-old news but the message is the same: if you want gender-fair options, ask for them. That’s exactly what one mom did with Lands’ End when she noted the t-shirt options for boys and girls were highly gendered. Lands’ End actually responded by expanding their offerings!

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