All About Books

IT'S A CLASSIC! 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 classic books they recommend for you to read! Read more, read often! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Puzzle Fun

Start your day with some brain exercises in today’s Puzzle Fun! How many circles do you find? Looking at the picture on the left, count only those that have the entire perimeter outline visible. Have fun with a maze by helping the butterfly find its way to the flower, and then play a game of tic-tac-toe! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Outer Space

The Planet Venus Venus is the second planet from the sun and the closest planet to Earth. It is named after the Roman Goddess of love and beauty. In Greek, her name was Aphrodite. Its size makes it the sixth largest planet in the Solar System. It’s extremely hot and deadly atmosphere makes it nearly impos-sible for any human to explore it’s surface. Venus’ atmosphere is far thicker than that of Earth. It is only recently that scientists have been able to peek through its thick clouds and get a glimpse of the surface. The clouds surrounding Venus are comprised mostly of sulfuric acid. The diameter of Venus is about 7,520 miles. Venus is known as Earth’s twin sister because of its simila

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

Spotlight On Health

Your Skin Play an Important Role! What does your skin do that’s so important? Your skin has a protective function as it holds everything in, plus has other functions as well. Our skin prevents us from getting infections and it contains cells that produce hair, sweat, oils and other substances that are important for our health and appearance. Your skin makes up 12% of our body weight - so if you weigh 100 pounds, your skin weighs 12 pounds! If you weigh 50 pounds, your skin weighs 6 pounds! Skin is an organ - in fact it is the largest organ that makes up our body. It regenerates (or renews) itself all through our life. There are three layers that make up skin. The outer layer is called t

All About Music

Drums! Did you know that drums are the world’s oldest and most widely used musical instrument? A drum is a musical instrument that is struck with the hands or with a drum stick (a stick for hitting a drum). A collection of drums and cymbals is called a drum kit, or drum set. Drums are used to keep a steady beat in a song. They give music of many kinds a sense of feeling. For example, to make a song to be slow or fast, the drums play slower or faster. Learn more about this timeless instrument in today’s All About Music! 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 our spring inspired recipe: Hot Cross Buns, Caramels and Elephant's Jug. 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

Australia Australia is the world’s largest island! Although this is the largest island, Australia, is the smallest continent. The capital is Canberra. It even has it’s own territory! The official name of the island is the Commonwealth of Aus-tralia. The continent was once under the control of Great Britain and was given that name. The first European discovery of the is-land was in 1606, by the Dutch. British people started to inhabit the land in 1788. Many settlers were prisoners sent to live there as punishment. The new people lived with the native population in peace for a short time, and then fighting over the land broke out. The population is about 23 million people! The currency is the

Coloring Corner

In today's Coloring Corner, color this page using the pattern and colors provided! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #coloring

Sports and Fitness

Learning Golf! Playing golf is a great way to stay healthy, get some exercise, enjoy the out-doors, spend time with your family, and have fun all at the same time! Golf is not an easy game to master, but children are never too young to begin playing. The earlier you start there is a better chance that bad habits will not develop. Learning golf the proper way, not only leads to better play but a more enjoyable experience. It’s good idea is to take some lessons. Many golf courses offer instruction for kids. Also, some driving ranges will have a professional on staff that will give lessons for children. Learn more about playing golf in today's Sports and Fitness! Click HERE to download this

Use Your Imagination

Memorial Day is May 25th Memorial Day is a U.S. holiday that honors and remembers those who died while serving in the military. The roots of the Memorial Day observance goes back to 1865 and the end of the Civil War. It was known as Decoration Day until 1882 and then it was changed to Memorial Day. The holiday was traditionally held on the 30th of May. In 1971, Congress declared it a national holiday and changed it to the last Monday in May. It is customary to fly the U.S. flag at half staff on this day. It also marks the unofficial start to the summer season In today's Use Your Imagination, write about what you can do to honor this day. Click HERE to download this activity as a prin

Math Adventures

In today's Math Adventures, have fun with fractions by coloring in the correct answer to visually show how many parts of the whole are represented by the numerical fraction. On the right side, draw a line to match up the fraction with the example, and then try adding fractions at the bottom. Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

