Guest Post: Camdyn shares her favorite websites

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One thing – sometimes I ask the universe for just one good thing.

guest postUsually, it’s a word from someone I love or a gesture. I feel like if I can get just this one thing, I can carry on. I get it sometimes. It’s a well-timed text, a smile from a stranger. Maybe it’s a Norah Jones song on the Pandora or the biggest slice of pizza at the café.

Lately, that something has come in just the nick of time has pretty almond eyes and killer soccer shot.

Grace has been a life-saver. At times I feel downtrodden or can’t figure out why people do what they do or say what they say or why the universe seems to have left me at the terminal, Camdyn comes through. She plans time for us together. She texts me.

She picks out my outfits. Marvelously.

Today, she’ll make her blogging debut here on Coach Daddy. She wanted to share some of her favorite websites. Camdyn has talked to me about starting her own blog and even penned the text for her about page, including shout-outs to her daddy’s blog.

Please give my loving girl a warm CD welcome.

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conductor 2We all know that time in a kid’s life, when you are sitting on the couch, bored. You are just looking at the Google screen, wondering what to type in, but … nothing.

I did the research; let me tell you a couple I know.

Dan Ball

First, Dust the Game, as I call it. In this game, there are different solutions, I should call them, such as magna, gun powder, C-4, water, stuff like that. You mix it together to make… EXPLOSIONS!!!

This is Sand

Now, This is Sand, well, that pretty much covers it. It’s sand you can pile up, I guess. You need to have concentration, and a LONG attention span. Sometimes, I get frustrated and want to punch the computer screen, but, that’s me. Most of the time, it’s really fun.

Fun Brain

Let’s define that, for the website, Fun Brain.

‘’Fun’’: mostly fun, for little kids, but an older kid’s part.

“Brain”: Not At All. That’s the fun of it, No education needed!

Okay, two more, my favorites.


You make an avatar, then, you go around on missions, on Poptropica.

You can meet people (no, not online dating), and you can shop for clothes for your person. Best part yet, almost, kind of, mostly free. If you want a full membership, or outfits, pay for that, but you can live without it.

Science Bob

Last but not least (my favorite) Science Bob.

My favorite thing to do is experiments. I’ll look on a ton of websites, and they all have kid-ish, baby experiments, like, a homemade snow globe, or, silly putty. Science Bob has really cool experiments, like a soap-powered model boat, or a hovercraft you can ride.

All these websites are easy to find, and fun to do, so why are you still reading this?

Go exploring!

What sites do your kids like the most?

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  1. 1jaded1 says:

    Welcome, Grace. My nieces and nephews love Poptropica and Science Bob, too. They also did Webkins and were very upset when they were grounded from the computer. They made such a case for caring about their pets that my sister made an exception and let them log in. Hope to see you again.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I hope to log Grace in here later so she can respond too – her sisters had a pet program back in the day that, if you didn’t visit regularly, you’d log in and be told that your pets ran away or died of hunger.

    2. Grace says:

      I used to do Webkins too! always loved getting new ones with the codes. I’ m hoping to write more posts.

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        Can’t wait for your faces post, lovey.

  2. Aw, so happy to see Grace here today and after reading her inaugural post, I think she totally needs to create her own blog, because I truly enjoyed reading her take her on her favorite websites and could see her sharing more of her own thoughts and words in her own space now! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I agree – her idea was for a site called “It’s Sports,” with video of cool plays. But now, I think she wants to write more. I’d be honored to share the blogosphere with her.

    2. Grace says:

      I’ve always wanted to have my own blog some day. thank you so much, and I hope to be reading your post next week.

  3. Holly says:

    Great first post here, Grace!

    My son really liked Club Penguin when he was around your age. Sure, it was a little young then but something about the cute penguins and puffles kept him and his friends going back for a while.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I don’t mind a default to cute at any age, Holly – beats them trying to do whatever stuff they do in, say, Grand Theft Auto.

    2. Grace says:

      I tried that too once, really fun! Thank you so much, hope to be doing more posts.

  4. kismaslife says:

    Awesome post Grace! I think your own blog is a fabulous idea and you just presented me with one as well so thank you!

    Here is to a great day!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you Tiff – I could see this kid upstaging me if she got rolling!

      1. kismaslife says:

        That’s a good thing. Our children should always aspire to be better than us, right?

