If you’re new to the STACKS, you might not know about shout-outs. Basically, once you are logged in to your STACKS account, you can go to anyone’s STACKS Profile and send him or her a kind message. That person is usually so happy to get your message that he or she then sends YOU a shout-out, and a beautiful chain of love is started! We add new ones every month so the chain can continue forever.
Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to start thinking spring with spring quizzes, crafts, and activities! Winter is over! Winter is over!! Winter is over!!!
- Take the Spring Would You Rather Quiz
- Make a recycled egg-carton flower. Watch the how-to video.
- Print these butterfly bookplates and stick them into your favorite books.
Some of our very favorite books were nominated for the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards, and YOU get to choose the winner!
The Nominees for Favorite Book are . . .
Books = Love. That’s why bookmarks make perfect Valentine’s Day cards. Here are a few ideas you can make for your bookish friends this Valentine’s Day. I hope you like them!
Pipe Cleaner Heart
Fold a pipe cleaner in half and twist the ends together a little bit. Pull the folded-over part into a heart shape. So easy! If you want to add a message, you can glue a piece of paper to the pipe cleaner and write your message inside.
Paper Clip Heart
Draw or trace heart onto some pretty paper – or plain paper colored to look pretty. Cut out your heart and glue it to a paper clip. If you have a wooden stick, you can use this instead of a paper clip.
Do you have any other Valentine’s Day bookmark ideas? Share them in the Comments. Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Over 1.5 million teens and children are homeless. One of the items they need most is a pair of jeans. YOU can make a difference by helping to clothe homeless youth.
Teens for Jeans is a campaign to help get YOU involved!
- WHAT: Jeans. Check your closet for jeans that don’t fit you anymore. Run a drive at your school, place of worship, or local community center to collect as many pairs of jeans as you can!
- WHERE: Drop off all pairs at your local Aéropostale or P.S. from Aéropostale clothing store.
- WHEN: January 13th through February 16th, 2014
Make a difference! This winter YOU can help collect jeans for kids and teens who really need them!
—Amanda, STACKS Intern
Do you have a winter coat that doesn’t fit you anymore? Don’t throw it away! Donate it to the Warm Coats Warm Hearts Drive, a campaign that is giving away free coats to families who need them. Here is a great way to bring some warmth into someone’s life AND recycle at the same time, making the world a better place in 2 ways!
New or gently used coats (must have working closures, and no rips or stains)
The Salvation Army and other organizations in your community may be collecting coats. Ask your parents, teachers, or youth group leaders if they know.
Go check the back of your closet to see if you have coats that you won’t be wearing this winter. Or you could go one step further — organize a coat drive and get everyone in your school to donate their coats. Someone can definitely use them this winter!
Here is an idea for a make-your-own holiday gift that is quick and cute! Using your own finger as a loom, you can learn the basics of weaving to make beautiful rings that are literally HAND woven! Use different yarns in beautiful colors to show all your friends how much you love them.
Plastic or round-tipped sewing needle
Weaving 101: Warp + Weft = Weave
All woven materials have warp threads and weft threads. The warp is the part the base layer that you lay out first. The weft is the part that is sent through the warp to create a weave.
Directions: Continue reading
In 1991, a 4-year-old girl named Nora asked the question, “How can I, a child with so few resources, make the world a better place?” Her answer was to collect pennies and donate them to the homeless man in her neighborhood. But she didn’t stop there. She and her father started an organization called Common Cents to spread the word about ways kids can make a difference just by collecting and donating their pennies.
In 2010, students across the country collectively raised an astonishing $756,273.19 in pennies. They used the money to help local places like animal shelters, senior centers, and neighborhood gardens.
No child or penny is too small to make a difference. Every single one counts. You probably have some extra pennies lying around right now. Like Nora, you can create your own “Penny Harvest” by collecting pennies for a charity that is important to you. Maybe you can start a Penny Harvest club at school and get everyone involved!
You don’t need to have a lot of money or be a grown-up to make the world a better place. All it takes is one kid collecting pennies. What do you think? Are you ready to start collecting?
—Amanda, STACKS Intern
The Saturday before Thanksgiving is Family Volunteer Day! It’s a good way to kick off the holiday season with giving and service. It is also a chance for families to spend time together helping their neighborhoods and communities.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to come up with your own ideas for ways your family can volunteer? We know how incredibly connected you are to things you are passionate about. And we know you guys MAKE things happen! So what would you do for Family Volunteer Day, if you were to mobilize your family?
Some ideas (with your parents’ permission, of course):
- Sell Rainbow Loom bracelets, or have a sidewalk bake sale (or hot chocolate stand if it’s wintery where you live). Donate the money to the charity of your choice.
- Have a “closet-cleaning day” and donate clothes and toys to a local homeless shelter.
- Clean up a local park by picking up garbage, and recycling recyclables.
- Make cookies or crafts and bring your treats to a home for senior citizens.
- Collect gently used coats to donate to a shelter.
- Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor.
Weekends are busy, but it only takes an hour or two to volunteer . . . and touch someone’s life or make a mark on our world. What are other good ideas for Family Volunteer Day? We wanna know! Let us know what YOU think in the Comments below!
—Ratha, STACKS Writer
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.