Fabulous Find Friday: “Character Flashlights”

Today’s Fabulous Find is one of my favorite distraction tools, “character flashlights.” When I first found these at Toys R Us (days before they closed), I got them to try out and ended up loving them. I wasn’t exactly sure what to call them so I’ve said character flashlights for lack of a better word, but when I was googling them for this post I found out that they are called¬†Projector Lights.

I work in radiology, so it’s important to keep my patients still. This means that while distractions need to keep their attention, they can’t be so engaging that the child wiggles around. What I love about these lights is that they keep the child’s attention and can help with positioning. By pointing the light in a particular direction, these lights have also helped keep a child’s head still without the need to hold them down. For those of you that work in radiology, these lights also show up really well under the fluoro camera. ūüôā

Imperial Toy, Corp. Trolls Projector Light Novelty

I’d love to hear what your favorite distraction tool is? Comment below and let me know!


Crash Course: Thomas the Tank Engine

Today’s Crash Course is another one of the shows that I grew up with and is still popular today, Thomas the Tank Engine! Thomas recently moved to Nick Jr and full episodes are available online and through the Nick Jr app. I loved to watch Thomas as a kid, but I never really learned the train’s names. So check out their “headshots” below to get to know the trains better.


Thomas the Tank Engine


Edward the Blue Engine


Henry the Green Engine


Gordon the Big Engine


James the Red Engine


Percy the Small Engine


Toby the Tram Engine


Emily the Sterling Engine



Check out¬†Thomas’ Wiki Page¬†to learn more.

Fabulous Find Friday: Coping Space

Learning that child is diagnosed with a serious illness or medical condition is scary, overwhelming and often leaves loved ones unsure how to respond. Today’s Fabulous Find Friday,¬†Coping Space, is a resource offering coping strategies for schools, parents/caregivers and members of the community. Partnering with experts in PTSD, the Coping Space is full of helpful tips for families coping with a serious diagnosis.

Crash Course: Shimmer and Shine

Today’s Crash Course is on Shimmer and Shine, two genie sisters living in Zahramay Falls.


Shimmer is a sweet, lovable and energetic genie who is all about having lots of fun!


Tala is Shimmer’s pet monkey that is a playful goofball. He often climbs up Shimmer and even sits on her shoulders and head sometimes. As a monkey, she’ll climb as high as she needs to so she can get the shiny object.


Shine is Shimmer’s sister and “partner in crime.” Shine is courageous, confident and filled with words of wisdom. She is also known for always being hungry and granting snack themed wishes.


Nahal is Shine’s tiger cub is ready to pounce on whatever catches her eye. She is feisty and silly most of the time, but also a little bit of a scaredy-cat who is startled by sudden movements.


Leah is a sensitive human who loves having genies as her friends. She is patient and takes the time to think things through.

Parisa is Leah’s pet fox. Although Leah isn’t a magical being, Parisa is a magical pet who can camouflage herself and also talk.


Zac is a human who is Leah’s friend and neighbor. Although he is a little quirky and goofy, Zac has a kind heart and a habit of telling funny stories.

Princess Samira is the most powerful genie in Zahramay Falls. As the most powerful genie, she is a mentor to Shimmer and Shine. As a believer in the power of friendship, Princess Samira is always available when the girls need her help.

Roya is Princess Samira’s pet peacock who walks around with elegance and would rather show off her feathers than play with the other pets.


Zeta the Sorcerer is Princess Samira’s rival and wants to be the most powerful person in¬†Zahramay Falls. Zeta is a sorceress not a genie and she is quick to correct anyone who says otherwise. Although Zeta tries to be evil, her plans are easily thwarted by Shimmer and Shine.


Nazboo is Zeta’s pet dragon. He is a little clumsy and goofy which often leads to Zeta’s evil plans failing.


Visit¬†Shimmer and Shine’s Wiki Page¬†to learn more about the genies and their group of friends.

Crash Course: Cars

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Mater is a rusty old tow truck with a southern boy twang. Voiced by Larry the Cable Guy, Mater’s catchphrases are “Dad-gum,” “If I’m lyin, I’m cryin” and “Git-R-Done.” Mater’s got a glass half full outlook and always looks on the bright side of things.

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Lighting McQueen is one of the stars of Cars. He’s a racing king with a need for speed.

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Fillmore lives up to his decor as the smooth talking hippie of Radiator Springs. Focusing on using natural products means that Fillmore makes his living by selling organic fuel.

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Luigi owns Luigi Casa Della Tires in Radiator Springs and takes care of all the Cars’ tire needs.

