June 30, 2016
Basketball has had a huge impact on my life since I was in kindergarten. My mother and father told me that, when I was little, I would ask to sleep with my basketball and that I went through a couple of months where I bounced my basketball everywhere I went!
I play for a summer team, a travel team, a school team, and an A.A.U. team. I love all four of them. When I am having a bad day, and I know I have basketball practice later, it makes my day so much better.
One reason why I love basketball so much is because the game never stops. The ball is always moving, and the game moves fast. I play point guard, which means I have to work on my ball handling skills a lot. I have lots of fun practicing, even when I am alone.
I love to watch basketball too. It is so entertaining to watch. My favorite team is the Golden State Warriors. I love to watch Stephen Curry play, and try to imitate his moves. So make sure that you try out basketball soon because I know you will have lots of fun.
Leah, Scholastic Kids Council
June 9, 2016
Start Your Own Coins for Cancer Campaign
Cancer is a pressing issue around the world right now, and we need to do something to stop it. All cancers are a problem, but there are some that are more lethal than others. Brain Cancer is one of these cancers that are very harmful and lethal. Researchers and scientists are doing everything they can to find a cure, but even with over 60 years of time, we haven’t made enough progress.
A lot of people hear stories about young people being diagnosed with cancer, and they fight through it and survive, but that isn’t everyone. Most patients diagnosed with cancer end up succumbing to it. This is why we need to find a cure. Researchers and scientists can help exterminate this horrible disease by receiving increased funds that help them conduct more research, increase clinical trial studies, and upgrade their equipment to assist with developing a cure.
Citizens like you can help this cause by donating money to researchers, scientists, non-profit groups and proton therapy centers. You can also help by raising awareness about this disease around your community, and by supporting patients that have been diagnosed with this disease. I think that everyone needs to play a part in this fight against cancer. Even if it is something small, like having a bake sale where funds go to cancer research, everything counts.
Ask your parents and teachers to help you start your own campaign to help raise money and donate it to a research organization!
Alex, Scholastic Kids Council
June 2, 2016
Littering Is Awful!
One way you can stop littering is by not throwing garbage and recycling everywhere. Every time I go on the highway, I see items such as soda cans and wrappers on the ground. Why can’t people just use a bag? Get a recyclable bag, and keep it in your car. Then you can just put your garbage or recycling into the bag instead of onto a highway. Or better yet, why don’t you wait until you get to your destination to throw out or recycle things?
Another way you can prevent littering is by picking up after others. You can organize or join an expedition to pick up garbage from places where people have littered near you. All you need to organize an expedition is volunteers, bags, and gloves. Or, you can use trash grabbers, if you don’t want to use gloves.
There are simple things that you can do to help stop littering. Find the right one for you. Start a club at your school or join the Save the Planet Message Board to talk about ways you can help make the world a better place!
Kayla, Scholastic Kids Council
May 31, 2016
Summer Social Goals
Happy summer, everyone! As far as I am concerned, the best thing about summer is all the free, unlimited READING TIME! After a long school year of assignments and homework, it is finally time to read whatever you want for as long as you want, but sometimes summer can feel a bit . . . unsocial since you don’t see always your friends every day. How can you celebrate the joys of unlimited reading time and still be social? Join the Message Boards in June for your summer social goals!
Here are a few challenges to get you started meeting new online friends, chatting, and supporting your fellow readers! Choose one or choose them all and go get social!
Tell us your June social goals in the Comments. Then sign in to the Message Boards and start being social!
May 26, 2016
Make Your Own Art Bot!
An art bot is a thing that uses a motor to in some way create art with drawing implements attached to it. There are many different possible designs. This is a guide to make the one I made, which does not require any expensive or hard-to-get materials. Make sure you read the entire procedure before attempting.
You will need:
- A large paper or plastic cup that you can cut
- At least three markers or colored pencils (markers work a lot better because colored pencils don’t have enough pressure to draw well and need to be sharpened)
- An electric toothbrush (you can get really cheap ones at the dollar store)
- If they’re not included in the toothbrush, batteries
- Remove the motor from the toothbrush. I’m not sure what brand I used, but the motor came out easily. If there aren’t any, put in batteries.
- Cut a hole in the bottom of the cup that the motor can fit halfway into. Turn it over so the hole is on top, and tape the motor in halfway so that the end with a button on it is sticking halfway out. If the button is in a different place, find a way to arrange it so it is reachable from outside.
- Tape your pencils or markers around the outside of the cup, drawing ends down (away from the motor end). Make sure they are evenly spaced and the drawing ends are the same distance away from the rim of the cup.
- Place the art bot on a piece of paper with the motor on top, and turn it on! If not every marker/pencil is drawing, adjust them so that they are all touching the paper.
- If you used markers, make sure to cap them when you are done.
Julie, Scholastic Kids Council
May 12, 2016
Many people know Stephen Curry for his amazing shots, but if you really pay attention to him, he is also an amazing dribbler. I have always admired Stephen Curry, and I think he is one of the best basketball players to play in the NBA. He was the 1st round, 7th pick by the Golden State Warriors in 2009.
He is 6’3″ and 190 pounds, which is pretty small to be playing against some guys that can be up to seven feet tall and weigh close to 300 pounds. Even with his height disadvantage, Curry was still the NBA MVP last year, and his team also won the NBA championship. He has changed the way people think about the NBA because he is a normal-sized guy, but he can play with the best of them, including LeBron James. I’m sure he has inspired some athletes who are not necessarily big or tall to consider playing in the NBA.
Stephen Curry started playing basketball when he was a young boy. His brother, Seth, helped him practice a lot. I believe that Stephen Curry is a phenomenal basketball player, a great athlete, and a great influence for a lot of people. I may never be even close to as tall as he is, but Stephen Curry has influenced me to live my dream, to play basketball.
Leah, Scholastic Kids Council
May 5, 2016
Make a Mother’s Day Breakfast!
With Mother’s Day this weekend, have you thought about what you are going to do to show your mom how much you love and appreciate her? If you still haven’t got a clue, here’s an awesome plan that you, your siblings, and your dad can do for the ultimate Mother’s Day gift from the heart.
On the menu is a classic breakfast of toast, eggs, strawberries, and any other cereal or yogurt you know your mom loves. What makes this breakfast uber-adorable is the heart-shaped toast and strawberries. Here’s how to make them:
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1. Heart-shaped toast with egg
Ok, so here’s where art class might come in handy. Grab a piece of toast and use a butter knife to cut out a big heart shape in the center. Have a grown-up help you turn the stove to medium high and add butter to a non-stick pan. Place the bread with the cut out heart on the pan and slowly crack an egg into the middle of the heart shape, making sure the egg whites fill out the area. Cook as desired, either on one side or flip to get both sides cooked.
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2. Heart-shaped strawberries
Have you ever noticed that strawberries look like hearts? They could make the cutest fruit garnish to top off Mom’s favorite bowl of cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt. To do this, hold the strawberry so that the flatter and wider side faces you. Have a grown-up help you cut the leafy stem off in a v-shape. Then carefully slice the strawberry down the middle, in the opposite direction of the v-shape, so that the strawberry looks like a heart.
Make sure you do a few trial runs first to perfect your technique. Also, don’t forget to wake up a little early that day before Mom wakes up so you have time to prepare. She’ll love waking up to a big breakfast surprise made by YOU.
Let us know YOUR good ideas for Mother’s Day!
April 18, 2016
Earth Day Trivia and Activities
Earth Day is April 22. Here are some Earth Day trivia quizzes and activities you can do to celebrate our dear planet Earth, and help inspire your fellow humans to treat our planet with more loving care!
What will YOU do to help save the planet this Earth Day? Let us know in the Comments.
April 7, 2016
Voting for the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards is now open!
The Children’s Book Council and Every Child A Reader launched the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards program in 2008 to provide YOU a chance to voice your opinions about the books you love. It’s the only national book awards program where the winning titles are chosen by kids and teens!
Voting is open until April 25!
March 18, 2016
Fashion Trends for Your Personality
Whether you’re the captain of the cheerleading team or the next Picasso, we’ve got a fashion look that will work for you. Just pick one and own it!
Chances are you like to stand out. You don’t mind being the center of attention. The good news for you is bright colors are all the rage this year. A great look for you would be red pants (either flared or skinny-style) with a black and white polka dot shirt. This outfit will show off your confidence and spirit.
Okay, shy gal. Chances are you wouldn’t be caught dead in red pants! How about a nice pastel ensemble? Here’s an outfit suggestion for you: Try pairing a neutral pant like beige or peach with a white, long sleeve t-shirt. Finish the outfit off with a brown shoe and a gold purse. The gold purse will add some personality to your look but won’t make you stand out too much.
You like to move around a lot so putting on anything too fancy would really cramp your style. You don’t want to look too girly, but you don’t want to look like a slob, either. Change up your look with a pair of neat black leggings and a sporty sweatshirt. Slip on a pair of comfy sneakers and you’re ready to go.
You pride yourself on being unique, so why not put some of that creativity into your wardrobe? You’ll find great one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories at flea markets and second-hand shops. A vintage, red dress paired with a gold necklace from a past decade would really suit you. Then, when you’re tired of the necklace, you can incorporate it into one of your art pieces.
What’s your fashion style? Tell us in the Comments.