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From reading with Dolly Parton to drawing with Mo Willems, there is a lot to do when you are stuck inside. Here are some of the best resources for kids and grown ups looking for something to do.

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Make your own lava

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Lava is almost too hot to believe - it can reach 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit - so if you ever come across real magma spewing out of a mountain, we'd recommend staying far away. ...

Volcanoes are like pressure-release valves on the surface of the Earth, allowing warmer material under the surface to escape from the interior of the planet, according to NASA. That hot, erupted material can be liquid rock (what we know as lava), ash, cinders or gas. ...

By Molly Duffy, The Gazette ...

Almost 50 years ago, the president of the United States signed an official proclamation, heralding 'those who bring such moments of quiet splendor - who redeem sickness and pain with joy.' ...

We know - a lot of clowns on TV and in movies are scary, dangerous monsters. ...

Shrinking or enlarging your stuff - or even yourself! - is easier than you might think. ...

How to make a flip book

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Early animation is all about the optical illusion. Some of the first movies ever made were by a photographer named Eadweard Muybridge, who would take photographs of animals moving and compile them into film strips that could be played on a camera so that it looked like the animals were act ...

When you think of pirates, you probably picture a swashbuckling, dirty, thieving man of the sea. ...

Make your own telescope

Monday, August 03, 2020

Telescopes are necessary for any pirate who wants to capture a merchant vessel loaded with gold. But they can also be fun for spying on your parents or siblings, or spotting squirrels in the yards. The National Geographic has an amazing tutorial to make a real telescope with some old readi ...

Print this page to help the pirate find the words using the treasure key.  ...

Make your own superhero mask

Friday, July 31, 2020

Superhero disguises are easy to create. A blanket can be your cape. A piece of cardboard, your shield. And a simple paper plate can transform into a mask. If you don't have a paper or Styrofoam plate, cardboard cut into a circle works too. ...

Superheroes are the fictional characters we rely on saving the world of comic books. They can fly, read minds and drive around in invisible jets. Some have powers, others, like Batman, just buy really cool gadgets and use them. But superheroes capture our imagination, because in them we ca ...

Monsters can get a bad rep for being scary or mean creatures that creep under your bed. Nearly everyone has heard of the Boogeyman, a terrifying monster who comes for kids if they misbehave. ...

Your story: Found

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

I race into the classroom. My teacher scolds me for my tardiness and ushers me to my seat. Mrs. Merryweather, my teacher, announces the hiking trip to Bear Streams State Park. I want to moan because I HATE HIKING. Mrs. Merryweather tells everyone to get their water bottles and lunches. But ...

Lost languages and lost worlds

Monday, July 27, 2020

Atlantis is a fictional city, imagined by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. In his dialogues he described a vastly advanced city that sank into the ocean never to be found. ...

There are a lot of famous writers who have used maps to imagine and plot out the world's of their stories. For example, C.S. Lewis wrote 'The Chronicles of Narnia' based a series on maps he drew as a child. J.R.R. Tolkien made a map of Middle Earth for his 'Hobbit' series. And A.A. Milne m ...

Print this map and use the key to help find the best bunny food in the garden. ...

In 1917, two little girls in England photographed fairies dancing and playing around their garden. Their names were Elsie Wright and her cousin Frances Griffiths. ...

Make your own fairy wings

Friday, July 24, 2020

Nature is so beautiful, it's hard not to imagine fairies floating about just out of our eyesight behind bushes and flowers. You can transform yourself into a fairy with some cardboard, scissors, tape and string. ...

Coloring Page: Fairies

Friday, July 24, 2020

Print the coloring page, get out your coloring tools, and start coloring. Click the Download button to get started. When the image opens in a new window, right click on it and select "Save image" to save it to your computer. ...

Getting slimed - covered in that sticky, gooey, gross stuff - is practically a rite of passage. ...

This story is about a girl who loved to sing but was too scared to sing in front of people. One day, she went to school and her teacher said, 'Class, we are going to have a talent show.' Then the girl thought, 'This is my chance!' So she signed up. ...

While many humans are staying mostly at home, Iowa's wildlife is out sniffing, scurrying and flying around. How many of these animal prints can you find in a campsite, your backyard or on a walk around your neighborhood? ...

The outdoors are full of wildlife this time of year - caterpillars, toads and many types of birds. ...

Make your own mermaid

Friday, July 17, 2020

Mermaids are mythical creatures that excite the imagination. From early explorers sailing the ocean, to cartoon movies, mermaids excite us with possibilities for what lies beneath the waves. Although there is no evidence mermaids exist, you can make your own mermaid friends using a toilet ...

Contrary to what the Disney movie would have you believe, mermaids are more often associated with bad luck and tragedy than with romance and fabulous red hair. ...

Your story: Trying new things

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

This summer has been really hard not playing with my friends. I thought I could learn something new during this time. I wanted to learn how to ride my bike. ...