Middle Ground!

KEEP SHARP OVER THE SUMMER WITH FAMILY FUN ACTIVITIES! As you conclude your the school year and prepare to enjoy your summer vacation, try out these great apps to have some fun, productive screen time and stay STEM sharp! Simple Machines Explore the playful side of physics and discover how machines work by conducting your own experiments. The app also offers a free handbook download for better understanding of the concepts. Tinkercad / Blokify These 3D design apps encourages creativity in 3D printing, skills used in computer aided design (CAD). Users build with cubes so it’s a lot like creating with LEGOs or in Minecraft. Scratch Jr. / The Robot Factory Learn to solve problems and design pr

All About Michigan

The Brook Trout: Michigan's State Fish Michigan designated the Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) as the official state fish in 1988. They have a long, streamlined body with a large mouth that extends past its eye. Colors include olive, blue-gray or black above with a silvery white belly and wormlike markings (called vermiculations) along the back. They have red spots sometimes surrounded by bluish halos on their sides. The lower fins have a white front edge with black and the remainder being a reddish orange. The tail fin is square or rarely slightly forked. The brook trout is native to Michigan’s waters. They can be found throughout most of the state in many creeks, streams, rivers, lakes

Visit The Wildside!

Bengal Tiger The Bengal Tiger resides in several countries; India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan. The population is quite small, estimated at 1,706–1,909 in India, 440 in Bangladesh, 163–253 in Nepal and 67–81 in Bhutan. Tigers like forest habitats and many of them live in national parks. Tigers are also really special, because they are the national animal of both India and Bangladesh, as well as the mascot for many sports teams and companies. Tigers are really big! Males are on average 110 to 120 inches long and about 35 to 43 inches tall. Females are 94 to 104 inches long. Females weigh about 220 to 350 pounds and males weigh about 400 to 570 pounds! Did You Know? A tiger’s roar can b

The Meaning of Memorial Day

Summer doesn't officially start until June 21, but most people consider Memorial Day the start of the summer season. Many families heated up the grill, went to a lake or pool, or just spent time outside. But Memorial Day has the word "memorial" in it for a reason. As we welcome everyone back from a long holiday weekend, we pause to consider the true meaning of Memorial Day and why it’s so important. Memorial Day first began as a holiday called Decoration Day, where graves of soldiers were decorated with wreaths, flowers and flags. This day of remembrance to honor those who died in service — started after so many lives were lost in the Civil War — was proclaimed a holiday by Gen. John A. L

Math Adventures

Test your addition, subtraction skills om today's Math Adventures! Solve the addition problems first and then color in the picture using the answer/color key! Have a great Friday! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

Sports and Fitness

Fun Games to Play Outside! Spring means we’re all outside more! Yay! That is a fun place to play games and enjoy the companionship of many friends and make new ones! In today's today's Sports and Fitness!, read about four fun games you can play outside with more than one person! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Cooking Fun!

Bring your kids into the kitchen and have Cookin' Fun! Kids will love these simple and yummy recipes! This month try Caramel Waldorf Salad, Crockpot Beef Stew and Broccoli Casserole! Remember, always follow kitchen rules: 1. Always ask an adult if you can use the kitchen. 2. Have all the ingredients before you start. 3. Wash your hands before you touch food. 4. Wear an apron or towel to keep your clothes clean. 5. Always clean up when you are finished. Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Let's Make It!

Pretty as a Peacock! At times the rain seems to dampen our day, but the beautiful peacock loves to dance in the rain with its fabulous tail spread out be-hind it. The peacock is one of the most beautiful birds in the world and has been loved by many cultures over the last 3000 years. In recent times, the peacock was anointed as the national bird of India where it is thought to have come from. Have you ever heard the expression 'proud as a peacock’? We say this when we see a person who seems to be strutting around as a peacock does; arrogant and self-centered. Although the word peacock is used for both the male and the female bird, it is really only the name for the male peafowl. The peacoc

Coloring Corner

In today's Coloring Corner, enjoy color by number fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #coloring

Use Your Imagination

Thinking about Memorial Day Next weekend, we'll celebrate the start of summer with Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action. Do you know someone in your life that was or is in the military now? Imagine what that person has experienced, how their life has changed by being in the military. In today's Use Your Imagination, write about how important these people are to our country and why we should always thank them for their service

All About Music

It is said that music is the universal language. It crosses all barriers and cultures. It has the ability to evoke so many emotions and create endless feelings. Even if you have never played an instrument and think you are hopeless when it comes to "carrying a tune," you are never too young or old to play an instrument. Sometimes, all we need is a little inspiration! In this short video, watch a 6-year old play the trumpet! You too can play an instrument just like him...it just takes a little bit of practice! And if you're interested in learning more about the trumpet, read about it in today's All About Music! Have a great weekend! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PD

What I Want To Be

I Want To Be A Dietitian! Dietitians study the foods we eat, the amount of food we eat, and how we eat it - so we can learn how to be happier and healthier. Dietitians work in many different places and doing many different things. Clinical dietitians teach people about food in places like hospitals, medical schools, outpatient centers and doctors’ offices Community dietitians give classes on eating right and staying healthy in public places like government health agencies and health fitness clubs. Management dietitians work in hospitals, schools, cafeterias and restaurants to make sure that the food is well-prepared. Business dietitians work for big companies. They help the companies make

STEM in Sports!

People have used advances in science and math to make sports safer for athletes. Science, technology, engineering and math are known as STEM - and STEM has a big impact on every sport that's played. THE BIOLOGY OF SOCCER! In the 1970s, scientists at Adidas came up with the classic black and white design for the World Cup soccer ball. (Adidas has made every World Cup ball since.) The well-inflated, nearly perfect sphere with a strong outside covering made for a good soccer ball.The pattern of black and white shapes helped players follow the the ball as it traveled down the field. Soccer cleats are engineered to provide the best possible traction and directional control. There are different

Math Adventures

Measuring is Fun! In today's Math Adventures, practice your measuring by comparing the different rectangles, then use the pictured rulers to measure the red lines, caterpillar and snake! Have fun measuring! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

May 2019 Quiz

This month's Quiz is now available! Download the Quiz Questions and Answers by clicking on the images below! May 2019 Quiz Questions May 2019 Quiz Answers Kids World News monthly quizzes are a FREE supplemental learning resource that help test readers' retention and comprehension of monthly articles and topics. It's a fun way for kids to review what they've read and improve their reading skills! #Quiz

Mr. President

Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 - December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States, from 1945 to 1953. His wife was Bess Wallace Truman. Harry became president when Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office. As president, Truman made important foreign policy decisions such as using atomic weapons on Japan to end World War II, repairing Europe (which was destroyed during the war), beginning the Cold War, and getting the U.S. involved in the Korean War. Learn more President Harry Truman in today’s Mr. President! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Puzzle Fun

In today's Puzzle Fun, find the 7 differences between the 2 pictures, show the race car the way to his trophy, and help the train find the station! Have fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

All About Books

LOOK WHAT'S NEW! Every month, the librarians at the Kent District Library review dozens and dozens of children's books to help kids and parents make good selections. Here are 3 books they recommend! Read more, read often! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Science Fun!

What is a tornado? Tornados come from powerful thunderstorms and appear as rotating funnel-shaped air with winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour! Tornadoes cause damage when they touch down on the ground by uprooting trees, destroying buildings and homes, throw vehicles hundreds of yards away and more. They can cause damage in areas more than one mile wide and 50 miles long! Severe weather can be very scary for all of us. Most tornadoes need warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and cool, dry air from Canada. When these two air masses meet, they create instability in the atmosphere. A change in wind direction and an increase in wind speed with increasing height cre-ates an i

Spotlight On Health

Are you hungry again? Eating is something we all do! Most children eat three meals a day and most kids snack. Why do kids snack? Because kids need to refuel their body, especially when they are active - like playing games, running, walking, jumping, swinging, etc. Everything you do takes energy and eating correctly helps you make energy. Without energy - your body and your brain get tired. A good rule of thumb with snacks though, is if you aren’t hungry, don’t eat and don’t snack too close to meal-times. It’s very important to eat your well balanced meal. It’s also never good to eat food because you are bored or just watching television. Over-doing on snacks is never a good idea. Read

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