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Bring Little House on the Prairie to Your Home with Laura Ingalls Doll

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H@H would like to thank The Queen’s Treasure for the partnership to bring our followers this Laura Ingalls doll review. H@H was offered a sample Laura Ingalls doll for the purpose of providing an honest opinion. The content within this review is truthful and solely my own. This article contains affiliate links.

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In our ever-changing world, I find it harder and harder to duplicate pieces of my childhood to experience with my children. Now granted my son, being in college now, is easier to relate to from that perspective. And of course, as a family, we’ll play the traditional board games of Connect 4 and Monopoly (which even Monopoly now has some 80+ variations)… but the really special moments in growing up are harder to pluck out of today’s world and experience with my daughter.

Maybe had my parents introduced more family traditions or passed down recipes… we’d have those today to bridge the gap in our childhood experiences. There were a couple of things my family regularly did as a family growing up… Saturday morning cartoons & coloring, tickling matching in the living room, cuddled story time, and driving around looking at holiday lights & displays. And while I remember reruns of MASH playing in the background at dinner… I also remember sitting down as a family to watch Little House on the Prairie. I remember feeling so connected to the show’s story, remember laughing out loud with my brother and sister, remember my dad’s anecdotes about his boyhood, and mom’s subtle manner of making family time a lesson in values.

Today, I’m excited to introduce and share the Little House memories with my daughter. And even more excited to gift her the ultimate “look-back” gift in the Laura Ingalls 18″ doll, this holiday season. This beautiful doll will be that special present from me to Victoria this year and then we can share in making our own Little House moments through play and I can share my childhood favorite t.v. show with her.  I’m just hoping I can find an old photo of me with either watching the show or reading the Little House books. The beautifully crafted Little House on the Prairie line of toys hadn’t existed then as it does now with The Queen’s Treasure. Be sure to visit The Queen’s Treasure for additional items to accompany 18″ Laura doll, including the famous covered wagon and plenty of accessories to emulate life as it was in the early 1800’s.

Aside from Little House of the Prairie being a childhood favorite to share with my daughter, I’m excited to have such an opportunity to explore the historic journey that was experienced not only by the Ingalls family but many early American families during the great pioneering era.

Let’s take a closer look at the doll itself. With bright blue eyes and a small amount of freckles, she is gorgeous. Laura comes with her parted into two braids tied off with white bows and a period-perfect white bonnet.

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Laura has a soft body and hard plastic legs and arms. Her nightdress is a white eyelet gown to match her nightcap. Although I haven’t undressed her, I presume she will easily fit in our American Girl and other clothing designed for 18″ dolls. The shoes may or may not fit and that may depend of the shoe style.

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This doll is packaged laying on top of her patchwork quilt, accompanied by her doll and a pillow. The sturdy box is designed to convert to a bed with the lid as a log cabin backdrop with a window. This Laura Ingalls doll and accessories can be purchased at The Queen’s Treasure or Target.com for $99.99. Other accessories, including the covered wagon, horse, and a matching child’s outfit can also be purchased at The Queen’s Treasure.  With so much history packed into each episode and so much character in each story book, it’s hard not to want more. Visit www.littlehouseontheprairie.com for craft suggestions, recipes, an historic timeline, and many more historic articles and resources. Let this doll be just the beginning of your journey back to the early frontier days of America.

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Money in Motion; Money is Art

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We were excited to receive a sample copy of 3D Coin Art for review from NSI. The opinions expressed herein are strictly my own. This article may hold affiliate links.

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Let’s talk money. For my children, this was the “easy” math. They both enjoyed learning about money and how to use it. Interestingly, my son was more curious about the faces and images on the coins and bills, whereas my daughter was and is more interested in learning how to save and spend it. That is a completely honest statement. I would spend time discussing the presidents with Greg and in fact before Kindergarten he knew money by the presidents (plus Ben) more than the face value. Funny story. One afternoon he and I were driving home from the mall. Greg had gotten some birthday money but hadn’t brought his wallet. When he had found something he liked we purchased it and agreed he’d give me the money later. So driving home, I asked him how much he owed me, thinking this would be a good lesson on adding bills… $10 plus 3 singles. He bought a toy for $13. Without any hesitation he says, “3 George Washingtons and a Hamilton”. Not completely surprised, because again this was how he referred to money, I attempted to correct him in saying he owed me a Jackson instead of the Hamilton. At fives years old, boy, he stood his argument saying he ONLY owed me 3 Washingtons and a Hamilton. Finally, at a red light, I reached in my purse for a 10 or a 20 to settle the argument and of course, he was right. And at that point, he owed me nothing.

