January 25, 2014
Get ready for the biggest football game of the year!
The Super Bowl is almost here. The big game will be played on Sunday, February 2, so I thought we could round up some of the best football facts and fun from the STACKS. Here are a few things for you to do to get ready for the big game next week.
- Take this Super Bowl quiz.
- Play the Game Changers football game.
- Get the latest football books from Scholastic.
- Leave a Comment telling us which team you are rooting for in Super Bowl XLVIII!
- Or if you prefer animal sports, will you be watching the Kitten Bowl on Hallmark Channel, or Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet?
Photos courtesy of Hallmark Channel and Animal Planet
December 13, 2013
Our new obsession: Roominate!
Roominate was created by Alice and Bettina (in the photo at left), two super-cool young engineers who realized that there aren’t enough girls in science. They wanted to create something that would be fun and also introduce girls to science, and that’s when the idea for Roominate was born. Roominate is a wired dollhouse building kit. You can design your own dollhouse and furniture, decorate it any way you like, fill it with your favorite dolls, and—the best part—add electronic elements.
Roominate comes with an electric motor that can be used to do just about anything. Here at the STACKS we had a lot of fun trying out different options: a fan, a windmill, and even a (very silly!) spinning Christmas tree.
The building units of Roominate are really easy to put together, so we built all kinds of furniture and even created our own little doll to hang out and read Harry Potter. We loved giving our Roominate room a seasonal makeover (which included our spinning Christmas tree). Watch our how-to video.
We’re so excited to have such a fun toy to play with, and even more excited that it’s entertaining AND educational. Roominate girls have been building some really amazing stuff: from replicas of their own bedrooms to the Golden Gate Bridge! They’re proving that science is so totally not just for the boys.
What would YOU build with Roominate? Share your ideas in the Comments below—we just might try them out!
– En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
December 10, 2013
GET MORE OUT OF MINECRAFT!!
Have you just discovered the magical world of Minecraft? Or are you an expert who’s been at it for months? Either way, this is the book for you.
Minecraft: Essential Handbook is the only official guide available, and it includes tips and secrets that will help players whether they’re beginners or experts. For instance, do you know how to look at an Endermen without getting attacked? Or how to build a roller coaster cart system? You can find the answers in this book . . . and so much more—including exclusive interviews with Notch, the creator of Minecraft, and Jeb, Minecraft’s lead developer.
Check out the pages below (or click here for the pdf). Each has an essential tip to help you excel at Minecraft. Continue reading
November 19, 2013
Don’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.
- 1 large pine cone
- Cotton balls
- Googly eyes
- Orange construction paper
- Gently pull apart a few cotton balls to make them fluffy.
- Stuff pieces of cotton into the grooves of the pine cone.
- Near the top of the pine cone, glue on two googly eyes.
- 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.
- Glue a few feathers on the sides of the owl and on its head.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
September 15, 2013
Phineas and Ferb Giveaway
All fans of Phineas and Ferb, please pay attention! We are offering you a special chance to win a free Phineas and Ferb Quest for Cool Stuff Wii game (rated E)! But, here’s the thing. You can ONLY enter if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter.
So right now you may be thinking. . .
YOU: Oh no! I’m not a STACKS Blast subscriber and I don’t even know what the STACKS Blast is!
ME: The STACKS Blast is our free monthly e-mail newsletter. You give us your e-mail address and an e-mail address for one of your parents, and once a month (usually around the 15th), we give you a newsletter full of games, videos, celeb news, books, and a sweepstakes you can enter.
YOU: Cool! I want to get that newsletter! But wait, I want to enter to win that Phineas and Ferb Wii game now. How do I enter?
ME: Patience, grasshopper! First, you sign up for the newsletter. Then you must wait until October 15 when Hooray! the STACKS Blast will arrive in your e-mail inbox. Hurry up and open it! Inside, you’ll see a special section for the STACKS Giveaway. That’s where you enter. OK?
