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Martha Speaks About Animal Shelters

PBS KIDS’ Martha Speaks is partnering with the Humane Society of the United States to celebrate the great work done by animal shelters around the country.

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To celebrate this partnership, PBS will be airing a special week of shelter dog episodes, beginning Monday, October 3, 2011 on PBS KIDS (check your local listings).

Previewing the Martha Speaks episodes this week has led to many conversations and questions from my kids.  We’ve been exploring and learning a lot this week about animal shelters and the Humane Society.  Check out what we’ve learned on our video!

My kids and I have celebrated Martha’s great cause this entire week.  We got a sneak peak of the new episode, “Carolina Picks a Lily,” and loved it.  This new episode will premier on TV this Monday, so check your local listings!  There will be special episodes every day to celebrate shelter animals.  You won’t want to miss it!  This is such a great opportunity to teach your kids in a really fun way about the great work of the Humane Society.

It’s a great thing to adopt an animal from an animal shelter.  You never know what fun things will happen.  I found it inspiring when I discovered that Susan Meddaugh, the author of the original “Martha Speaks” book series, was inspired to write the books because of a stray dog she adopted and named Martha.  “[The real-life] Martha has given me more than I could have ever imagined,” Susan explains. “What if we hadn’t adopted her? We would have missed so much. And it makes me sad to think of all the dogs in shelters, and all the love and surprises they could bring to a forever home of their own.”

When you adopt an animal and bring them into a “forever home,” it surely is a cause for celebration!  It’s like welcoming a new family member!  Here are some ideas to help you celebrate . . .

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These tasty dog bone cookie snacks are a sure crowd pleaser.  Make extra for the party goers, they will definitely want to take home a doggy-bag.

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We made these tasty treats the easy way!  We made brownies from a mix and sugar cookies from a mix.  Just get your favorite frostings, sprinkles and a dog bone cookie cutter and you will be set.  I like how the little dog bone sits on top of the brownie.

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By the way, these are just people treats.  You should never EVER feed a dog chocolate.

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Unless it’s this kind of dog.  Then it’s okay.

Make some tasty treats that Martha and your own dog would love.  Here’s a recipe for some great doggy-safe treats: http://www.dogtreatrecipes.org/the-perfect-dog-biscuit-recipe.html

More fun with Animal Shelter Printables!

I thought it would be fun to have some printables for the upcoming week, so I created these for the great celebration.  Just click the pics below to view the full-size PDFs and print!  These are great for a fun activity to color while watching the Shelter Dog Adoption episodes of Martha Speaks this week!  Also, find a fun Martha Speaks bone bracelet activity printout at http://www.pbs.org/parents/martha/pdf/MarthaHA_BoneBracelet.pdf

To find out more about helping animals and for more activity ideas, visit http://www.pbs.org/parents/martha/helpinganimals/index.html

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“A Very Monkey Christmas”

Get out the blueberry pancakes and bananas, George is coming for breakfast!

I’ve had a fun weekend filled with Christmas parties, kids, and our favorite monkey!  Thanks to WGBH (Creators of the Curious George series) and PBS Kids who sent me this DVD screener!  This hour-long Curious George Special, “A Very Monkey Christmas,” will be airing on PBS stations Christmas Day.  That’s right, George is coming for Christmas!

(Image credit from A Very Monkey Christmas:  Curious George TM & © 2010 Universal Studios and/or HMH. All Rights Reserved)

You know that feeling you get when your very little kids come up to you with a picture they’ve drawn.  It’s adorable and sweet and you smile really big and tell them that it’s just wonderful!  In reality you aren’t sure what the drawing is, but you would never ask because you wouldn’t want your cute little artist to feel bad.  Well, the Man with the Yellow Hat  experiences this when George hands him a Christmas wish list of shapes.  Determined to be a good “monkey parent” the Man with the Yellow Hat works hard to understand George and to make George’s Christmas wish come true—whatever it is.

This movie features all of George’s friends including Hundley, Charkie, Professor Wiseman, Betsy, Bill, and even Chef Pisghetti! Each character sings a  lovable Christmas song in this gift giving adventure.  Even though it was the first time my kids saw this movie, they all tried to sing along because they loved “singing George friends.”  It was cute.

As for the kids and the movie, well, I had to call the best critics in town to review this Curious George Christmas Special with me.  They are monkey professionals.

(Oh wait.  Shhh.  The critics are reviewing right now….)

You’ll hear what the critics have to say at the end of this post in an exclusive interview.  But first…

Here’s a few ideas to make a perfect Merry Monkey Christmas breakfast for your kiddos.

Nothing says George like yellow, blue and red tableware, and balloon designed napkins are perfect.  A bowl of George’s favorite fruit makes a great side dish as well as a great monkey centerpiece.

The yellow hat is a must have!  (I was pretty giddy when I got this stroke of inspiration walking by the paper plates in the grocery store).  Just get a yellow paper cup and a yellow paper dessert plate.  Stick black electrician’s tape around the brim of the cup and turn it upside down on the plate, like this.

It’s so easy.

It’s so cute.

It’s so yellow!

The Man with the Yellow Hat would be proud!

Next thing.  We all know George LOVES blueberry pancakes, and the kids love ‘em too.    Don’t do this from scratch!  Make your Christmas morning relaxing!  My favorite recipe for blueberry pancakes is called blueberry muffin mix.  Look for a muffin mix that has a pancake recipe on the side.  (Don’t forget blueberry syrup and whip cream to top it off!)

You can find these cute Curious George printables HERE on www.PBSkids.org.  Print out and color with markers.  Get an empty paper towel tube and cut it into 1/2 inch rings to attatch to the cutouts so they stand up.  The table confetti can be found HERE on www.PBSkids.org.

And now, my little movie critics, what was your favorite part of the movie “A Very Monkey Christmas?”

And there you have it.  We give this show an official two thumbs up!  (Or if you’re a monkey, make that four thumbs up!)

Don’t forget to check out your PBS Station’s local listings for Curious George’s “A Very Monkey Christmas,”  airing on Christmas Day!  Enjoy breakfast with George and have a merry monkey Christmas!

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Curious George Giveaway!


Because It’s Christmas time.

Because I love Curious George.

Because your kids will love it too.

I’m doing a Curious George giveaway!

Just comment to this post and tell me what you love about Curious George.  You will automatically be entered to win Curious George 2:  Follow That Monkey! Post your comment by 10pm Wednesday (Mountain Standard Time).  Winner will be chosen at random and announced Thursday.

Just so you know, I own this movie and my family loves it.  It’s been viewed so many times a monkey can’t count how many!  This is something I’m doing just for fun and will personally pay for the winner’s DVD and shipping.  Be sure to check back Thursday to claim your prize!