The How-To category has 15 KIDS FIRST! endorsed titles
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COMPLETE COOPERATIVE NEW GAMES, THE
NEW GAMES LTD
Series: INDEPENDENT FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Description - The complete works to date on cooperative play by Dale LeFevre: New Games, Cooperative Games, New Parachute Games, & New Soccer, plus an interview from Parent TV. The games are for all ages, sizes, abilities, and both genders. Mainly, they're fun!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Has a lot of good ideas for games. A good video for a teacher or counselor who works with kids. It is impressive how many games are in this set. Games are introduced, taught and then you can watch the kids playing. There were some sound quality issues, like the dialogue not matching up with the person shown talking, and voices switching between an "outside sound" and an "inside" microphone sound, which was somewhat distracting.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids thought it would be fun to try new games, but many were bored watching it. They recommended this more for adults who work with kids than for kids themselves.
Runtime: 270 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 49.99
Media: DVD

MAGICFRANK'S LESSONS IN MAGIC: EVEN MORE MAGIC 4 FUN DVD
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
MAGICFRANK'S LESSONS IN MAGIC: EVEN MORE MAGIC 4 FUN DVD
MAGICFRANK'S LESSONS IN MAGIC
Series: INDEPENDENT FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Description - Frank DeMasi teaches 22 new tricks with everyday objects; including cotton balls, crayons, pencils, sponges, coins and even a few card tricks.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well presented. The magic tricks are explained and broken down into minute explanations. Pretty dry presentation that appeals to a specific audience - one that wants to learn how to do magic tricks. The presentation is laid out very methodically - one trick after another. First, the trick is named, then demonstrated, then explained. Gives the audience language to use with their presentation. Tricks are generally simple and props needed are not out of line but easy to find. There are young assistants used, both boys and girls, which will appeal to the audience. I wish there was more interaction and surprise. Some language is too advanced for the target age such as "reverse count force." Production is very low budget, one camera, with limited camera angles, no panning, no background music. Magic Frank's head is fuzzy at times.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids who are into magic would like this a lot. Others did not stay with it as they got bored. "It needs a little David Copperfield." "The magician is nice and his helpers are too." "It was boring because it's just one trick after another." "I love magic and I would like to take this home so I can learn the tricks."
Runtime: 72 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: DVD ISBN # 978-0-9716139-8-0

PIRATE DRAWING ADVENTURE
KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
PIRATE DRAWING ADVENTURE
MOODOO PRODUCTIONS, INC.
Series: INDEPENDENT FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Description - Join a Pirate Princess on a daring adventure as you learn how to draw! Artist Michael Moodoo shows viewers how to use Secret Shapes to create a cutlass, Jolly Roger, pirate ship, parrot, treasure chest, sea monster, Skull Island and more.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Clear instructions and a timely subject for kids. Well done, clear instructions, divided into sections so it is easy to jump to a particular section. Well organized. Not too complicated, the delivery is well designed for the target audience. Clear images; audio. The host's costume is a bit corny but it still works. The drawing subjects - pirates, treasure, swords - are themes that appeal to kids.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Enjoyable. "I like art in school. I liked seeing how you draw sharks and pirates." "The man in the costume taught us how to draw." "There were no put downs or bad behavior." "I really liked the pirate costumes." One six-year-old boy who loves to draw loved it. He was very engaged, immediately grabbed his paper tablet and crayons and drew along to the entire program. His comment about the host, "He is like my teacher. He taught me how to draw pirates and pirate stuff."
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.99
Media: DVD ISBN # 978-0-9762454-6-9