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Another fun fact: this was the same year the Lewis & Clark nickle had been released. Talk about great timing! Greg and I had been reading and researching all the cool discoveries Lewis & Clark had documented. (Ironically, this was also the foundation of Homeroom At Home, although we didn’t know it at the time.) It was terribly cool that the new nickle was being minted in honor of Lewis & Clark just as we were enthusiastically researching all that they had explored and encountered.

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So money isn’t necessarily just money, the paper we exchange just buy stuff. There’s history to explore behind each coin and every bill. Having been a bank teller many moons ago, I grew to have a deeper appreciation for the currency system. Money in – money out. Now not everyone can get that close to a vault full of cash – although I highly suggest taking an early career job as a teller, as it offers great perspective – but what families can do is visit the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Here you will find the permanent exhibit: Money In Motion. Money In Motion is an interactive, state of art display of our central banking system. Philadelphia is the birth place for the Bank of the United States. Exhibits include interactive displays of our nation’s financial history and changes to currency dating back to 1600’s. Take a look back at the money from each of the 13 colonies. Then explore the forecast measures for our economy and learn about the national deficit and electronic banking era.

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A bucket of change may never look the same to your child. To help them better appreciate our currency system, perhaps, start a small coin collection. Examine the artwork and symbolism of coins. It’s fun to find coins from certain years like family birthdays. In fact the other day Greg came to me with a shiny new penny from the year I was born. Who would have thought a 20 year-old would be concerned with my birth year but the fact that the penny looked brand new stood out. Collectors are of all ages. This 3D Coin Art puzzle is both a bank and a puzzle at the same time.

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It comes with collecting trays so your family can hand select the shiniest coins or those made in particular years. When the trays are filled, and the puzzle is complete using pennies & nickles for the stripes and dimes for the stars, the total amount on display is $25. It comes with a stand so the whole flag can sit on display.

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Money is a topic we can’t get around. Often we find these conversations to be difficult ones and believe it or not, our children overhear these discussions and comprehend more than sometimes we give them credit for. And while we want to, and should, teach our children how and why saving is so vital to our economy, it is also important to take an opportunity to see the other side of money: the artistic side, historical side.

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Historical Scenes Built With Legos

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While this post contains affiliate links, and a sample copy of Brick History was provided for the purpose of this review, the opinions expressed within are strictly my own. #Sponsored

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We love Lego building sets as much as the next family. We love history. So when given the opportunity to check out Brick History, featuring 50 of the most pivotal historic moments in time…yeah we got a little excited. The detail in these scenes is incredible and what’s really nice is that the author, Warren Elsmore, including smaller building projects with step by step directions/illustrations. This is a pretty cool way to get kids thinking about history or enhancing some Social Studies topics. In fact, as I write this review sitting at McDonald’s, a little boy approx 3 1/2 years old sits across from me, completely mesmerized with the pirate ship scene. The book comes with 2 tear out posters of Lego scenes… I can’t help but give them to him. 😉

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There are 45 larger dioramas and 30 buildable projects to give you the best of both worlds. There are four chapters and an incredible introductory section that offers tips on building, cleaning and even photographing your Lego creations. Again, pretty cool. The chapters are outlined below as described in the press release March, 2016.

  • Prehistory and the Birth of Civilization—The Big Bang, the very first Olympic Games, and the Norman conquest of England
  • Renaissance and the Age of Empire—the invention of the Gutenberg Printing Press, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and the Mayflower’s journey to America
  • 19th Century—the California Gold Rush, the abolition of slavery following the Civil War, and Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone
  • 20th Century and Beyond—the Wright brothers’ first flight, the sinking of the Titanic, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

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Get Lost in Learning with Lost Egypt at The Franklin

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Partnered with The Franklin Institute, we are excited to offer insight into Lost Egypt. While they compensated us with admission to Lost Egypt, the opinions expressed herein are strictly mine. #Sponsored #Terrific

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You may have seen our social postings raving about Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science… but seriously, NOW is the time if you haven’t made it to the exhibit. Lost Egypt closes Aug 28th. Let’s take a look at what makes this Franklin Institute exhibit stand out.

