Snow, Rain, and Vapor!

Yesterday was our first day of Winter Camp!  It was lovely seeing so many familiar and new faces.  The campers got introduced to 3 different stages of water: Snow, Rain, and Vapor!  We taught them a quick game with had them either become solid (freeze), liquid (move like a jelly fish in water), and vapor (make soft twinkling fog in the air).  They also got to melt crayons, color with oil pastels, and give penguins and polar bears a gel spa bath!

Stay tuned for more fun activities that we will be sharing from Winter Camp!  **There are very limited open spots available for next week so please email belinda at if you would like a spot!**

Benefits of Blocks and Puzzles for Children

According to researchers at the University of Delaware and Temple University, filling children’s toy boxes with puzzles and building blocks help preschooler’s develop their “spacial thinking.”  Professor Golinkoff of linguistics, cognitive science and psychology at UD states that “parents and caregivers should make sure their kids have experiences that feed into their spatial skill. Simple toys like blocks and puzzles offer kids a foundation for learning subjects like math and science…”

The study wanted to see whether copying block structures would correlate to mathematical skills. Results showed that block skills did predict mathematical skills, and children who participated in puzzles and building block structures were also better at early math.  Click the following link to read the full article!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Taking the Wheel to Save Great Grandma’s Life

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Golden, CO, where 10 year old Gryffin Sanders saved his great grandmother’s and brother’s lives when his grandmother lost consciousness at at the wheel. Gryffin first tried to wake up his great grandmother, but then decided to try to maneuver the car to the side of the road. His dad said:

“It was all him and he made a very wide decision at a very critical moment and I couldn’t be a prouder father.”

Gryffin said he learned driving skills by playing Mario Kart. We are so proud of Gryffin for using a skill he learned elsewhere in the real world to save his family from a disaster. You can read more about this story here.

As always, let us know if you know a kid who has done a Random Act of Kid-ness, and we might feature her or him next week!


Random Act of Kid-ness: Twin Girls (Zimmer Members!) Donate their Hair to Kids in Need


Shoshana and Shayna Kleinman with their donated hair


This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from… the Zimmer! 4 1/2 year old twins Shayna and Shoshana Kleinman are Zimmer regulars. They always had long flowing hair, until recently, when Zimmer staff noticed their beautiful short haircuts. The girls’ grandma explained that Shayna and Shoshana had donated their hair to an organization called Zichron MenachemThe Israeli Association for the Support of Children with Cancer and their Families.

“You are so lucky to have such beautiful hair. Some children get very sick and lose their hair. You have an opportunity to share with them and help them.”
They looked into many different organizations, but they picked Zichron Menachem  because of its connection to their Jewish heritage and its focus on donating the hair to children. The girls then decided that even though the minimum hair length to donate is 12″, they wanted to “grow as long as possible so we can give as much as we can.” They each eventually donated 16″ of hair to the organization! We are so proud of our Zimmer members Shayna and Shoshana Kleinman for reminding us that giving doesn’t have to cost a lot (or anything). We are so happy to highlight them as a RAK. Do you know a Zimmer visitor who has done a random act of kid-ness? Let us know!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Helping Homeless on Way to Chemotherapy

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Philadelphia, PA where first grader Ella Wilson brings food and blankets to the homeless people in her city every Thursday on her way to chemotherapy. Ella is getting treatment for neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on the nerves. But to take her mind off her year-long treatment, she has decided to focus on making other people happy.

You can watch an inspiring video about Ella’s story and learn how you can help her raise money for neurofibromatosis research on her Facebook page here.

As always, we ask for your suggestions for our next RAK. Do you know someone who is doing random acts of kindness? Let us know!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Legos for Leukemia


This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Louisville, KY where 8 year old Aiden Johnson and his family are in charge of their local chapter of Legos for Leukemia. The organization was started in 2009 by Christian Flanders in Denver, CO to honor the memory of his father, and “as a way to give kids fighting cancer and other life threatening diseases a fun and creative way to deal with not so fun days that include chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.”  Legos take chemotherapy off the minds of children with Leukemia, like Aiden, who calls himself a Lego Master. Aiden’s mom says:

“It has taken his mind off the fact that he has cancer.  It really has made a difference in the way treatments go. The long days and the long nights, we come in and we’re prepared. We have Legos and we’re ready to be here for a week.”

Because Aiden loves Legos so much and wants other children with cancer to experience the same joy he does, he and his family decided to head the Legos for Leukemia chapter at Kosair Children’s Hospital. People can donate new unopened Lego sets at drop off locations all over the area. So far, Aiden’s family has collected 50 Lego sets, but they still need many more.

“The hospital also has a bulletin board for Aiden. This month, it’s about Random Acts of Kindness. Aiden is just hoping to bring more kindness to children with cancer, one Lego at a time.”

We think this is such a great cause and are inspired by Aiden’s kindness. To read more about this story and to find out how to donate Legos, click here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Saving His Family After a Car Crash

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Mesa, Arizona, where 10 year old Bradley Mitchell saved his family after they were involved in a car crash. After their car rolled down an embankment, Bradley helped hisGreatest Person Of The Day siblings out of the car and performed CPR on his mom, who was unconscious. Local firefighters presented Bradley with a certificate and a firefighter helmet in honor of his bravery. One of the firemen said:

“You’re a hero, buddy. For anyone to do what you did would really be something, but for a 10-year-old?  It’s just remarkable.”

We couldn’t agree more! Read (and watch) more about the story here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Saving Mom From a Dinner Explosion

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us all the way from Kent, England, where 8 year old Ella Rake saved her mom from severe burns after a microwavable dinner exploded in her face. After the explosion, Ella vicky patmoreimmediately called for an ambulance, started a cold shower, and told her mom to wrap her burns in plastic wrap. The paramedics told Ella that she saved her mom from permanent scarring due to the care she provided. Ella said:

“We have just learnt about burns, so that’s how I knew what to do. When the ambulance arrived the man told my mum I had done the right thing.”

Read more about Ella and another time she helped her mom Vicky Patmore here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: A Flash Mob to Feel Better

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Mandeville, Louisiana, where 800 elementary school students (and their teachers) broke out in a flash mob to cheer up their school’s Vice Principal, Tara Dragon Hernandez. Tara’s 1o month old son Grayson was diagnosed with  neuroblastoma cancer, so she took a leave of absence from her job to care for Grayson.

Seven-year-old student Jordan Sturiale said:

“It was for Ms. Dragon because her baby wasn’t feeling good and she was sad and the baby had to go to the hospital.”

Read more about Tara, Grayson, and see a video of the flashmob here.

Have you done something recently to cheer someone up? Let us know! You could be next week’s Random Act of Kid-ness!

P.S. If you, too, like to break out in song and dance, we have a secret for you.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Paintings that Pay Off (Medical Bills)

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Missouri, where 3 year old Liam Myrick has started to sell his paintings to help pay for his parents’ $500,000 medical bills.

Liam was diagnosed with stage-four Neuroblastoma in July, and his sister battled with cancer the year before. Now, Liam wants to help his parents with their financial burden by using the energy he has to paint. His parents are auctioning Liam’s work on Facebook to subsidize the medical bills.

Liam’s mom Shawna says,

“He doesn’t care about what’s going to happen ten minutes from now. He cares about the moment.”

What an inspiring story of one kid trying to make the world a better place for his family. Read more about Liam’s story and how you can buy one of his paintings here.