Spider-Man Storytime with Andy Schmidt from Comics Experience

Our spidey senses are tingling! It’s time for a story about Spider-Man, thanks to Andy Schmidt from Comics Experience. Andy is a comic book writer and editor who has contributed his stories to 5-minute Spider-Man Stories and is ready to read one to you! Andy is one of the comic industry’s most well known teachers, lecturers, and consultants!

Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and thank Andy for his awesome reading skills. You can tag and follow Comics Experience on Facebook and Twitter. Keep on reading!

2020-06-17T08:11:36-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , |

Ricky Zoom Activity Pack

Make Room for Ricky Zoom! Teaching friendship and teamwork and filled with zoomtastic bike rescues, it’s an aspirational show for your little ones.

Download our Ricky Zoom App Welcome to Wheelford where you can explore Ricky’s world, play tons of games – just for preschoolers – and learn Bike Buddy skills!

Make sure to share how you’re enjoying and participating with Ricky Zoom, using #ACJrAtHome! Ricky Zoom can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Be sure to take a photo of your Ricky Zoom creations and share them with us.

2020-06-02T09:17:40-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

How to make Carlton from Cuddles and Rage

Are you familiar with the oh-so-adorable-yet-slightly-disturbing diorama artwork of Cuddles and Rage? Their super sweet and slightly scary has style been to Awesome Con – and now it’s coming straight to your home! Let’s learn how to make Carlton, the adorable milk carton man from their book, Bites of Terror. Simply download and print the below Carlton printable template, and follow along with the below video. Cuddles are Rage is comprised of Liz and Jimmy Reed, the husband-and-wife team. The have created a world full of disturbingly cute stories with heart.

Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and tag Cuddles and Rage on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share your Carlton creations. Thanks to Liz from Cuddles and Rage for this adorable tutorial!

Gather your materials!
Printable template below
Cardstock or Bristol Board Paper
Glue
Scissors
Markers or Colored Pencils


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Create your Carlton!

2020-05-26T07:31:02-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

Coronavirus: A Book for Children from Candlewick Press (+ more Stay At Home Resources!)

Looking for a way to talk about Coronavirus with your kids, in a real but easy-to-digest format? Thanks to our friends at Candlewick Press, you can do just that with Coronavirus: A Book for Children! Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and tag Candlewick Press to say “Thanks!” Candlewick Press can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. With child-appropriate answers and explanations, the book addresses key questions, like: How do you catch coronavirus and what happens if you have it? Why are people so worried about it? Is there a cure? Why do we have to stay home? What can I do to help? And what happens next?

Elizabeth Jenner is a writer and editor specializing in children’s nonfiction who has worked in publishing for fifteen years. Based in London, she is currently head of nonfiction at Nosy Crow. Kate Wilson is the managing director and founder of the UK children’s independent publisher Nosy Crow. Nia Roberts has worked in children’s publishing for more than twenty years, most recently as head of design at Nosy Crow. Graham Medley is a professor of infectious disease modeling at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Axel Scheffler is the author-illustrator of the Pip and Posy series and the Flip Flap series and has illustrated a number of books, including Julia Donaldson’s best-selling modern classic, The Gruffalo, which has sold millions of copies worldwide.

And when you’re done reading this book, Candlewick Press has provided even more resources to help you find something to do at home. They are offering activities, discussion guides, educational materials, videos, and more all at their website – for free! Click here to access their Stay at Home resources.

2020-04-26T14:04:59-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

Peppa Pig Videos and Activities from Entertainment One

Oink oink! Peppa Pig wants to help you and your little piggies have fun while at home. Find some oinktastic resources that all Peppa fans can enjoy, from activity sheets and crafts to the most delicious recipes. Join Peppa and her family on their adventures by building your own camper van with materials found at home, then mix up a delicious Muddy Puddle Pudding—Peppa’s favorite!

Make sure to share how you’re enjoying and participating with Peppa, using #ACJrAtHome! Peppa can be found on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram! Be sure to take a photo of your Peppa creations and share them with us.

