Author Archives: Sonja C.

November 19, 2013

Autumn Pine Cone Owl Craft

Posted by at 1:33 am in Games, Kid Power | Permalink

FallProfile130Don’t you love this adorable pine cone owl?

Fall is the perfect time for an outdoor nature walk. It’s also a perfect time for an indoor craft session. This Pine Cone Owl craft comes courtesy of the Scholastic Teachers site, and combines both in one happy, autumn craft. You can take a nature walk to gather the pine cones or buy them at a craft supplies store.cottonowl


  • 1 large pine cone
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Feathers


  1. Gently pull apart a few cotton balls to make them fluffy.
  2. Stuff pieces of cotton into the grooves of the pine cone.
  3. Near the top of the pine cone, glue on two googly eyes.
  4. Fold a piece of orange construction paper in half, and cut a triangle on the crease. Glue it onto the owl, below the eyes, for the owl’s beak.
  5. Glue a few feathers on the sides of the owl and on its head.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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November 12, 2013

Season Personality Quiz Results

Posted by at 1:53 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

FallProfile130Which season are you?

Which season best represents YOUR personality? Last week, Desertchief gave you a Season Personality Quiz to determine if you a winter, spring, summer, or fall person. Okay, now we will do the results.

If you picked mostly A’s: You are a WINTER kind of person!
From unwrapping presents to snowboarding, you have the winter spirit! You love cold days and you
are attracted to colors like blue, gray, and white. Try painting your room with cool, winter colors so you can capture winter all year long!

If you picked mostly B’s: You are a SPRING kind of person!
From having a picnic to sniffing flowers (Make sure you don’t have an allergy!), you are the spring kind of person! You love warm days and you are attracted to colors like green, light red, and light pink. Put some plants in your room so you can capture spring all year long!

If you picked mostly C’s: You are a SUMMER kind of person!
From swimming in the pool to hanging out with pals, you are a summer lover! You love hot days
and you are attracted to colors like dark red, gold, and dark pink. Turn the heat up and wear shorts all year long!

If you picked mostly D’s: You are a FALL kind of person!
From hanging jack-o-lanterns to making a scarecrow, you are a fall person at heart! You love chilly days and you are attracted to colors like brown, orange, and yellow. Get a cozy earth-toned blanket for your bed so you can capture fall all year long!

What do you think? Does this quiz describe your personality? It’s funny. My favorite season is summer, but I have a winter personality. How does that work?

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November 8, 2013

Austin and Ally Interviews

Posted by at 1:04 am in Celebrities | Permalink

Austin & Ally logoDo you love Austin & Ally?

I make no secret of my love for Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally, R5, Teen Beach Movie), but today I am super-excited because we have interviews from the entire awesome cast of Austin & Ally: Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez, Calum Worthy, and Ross Lynch. There is a definite Harry Potter theme, but I was floored when I found out that one of these actors actually auditioned (and was rejected) for a major role in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Read the interview to find out who!

Embarrassing story
Laura: I have way too many! Ross and I were filming this PSA and we were running and jumping on this log. Ross jumps perfectly and then I jump and fall right on my face on the ground. Everyone was like, “Laura, are you OK?” and I said “Yeah, I’m fine. Let’s do it again,” and they were like, “We’re never letting you do that again!” It was so embarrassing.
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November 5, 2013

Season Personality Quiz

Posted by at 1:18 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

FallProfile130Season Personality Quiz

Desertchief19 created a Personality Quiz to determine which season you are most like. Answer these questions and come back next week to find out your results.

1. What are your favorite colors? A) Gray, dark blue, and white. B) Green, light red, and light pink. C) Dark red, gold, and dark pink\salmon pink. D) Brown, orange, and yellow.

2. What is your favorite holiday? A) Christmas! Hanukkah! I love unwrapping presents and watching snow fall. B) Easter! Passover! C) Uhh . . . does the last day of school count? I just can’t wait to have some fun in the sun! D) Halloween! It’s a delight to eat candy and hear the sound of leaves scrunching under my feet.

3. Which activity sounds most fun to you? A) Ice skating. B) Having a picnic with friends. C) Swimming in the cool ocean at the beach. D) Helping cook a big feast for Thanksgiving.

4. What drink sounds most delicious? A) Hot cocoa. B) Water. C) A milkshake. D) Ehh . . . I’m not that into drinks.

5. Which days do you like best? A) Snowy days! B) Warm days (but not too warm!) C) Hot days (maybe with some rain). D) Chilly days with lots of colorful leaves on the ground.

Click here for your results and go visit Desertchief on the Message Boards!

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November 1, 2013

Halloween Candy for Soldiers

Posted by at 1:45 am in Kid Power | Permalink

make_a_differenceSupport our Troops with Snacks!

Halloween is over and I know you have tons of candy, like seriously, way more than you need. You can use some of that candy to make a difference. Send it to U. S. troops stationed overseas. They didn’t get to celebrate Halloween at home this year, and opening a care package with your Halloween candy would really cheer them up. Plus, they might share some of the candy with local kids where they are stationed, spreading the love all over the world!

Here’s what to do:

  • Check with your parents first to make sure it’s ok.
  • Pack up your extra Halloween candy in a box.
  • Mail it to one of the addresses below (whichever is closer to where you live) by December 5.

Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, California 91406
ATTN: Rich Hernandez

Soldiers’ Angels
Six Months of Christmas
5068 US HWY 64 East
Franklinville, NC 27248

While you’re at it, why not write a nice letter and include it with your candy? A simple “Thanks for all you do!” would make the package that much sweeter for a serviceman or woman. But remember, never give your personal information to a stranger – no last names, addresses, or phone numbers!

Leave a Comment and tell us how much candy YOU are giving to the troops.

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October 30, 2013

R. L. Stine Web Chat

Posted by at 2:00 pm in Authors, Goosebumps, Live Chats | Permalink


R. L. Stine Web Chat!

R. L. Stine is hosting a web chat on Wednesday October 30, 2013 from 2-3 p.m. ET. It’s happening right now!

STACKS Staffer Brian and I are posting live updates from the chat on the Reading Buzz Board so you can join us there for our live Goosebumps Halloween R. L. Stine celebration! Hop over to the Buzz Board now! What are you waiting for? Click on the blue link!

If you miss it, you can go to the Reading Buzz Board any time to read the transcript.

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October 28, 2013

Not-So-Scary Halloween Quiz

Posted by at 1:50 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

halloweenIt is only 3 more days until Halloween, and we are in a frenzy of excitement! Moderator Katie wrote this Halloween quiz on the STACKS Buzz Board. Don’t worry. It’s not scary. It’s just to find out what Halloween is like for YOU.

  1. Do you celebrate Halloween? (If no, the quiz is over.)
  2. What are you going to be this year?
  3. What is your favorite Halloween candy?
  4. What is your earliest Halloween memory?
  5. What’s the funniest costume you’ve ever seen?
  6. What do you usually give out at your house to trick-or-treaters?
  7. What would you do if I said “trick” when you knocked on my door?
  8. What’s your favorite Halloween movie/TV show?
  9. Any Halloween traditions in your house?
  10. What does your school do for Halloween?

Leave your answers in the Comments, or go over the Buzz Board to read everyone else’s answers.

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October 25, 2013

Dove Cameron Interview

Posted by at 1:23 am in Celebrities | Permalink

Dove Cameron in Liv and MaddieDove Cameron is Liv AND Maddie!

Dove Cameron is the 17-year-old actress who plays the parts of Liv and Maddie on the show called . .  . Liv & Maddie! It’s totally crazy to me how Liv and Maddie can be in the same room talking to each other but it’s really only one girl. How does she do that? We got to talk to Dove about her experiences on the show.

Q: What’s it like to play identical twins? Continue reading

October 24, 2013

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Posted by at 1:00 am in Kid Power | Permalink

halloweenTrick-or-Treat the Kid Power Way!

Last week, you read about how Austin & Ally star Laura Marano is working with UNICEF to help improve children’s lives around the world. Today, I’m going to show you how YOU can help. On Halloween, instead of just trick-or-treating for candy, you can ask for UNICEF donations, too.

Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Ask your parents first. You can show them this letter from UNICEF to help explain the situation.
  2. Print this UNICEF label and wrap it around a box or canister.
  3. Bring your UNICEF box or canister with you when you go trick-or-treating and ask for donations to UNICEF that will pay for medicine, food, and education for kids around the world.
  4. When Halloween is over, count up your donations, hand it over to your parents, and have them send in your donations by check or money order to:
    125 Maiden Lane
    New York, NY 10038

Your contributions can make a big difference, and think how much more delicious your Halloween candy will taste when you know that your trick-or-treating helped to make another child’s life much, much better! Laura Marano will be so proud of you!
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October 18, 2013

G Hannelius in Dog with a Blog

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G Hannelius in Dog with a BlogG Hannelius Interview

14-year-old G Hannelius plays Avery on Dog with a Blog. She has been an actress for a long time. You might remember her from way back in a movie with Hutch Dano called Den Brother. A few things you need to know about Dog with a Blog if you haven’t seen it before: 1) It also stars Blake Michael as the older brother, and Francesca Capaldi as the younger sister. 2) G wears the absolute cutest clothes and jewelry for this show! and, oh yeah, 3) the dog talks. Find out more in this interview!

Q: Who nicknamed you G? Do you ever go by Genevieve?
G: When I was a baby, people called me baby G and ever since then I’ve gone by G. My grandmother is basically the only person who calls me Genevieve.

Q: Describe Avery on Dog with a Blog. Would she be your friend in real life?G Hannelius in Dog with a Blog
G: Avery is hardworking, ambitious, and smart. I think she is so kind to her friends and I’d be very lucky to have her as my friend.

Q: What’s it like working with Stan the dog on set?
When we are sitting in the family room set, even if we are just relaxing, and the dog walks by, he will run and jump on the couch with his toy and he wants you to play with him. It’s really cute and funny.

Q: What book would you recommend to a friend? What book do you think Avery would recommend?
G: I would recommend A Day in the Life in Ancient Rome and I think Avery would recommend the same thing!

Q: What literary character would you like to play in a movie?
G: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Q: What flavor ice cream would you invent?
G: Ain’t Nothin But a G Thang: chocolate/raspberry ice cream.

Q: What is an unusual talent most people don’t know you have?
I write poetry.

Q: What is one thing you wish everyone would do to make the world a better place?
G: Be kind to one another.

Q: What is the best book you ever read?
G: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

Q: Food you could not live without?
G: Fish taco.

Q: A perfect day would include?
G: Going to set, swimming with my friends, then bike-riding to get gelato.

Q: Personal motto or favorite quote?
 Loud and proud.

Are you a G fan? Leave a Comment to let us know what you think of her in Dog with a Blog.
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