The weather channel was able to capture a video of the Reindeer feasting on some lichens under the snow. Only 41 days until Christmas so time to fatten up before our big trip. Rudolph and I will be traveling to Atlanta and he always enjoys eating fresh grass when we visit the Atlanta area.
Sphero SPRK+ STEAM Educational Robot
Need a gift for a 11 or 12 year old who loves technology? This gift may be just the right choice for that preteen and it is not just a toy or a game but a gift that will teach kids the fundamentals of programming. Many STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) programs are actually using these in class so this will allow the student to master what at home what they are learning at school.
The Sphero SPRK is a clear round ball that lets the preteen see what they are controlling. A Bluetooth interface allows the Sphero to be controlled by compatible phones or tablets . If your preteen saw BB8 last year and you held off getting them one then this is a great substitute that will teach them more about how to control a robot to navigate a maze, swim across the water, or do a little dance.
Check out the Sphero site to learn more about this educational tool or see a video of the Sphero SPRK+ in action. http://www.sphero.com/sprk-plus
Cute video. Why not set out something different for Santa this year. If the children ask why bacon? Just show them this video.
This is almost the end of the second week of my Christmas season. The past two weeks have been full with preschool visits in the Cumming, Sugar Hill, and Buford area. A photo shoot in Holly Springs, and a visit to Windermere rounded out my visits.
It’s not to late to schedule a home visit for this season! Check my calendar using this link Santa’s Calendar for now since my calendar page has some issues as they are updating the software. December – Really?
When I arrive at your home it will be in my motorized (Honda FIT) Rudolph sleigh.
Blue Mountain Printable Cards
I use Blue Mountain electronic cards all of the time as I have family spread from the extreme Southeast to the extreme Northwest. They are always coming out with new cards that are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, and whatever. I just happened to be searching and found some interest items in their printable collection. I have been a long time Hallmark user for printable cards and really like them but this appears to be just about as easy to use.
The card I thought you might find interesting for Christmas is a “Nice List Certificate” that you can create and print online. Looks like they currently have a problem printing from Chrome, so you may need to use a different browser.
My thought was to begin the season with letting your children know they are on the “Nice List”. Perhaps have your elf bring it with them when they come around Thanksgiving. You could even spell out some good deeds that Santa and your elf would like to see them work on as they experience the meaning of Christmas.
You can check out the “Nice List Certificate” at this link: http://www.bluemountain.com/printable-cards/christmas/nice-list-certificate/card-3170689
Free Introduction Letter for Your New Elf
Elves are very popular with children, so much so that Santa has to ask about how many elves and what are their names. If you are thinking about getting an elf for the first time or about another elf then perhaps you would like a letter from Santa introducing your new elf. The letter gives some background about your elf and what the children might expect. Santa signed the letter and the address is from Santa’s Desk. The letter is in an Adobe PDF format form where you can add the name of your child. Just download the file, open the PDF, click in the “TO:” field and enter the name(s) of the child or family.
I will be adding new files over time which will include “Nice Certificates” from your elf, “Need to Try Harder”, and many other letters you can use to keep the magic of Christmas alive. In an upcoming post I will also give information on how you can create your own letter from Santa and have the USPS deliver it with a North Pole postmark.
Get your free introduction letter here. Elf Arrival Letter
The One World Doll Project launched a line of multi-cultural dolls know as Prettie Girls. The line has proved very successful at retailers such as Walmart which has announced that they will increase their presence for the Tween Scene Collection. The One World Doll Project’s collection consist of fashion play dolls with a variety of culture, interests, and style backgrounds to choose from.
Star Wars and Frozen Toys Top Disney’s 2015 Christmas Suggestions
Disney has a lot of toys to suggest for Christmas. Last Christmas, Frozen was the big hit with all of the young ladies and many of them sang Let It Go for me throughout the season (with a little prompting from Santa and the delight of mom and dad who were recording the visit). As with other popular movies of years past, I am sure that Anna and Elsa will continue to be a big hit with many children. With the opening of Star Wars the Force Awakens, Disney will have very popular toys that that appeal to both they young men and young women. According to Toy New the top dozen on Disney’s list of toy suggestions for 2015 include the Anna and Elsa Frozen Fever Doll Set, the Inside Out Talking Doll Sing-Along With Elsa by Jakks, and Star Wars Princess Leia and Darth Vader costumes.