Science Fun!

What is Inertia? Inertia is a very important part of our lives that we are part of everyday but don’t think about. Galileo Galilei, a famous Italian scientist discovered it. Sir Isaac Newton, who was a scientist in England in the 1600’s discovered many things about math and science. He came up with the Laws of Motion which tell us the ba-sics of how things move. The First Law of Motion has to do with inertia. This Law of Motion says: “An object in motion will continue to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.” In other words, if something is moving, it will keep moving until something stops it. If something is NOT moving, it will just sit there until something else com

Spotlight On Health

Did you know that your nails have a job to do? The surface of your nails, helps to protect the tips of your fingers and toes! Plus they help you scratch and pick things up! Did you know that babies have fingernails and toenails before they are born? Well groomed nails also help a person look their best. Let’s learn about what nails are. Nails are made of keratin. This is the same thing your body uses to create hair and the top layer of your skin. Nails grow where you have a U shaped cuticle on your fingers and toes. The cuticle’s job is to help protect the new nail as it grows out from the nail root. Hidden under the cuticle is the nail root. When the cells at the root of the nail g

Puzzle Fun

Start your day with some brain exercises in today’s Puzzle Fun! Find the 10 differences in the two pictures, fill in the grids with the words, and then play a game of tic-tac-toe! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

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

Coloring Corner

In today's Coloring Corner, color kangaroo on a beautiful spring day! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #coloring

Cooking Fun!

Bring your kids into the kitchen and have Cookin' Fun! Kids will love these simple and yummy recipes! This month try our spring inspired recipe: Banana Tree Stumps, Cheese Bread and Brownie Ice Cream Cones. 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.

Travel With Us

The Netherlands he Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland), is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Nether-lands, the Netherlands Antilles, and Aruba. The Netherlands is a Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy, located in West-ern Europe. It is bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east. The Netherlands has a maximum dimension of 190 miles by 160 miles - about twice the size of New Jersey. It is low and flat except in Limburg in the southeast, where some of the hills rise up to 1056 feet! About half the country’s area is below sea level, making famous the Dutch dikes. Reclamation of land from the sea thr

All About Books

GO ON AN ADVENTURE! 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 that will take you on an adventure! Read more, read often! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

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.

Use Your Imagination

Earth Day is April 22nd! What is Earth Day? Earth Day is a special day that celebrates the Earth. Earth Day was born on April 22, 1970, in San Francisco, California. Every year, America and over 100 different countries join together in the celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd. Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide. On Earth Day, we remember to appreciate nature and learn ways to protect our environment. In today's Use Your Imagination, write about what you will do to make the Earth a better place! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Math Adventures

In today's Math Adventures, have fun working with groups of butterflies! Start by counting all the butterflies in the large group, then answer the questions. Try a few fraction questions in the bonus questions! Have fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

All About Books

Biographies are true life stories about a person's life. They involve more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; they portray a person's experience of these life events. This month, check out these 3 biographies about kids, for kids, recommended by the librarians at the Kent District Library! 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 behind it. The peacock is one of the most beautiful birds in the world and has been loved by many cultures over the last 3,000 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 peac

What I Want To Be

I Want To Be An Arborist! Do you like to climb trees? If climbing trees and taking care of the largest plants on earth sounds like fun, then a career in arboriculture is perfect for you! Arborists are specialists who focus on the planting, care and maintenance of individual trees in order to improve tree health, growth and aesthetics. They know about the needs of a large variety of tree species and are trained with the proper techniques to take care of them. Here’s some of the jobs they do: • Identify trees. • Prune trees and shrubs to maintain health, appearance and ad-dress safety concerns. • Remove trees when necessary as a result of pests, disease, or other safety issues whe

Science Fun!

Gravity The Earth tries to pull everything down towards its center. This pull is called the force of gravity (the invisible force). When you lift things up you have to pull against gravity. If you drop a pencil, gravity pulls it to Earth. If you rest the pencil’s mid-point on your finger, gravity will pull down equally on both sides of the pencil and it will balance in the air. Did you know that there is no gravity in space? This is why astronauts float around in their spaceships. Did you know that there is gravity on the Moon? The gravity on the Moon is much weaker than the gravity that we have here on Earth. This is why moon walking for astronauts is very difficult. Gravity or gravitation

All About Michigan

MICHIGAN INVENTORS Did you know five important inventors are from Michigan? Henry Ford Henry Ford is famous for developing and manufacturing the first affordable automobile known as the Model T in 1908. Henry Ford was born July 30, 1863, on his family's farm in Dearborn, Michigan and lived in Michigan his entire life. William Boeing William Boeing lived from 1881 to 1956. Although he later moved to Seattle, Washington, he was born in Detroit. As the name might give it away, he was the man responsible for The Boeing Company. Daniel Gerber Daniel Gerber was born in 1898 in Fremont, Michigan. After serving in World War 1, he took a job working for his father at the Fremont Canning Company in 19

Back in Time

The Story of Johnny Appleseed Johnny Appleseed’s real name was John Chapman, born on September 26,1774 near Leominster, Massachusetts. Little is known of his early life, but he apparently received a good education which helped him in his later years. By the time he was 25 years old, he had become a nursery man and had planted apple trees in the western portions of New York and Pennsylvania. Some of the orchards in those areas were said to have been started by him. When the rich and fertile lands lying south of the Great Lakes and west of the Ohio river were opened for settlement in the early 1800's, John Chapman was among the very first to explore the new territory. This was the Northwest T

Visit The Wildside!

Jellyfish Jellyfish are also known as jellies! The English term, jellyfish, was first used in 1796, Even though they are called jellyfish, they are not fish! Jellyfish lives in the ocean all over the world. Some also live in fresh water. Some of the jellyfish are deadly, but most of the time they don’t want to harm humans! But they have been known to sting humans and even cause death. Jellyfish don’t exactly have brains. Instead they have something called a “nerve net”! A nerve net is a collection of neurons that act like a brain, by sensing changes in the water and the environment. Jellyfish can also tell if they have passed an animal or if they are facing up or down thanks to their

Down On The Farm

Rabbits! The rabbit is characterized by its long ears, long legs, large hind feet and a short bushy tail. Don’t get rabbits confused with hares!Hares have longer ears, are larger in size, run faster and their young are born with fur and open eyes. Rabbit babies are born with no fur and are at first, blind! Their fur can range in color from spotted patterns, white to brown, grey and black. They are known for their fast birthing rate and do not mate for life. Read more about Rabbits in today's Down On The Farm! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Outer Space

The Sun The Sun is the source of energy for the Solar System, which makes life possible on Earth. All the objects in the Solar System revolve around it. The Sun is actually a star found at the center of the Solar System. It is estimated to be about 4 1/2 billion years old. The Romans called the Sun Sol, which in English means sun. In ancient Greece, the Sun was called Helios. • The Sun is over 300,000 times larger than the Earth. At around 865,000 miles wide, the Sun’s diameter is about 110 times wider than the earths. • Around 74% of the Sun’s mass is made up of hydrogen. Helium makes up around 24%. Heavier elements such as oxygen, carbon, iron and neon make up the remaining 2%.

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