Category Archives: Writing Prompt

December 29, 2015

Fun Questions for When You're Bored

boredom buster questionsWinter Break Boredom Buster Quiz

Hippolyte from the Reading Buzz Board has some questions for you in case you’re bored over winter break.

Hey you guys! I hope everyone’s doing great! :D  :D I’ve been kinda bored so here’s a little quiz/survey thingy! It’s mostly just questions I thought were fun and I’d like to answer, but hopefully you guys will like them too!

So, here it goes.

  1. First off, what do you like people to call you on the STACKS?
  2. Which fictional character are you most like?
  3. What was the latest song you listened to?
  4. Latest movie you watched?
  5. Hmm, who is your celebrity crush at the moment? (Be honest; I can see right through you!)
  6. If you were the protagonist of a new story, which already existing fictional villain would you like to fight against as your antagonist?
  7. What are you listening to right now?
  8. What’s your favorite scent?
  9. If you absolutely HAD to change your hairstyle to something you’ve never done before, what style would you choose?
  10. What are some very popular and well-liked things that you dislike? (Feel free to vent, but I’d be disappointed if the majority of answers are just “One Direction“.)
  11. What is your reputation in your circle of friends/family? (e.g. Are you the “comic relief” friend, the “team mom”, the “family disappointment”, etc?)
  12. If you were president for a day, what 3 things would you change?
  13. If you HAD to travel back in time and live in a specific time and place in history, what would you choose?
  14. Tell us about the AWESOMEST dream you’ve had.
  15. Have you thought of baby names (or just some names you like anyway)?
  16. What cartoons and movies did you grow up watching?
  17. How would you describe your sense of humor?
  18. Which song has been stuck in your head lately?
  19. What’s your favorite article of clothing that you own? Give it a little description.
  20. If you had $500 to spend, but only for yourself, what would you buy?
  21. In which fictional world would you like to live?
  22. What language that you don’t already speak would you be interested in studying?
  23. What would you rather be, a superhero or wizard? (Try to think outside of particular works of fiction: e.g. not just a Harry Potter wizard, or a Marvel superhero.)
  24. Who is your favorite Disney princess?
  25. Prince?
  26. Villain?
  27. Animal companion?
  28. What’s your favorite snack?

Aaaaaaand it’s over! Have fun you guys! Leave your answers in the Comments and then hop over to the Reading Buzz Board and say, “Hi!”

Hippolyte

December 28, 2015

Middle School Bucket List

Middle School bucket listWhat’s on your list of 100 Things to Do Before High School?

While going to high school may seem really exciting and amazing and cool, it’s important to remember to make the most of your younger years . . . because once you get to high school, “you lose your best friends when you all discover you like different things.” That’s what CJ’s older brother says in 100 Things to Do Before High School.

We’re inspired by the brave (and goofy) antics of CJ and her BFFs, so we bring you our own bucket list . . . with a twist! Would you rather . . .

  1. Pull an all-nighter doing homework OR have a sleepover in a haunted house?
  2. Have your best friend give you a bad makeover OR go on a really weird diet for a week?
  3. Spend a day at school dressed as a turkey OR have to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” in front of the whole school before a sports game?
  4. Say “yes” to everything for a day OR lick a toad?
  5. Get a really bad haircut OR only wear crusty old sandals every day for a month?
  6. Wear your underpants outside your pants for three classes OR eat a bug for lunch?
  7. Have your best friend use you as a guinea pig in a science fair project OR wear a super-sparkly “Mom is #1!” sweatshirt on the first day of school?
  8. Publish a book OR break a world record?
  9. Meet your favorite celebrity OR talk to your crush?
  10. Read every book in the library OR get A’s on every test?

Well, there you have it—our middle school bucket list would you rather! Share your answers in the Comments below and tell us what is on YOUR list of 100 things to do before high school!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

P.S. Don’t worry about high school. You get to keep the friends that you like, and you also get to make even more awesome friends!

December 21, 2015

Are You Ready for the Holidays?