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        … and that’s what we should want for our children.

    2. Grace says:

      Thank you, and I’d love to have my own blog! Is 11 years too young? GO DENVER!!!

  5. Kathy G says:

    Thanks, Grace! A friend just mentioned This Is Sand a couple of days ago, too. I guess now that it’s gotten two thumbs up I’m going to HAVE to check it out.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That site is cool, Kathy. Grace should be able to answer these comments soon.

    2. Grace says:

      It’s an awesome website, you have to try it! I’ve seen amazing art from that, if you search ” this is sand art” there’s really cool pictures!

  6. ksbeth says:

    thanks for your help, grace. what better person to suggest sites for kids than someone who’s a kid herself ?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      she’s quite the kid … i love.

    2. Grace says:

      Thanks, you could tell your students about them.

  7. Rhonda Albom says:

    Great post, Grace – good job! My girls loved Poptropica when they were around your age. They also enjoyed Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters. This is Sand looks very neat.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You can find yourself playing in the sand for hours easily, Rhonda.

    2. Grace says:

      I’ve done Club Penguin, but haven’t heard of Moshi Monsters, I need to try that.

  8. walkerkaty0 says:

    Welcome Grace! I think your idea for a blog is great and I would follow it! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I hope she’ll be on tomorrow to answer comments, Katy – it would be cool if you were her first follower!

      1. walkerkaty0 says:

        That would be cool! 😊

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        she made it tonight!

      3. walkerkaty0 says:

        Yay! Following her right now!

      4. walkerkaty0 says:

        What is the link to her blog? I tried to click on her comment to go to her blog and it wouldn’t let me.

      5. Eli Pacheco says:

        Sorry Katy – she hasn’t made one yet!

    2. Grace says:

      Thanks, nothing like an 11 year old with her own blog! 😉

  9. stomperdad says:

    This Grace isn’t a child from Faraday’s Candle blog is it? She ended her post the same way “Let’s go exploring!” Either way, great post Grace! Crash was into Moshi Monsters for a bit but it didn’t last long. I’m curious about that Sand game. I’ll be back in a bit. Hopefully not hours.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      This is Sand is addictive, Eric.

      1. stomperdad says:

        No kidding. Once I started I couldn’t stop until I had the screen entirely filled. I showed it to Crash this morning and he did the same thing. The screen has to be filled!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        The need to fill the screen is an interesting detail, Eric.

    2. Grace says:

      I cant do this is sand for a long time, I don’t have that much patience!

      1. stomperdad says:

        I only played it once, but once I started I played until the screen was full. My 8 year old son then wanted to try and he too filled a screen. We quit after that 🙂

  10. Hi Grace, it’s so great you are taking the plunge and publish your first post! And you did an awesome job, too!

    I feel very old because I didn’t know any of the games you are talking about, but I guess that’s OK.

    My boy who is 7 likes to play Minecraft, Smurfs, Big Win Hockey, Big Win Soccer, Big Win ANYTHING 😉

    Looking forward to reading more of your writing! (How proud your Daddy must be!)

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’m so very proud, Tamara.

    2. Grace says:

      Thank you! I’d really want to do more posts, and, don’t feel bad my dad (and other people) will always be older that you! 🙂

  11. tania2atee says:

    Well done! Welcome to the blogesphere, Grace! I’m going to have to show my girls a few of these sites. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hope they like them, Tania!

    2. Grace says:

      You’re welcome, hope to do more posts, and hope your daughters love them!

  12. Dana says:

    My daughter used to love Poptropica! Eli, you referenced another site in the comments – that’s Webkinz. Both of my kids were obsessed with that one too.

    I just spend five minutes playing with sand. Thanks Grace!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Grace used to save screenshots from This is Sand – what dad could delete those?

    2. Grace says:

      I used to be too! Hope your kids love these sites 🙂

  13. Rorybore says:

    Ah crap. I’m already addicted to This Is Sand. It appeals to my creative nature.
    My kids are all about Mindcraft these days. The boy still takes Lego breaks, but then it’s back to Minecraft. And something called 5 Nights’ at Freddy’s has come up recently. It scares me. I don’t know who this Freddy is, or why you can only stay 5 nights…??? 🙂
    Welcome to the Blogging Club Grace.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      My girls started to play a game on their smartphones that involves a colored piece moving through other colored pieces. That’s all I know.

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