April 21, 2016

Is Bigfoot Real?

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Is Bigfoot Real?

I hate when I can’t find the remote for the television, so I can only image what it’s like hunting for Bigfoot. Also known as Sasquatch, Bigfoot is a hairy, ape-like creature that is believed to live in northwestern United States, but no one has ever confirmed its existence.

Bigfoot entered pop culture in 1951, when Eric Shipton photographed a giant footprint. The myth grew even larger when residents of California continued to find abnormally large tracks in 1958. The manhunt for the creature was launched at Bluff Creek, California to find the source of the tracks, and a legend was born.

Over the years, people have reported more Bigfoot sightings. In 1967, Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin claimed they captured Bigfoot on film, but many years later, a close friend admitted he wore a costume to fake the sighting.

Rick Jacobs thought he captured a photo of Bigfoot using an automatically triggered camera, but park rangers later identified the creature in the photo as a sick bear.

Unfortunately, scientists proved many of the sightings to be hoaxes. After the death of Ray Wallace, his children came forward with a 16-inch wooden foot their father used to fake those California Bigfoot tracks in 1958. Scientists also believe other sightings occurred when people mistook bears and chimpanzees for Bigfoot.

Although scientists have disproved all supposed Bigfoot sightings, believers continue to search for the elusive Sasquatch. So, do you believe in the legend of Bigfoot, or is Sasquatch just a hoax? Tell us in the Comments!

Brian

April 20, 2016

Dork Diaries Would You Rather

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Dork Diaries book coverDork Diaries Would You Rather

Are you a fan of the Dork Diaries series – or as my friend says “kind of like Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls?” It follows middle-schooler Nikki Maxwell, a normal (but dorky) girl who transfers into an expensive private school. She makes new, fabulously dorky friends, and battles the beautiful, popular crowd, navigating school life with lots of laughs and crazy adventures.

There are 10 books in the series, and a Dork Diaries movie is in development. If you’re psyched about that, then check out our Dork Diaries Would You Rather, inspired by the books!

Would You Rather . . .

1. Have dorky friends OR snobby friends?
2. Volunteer in the school library OR volunteer in an animal shelter?
3. On a dare – toilet paper someone’s house OR tell your crush you like him or her in a different language?
4. Be poor OR spoiled?
5. Get locked in the janitor’s closet OR locked in Brianna’s “diva hair salon” where her crazy 6-year-old sister experiments on your hair?
6. Enter an ice skating competition OR a pop star talent competition?
7. Have your diary stolen OR your brand new phone stolen?

Let us know your answers in the Comments below! And go to the Reading Buzz Board to answer this poll: Which is your fave – Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries?

-Ratha

April 19, 2016

Mythical Monsters Trivia Quiz

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percyjackson2_130Quiz: How well do you know mythical monsters?

Percy Jackson fans should get all of these right!

1. According to Greek Mythology, this creature is half-man, half-horse: A) Centaur B) Minotaur C) Griffin D) Satyr

2. This creature is a giant with only one eye in the middle of its forehead: A) Troll B) Medusa C) Goblin D) Cyclops

3. A half-woman, half-fish is called a mermaid. The male version is known as a: A) Siren B) Merman C) Fishman D) Waterman

4. Which of these monsters can be stopped with a silver bullet? A) Werewolves B) Zombies C) Creepers D) None of the above

5. Which of these items won’t help you keep away vampires? A) Garlic B) A cross C) Gold D) A wooden stake

6. This creature has multiple heads, and if one is cut off, two will grow in its place: A) Ogre B) Cerebus C) The Chimera D) The Hydra

7. Which of these cultures has myths about dragons? A) Chinese B) European C) Indian D) All of the above

8. Bram Stoker is the author of which classic monster novel? A) Dracula B) Frankenstein C) War of the Worlds D) The Invisible Man

9. If you looked Medusa directly in the eyes, you would . . .  A) melt. B) explode. C) turn to stone. D) turn into a snake.

