Friday, January 28, 2005

The little crocodile that ate Germany

With thanks to TREPPWITZ (and others) for all the info

The hottest thing in German music right now is a little ditty sung by a 6-year-old girl about a crocodile.

Joy Gruttman's "Schnappi, Das Kleine Krokodil" (Snappy, the Little Crocodile) is the No. 1 song on the German charts. Her family posted the song on a Web site as a joke. But a radio station in Cologne, Germany, got hold of it and made it a hit.

Gruttman is the youngest recording artist ever to make it into the German Top 10, let alone No. 1. Her hilarious composition is beating out Kylie Minogue and Linkin Park, and is even appearing as remixes in dance clubs. English translation below / Play the music video (click the words "Das Schnappi-Video")

UPDATE: Here is a little more information as well as a servicable translation

1. The little girl was 6 when she recorded the song, not 4.

2. She didn't write it, her aunt (who is a professional children's song writer) wrote the words and composed the tune.

And now, here is the translation:

I am Schnappi, the little crocodile,
I live in Egypt, right next to the Nile,
first I lived in an egg,
but then shnapped my way free

Schni-schna-schnappi schnappi-schnappi-schnapp

I am Schnappi the little crocodile
have sharp teeth and mighty many of them
I shnap what's there to shnap
I shnap and am good at it

Schni-schna-schnappi schnappi-schnappi-schnapp

I am Schnappi the little crocodile
I love to shnap, that's my favourite play
I sneak up to mum
and show her how well I shnap

Schni-schna-schnappi schnappi-schnappi-schnapp

I am Schnappi the little crocodile
I'm never tired of shnapping
I shnap daddy's leg
and then just fall asleep

Schni-schna-schnappi schnappi-schnappi-schnapp

Further update
Fact is, this song has made it through the internet before it was discovered by the big media. The aunt of this girl [she is actually 9 and recorded the song when she was 6] actually writes childrens songs for one of Germany's best childrens tv show [Sendung mit der Maus], educationalwise. I don't say that this excuses a zillion Germans for making a childrens song not only #1 in the single charts for over a month now but also the hottes cell phone ring tone ever.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

ThinkUK Now

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Police launch website to protect kids online

Police have launched a website intended to make it safer for children to surf the internet.

The website is part of an international effort to crack down on paedophiles who stalk the net. provides information on how to use the internet safely and contains links to support agencies such as the NSPCC and Childline. Detectives hope its logo - a blue matchstick child and an eye - will become universally recognisable.

The logo is featured on the internet launch site of Microsoft, AOL, BTopenworld and Vodafone.

The system puts an icon on people's screens to let them know of the police presence. The police will engage with other users on the web - making it clear they are officers.

Jim Gamble, deputy director of the National Crime Squad, said: "This is not Big Brother, no one is monitoring you, this is providing you with the safety information and support you need."

He added: "Those who use the internet to search for and share images of child abuse or to approach children in chat rooms to groom them for sexual abuse must be aware that the internet is not an anonymous place."

Childrens Section

Monday, January 24, 2005

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Friday, January 07, 2005 - free online interactive coloring pages and coloring books - free online interactive coloring pages and coloring books
Technology is where the future is, so it only makes sense that parents get their kids familiar with technology at a young age. You just can’t expect your four-year-old twins to be interested in learning how to format a hard drive or troubleshoot a system error. At that point in their lives, they need to have fun with technology, and in the future, there is a possibility that they will be interested in taking a fuller share in messing with technology. If it’s forced upon them, they’ll probably end up rejecting it. If you really think about it, what’s one thing that young kids love to do? Color. A great way to break your kids into technology would be

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Yahooligans! The Web Guide for Kids

Yahooligans! The Web Guide for Kids
Yahoo! is famous for the Web portal that it has developed. There’s a reason why countless people set Yahoo! as their browser’s default page. It provides search, news, entertainment, and much more from one central location. What Google has done for the search engine, Yahoo! has done for the Web portal. Parents will sometimes try to find safe locations for their children to reside at on the Web, but this can be a challenge. On the upside, Yahoo! has pooled its resources together to build a kid-friendly portal called Yahooligans!.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Crayola Creativity Central

Crayola Creativity Central
Find art activities for parties, rainy days, or any day. Search by theme or art material to find all your creative project ideas.

Coloring & Activities has more than 1000 print-and-color images, games, activities, and crafts to engage creative young minds.