Mr. President

The President of the United States is the elected head of state and head of government of the United States. The president leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces. The president is elected to a four-year term by the people every four years on the first Tuesday in November. Since the office was established in 1789, 44 people have served as president. The first, George Washington, won a unanimous vote of the Electoral College. Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms in office, and is counted as the nation's 22nd and 24th president. Our current president, Donald Trump is the nation's 45th president. John Fit

What I Want To Be

I Want To Be a Physicist! What is a physicist? A physicist is a scientist who researches in physics. Physics is a branch of science that studies matter and its motion as well as how it interacts with energy and forces. Physics is a huge subject. There are many branches of physics including electricity, astronomy, motion, waves, sound, and light. A physicist studies everything from tiny atomic particles to the entire Uni-verse as a whole! A Physicist uses the scientific method to test hypotheses (guess or belief) and develop scientific laws. A couple of famous physicists include Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Physicists observe natural wonders and use mathematics to develop theories whi

Let's Make It!

A Water World of Wonder! Have you ever found yourself starring into an aquarium watching the fish swim and discovering coral, crabs and beautiful star fish? I love to look for the hidden treasures of tiny creatures as I take the time to really observe a world below the surface. The shapes and colors of nature’s marine life are in-credible. As an artist, drawing aquatic life is fun because fish come in count-less shapes and sizes. Some are round and others are long. Some fish swim along happily while others are swift hunters. Create your own fish by using your imagination. There is no wrong way to create your fish. Grab a pencil, markers or crayons and discover a world of wonder by using

Science Fun!

How does a seed grow a plant? A lot of people are starting a vegetable or flower garden this time of year. Have you ever wondered how a plant grows from a seed that’s been planted? Germination takes place when a seed opens up and begins to grow the roots and the stalk of the plant. When you purchase your seeds, they are dormant (sleeping) for a period of time and dry. When your seed is planted however, the process of germination begins. Germination only takes place if the conditions are favorable. Those conditions are water, oxygen and a suitable temperature. First, the seed gathers nutrients from the soil. Once the seeds soak in some water and it’s warm, they will begin to grow. Coty

All About Michigan

Camping In Michigan Michigan offers more than a thousand campgrounds statewide! There are camps along rivers, lakes, sand dunes and beaches, near the Great Lakes, in state parks and national forests. You can enjoy Michigan camping in tents, RVs, cabins or sleeping under the stars. Camping is a terrific way to spend your next family vacation. You can have quality family time - enjoying the great outdoors - away from phones, TV and other interruptions. A great way to relax! Camping is enjoyed by people of all ages. It is a great bonding time with family and friends. Enjoy a hike in the woods, swimming, playing a board game or just sit and enjoy the surroundings... Read more about Camping

Famous American Women

Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott, a servant , seamstress, teacher, Civil War Nurse and author. She was born on November 29, 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. She was one of four daughters. Her family moved to Boston when she was two years. As a young girl, they moved gain to Concord, Massachusetts. Growing up in a Transcendentalist home, the environment was intellectual and non-conventional. That fostered her love of writing. She received her education primarily from her father and his father’s friends - people such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Margaret Fuller. She is widely known as the writer of Little Women, a self reflective book published in 18

Visit The Wildside!

The Bald Eagle The bald eagle is the National Bird and National Animal of the United States. It is one of the largest birds of prey in North America. A bald eagle is an average of 28-40 inches in length, 6.6-13.8 pounds, and has a wingspan up to 7.5 feet! Bald eagles can soar up to 10,000 feet in the air and drop at rates of 100 miles per hour. They also have the tallest nesting sites. The bald eagle got it’s name from it’s distinct look. The bald eagle isn’t really bald! Instead, it’s head is white and looks very different compared to the dark brown feathers on the rest of it’s body. Baby eagles, called eaglets, are born light grey before they turn brown. Bald eagles also have long claws

Down On The Farm

Corn is American's #1 Crop! American Indians grew corn in many parts of North America long before the first arrival of European explorers and traders. It was called mahiz by the Native Americans. In fact, Columbus took corn back to Europe and introduced it to the rest of the world! Now corn is produced on every continent of the world except Antarctica. Native American Indians taught the colonists to grow many varieties of the corn including yellow, red, blue, pink and black kernels. As time when on, the settlers who came to America began to depend on corn as one of their most important crops. American farmers have always wanted to grow strong healthy corn plants that yield as much as pos

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