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Bright ideas: Holiday projects for the whole family

Create holiday gifts and projects with your children by following our readers' tips.

Smart cookies

Teach preschoolers or kindergartners about the origin of spices by baking fragrant goodies.

Globetrotting gourmets

Give middle-schoolers a geography lesson by mapping the spices in their favorite recipes.

What is STEM - and why should you care?

Key things parents can do to give their children an edge in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Parent picks: What second- and third-graders are reading for the holidays

Whether it's reading about ever-exciting elementary school life or getting as far away from it as possible through elaborate fantasy worlds, there are a whole host of options for curious second- and third-graders this season. Here are some of the standouts.

iPhone apps for your rug rats

Every day another gazillion iPhone applications are released into the wild, and the vast majority are designed for grownups. But more and more developers, realizing how many young hands are reaching for their parents' phones, are creating apps for kids. The list below highlights some...

Guilt-free video games

Think gaming companies only prey on your child's baser instincts? Check out these seven video games with creative and humanitarian themes.

Top gizmos for wee techies

The past decade or so has witnessed an explosion of creativity in the toys-for-techies arena. Where budding geeks once had to limit themselves to model rockets and ham radios, there now exist countless do-it-yourself kits, introductions to a particular field of science, and just-plain-neat gadgets...

Parent picks: What first-graders are reading for the holidays

Books that play off real-life experiences are especially popular with this age group. Now is a great time to dive into early-reader chapter books.

Parent picks: What middle-schoolers are reading for the holidays

If you have a middle-schooler, chances are he or she is caught up in fantasy stories like Twilight, Shiver, or Cirque du Freak. These wintry recommendations are sure to keep your kid's nose buried in books.

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