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End of Semester Gifts & Summer Activities for Kids

Whether you are looking for an end-of-the-school-year gift for children's classes or some how-do-I-keep-my-kids-entertained-all-summer games, crafts and activities, we've spent the last few years creating dozens of answers. From kid-friendly jewelry and medallions to activities books and games, you could get lost scrolling through all of the options on our new website. So here are some broad suggestions of gifts and activities: BK-ABC Sample Pages Above you can see our new Animals Building Character Coloring and Activities book. It is appropriate for a wide range of ages. The coloring pages appeal to everyone and the activities will [...]

May 14th, 2019|

Baha’i Gifts for Graduates and Their Teachers

May brings flowers and graduations. Whether it is Kindergarten, High School or College, graduations are rites of passage that deserve to be acknowledged. Here are some special ideas for the special graduate on your list: Spiritual Education Flashlight Stylus Pen Our Spiritual Education Flashlight Stylus Pen is both thoughtful and useful.  It is a metal pen engraved with the phrase "Spiritual Education is the light of the world of humanity." It is appropriate for HS and College graduates as well as teachers. We also have other flashlight pens for younger students. Silver Hafez Quote Medallion Whether they [...]

April 30th, 2019|

A New Way to Play Baha’i Scrabinoes for Ridvan

Scrabinoes can also be used as a group-building game! I was asked to develop our local community's program for the 1st day of Ridvan.  I had just finished writing up instructions for some new variations on how to play with our new Scrabinoes cards, and a completely different idea came to me. Here's what I did. I put a deck of Scrabinoes cards in a basket, and had each person attending the Ridvan celebration pick one card. Scrabinoes cards have quotations on them with special words highlighted in color. Then I asked them to arrange themselves in a big [...]

April 25th, 2019|

Introducing “Scrabinoes” a Baha’i Word-Matching Game

Scrabinoes Baha'i Word Matching Card Game I sent sample decks of Scrabinoes to communities all across the country to see what people thought. The reviews are in, and people loved it! Scrabinoes is an entertaining Bahai card game that combines elements of Scrabble and Dominoes for a unique and challenging evening of fun. Perfect for Family Games Nights, Jr. Youth gatherings, College Clubs, Holy Day Parties and the Social Portion of Feast. The Bahai Writings contain many repeating themes and words. Finding those common words on the Scrabinoes cards earns you points. The more connections you can [...]

April 16th, 2019|

25% Off Our Hidden Words on its 25th Anniversary

Hidden Words mini-book Twenty-five years ago Special Ideas took the bold step of moving from pamphlets and T-shirts to full books. Our first major publication was a pocket edition of The Hidden Words. We had been told by other publishers that "the last thing we need is another edition of The Hidden Words," but we decided to print one anyway. The "Chickadee Edition" was an instant success, with the first 20,000 selling out within a year. Many additional printings followed, with total sales approaching half a million copies. To celebrate this milestone in our company - and [...]

April 9th, 2019|

Introducing “A Mine Rich in Gems” Downloadable Feast Activities Workbooks

A Mine Rich in Gems is a completely different company, run by Wei and Lili Shang and their daughters. I'm devoting this week's post to their work because I think it is valuable (and because I'm a nice guy). Lili and Wei are creating 16-20 page full-color downloadable Feast Activities Workbooks for children ages 4-14. They have been at it for over a year, and are creating very useful and fun materials. Their first year's workbooks were made available for free, but now they are ready for business, and are making them available for $2.95 each - with discounts [...]

April 1st, 2019|