Well, first of all, how can you decline an opportunity for a selfie with a camel? Hop on up and be transported to a different place and time.

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Experience the physics of building a pyramid.

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Then give it a try on the model pyramid exhibit. There’s a little surprise buried in the center… just a little something to peak your child’s curiosity.

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Decoding hieroglyphics feels more like a puzzle than learning. Go figure… or figures.

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Whoop – there’s that selfie again. This camel just can’t get enough.

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We don’t want to give away all of the surprises but let’s just put it out there that this is an incredible opportunity to actually experience Ancient Egypt; reconstruct ancient pottery (plastic replicas, of course), put your critical thinking skills to work with an archaeological dig, and yes… get a close up look at an actual mummy tomb, while learning the story of  “Annie”, the 17 year-old girl preserved inside.

This is sure to be an exciting experience for the whole family. And while we are on the topic of Egyptian exploration and mummies, be sure to check out the Penn Museum’s exhibits and live artifact lab. Jewels, mummies, hieroglyphic language, pyramids… what about Ancient Egypt has you intrigued? We’d love to hear your story in the comments section.

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All About Egypt at The Penn Museum

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Explore Ancient Egypt & Mummies at The Franklin Institute

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Get lost in thought as you discover Lost Egypt at The Franklin Institute.

Artifacts & MummiesWe are die-hard fans of The Franklin Institute. As a young girl, I had visited The Franklin Institute science museum many, many times, through Girl Scouts, class trips and weekend family day trips. We could never get through the entire museum in one day… never. Now I don’t even try. Instead, we purposefully plan our visit, knowing what we want to explore (and of course running through the heart at least four times each visit).

The special exhibits will often call our attention. Exhibits like Titanic, The Art of The Brick and the newest addition: Lost Egypt, where families can explore ancient civilization and customs in a most fascinating way. Get up close to “Annie”, a real human mummy and explore the traditions of making mummies.

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The exhibit opens with an interactive game display focused on ancient travel methods using camels, a life-size camel for selfie snapshots and an over-sized floor map of Egypt.  Beyond the initial interactive displays, families can experience hands-on exhibits by building a pyramid, reconstructing pottery and learning how significant studying animal bones are to uncovering truths of a lost civilization.

Test your strength and the physics of building a pyramid, use clues to solve mysteries of artifacts and tour actual artifact exhibits dating 2000+ years ago. Puzzles, video and manipulatives afford children and families the opportunity to step back in time and truly appreciate and understand customs, language and traditions of long-ago Egypt.

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The Franklin Institute has generously provided 1 Homeroom At Home reader with 2 tickets (1 child/1 adult) for their Camp-In overnight museum experience. This amazing giveaway will close as of 12AM on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 and winner will be contacted via email by 9AM Tuesday morning. The winner must accept and confirm prize by 5PM on Tuesday, February 23rd. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and a US resident. This prize is valued at $97. *Please note* that children must be between the ages of 6 and 13 to participate in Camp-In. For more information please visit The Franklin Institute’s website.

Special discount by calling 215-448-1200 (option 4) and mention promo code MOMCAMP to receive the member’s price – only $45.50 per person.

The Camp-In experience includes extras as follows:

  • NEW! Exclusive access to the BRAND NEW SportsZone exhibit!
  • NEW! SportsZone Live Science Show!
  • Explore the physics of your favorite sports in hands-on workshops.
  • Take a gravity defying ride on the Blue Angels Flight Simulator.
  • See Dark Universe in the Fels Planetarium and uncover two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy.
  • See Humpback Whales in the Tuttleman IMAX® Theater and swim alongside these amazing creatures as they leap, twirl, lunge, and splash their way across the giant screen.
  • Rooftop sky-gazing through our professional telescopes in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory (weather permitting).
  • Enjoy a light continental breakfast.
  • PLUS—Explore all of The Franklin Institute’s permanent exhibits including The Giant Heart, Your Brain, Electricity, and more! Traveling exhibits not included
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  • Free admission for a year—continue the exploration! Restrictions apply, must show souvenir patch, valid for children 13 and under.

Entry to our giveaway is super simple with additional options for following Homeroom At Home and The Franklin on Facebook and sharing via twitter. Be sure to subscribe to Homeroom At Home’s blog so not to miss a thing.

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Celebrating Presidents’ Day Weekend: Easy Crafts For Kids

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Our best Presidents’ Day Activities & Crafts for a long family weekend.

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Like us, I bet you are looking forward to a long weekend… but perhaps a long weekend in February feels too long if your little ones tend to bore easily. Presidents’ Day Weekend activities can feel “forced” and like an extension of school if piled on.  But no worries we compiled a list of super simple, crafty ways to keep the focus on our Presidents in a family-fun manner.

Wow, there are so many awesome children’s book resources available. Here are a few of our absolute favorites with silly facts that make learning about history fun for the whole family:
Celebrating President’s Day: What Is a President? by Kimberly Jordano
The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents by Susan Katz
First Grade US History: The First President by Baby Professor
Kids Meet the Presidents by Paul Rodhe
Wackiest White House Pets by Gibbs Davis
A Hall Of Heroes e-book by Home of Heroes
What Presidents Are Made Of by Hanoch Piven
If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House by Jane O’Connor

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Get crafty with these super simple, super fun projects:
Presidents’ Day Cookies by Party Pinching
Presidential Paint Stick Timeline by Deceptively Educational
Presidents’ Day Cubes via Primary Inspiration
Presidents’ Day Mini Book from Ready-Set-Read
George Washington Portrait by A Cupcake for the Teacher
Another George Washington Portrait by The First Grade Parade
Portrait of a President (Abe) by Kindergarten Nana
Abraham Lincoln’s Hat creative writing project by A Cupcake For the Teacher

Pinterest has a wealth of inspiration and ideas… here are some of our favorites for Presidents’ Day:
Presidents’ Day Word Search
Abe Paper Plate Mask
Presidents’ Day Poem
Washington Portrait with creative writing
Log Cabin Craft
American Symbols Project

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Other resources:
Washington or Lincoln crossword puzzle (www.RealLifeAtHome.com)
Presidents’ Day worksheet pack (free) by 123 Homeschool4me.com
The Presidents Song by Isaac and Kirsten to remember all 44 presidents (see below)
Lincoln virtual gallery tour, learn about his family, residence and interests

For even more fabulous Presidents’ Day activity ideas, check out our featured post on It Is A Keeper and our previous Presidents’ Day Article. And soon our website (http://HomeroomAtHome.com) will have an entire featured section on discovering our Founding Fathers and the Presidents of our history.

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Step Back in Time with Jazz Age on the Delaware at the Glen Foerd Mansion

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#Sponsored post, whereby we were invited to a media preview for the Jazz Age on the Delaware event. All opinions expressed herein are strictly mine. Thank you Aversa PR & Event.

 

20150712_171713How often do you get a chance to emerge your child(ren) into a different time period… I mean “Back To The Future” style? Seriously, here’s your opportunity to leap back into the 20’s with Jazz Age on the Delaware this Saturday, August 1st from 11AM to 5PM.

20150712_185401 20150712_185143Not only will it be the party of all parties… but it will be held at the breath-taking Glen Foerd Mansion… on the waterfront. Stroll through the beautiful grounds, take a tour of the mansion or spread out a picnic blanket. No matter, it will be a day worth remembering.

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Dress in your period best attire and don’t forget your dance shows. Charleston lessons at 11:15 AM (VIP) and noon.  The event will feature authentic 1920’s bands and dancing. Music by Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society, The Gin Canaries, and The Red Hot Ramblers with Chelsea Reed. Dandy Wellington, Old City Sweethearts and The Minsky Sisters will provide dancing entertainment.

20150712_165031Guests are encouraged to pack a picnic although snacks and beverages will be available for purchase by Jamie Hollander Gourmet Foods and Catering. Vintage cocktails will also be available… and they are super delicious.

Food, shopping, music, drinks, fashion, games, dancing and entertainment… all set to the beautiful 1920’s era. Perfect for sampling a fun-filled time of American history. For more information, please visit Glen Foerd’s website. Ticket info, parking and entertainment details (including VIP passes) can all be obtained here. We’ll see you at the party.

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This was seriously one of the best Mother-Daughter outings I've shared with my little darling. We had an amazing time and look forward to next year @glenfoerd @koryaversa #jazzagephilly #jazzageonthedelaware #vintage #1920s #roaring20s #jazzagelawnparty #mother #daughter

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