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Find other activities on the Peppa Pig website where you can download coloring sheets, puzzles, mazes, and more! Click here to find all of the oinktastic Peppa Pig activities. Then jump into the World of Peppa Pig – a safe and ad-free app filled with lots of interactive learning and fun! Find even more family and friend-filled fun on the official Peppa Pig YouTube channel where you can enjoy episodes, music videos, and playlists about staying active while at home!

2020-05-04T10:39:33-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

Cute Animals On Fire Game thanks to Super Art Fight!

Who doesn’t love cute, adorable animals… that are on fire!? Get ready to laugh your butts off thanks to Super Art Fight! These Awesome Con veterans have provided a free, printable copy of their board game, Cute Animals on Fire, just for you! Super Art Fight is the Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe. Founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 2008, SAF has built an enthusiastic fanbase with their hilarious live events, where artists collide on a giant canvas. In 2018, as a part of their 10 year anniversary celebration, Super Art Fight released Cute Animals on Fire, a “home game” version of their show. This print-and-play version allows the entire family to play together! If you’d like to buy a real copy of the game, head to superartfight.etsy.com!

Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome to tag Super Art Fight as well to share with them how you’re enjoying the game! Facebook: Super Art Fight | Twitter:  @superartfight | Instagram: @superartfight – also stay tuned to Super Art Fight’s social media and website (superartfight.com) as they launch their first expansion pack, Cute Animals on Ice, later this year!

Gather your materials!

  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Drawing Tools
  • Timer

Download the game and play!


Download Cute Animals on Fire – the Digital Version 2: You know, for Kids!

2020-04-11T16:32:42-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: |

Go into space with NASA

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to the moon? Are you curious about our solar system? Want to participate in countless educational and fun space-themed activities and games?  Thanks to our friends at NASA, you can travel into outer space from the comfort of your own living room!

Make sure to tag #ACJrAtHome to show us how your journey into space is going. And thanks to NASA for providing such awesome learning materials!

Tour the moon: Strap on your space boots kids, we’re going to the moon! With NASA’s virtual moon tour website, moon.nasa.gov, you can see a 360 degree view of our moon, anytime you want! You can click around and see pictures and stories from Human and Robot Landing Sites. You can read about all of the humans who have visited the moon. You can learn all about the phase of the moon, real time temperature, and the moon’s core. Everything you could ever want to know about the moon is here for you in an incredible highly interactive tool that’s super fun for martian moms and dads, and their moon children.

Tour the solar system: Far out, dude! When you’re done learning everything about the moon, why not give the rest of the solar system a spin at solarsystem.nasa.gov? This epic website is a real-time, living encyclopedia all about the robotic exploration of the solar system. We’ve got 8 planets (9 if you’re still #TeamPluto) to dig into, plus dward planets, even hypothetical planets, and their moons! Not enough for you? How about learning about asteroids, comets, and meteors – oh my! Looking for something a little bit more interactive? NASA has provided 10+ Things to Do with NASA at Home which includes awesome activities like instructions to build your own rocket, and fun science projects to do.

NASA STEM Engagement Activities: There are countless activities to do on the NASA STEM Engagement page for kids Grade K-4, 5-8, and 9-12! No matter what age or grade, there are an assortment of activities designed to inspire, engage, educate, and employ the next generation of explorers! Wanna solve a space puzzle? Ever tried to build your own edible spacecraft? Want to play some space-themed online games? How about a huge assortment of coloring pages and books? There is no shortage of resources here and they’re all out of this world!

NASA’s Space Place: We’re going to the Space Place! Get ready to explore Earth and space through this awesome kid friendly portal! Fun facts, games, crafts, activities, videos, and a ton more. This site has been kicking since 1998 and has been designed to educate and enrich upper-elementary-aged kids about our world, and beyond! It has material in both English and Spanish, plus resources for parents and teachers!

 

2020-04-11T16:16:20-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , , , , |

“Alter Nation” Coloring Book by Panda Mony Toys

If you could have any superpower based on any animal’s abilities, what would it be? Out of the lab, and into the street – meet the GK Delta Special Forces team! These perfect soldiers were created in a lab by blending human and animal genetic abilities… and you can play along with them in the Alter Nation toy line!

Thanks to Panda Mony Toys for the awesome Alter Nation coloring book, linked below, featuring characters like Sham, Sabotage, El Ray and Bomber. Are you Team Alpha or Team Delta? Whatever team you are, get printing and get coloring right now!

Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and tag Alter Nation on social media to say “Thanks!” Facebook: Panda Mony Toys | Twitter: @PandaMonyToys | Instagram: @pandamonytoys

There are more freebies at Alternation.toys so be sure to check it out!



Download the Alter Nation Coloring Book

2020-04-05T12:44:29-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , |

Color Your Own Traditional Japanese Masks By Amy

It’s time for something educational AND fun! Thanks to Amy Konecny of Unique Creations by Amy, you can print out your very own traditional Japanese mask to color. These beautiful masks show off people and creatures from Japanese mythology. Amy explains what the meaning of these masks are as well as what they were traditionally made from. Thanks Amy!

Make sure to tag #ACJrAtHome and Amy to show off how you decided to decorate these beautiful masks. Tag Amy to say “Thanks!” Facebook: Unique Creations By Amy | Instagram: @uniquecreationsbyamy

About Traditional Japanese Masks: Traditional Japanese masks are made from many materials clay, wood, leather, cloth, paper, or metal. Today they are mostly decorative and you can buy them at shrine festivals and events in Japan or on the internet here. Most of these mask are people or creatures are from Myth, Ancient Dances or Noh Theater, or the masks Samurai wore. The masks used in this series are all Yokai or Monster masks.

Kitsune: One of the most popular Japanese masks are the Kitsune or Fox masks. Kitsune can be both good and bad. Some are guardian spirits that protect Temples/God/or special people. Some are Yokai or Monsters like the 9 tailed-fox which is usually a trickster spirit. Weather they are good or bad sprite foxes can cast magic and are know for “Fox Fire” blue magical flames that can do more than just burn things. On this page you will see both the Japanese and English names, the Kanji for Kitsune, a temple Guardian and a 9 tailed fox, fox fire and of course a Kitsune mask. A tip for remembering how to spell Kitsune: Kit-Sun-E

Oni: Oni are another type of Japanese Yokai or Monster they are much like our Ogres or Trolls and are always the bad-guy. They are typically portrayed as hulking figures with one or more horns growing out of their heads and carry a large spiked Iron club. If they ware shoes they will always be traditional Japanese sandals, but often times are barefoot or just have foot wraps (cloth warped around the foot). Oni are often found in Mountains, Caves, or abandoned places. Holly is used to protect you from them. On this page you will see both the Japanese and English names, the Kanji for Oni, a Mountain in the background, Spiked club, some Holly to protect you from the Oni, a traditional sandal, and of course an Oni Mask.

Namahage: Once a year, during koshōgatsu—the first full moon of the New Year—the Namahage descend from the mountains to scare villagers. They go from door to and brandish their knives, saying things like, “Any bad kids here?” They particularly enjoy scaring small children and new brides. Despite their ferocious appearance and behavior, they are actually well-meaning yōkai. They are sent down from the mountain as messengers of the gods to warn and chastise those who have been lazy or wicked. Today, the namahage play a major part in New Year’s festivities in Akita Prefecture (old Dewa Province). Villagers dress up in straw raincoats and leggings, don oni masks, and wield large knives. They go from house to house and play the part of namahage.

Tengu, Sky Dog: The tengu were originally thought to take the forms of birds of prey, and they are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics. The earliest tengu were pictured with beaks, but later had an unnaturally long nose, which today is widely considered the tengu’s defining characteristic in the popular imagination

2020-04-05T12:47:06-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , , |

Fighting Coronavirus Together Coloring Sheet by Walmazan Studio

Do you feel like you’re in a super long battle? Are you getting cabin fever and looking for something to do? Brandish your blade (and your crayons!), strap on your shield, and climb aboard your trusty steed (or dragon! or couch!) as we tackle the Rona – TOGETHER! Thanks to Wenceslao Almazan aka Walmazan Studio you can color a piece of art that shows that we are in this together!

Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and tag Wenceslao to show off your coloring skills! Facebook: Walmazan | Instagram: @walmazan_art | Twitter: @srwalmazan



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2020-04-05T09:09:23-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |