Alternative Gift Giving Ideas

Whether you’ve found your child an educational gift that will further their learning, or a toy that gives back to charity, traditional gift giving can be fun and personal. But giving a gift that doesn't come...

5 Holiday Pies in Literature

Presents! Parades! Preparation! There is so much craziness that accompanies the holiday season and it’s time to slow down and smell the pie. That’s right, pie—the holiday staple that’s easy to be...

Gifts that Give Something Back

The holidays are a busy time of year, especially for parents and Learning Coaches who are heavily invested in their children’s education. Learning Liftoff is here to save you time and provide you with ideas...

Holiday Recipes You’ll Love

Think back to the most nostalgic of holidays in your past—the most memorable, the most enjoyable. Odds are they involved delicious food. You may remember the preparations, the mouthwatering aromas, the look...

9 Winter Holidays Around the World

We tend to think of winter as a time of rest, hibernation, and quiet. But a look at the calendar reveals many holidays around the world that prove the impression entirely wrong. The cold months are clearly a...

The Science of Snowflakes

You don’t have to be a scientist to get a thrill out of these. We all love snowflakes—more accurately called snow crystals. They are some of nature’s most beautiful designs. Often of astounding...

5 Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we want to help you get ready for the holiday with some great crafts. Today, we're sharing Learning Liftoff's editors' picks for the top five easy Thanksgiving...

TED Ed: Why Feeling Sad Is OK

To be human is to feel sad, at least once in a while. And, as this superb, 5-minute TED Ed video lesson makes clear, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This “brief history of melancholy” – for ages 12...

10 Great Teen Books

Usually, recommending the “10 best" or "greatest” of anything would be one person’s opinion.  Like, mine.  But, not this time. I decided to “crowdsource” for the best ideas.  Crowdsourcing? ...

Full Moon Facts vs. Fiction

From Werewolves to the “lunar lunacy effect,” there are several stigmas associated with the full moon. It is difficult to trace how far back these associations go and Shakespeare’s Othello is even quoted...

5 Halloween Party Ideas

From decorating pumpkins to fall recipes, we can't get enough of autumn. So today, we’re sharing even more of Learning Liftoff’s editors’ picks for the top snacks, crafts, and other fun activities to...