WAI LANA'S LITTLE YOGIS: DAYDREAM CD
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
WAI LANA'S LITTLE YOGIS: DAYDREAM CD
WAI LANA PRODUCTIONS
Series: WAI LANA'S LITTLE YOGI'S
Description - Wai Lana combines ancient yoga relaxation techniques and quiet music to bring a deep sense of calm and inner balance to children. Whether your kids are too active or just need to rest, the Daydream CD will introduce them to the benefits of yoga. includes two tracks, each containing guided relaxation, original songs, and recordings of ocean waves. From Wai Lana, host of the long-running PBS series Wai Lana Yoga.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Peaceful and nice. Encourages relaxation and imagination; good nap time CD for a daycare or bedtime music. Soothing voice wraps the listener with messages of love and peace.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Put them to sleep. "I like to sleep. It's nice to listen to when I'm going to sleep." "I thought about getting cozy and resting." Found the music pleasing: "The music is haunting." "The lady sings pretty."
Runtime: 75 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: AUDIO
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DVD HOME MOVIEMAKING: A BEGINNERS GUIDE
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
DVD HOME MOVIEMAKING: A BEGINNERS GUIDE
DVD INTERNATIONAL
Description - Teaches the entire family how to make the most of their digital media, while learning about basic filmmaking. Features tips, secrets and shortcuts for creating your own DVD movie or transferring old photos.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Good technical information, well presented, very orderly, VERY advanced. Challenges students to think beyond the box. "Of everything I've seen, this motivates me to learn about DVD movie making." Clearly appeals best to those interested in the subject.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Advanced. "This was too hard for me but the techies would love it." "Excellent information; I believe they know what they're talking about." "It was cool how they made transitions between chapters." "It's not like other DVDs, it teaches us something."
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 26.96
Media: DVD ISBN # 1932198393
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WAI LANA'S LITTLE YOGIS, VOL. 2
KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
WAI LANA'S LITTLE YOGIS, VOL. 2
WAI LANA PRODUCTIONS
Series: WAI LANA'S LITTLE YOGI'S
Description - Introduces the whole family to yoga. Kids stretch and strengthen their growing bodies, sharpen their minds and improve their balance and coordination - healthy habits that will benefit them forever.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Loved it. "I can't wait to share it with the kids." Humorous, appealing music, animals and cartoons. Smooth transitions from animation to live action. Lovely Hawaiian set with Asian host. Nothing is too difficult to recreate. Promotes healthy lifestyle.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - They liked the cartoons and doing the postures. "It gave me muscles. I like the camel." "It's pretty cool." "We sang, did the elephant, the bear, and the warrior." One girl was simply entranced, while the boys -at least one - were expecting karate.
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: DVD ISBN # 193249314X
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WAI LANA'S LITTLE YOGIS, VOL. 1
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
WAI LANA'S LITTLE YOGIS, VOL. 1
WAI LANA PRODUCTIONS
Series: WAI LANA'S LITTLE YOGI'S
Description - Introduces the whole family to yoga. Kids stretch and strengthen their growing bodies, sharpen their minds and improve their balance and coordination. These are healthy habits with life long benefits.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very imaginative, relaxing, and fun! Addresses breathing and physiology. Well organized, flows well. Short segments good for this age. Adults enjoyed participating as well. Narrator's voice annoyed some. Simple production. Beautiful Hawaiian setting.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Fun. "I like to exercise. It's good for your body." "I liked the animal stretches; the beetle & butterfly were my favorites." "I like the songs, especially the snake one." "It's a little slow."
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: DVD ISBN # 1932493131
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I GOTTA GO
KIDS FIRST QUALIFIED ENDORSEMENT
I GOTTA GO
VICKILEW INC.
Description - Make potty training fun, easy and successful. Master the potty training process easily and with confidence. Pediatrician approved and recommended.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Helpful information on a tricky topic. Provides a website and toll-free number to aid parents. Catchy, repetitious music. Respectful of kids' bodies. "Hottie for the Potty" lyrics borderline. "I question the songs' effectiveness to potty train kids."
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Those in the process of being potty trained seemed enthusiastic and responded appropriately: "I have to go potty!" Older kids thought the idea of a video about the potty was hilarious but soon got restless. Littlest ones, not yet trained, wandered away.
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-4
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.95
Media: Video and DVD
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TOUCANZ TRAIL OBSTACLE ADVENTURE
KIDS FIRST ALL STAR

