Monthly Archives: December 2012

December 18, 2012

I SPY a Challenge!

Posted by at 8:32 am in Games, Trivia | Permalink

ISPY_130x130I SPY a Challenge!

'Tis the season for games! Video games are on many holiday wish lists (including mine)! Some of you may even have a couple I SPY games on your lists. If you do, Scholastic has a special treat for all the I SPY gaming fans out there. For the first time ever, Scholastic has released I SPY game packs on Wii and Nintendo DS that offer double the fun with two complete I SPY games in one. The Wii game pack includes Ultimate I SPY and I SPY Spooky Mansion, while the Nintendo DS pack includes I SPY Fun House and I SPY Universe (all rated E).

Did you know that the covers of all the I SPY video games are designed so that you could play I SPY on the cover? It's true! There are numerous objects hidden within each I SPY cover and you could play I SPY on each one. So in honor of the game packs and for some fun (not to mention extra challenge), we've developed two I SPY riddles to solve across the Wii and DS games. Are you up for the challenge?
Yes? Alright! Ready, set, go!

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I spy a horseshoe, a cymbal, a bell, a little red bug, and a brown pot that fell; a tower, a diver, a rocket, a hat, a hidden sailboat, a key, and a rat.


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I spy a jack, two balloons, a drum, a plane, a ringed planet, and a little candy cane;
Two ice cream cones, a dog with a hat; a letter, a snake, two balls, and a cat.

Did you find all the objects? Let us know in the Comments below. And, for extra fun, get creative and write an I SPY riddle of your own using these covers!

—Amabel, Scholastic Media

December 18, 2012

Holidays Around the World Quiz

Posted by at 1:59 am in Trivia | Permalink

Winter_130Holidays Around the World Quiz

Feliz Navidad! Happy Hanukkah! Celebrate Kwanzaa! Kids everywhere are celebrating winter holidays. Test your winter holiday trivia knowledge in our Holiday Traditions Quiz. We’ll list the holiday tradition, and you guess the country it comes from. Some questions have more than 1 correct answer because they are celebrated in lots of countries.

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December 17, 2012

Create a Caption: Holiday Cat

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CreateacaptionCreate a Caption: Holiday Cat

Many of you know I have 2 insane cats, so obviously, I do not have a Christmas tree in my apartment. I can only imagine the mayhem I would come home to if I left those 2 alone with a tree full of dangling, glittery things for them to play with/destroy. Today’s Create a Caption photo demonstrates my problem perfectly.

What do you think this playful Christmas kitty is saying up there in its tree?


Flickr photo by tiffa130

I think it is saying,”Deck the halls with pretty kitty! Fa la la la la, la la la la!”

Or “Jingle bells, jingle bells! Kitty climbed the tree!”

Leave YOUR captions in the Comments. Happy Holidays!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

December 13, 2012

SPONSORED POST: Holiday Helpers

Posted by at 1:15 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Livestrong_130x130SPONSORED POST: Holiday Helpers

This post is sponsored by LIVESTRONG.

How can you help improve the lives of others during this holiday season?
Be a Holiday Helper this year! Use your winter break to perform small acts of kindness throughout your community.

Talk to your teacher and join a parent or guardian to brainstorm ways that you can volunteer your time and talent this year.
Making a difference in the lives of neighbors, strangers, and friends can be easy, but what can YOU do to warm hearts in this cold weather?
This start-up sheet can help you to get crackin’ on your own Holiday Helper project.

Get involved. Make a difference. LIVESTRONG.

This post is sponsored by LIVESTRONG.

December 12, 2012

The Outsiders Readalikes

Posted by at 3:27 am in Reads | Permalink

Outsiders_130The Outsiders

You know when you find an amazing book, and you never want it to end? How do you find another book to read after that? Our answer: Readalikes to the rescue! We hope our Readalikes will rescue you from the what-to-read-next question, and help you find lots of new amazing books.

Today’s Readalikes are for The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Susan Eloise Hinton wrote The Outsiders while she was still in high school, and the story was inspired by 2 rival gangs at her school in 1965, the Greasers and the Socs.

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December 11, 2012


Posted by at 4:27 am in Trivia | Permalink

Hi everybody! Tomorrow is December 12, 2012: 12/12/12! But don’t panic! It’s not the day the Mayan calendar says the world will end. That’s not until next week.

Last year on 11/11/11, I told you this freaky trick to amaze your friends and family. Add your age to the last two digits of your birth year. In 2011, the answer was 11. For example, if you were 10 in 2011 and were born in 2001 . . .
10 + 01 = 11

But the freak goes on! It works this year too, except the answer will be 12! Try it. It will work with everyone born in this century. For older people born in the 1900s, the answer will be 112. Test it on your friends, your parents, your teachers. Well, it’s not really polite to ask your teachers how old they are, so use your best judgment there.

PS. I don’t really think the world will end in 2012. I think the world will still be around next year for 13/13/13. Er, wait. Maybe not. But no matter what, I hope all your wishes come true in 2013!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

December 10, 2012

Writing Prompt: Things I Never Get Tired Of

Posted by at 1:00 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing_prompt_genericWriting Prompt: Things I Never Get Tired Of

Some things you get bored with easily. . . and some things you just never get tired of! Today's Writing Prompt asks you to think about the things that always, always make you happy no matter how many times you see them or do them. Here are some things I never get tired of.


  • A sunset over the beach.
  • A baby eating his or her own toes.
  • A campfire crackling.
  • The ground below when you take off from an airplane.
  • A dog chasing his own tail. (Babies and dogs always get me!!)
  • Christmas tree lights.
  • The first snowfall!

What are the things YOU never get tired of? Let us know in the Comments below!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

December 7, 2012

December Pop-Corn

Posted by at 1:23 am in Movies & TV | Permalink

BLOG_POP-CORNTV, Movies, and Music you won't want to miss this December!

 Just in time for the holidays, there are lots of goodies in store for you this month, and not all of them come wrapped in a box! There's a nice big present for Lord of the Rings fans familiar with the book that started it all, The Hobbit. Part 1, An Unexpected Journey, hits theaters December 14. A week later, a 3D version of the animated Monsters, Inc. will be released to get you reacquainted with Sulley and Mike before Monsters University comes out in June 2013.

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