10. The Egyptian statue of this mythical creature is famously missing its nose: A) The Leviathan B) The Great Sphinx C) The Behemoth D) A Dragon

Read on for the answers! Continue reading

April 18, 2016

Earth Day Activities

Posted by at 9:36 am in Kid Power, News | Permalink

Earth Day Trivia and ActivitiesEarth Day 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 14, 2016

At-Home Science Experiments

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Science Experiments Kids Can Do at Home

If you’re looking for something fun to do, here are some very cool (and very messy) science experiments you can do at home!

Make Slime!
There are two ways to get slimed. One is to become a teen sensation and get slimed on the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. The other (and much easier) way is to just make it at home. If your parents ask why you want to make slime, you can say it’s because you’re researching polymers, which you technically are. Polymers are substances that behave like both a solid and a liquid simultaneous, a characteristic that gives Slime its gooeyness.

Here’s how you do it: In a small bowl drop a big glop of Elmer’s glue (about 1 inch worth). Then add three tablespoons to the bowl and stir it up. Add food coloring until you get the color you want. Then take a small glass, fill it with water, and mix in a tablespoon of Borax powder. (If you can’t find Borax at your local store, you can order it online.) Now stir the Borax mixture into the bowl and in a few seconds you’ll have slime!

The Diet Soda/Mentos Trick!
Want to make soda explode and tell people you’re studying chemistry at the same time? If you don’t mind making a bit of a mess, you can!

First, go outside with one bottle of diet soda. Then drop in a Mint Mentos candy and wait a few moments. Suddenly, you’ll have a geyser of soda shooting up to the sky.

Now it’s time to get science-y. The reason this works is because the carbon dioxide in carbonated soda is slightly unstable. When a Mentos dissolves, it causes a chemical reaction that makes the C02 want to separate from the soda, forcing it to shoot violently out of the bottle. For this experiment to work you have to use diet soda because regular sugary soda doesn’t react this way.

Now you know a couple of cool science experiments to perform. Wow! Science is messy!

April 14, 2016

Extreme Sports Trivia Quiz

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Quiz: How well do you know extreme sports?

1. Which of these events is NOT in the Summer X  Games? A) Motorcross Best Trick B) Rally Car Racing C) BMX Freestyle Big Air D) Monoski

2. Which of these athletes made history when he became the first person to pull of a “double backflip in freestyle motorcross” at the X Games? A) Tony Hawk B) Travis Pastrana C) Torstein Horgmo D) Shaun White

3. The first Winter X Games took place in which of these California locations. Remember, for the winter games, there must be snow and mountains! A) Los Angeles B) Palm Springs C) Santa Barbara D) Big Bear

4. B.A.S.E. jumping is an extremely dangerous sport where adventure-seekers jump from very high objects while wearing a parachute or wingsuit. What do you think B.A.S.E. stands for? A) Building, Antenna, Span, Earth B) Broken Ankle, Sore Everything C) Be Adventurous, Seek Excitement D) Bold And Somewhat Extreme

5. Which of these weird words is actually a term used in the world of skateboarding? A) Fakie B) Blorg C) Pring D) Norno

6. Which of these is NOT a competitive snowboarding event? A) Slope Style B) Rail Jam C) Slalom D) Slide Rule

7. Which of these forms of surfing does not require any additional equipment? A) Wind Surfing B) Kite Surfing C) Body Surfing D) Surfing the Net

8. From approximately what altitude does a skydiver usually jump? A) 12,500 feet B) 50,000 feet C) 102,000 feet D) 80,000 feet

9. Which of these extreme athletes has broken over 50 bones in his lifetime? A) Mat Hoffman B) Shaun White C) Tony Hawk D) Kelly Slater

10. True or False? “Smearing” is when a climber uses his foot to press down on a foothold.

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April 13, 2016

Anime Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:37 am in Movies & TV, Trivia | Permalink

My Neighbor TortoroQuiz: How well do you know anime?

