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WINTER WEATHER BRINGING YOU DOWN?
- Ice Cube Scavenger Hunt: Using food coloring, freeze ice cubes of one color or of several different colors. Hide cubes in the snow in a designated area and let someone try to find them.
- Footprint Tag: Play tag, stepping only in others’ footprints.
- Light a Fire in the Snow (Parent supervision): Using dry firewood and perhaps some barbeque starter, start a fire in an open area. If done in deep snow, you will be fascinated to see how the fire gradually sinks deeper and deeper.
- Lighted Snow Angel: Dig a hole one foot wide and one foot deep in the snow. Place lighted flashlight, face up, in hole. Lay stakes across hole and place screen on top of this. Secure screen by packing snow around edges. Roll snowballs five inches in diameter and tightly pack in ring around edge of hole. Spray with water to freeze and solidify. Repeat process using less snowballs in each round until the tower is cone-shaped. Roll larger snowball for the head. Very spectacular when dark outside.
- Catching Snow Flakes: Place a black sheet of paper into a freezer until cold. Take outdoors and use a magnifying glass to view snowflakes that land on the paper.
- Saving Snow Flakes: Allow slide, container and lacquer to cool outside so snowflakes won’t melt when landing on the slide. Spray thin coat of lacquer on slide and tilt so any extra spray runs off. Allow lacquer to set for a few minutes. Catch several snowflakes on slide and then set back into container and cover with lid. Leave slide outside to harden for three to four hours. View with magnifying glass or microscope.
- Snow Insulation: Make some Jell-O following the directions on the box. Divide evenly into two plastic containers with lids. Place one on top of the snow and bury the other under the snow. Which one freezes first? Try activity again, wrapping containers with insulating materials like a scarf. Does it take longer for the Jell-O to freeze now?
- Snowball Thermometer: On a mild day, make snowballs of the same size and place them on different surfaces outside, e.g. rock, patch of grass, sidewalk, parked car. Check to see which one melts first.
- Snow Melting Rate: On a mild day, place sheets of different colored paper (including a sheet of black and one of white) on the snow in full sunlight for two-three hours. Use stones to hold them down. Then observe which one sank the deepest into the snow.
- Winter Wildlife Detectives: After a fresh snowfall, look for animal tracks and try to figure out which animal made the tracks.
- Snow Ice Cream: 1 cup milk, 1 well beaten egg, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp. of salt, clean snow. Beat egg; add milk, sugar and salt. Mix together well. Add enough snow to make it thick.
- Maple Taffy on Snow: Boil pure maple syrup to 122 C or 252 F. Drizzle on well-packed snow. Make sure it is cool before licking. (It is essential that pure maple syrup be used and not any other maple-flavored syrup).
THE TRUTH ABOUT TXTING
Texting makes you lack social skills:
- You lose good grammar skills
- You turn the word "you" into "u" and so many more words.
- Sometimes you don't think before you text: (Example) "Ur a terrible dancer!" [Sarcasm]. That can come accross as mean to the other person. Put yourself in their shoes.
Texting can become a very bad habit:
- Soon you will be paying attention to your phone more than your family.
- Others around you can become easily offended.
- Texting when you are at a party can come accross as rude to the host and the other guests.
- Talking face to face is way more important than by words in an email or by phone.
These are only just a few reasons to stop texting. Although texting can come in handy for little things like: (Example) "Are you coming to school today?" or "When does dance class start?", that doesn't mean that it can turn into a bad habit. remember to "think before you ping."
(Courtesy of Discovery Girls Magazine)
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