This title is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
TOUCANZ TRAIL OBSTACLE ADVENTURE
AVID IDEAS
Series: TOUCANZ
Description - A fun fitness video that leads kids through an imaginary obstacle course including challenges like rope climbing and running through tires. The kids in the video demonstrate most of the moves and an animated trail map reinforces their progress.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well produced, good pace. Suggestions for the backyard obstacle course using yarn are creative and simple. Kids are invited to engage - from setting up their own course to determining the number of jumps. Good gender role models.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Big hit! Even the four-year-old joined in. They loved the climbing wall. During the bicycle movements, one boy said, "I see a tree up ahead." Some exercises they recognized from school. A bunch of kids are planning an obstacle adventure for the spring.
Runtime: 42 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: DVD ISBN # 097434343005
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MAGICFRANK'S: TAPERED DECK VIDEO, THE
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
MAGICFRANK'S: TAPERED DECK VIDEO, THE
MAGICFRANK'S LESSONS IN MAGIC
Series: MAGICFRANK'S LESSONS IN MAGIC
Description - This video consists of twenty tricks, fifteen tricks with a tapered deck and five with a regular deck.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Good for a budding magician. Explanations are well done, accurate and age-appropriate. Moves from simple tricks to more complicated with easy-to-follow instructions which are repeated. Simple production values, talking head format, clear videography.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Engaging, most kids like magic and learning how to do tricks. "We want to watch it again until we can do the tricks." "It really shows how to do the tricks." Their favorite part was the invisible thread trick.
Runtime: 59 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: VIDEO ISBN # 0-9716139-2-3
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MAGICFRANK'S: VANISHING VIDEO, THE
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
MAGICFRANK'S: VANISHING VIDEO, THE
MAGICFRANK'S LESSONS IN MAGIC
Series: MAGICFRANK'S LESSONS IN MAGIC
Description - Consists of 23 vanishing tricks, from silks, sugar, paper, money and even a crayon.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Clear and concise instructions and demonstrations on how to perform magic tricks with ordinary household items or special props, which are included. Repeats difficult parts. Simple production. Good resource for magic enthusiast.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids liked the props and tried all the tricks they saw. "I could actually do a magic trick after watching this. The best part was being able to make a scarf disappear and I'm only eight." "I like how he shows the trick and then explains how to do it."
Runtime: 52 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: VIDEO ISBN # 0-9716139-3-1
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MAGICFRANK'S: SVENGALI DECK, THE
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
MAGICFRANK'S: SVENGALI DECK, THE
MAGICFRANK'S LESSONS IN MAGIC
Series: MAGICFRANK'S LESSONS IN MAGIC
Description - The colorful Frank DeMasi demonstrates 15 tricks with a Svengali deck of cards and five tricks with a regular deck. Both decks are included with the video set.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Good content and good teaching. Clear and comprehensible. Consistent approach throughout - not condescending. Tricks are easy enough to understand but difficult enough for kids to impress their friends. Encourages communication and cooperation.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Most just loved it, especially those already interested in magic. Even kids too young to actually do the tricks enjoyed watching older ones learn and perform them. "Watch this, you'll never EVER figure out it works!" "These tricks are cool."
Runtime: 59 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: VIDEO ISBN # 0-971613907

MAGICFRANK'S: MAGIC 4 FUN WITH EVERYDAY OBJECTS
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
MAGICFRANK'S: MAGIC 4 FUN WITH EVERYDAY OBJECTS
MAGICFRANK'S LESSONS IN MAGIC
Series: MAGICFRANK'S LESSONS IN MAGIC
Description - The colorful Magic Frank shows kids how to perform 21 tricks with everyday items, such as rubber bands, paper clips and sugar packets.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Clear and precise presentation. Magic Frank is a good teacher - pleasant and respectful of kids' thinking skills. No tricks are too intricate for the kids to understand. Good, hands-on activity title for groups of kids. Audio track is inconsistent.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Fascinated most. Many went looking on the Internet and in the library for more material. "Can I see that trick again?" "Can I try that one?" "No one on drugs can do these tricks!" "I can't show my friends because then they would know the secrets."
Runtime: 56 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: VIDEO ISBN # 0-9716139-1-5

EXERCISE WITH DADDY & ME
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
EXERCISE WITH DADDY & ME
MY BABY AND ME EXERCISE
Description - Amusing program for dads looking for ways to relate to their babies. Offers ways for father and baby to interact through movement, music and massage. Features a group discussion on fatherhood. Instructors are a registered nurse and a pediatrician.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well done, visually appealing, good pace. Useful if adults will interact with baby in the ways shown in video. Little cultural diversity. Great ideas for engaging fathers. Instruction on how to hold baby properly are not very clear.
Runtime: 50 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: ADULT-ADULT
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.95
Media: VIDEO ISBN # 1574165006
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MAGIC OF MARTIAL ARTS, THE: POWER WITHOUT VIOLENCE
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
MAGIC OF MARTIAL ARTS, THE: POWER WITHOUT VIOLENCE
MAGIC OF MARTIAL ARTS PRODUCTIONS
Description - Master Eastwest, a playful martial artist, teaches kids the ethics of how to use karate...and when not to use it. Magic tricks, jokes and music mix with interactive karate instruction. Includes self-defense and non-violent conflict resolution techniques.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Entertaining, well produced, many positive messages. Emphasizes using karate skills only to defend yourself and even then, only enough to ward off an attacker and give you a chance to get away. Great music. Good diversity.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Enjoyed the combination of magic and karate, especially the boys. Kids danced along and predictably, followed the viewing with play kicks. Certainly stimulated discussion about studying karate and how you can't learn it by just looking at a video.
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: DVD ISBN # 1574165010


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