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Guido is a forklift that works for Luigi’s in the tire shop. Guido dreams of changing tires for a race car at a real pit stop.

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Sheriff comes from a long line of law enforcement cars and takes his job of keeping the peace in Radiator Springs very seriously.

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Lizzie has been in Radiator Springs since 1927 and owns the Radiator Springs Curios shop.

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Mia and Tia are twin sisters and quite possibly Lightening McQueen’s biggest fans. They eventually move to Radiator Springs where they start working at waitresses at Flo’s V-8 Cafe.


Cars doesn’t have an official theme song, but Real Gone by Sheryl Crow is a key part of the first movie. Check out the¬†Cars Wiki Page¬†to learn more!

Crash Course: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

In an attempt to do some research for this post, I just finished watching an episode of Daniel Tiger and it might be my new favorite show. PBS kids has full length episodes available online and I watched the one on empathy. The show encourages kids to identify their own feelings and also think about other people’s feelings. There are also Daniel Tiger apps that focus on morning and bedtime routines, identifying feelings and learning to go potty.

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Daniel Tiger is the star of the show. In his red sweater, he may remind you of Mr. Rogers. Daniel Tiger is actually based off of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Daniel Tiger learns about emotional intelligence and human respect in each episode. His catchphrase is “Grrrrrr” and he’s allergic to Peaches. Daniel’s favorite toy is a tiger named Tigey.

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Mom Tiger is a homemaker and she gave birth to Daniel’s little sister in season two.

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Dad Tiger works in the clock factory and is also a photographer.

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Margaret Tiger is Daniel’s baby sister. Her favorite toy is a stuffed Panda named Pandy.

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O the Owl lives with his uncle in a Treehouse. O loves books and his catchphrase is “Hoo Hoo.”

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Katerina Kittycat is one of Daniel’s classmates and Katerina loves dancing. Her catchphrase is “meow meow.”

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Prince Wednesday is another classmate of Daniel’s and is Daniel’s best friend. Prince Wednesday often pretends to be animals and he keeps a rock collection.

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Miss Elaina enjoys doing things backwards and often imagines travelling in space and robots.

Check out¬†Daniel Tiger’s Wikipedia Page¬†to learn more about the show.

Fabulous Find Friday: Joy Jars

Today’s Fabulous Find is¬†Joy Jars. Joy Jars were started by a young girl named Jessie while she was fighting her own battle with cancer. The jars are created to bring joy and hope to kids in the hospital. Each jar is filled with an assortment of toys and activities for each age group. We used these in my internship and the kids loved unpacking their jars. You’d be surprised how many things they fit into each jar!


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Fabulous Find Friday: Bare Books

An important part of helping kids cope with stressful situations is to allow them to express themselves. By giving them room to share and feel, we allow kids to process their emotions. Bare Books is a company that publishes blank books and puzzles to allow kids to use their imagination to create! The books can be used to help children tell their story, whatever story that is.



Crash Course: Dora the Explorer

And now a friend that I’m sure we all know and love, DORA! Here’s your crash course in Dora the Explorer! Dora is a bilingual character who goes on adventures with her friends through interactive TV episodes.

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Dora is Latina tomboy who goes on a different adventure each episode. She engages with the audience by asking questions and encouraging viewers to help her solve her adventures.

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Boots is one of Dora’s trusty companions throughout her adventures.¬† He’s a 5 year old monkey who is Dora’s best friend. He might make mistakes, but the smiley monkey bounces back quickly.

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Maps helps Dora figure out where to go on their adventures.

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Backpack is Dora’s most prepared friend. She is a magic satchel who has everything that Dora needs for her adventures.

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Tico is a Spanish speaking squirrel who lives in the woods and can operate any vehicle. He is known for being fun and brave at the same time.

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Benny is a 6 year old bull who lives on a farm with his grandmother. He speaks English and is a little accident prone.

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Isabella (Isa) is an iguana who loves to work in her garden. She is cool and calm and helps Boots and Dora out with information during their adventures.

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Swiper is the main antagonist in Dora the Explorer. He is quick and a master of disguise who often tries to swipe things from Dora. She’s known to warn him; “Swiper no swiping!”


Learn more about Dora by visiting her Wiki page, Dora the Explorer Wiki Page

Fabulous Find Fridays: When Someone Very Special Dies

Last month I share with you a great journal for children who are coping with a loved one’s serious illness. Sometimes those loved ones die which means the child needs a different kind of support. One of my favorite bereavement resources for school age children is¬†When Someone Very Special Dies¬†by Marge Heegaard. This book is also a journal that encourages children to reflect on their experience following a death. Through language and spaces to draw, children are accompanied in their grief journey.