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Live Butterfly Garden Rising to Be a Top Educational Toy

Live Butterfly Garden

Live Butterfly Garden

One of the educational toys on the market that is gaining huge popularity for its creativity, learning aspects and entertainment is the Live Butterfly Garden for kids by Insect Lore.

With a live butterfly garden you can explore the life of insects with live butterfly, ladybug, ants and other insect kits for education and home use. Insect Lore (a creator of live butterfly garden kits) lets kids witness the wonder of the butterfly life cycle with child-and-insect friendly habitats. Kids can see the caterpillar’s transition as it grows, changes into a chrysalis, and finally emerges as a lady butterfly.

A live butterfly garden comes with a mesh cage and 5-6 larvae that will turn into caterpillars and then into butterflies. All of the food that will be needed is provided.

with this educational toy, kids watch the progress of the larvae turning into a caterpillar, the caterpillar spinning his cocoon, and then the butterfly emerging in just a few weeks time. Kids will then have to let the butterflies go after 3 days so they can find food.

The live butterfly garden and other Insect Lore products teach kids about science and nature and the process in which different insects go through. It also teaches kids to learn to let things go for the benefit of nature and others.

I bought this educational toy before for my 4-year-old niece and it has been one of her favorite gifts to date. It is something that most people do not think to give and is very exciting for kids.

Gallery of Children Appreciation Letters

I love my job!! I love that I work with products that have such a positive influence on others. One of the greatest rewards is when we receive letters from kids telling us how much they love our products and how they have impacted their lives. We would like to start posting any letters that we receive from your kids below. The letters can be about anything to do with one of our products that they had the chance to view. We really appreciate you as our fans and our customers!!

You can fax your letters to the attention of Amy Upton at (800) 221-8729, scan them and e-mail to nfblog@nestfamily.com or by mail to:

Nest family

Attn: Amy Upton

1421 S. Beltline Rd. #300

Coppell, TX 75019

Letters will be posted by the end of the week after receipt!

Displayed below are actual letters that we have recently received from a 2nd Grade classroom of students who were donated our hero classics DVD collection to educate them on historical figures such as Marco Polo, The Wright Brothers, Helen Keller, and many more.

Camryn at Brentwood Elementary

Camryn at Brentwood Elementary

Lucas of Brentwood Elementary

Lucas of Brentwood Elementary

Greg of Brentwood Elementary

Greg of Brentwood Elementary

Kailey of Brentwood Elementary

Kailey of Brentwood Elementary

Austin Molketin at Brentwood Elementary

Austin Molketin at Brentwood Elementary

Laura Timms of Brentwood Elementary

Laura Timms of Brentwood Elementary

Ethan Evans at Brentwood Elementary

Ethan Evans of Brentwood Elementary

Marquel of Brentwood Elementary

Marquel of Brentwood Elementary

Jordan of Brentwood Elementary

Jordan of Brentwood Elementary

Ryan of Brentwood Elementary

Ryan of Brentwood Elementary

Sam of Brentwood Elementary

Sam of Brentwood Elementary

Movie Theaters Raising Their Prices

Movie Night

Movie Night

With movie prices increasing to rise between 2.7% and 6.1% a year, it can easily costs teens and parents what once was  $5.50 a decade ago up to $11 a piece for a regular movie and almost up to $20 a ticket for a 3-D Imax film ticket. How are kids even affording to go out anymore making minimum wage. Guess what? Their rising again!

According to the Motion Picture Association of America, due to an increase in popularity of 3-D movies and the ever growing revenue from consumers continuing to buy movie theater tickets, movie theater chains such as Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark Holdings Inc. and AMC Entertainment Inc. decide that the demand means they might be able to raise their prices even more and continue to get the same amount of business. With a record-setting year at the domestic box office, with revenue surpassing $10 billion for the first time. Movie attendance in the U.S. and Canada grew 5.5% in 2009, with 1.42 billion tickets sold, the most since 2004. Ticket sales so far this year are running 10% higher.

Tickets are now raising to as much as 26% in many areas. According to the Wall Street Journal, “At one Seattle multiplex, adult admission is rising to $11 from $10 for a conventional film, to $15 from $13.50 for a regular 3-D showing and to $17 from $15 for Imax 3-D.

“The U.S. economy isn’t in the greatest shape, and there is definitely risk here in pushing price too far in a weak economy,” said Richard Greenfield, a media analyst at BTIG LLC, who issued a research report Wednesday on the price hikes.

Mr. Greenfield said the next month will serve as a test of the strategy. “We’ll have a sense if there is any pushback” from moviegoers, he said.

With this being said, it might be beneficial to figure out alternative plans to go out and have fun. Many may convert to a night stay in for a date night, rather than going out. If this is the case, rising movie theater costs may also increase the price of renting a movie as well as the crowds at the video store.

Money saving tip: Try stocking up on your own movies in advance. Have release parties at home when a new movie just hits on DVD. Order pizza and stock up on popcorn and candy to make it feel like you are getting away in the comfort of your own home. A way to make sure you have your movies reserved and in-hand is to pre-order movies online when possible and then have them conveniently mailed to your front door.

Kids activities for “snow days”

Twelve inches of SNOW in Dallas/Fort Worth?  Hard to believe but true.   I really wanted to stay home and enjoy the beautiful views like these from my balcony and down our street –

  Snow Day Activitiessnow day activities for kids

but I was able to make it in to the office along with a skelton crew.

Many of our staff were unable to make it in to the office so we weren’t able to activate our fancy phone system!  We were still able to access e-mail and LiveChat requests from offsite locations.  Thanks for understanding!

We asked the moms and dads on our staff what they did with their kids at home since the schools were closed and the roads unsafe  to venture out.  Some used the time to have fun while learning about the Bible with Kids’ Bible Activities and others watched their favorite Veggie Tales DVDs.  

What do you do to keep your kids happy and safe when the weather keeps them indoors?

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