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You Know Youre Excited for the Holidays When . . . 

The holidays are in full force right now: Salvation Army bells on every street, holiday music floating out from every store, window displays worth ooh-ing and aah-ing over . . . and chocolate, chocolate everywhere! The holiday spirit is infectious (as are the cold and flu, which are also floating around this time of year, so remember to wash your hands)! Have you caught the holiday bug? You know you’re excited for the holidays when . . .

  1. You have a holiday playlist blasting 24/7, and you’re still not sick of it.
  2. You’ve watched the movie Elf 5 times already since Halloween.
  3. You catch yourself singing along to “Winter Wonderland” at the mall.
  4. You are infected with the spirit of giving, and you can’t stop thinking of great gift ideas.
  5. You’ve broken down your wishlist into High Priority, Medium Priority, and Low Priority categories.
  6. You check your calendar every day and count down the days to Christmas (4 more days!).
  7. You drink hot chocolate with a candy cane every day after school. In fact, your diet is 5% peppermint-flavored candies, 5% real food, and 90% chocolate in any and every form.
  8. It is cookie o’clock every hour of the day.
  9. You gathered a bunch of empty boxes and old books and wrapped them in holiday paper so it looks like you have a big pile of presents in your room. You are actually drowning in wrapping paper and ribbon, and you have never been happier.
  10. You can’t stop wearing holiday-themed sweaters. You will NEVER stop wearing holiday-themed sweaters.
  11. You add cinnamon to everything. EVERYTHING!
  12. The sound of jingling bells makes you look up in the sky for reindeer.
  13. You have decorated your locker with glitter and paper cut-out snowflakes.
  14. You keep wishing for snow . . . even if it’s sunny at 75 outside.

Are you ready for the holidays? What are the things you do to get excited? Share in the Comments below!

Happy, happy, HAPPY holidays,

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

December 15, 2015

Christmas Kitten Create a Caption

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Create a Caption: Holiday Kitten

What do you think this playful Christmas kitten is saying all cozy in its Christmas stocking?

Christmas Kitten

“Merry Christmas” Flickr photo by Bill and Vicki T

I think it is saying, “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . . until I jumped in and made Christmas way cuter!”

Leave YOUR captions in the Comments. Happy Holidays!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

December 8, 2015

Too Much Homework?

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Do You Get Too Much Homework?

Kids today spend a lot of time doing homelike, like, A LOT, up to 2 hours a night sometimes! Even Kindergarteners and 1st graders get homework! What’s the deal?

According to the Center for Public Education, teachers assign homework because they believe that homework builds character, work habits, and study skills. Parents and teachers are also afraid that without homework, kids will spend all their time “watching television, instant-messaging, or playing video games.”

But too much homework can actually be harmful. The 2013 American Psychological Association survey found that 45 percent of U.S. schoolchildren were stressed-out by homework. The Center for Public Education says that for middle schoolers, the perfect amount of homework per night is 1 hour. More than that and it could start getting too stressful to really help you academically.

Some parents and school districts are starting to realize that maybe kids are doing too much. An elementary school in Gaithersburg, Md. banned homework in favor of 30 minutes of nightly reading. And some parents of younger kids are asking teachers if they can opt-out of homework altogether.

What do YOU think about homework? Tell us how much time you spend every night on homework and if you think it helps you to be a better student. Be honest!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

December 7, 2015

Best Gifts to Give and Get

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10 Best Gifts to Give and Get!

Happy Holidays! You’re making a list and checking it twice. You’re pretty sure you’ve been less naughty and more nice. So you should be in good shape. But wait – what’s even on your list? And what will you be giving?  In case you need some ideas, we’ve compiled a list of our Top 10 Best Gifts to Give and Get for 2015. Drum roll please . . .

1. A pet! Always a big request, but animal rights groups advise against giving a live animal on Christmas Day. Giving a leash, or a good book on caring for the animal is a better idea for the actual day. Then you and your family can take the time to choose the right pet for you, and you can learn about the responsibility that goes into it! (There’s also Zoomer Zuppies, the Interactive Puppy which has been pretty popular.)

mini hoverboard

Two-Wheels Mini Hover Smart Self Balancing Scooters for Kids

2. Mini Hoverboard. These self-balancing motorboards seem like they’re straight from the future! They respond to your body’s slightest motions to move, but they don’t come cheap. ($400! Beware of the cheaper ones. Air Runner hoverboards were just recalled in Britain for safety concerns.) And you will definitely need a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads when you ride it.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE: Never charge your hoverboard overnight or when you are not there because it could catch fire. And always give your hoverboard time to cool off after charging. Make sure your hoverboard is from a reputable brand and has a warranty. And read the safety instructions very carefully!!

3. Anything Star Wars. With the movie coming out on December 18, LEGO bricks, t-shirts, action figures, stuffed animals, and light sabers will all be popular. The Force is strong this season.

shopkins

MyShopkinsList.ShopkinsWorld.com

4. Shopkins. Already on Season 3, these tiny creatures have taken over. From the actual figures to the Ice Cream Truck and Supermarket Playset, you’re gonna need a bigger toy box. And they won’t break the bank. Look for Ultra Rare ones like Sugar Lump, Kooky Cookie, and Mandy Candy.

pie face

Hasbro Pie Face game

5.NERF Gun. OK, you are absolutely not allowed to shoot it AT PEOPLE, but for target practice, you can’t beat a NERF gun. Set up some cans and see how many you can knock down with the squishy “bullets.”

6.Spin Master QUICK CUPS Game. Super fun, quick, family board game. Draw a card, stack your colored cups to match the card, and ring the buzzer first.

7. Any Smartphone. Hey, a kid can dream, right?

8. Pie Face Game. (I am totally giving this one!) A hilarious board game where you could potentially, at any moment, get hit with a pie in the face.

LEGO Dimensions

© 2015 The LEGO Group; © DC Comics. THE LEGO MOVIE © WBEI. © New Line; © Universal Studios and U-Drive Joint Venture.

9. LEGO Dimensions Video Game (rated E10+). For Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Playstation 3 and 4. Following in the footsteps of Skylanders . . . it’s heeeere! Build the LEGO Gateway and then play the game starring Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle. Expansion packs include Emmet, Cragger, and many other LEGO characters.

10. Cookies! Who doesn’t love to get holiday cookies or make holiday cookies? Make your favorites, or be creative, and watch your friends’ and family’s faces light up as they gush over how awesome a baker you are. Package them in cute holiday bags or boxes, and cover them with Hershey’s Kisses for maximum gift-giving effect. And Rice Krispie Treats totally count.

What are YOUR best gifts to give and receive?  Let us know your faves in the Comments below. Happy holidays!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

November 24, 2015

10 Problems Only Harry Potter Fans Understand

Posted by at 1:24 am in Harry Potter, Writing Prompt | Permalink
10 harry potter problems

Illustration by Mary GrandPre

You know who you are. You fell in love at the first page of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and you never looked back. But there are some things that people who have not read Harry Potter just don’t understand about you . . .

  1. You wish Hogwarts were real and you desperately want to get your Hogwarts letter.
  2. You try seriously hard to do magic and are frustrated when your “wand” (a.k.a. stick) does not work.
  3. Dobby, Fred Weasley, Professor Lupin, Snape, and Tonks.
  4. Trying to explain Quidditch to your non-Harry Potter friends so you can play it at recess.
  5. The movie did not include your favorite line or scene from the book.
  6. You scream while watching the movies, “That didn’t happen in the book!”
  7. When someone says, “JK” (for just kidding), you think, “Rowling.”
  8. You are desperately waiting for J.K. Rowling to write another children’s book.
  9. If it’s not Harry-related, you kind of don’t want to talk about it.
  10. Nothing else you read is ever as good as Harry Potter.

Can YOU relate to any of these? Leave a Comment to tell us your problems that only other Harry Potter fans understand!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer