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August 31, 2015

SPONSORED POST: Money Confident Kids Contest

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T-Rowe-Price_130x130_Stacks.v2This blog post is sponsored by T. Rowe Price.

Are you a money confident kid? Here’s a chance to win one of six different prizes including $1,500 and a library of books for your classroom! All you need to do is interview your parent or guardian and write a short essay about the experience. Go to scholastic.com/mck/entryform.pdf for all the details and to download the entry form. 

Questions? Post below!

August 7, 2015

SPONSORED POST Pan

PAN Sponsored PostThis Blog Post Is Sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Hey! You look like the type who might appreciate a good book, is that right? You might even like a good origin story—the story of how a hero ends up with incredible abilities!

Levi Miller as PANIn the new live-action film Pan (not yet rated), opening October 9, Peter (played by Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with a rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life, those qualities do not exactly fly. One night, Peter is spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors, and fairies called Neverland. There he is tasked with defeating the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (played by Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.Hugh Jackman in Pan

Tell us about the most amazing book you’ve ever read in the Comments section below.

Plus, check out the Book Explorer Quiz to discover more great books! And while we’re at it, watch the movie trailer.

July 14, 2015

SPONSORED POST Kart Kingdom

Posted by at 1:42 am in Games, SPONSORED | Permalink

Kart KingdomThis blog post is sponsored by PBS Kids.

Come one, come all to KART KINGDOM!

There’s an exciting new world of adventure and fun waiting to be explored! In Kart Kingdom, the new game from PBS KIDS, you can create your own character and build your very own kart. Once you start playing, you can begin to unlock new worlds, gadgets, and prizes! Meet new friends and explore the world together. kart kingdomIf you’re lucky, you might run into some of your favorite PBS KIDS characters like Team Wild Kratts and Odd Squad!

Play for FREE on pbskids.org and start your quest today!

Here’s what our kart looks like. Tell us about yours!

November 1, 2014

SPONSORED BLOG POST Annie

Posted by at 4:52 pm in Create a Caption, SPONSORED | Permalink

Annie movieThis blog post is sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

It’s a hard knock life, but you’ve got to know that the sun will come out tomorrow!

In the upcoming movie Annie (rated PG), in theaters December 19, Annie faces challenges and adversity, but always with optimism and humor. She knows that you’re never fully dressed without a smile!

See below for photo stills from the movie. What do you think she and her friends might be saying? Create a fun or silly caption for each photo!

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Annie and girls dancing in apartment

Annie movie

Sandy and Annie

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Annie posing in her red dress

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Will Stacks with girls in helicopter

Leave your captions in the Comments! And read our blog posts about 2 of the actresses in the movie, Quevenzhané Wallis who plays Annie, and Nicolette Pierini who plays Mia.

August 15, 2014

SPONSORED POST The Art of Duck Tape

Posted by at 1:01 am in Kid Power, SPONSORED | Permalink

The Art of Duck TapeThis blog post is sponsored by The Art of Duck Tape®

Did you know that duct tape was used in World War II to repair trucks and was even used in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge? Now the heavy-duty fabric tape has gone from a fix-all to a creative medium for some seriously cool crafts.

If you’re looking for a fun, new project and some cool ideas, check out these crafts!

Do you have your own idea for a Duck Tape® craft? Share it in the Comments below!

August 6, 2014

SPONSORED POST Dolphin Tale 2

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Dolphin Tale 2 Sponsored PostThis blog post is sponsored by Dolphin Tale 2 (rated PG).

Nine years ago in Florida, rescuers found a young bottlenose dolphin tangled in a crab trap. They brought her to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), where they named her Winter. Unfortunately, Winter’s injuries were so severe that her entire tail and two vertebrae were lost. Thanks to the staff of CMA, Winter has healed. She now swims with the help of a tail created by prosthetics and orthotics company Hanger, together with marine mammal veterinarian Mike Walsh and CMA’s marine mammal trainers.

According to the CMA, many steps are required for Winter to wear her prosthetic tail. The process starts with a “sock,” which they call the famous “Winter’s Gel.” The sock’s rubbery material reduces friction on her skin and helps the tail stay on. Also, a “cup” and a suspension strap are placed on her body. A sleeve is pulled over the entire tail to secure all moving pieces. Finally, the rubber band, a new feature of Winter’s prosthetic, is placed right at the end of the tail.

Although Winter is doing swimmingly, she needs constant care. Her prosthetic tail can only be used for short periods of time. Swimming without it in the wild would put her at great risk. Winter calls the CMA home, and she serves as an ambassador, teaching people from all over the world about dolphins!

Winter the dolphin and all her friends at the CMA are back in the movie Dolphin Tale 2 (rated PG), in theaters September 12.

Take the Marine Life Champion Personality Quiz and find out how you can help animals like Winter!

Excited to learn more about the rescue and rehabilitation of marine life in Dolphin Tale 2? Share your Comments below.

April 25, 2014

SPONSORED POST Earth to Echo

Posted by at 6:01 pm in Celebrities, SPONSORED | Permalink

Earth to Echo movie photoThis blog post is sponsored by Earth to Echo.

Earth to Echo (rated PG For Some Action and Peril, and Mild Language) is a movie about a group of friends who embark on one last adventure to investigate the source of the cryptic signals they’ve been receiving. It’s a discovery beyond their wildest imaginations and changes their lives forever. It stars Ella Wahlestedt as Emma, Reese C. Hartwig as Munch, Teo Halm as Alex, and Brian “Astro” Bradley as Tuck. Read on to find out more from the cast about the movie, in theaters July 2, 2014! Continue reading

April 11, 2014

SPONSORED POST Amazing Spider-Man Stunts

Posted by at 12:18 pm in SPONSORED | Permalink

The Amazing Spider-Man 2SPONSORED POST The Amazing Spider-Man 2TM

This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

Things get pretty high-flyin’ in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ (rated PG-13).

Circus-worthy stunts fill The Amazing Spider-Man 2™. In fact, well over 200 stunt performers punched the clock during shooting, says the movie’s stunt coordinator James Armstrong.

“The actors rehearse in a huge empty parking lot and we put marks down on the ground to replicate where curbs, or buildings or different things are,” explains Armstrong, whose father was also a stunt coordinator on the film. “Then, they have to try and take that and remember it for the actual shoot.”

Armstrong worked closely with all of the stars in the movie, and says that it’s the goal to have the actors do their own stunts whenever feasible. The trick is keeping someone like The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ star Andrew Garfield in check, who plays Spider-Man and was eager to get his hands dirty on the set as often as possible. “Andrew does a lot of stunts and sometimes we actually have to rein him in more than he’d like just to keep him safe,” says Armstrong. Yikes! Take it easy there, Spidey – you’ve got a whole city to protect!

Ready to peep the gravity-defying hijinks in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™? Share your Comments below.

This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

March 26, 2014

SPONSORED POST The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Posted by at 3:25 pm in SPONSORED | Permalink

The Amazing Spider-Man 2This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

Sparks fly in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 TM (rated PG-13).

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important conflict has been within himself:  the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter finds that his greatest battle is about to begin.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: Only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

“I definitely feel more confident this time around,” says Garfield. “I enjoy being Spider-Man, which is for sure what Peter feels as well.”

In the highly charged trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ Garfield soars overcrowded Manhattan avenues, while high-speed chases below leave taxicabs overturned like featherweight tumbleweeds. We glimpse a Times Square tussle, too, as Spidey faces off with Electro in New York City’s bustling tourist attraction. Flashing billboards and oversize digital ads have nothing on the spectacle at ground level—it’s Spider-Man versus an OsCorp electrical engineer gone bad. What could be more electrifying?

Are you amped for the sparks that will fly in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™? Share your Comments below.

This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

Spider-Man and related characters and elements: ™ & © 2014 Marvel.

Sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2

February 25, 2014

SPONSORED POST Island of Lemurs

Posted by at 12:55 pm in SPONSORED | Permalink

lemurs130This blog post is sponsored by IMAX Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.

If you love animal documentaries, then you will be excited to see the new IMAX movie about wild lemurs living in Madagascar. It’s called Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (rated G). We got to ask some questions of Dr. Patricia Wright, the primatologist who studies the lemurs in the film. Read on to learn more about lemurs and what it is like to work with them in the wild. Continue reading