In the meantime, watch the trailer for the Phineas and Ferb Quest for Cool Stuff game.
Don’t forget to sign up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter and enter the sweepstakes. Good luck!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Images and video courtesy of Disney
August 1, 2013
Hi STACKS Readers,
Harmonie R. here, one of the agents from The 39 Clues Message Board! I am here to report some exciting news. The39Clues.com has been revamped and is now better than before. You’ll notice insanely cool graphics, easier navigation, a Cahill Command Center ticker board, and best of all, an all-NEW Mission 1!
If you’ve played Mission 1 before, get ready for some seriously sweet new stuff:
- Tour a virtual exhibit of the R.M.S. Titanic with actual artifacts from the ship.
- Solve new PUZZLES to help you collect evidence & find out what happened to the Lost Clue.
- Ever wonder what a FIRST CLASS cabin on the famed luxury liner looked like? Check it out in an unlikely place.
- Explore the hidden depths of Loch Ness and uncover the truth behind the legends.
If you are new to The 39 Clues, Mission 1 is fully equipped to introduce you to The Clue Hunt! Some of the agents on the 39 Clues Message Boards have weighed in, and a couple of their favorite parts of the mission are the Grave Puzzle and the Loch Ness Monster. Intrigued? See what all the fuss is about and play the revamped Mission 1!
—Harmonie, Scholastic Staffer
May 17, 2013
STACKS Field Day Games
Does your school have Field Day? It's a day usually at the end of the school year where everybody in school competes in different activities like kickball, relay races, water balloon toss, and other fun games. Well, we have fun games on the STACKS, too, so I thought we could have a STACKS Field Day!
Here is the schedule of events:
1) Play the Cupcake Switcheroo Game. This game is so addicting, I almost can't stand it, but I can't stop playing it either.
2) Play Goosebumps Ghost Hotel. It's not scary, I promise!
3) Play the newest STACKS game, Spyfall! Pretend you're a spy and you're skydiving to deliver top-secret documents that will save the world.
4) Dress up Abby in the Whatever After DressUp Game.
5) Pretend you're Pacman and chomp away in the Smiley Chomp Game.
Compete in 1 or all of these events and let us know your high scores in the Comments. Go, team!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
May 7, 2013
Summer Challenge: Clash of the Titles
As you know, summer reading is AWESOME because you get to read whatever you want as much as you want. You don't have to do homework or write book reports, and you don't have to get up for school in the morning, so if your parents let you, you can read in bed until way late! Ah, I remember those summer days and nights of endless reading . . .
The Scholastic Summer Challenge is kicking off this week, so you can put all that reading to good use. Log your reading minutes and you will reach reading milestones, have a chance to win prizes, and possibly help break the world reading record.
This week's milestone is The Coliseum. It is the ancient Roman stadium where gladiators used to fight for glory and honor. . . and their lives. We are not going to ask you to engage in hand-to-hand combat, obviously. But you can relive the glory of Ancient Rome by voting for your faves in the Clash of the Titles game. 2 books face off cover to cover, and YOU get to pick the winner.
Vote now! And may the best book win!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
March 7, 2013
March Madness Basketball Activities
The 2013 NCAA Basketball tournament known as March Madness gets started on March 19. This year is the 75th year of March Madness, so here are some books, games, and activities to get you in the spirit.
Which team do you think is going to win this year? Tell us your picks in the Comments!
February 18, 2013
New Monopoly Token Writing Prompt: Goodbye to the iron, and hello, kitty!
Fans of Monopoly voted out the iron player token, and voted to add a new player token, a cat. The cat beat out a robot, guitar, diamond ring, and helicopter with 31% of the vote. The lowly iron came in last with 8% of the vote, with the wheelbarrow and the shoe just squeaking through the elimination to remain in the game.
So today's Writing Prompt puts the vote to you. Which token would you choose to eliminate from the current Monopoly game, and which token do you think should be added?
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Photos courtesy of Hasbro