1. In 2002, this became the first full-length anime movie to win an Oscar: A) My Neighbor Totoro (rated G) B) Kiki’s Delivery Service (rated G) C) Spirited Away (rated PG) D) Howl’s Moving Castle (rated PG)

2. Which anime artist is often referred to as the “Walt Disney of Japan?” A) Hayao Miyazaki B) Rumiko Takahashi C) Toshio Suzuki D) Satoshi Kon

3. This classic TV series is credited for starting the anime craze in the 1960s: A) Scooby Doo B) Astro Boy C) Voltron D) Dragon Ball

4. Which of these animated series was created by Nintendo and based on a video game? A) Bakugan B) Digimon C) Sailor Moon D) Pokémon

5. Which of these anime-styled cartoons is actually made in the U.S., not Japan? A) Avatar: The Last Airbender B) Pokémon C) Yu-Gi-Oh! D) Dragon Ball Z

6. The act of dressing up as your favorite anime characters is called: A) Animate Me B) Fan Wear C) Cosplay D) Anime Style

7. This movie made more money in the U.S. than any other anime: A) Pokémon: The Movie (rated G) B) Ponyo (rated G) C) The Secret World of Arrietty (rated G) D) Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie (rated PG)

8. Pokémon’s trio of bungling baddies, Team Rocket, is made up of Jessie, James, and A) Mew B) Meowth B) Mewtwo C) Squirtle

9. In Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Dan’s friend Drago has which attribute? A) Aquos B) Darkus C) Haos D) Pyrus

10. Which of these anime did not first start out as a manga (a Japanese comic book)? A) Yu Gi Oh! B) Dragon Ball C) Princess Mononoke (for ages 12 and up) D) Sailor Moon

Read on for the answers! Continue reading

April 12, 2016

Reverse Graffiti

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reverse graffitiWhat Is Reverse Graffiti?

You have probably seen traditional graffiti where artists use spray paint to draw a picture or write words on a public space. Reverse graffiti is a method of creating temporary images by removing dirt from a space. You know how you can use your finger to write “Wash me” on a dirty window? That’s reverse graffiti, and some artists have taken it to a whole other level by using a cloth or a power washer to remove dirt on a larger scale and create some incredible artwork.

Because reverse graffiti is temporary, biodegradable, and no toxic ink or paints are used to create it, reverse graffiti is considered more environmentally friendly than spray paint graffiti. Although, that is debatable especially if the artist uses chemical cleaners to create the image. It may also be a waste of water since it takes a lot of water to clean off the dirt.

Spray paint graffiti is considered vandalism, and is definitely illegal if you don’t have permission, but it’s not clear whether reverse graffiti is illegal. Is it vandalism to clean a wall? Some people think so, especially if they don’t like the image created on the wall.

While there are still environmental and legal questions about reverse graffiti, there is no question that some of the artwork being created is amazing! What do you think of reverse graffiti? Tell us in the Comments.

Flickr photo by KylaBorg

April 11, 2016

How Electric Cars Work

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How Do Electric Cars Work?

I love driving remote-controlled cars. But when the batteries die, the fun is over. Now, inventors have found a way to build full-sized cars that run on rechargeable batteries.

Electric cars look like any normal car on the street. Drivers still control the car with a steering wheel and push the gas pedal to make it move. But if you look under the hood, an electric car operates differently from a gas-powered car.

The major difference between these two types of cars is their power source. The electric car receives power from an electrical charge, while a regular car is powered by burning gasoline. Every electric car has a battery pack, which is a collection of car batteries that act like a fuel tank and provide power for the motor. This battery is recharged when an electric car is plugged into a power source, just like recharging a cell phone or laptop.

Under the hood of an electric car is an engine just like a gas-powered car. The gas-powered car burns gasoline to power the engine. But in an electric car, the battery sends power to the engine to turn the wheels and make the car move. The electric engine works by using electromagnets. When the power is sent from the battery, the electromagnets use that electric power to operate the vehicle.

Electric cars are still a new technology, but they are better for the environment and might be the way of the future.

What kind of car do you want when you grow up? Tell us in the Comments!

April 10, 2016

SPONSORED POST The BFG Movie

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BFGHow Whoopsey-Splunkers! It’s the BFG!

On July 1, 2016, Disney’s The BFG opens in theaters across the United States. From the world’s greatest storytellers—Roald Dahl, Walt Disney, and Steven Spielberg—Dahl’s beloved novel The BFG comes to life. Watch the spellbinding trailer.

bfg trailer

Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison, The BFG tells the story of a young orphaned girl from London named Sophie (played by Ruby Barnhill) who learns about the wonders and perils of Giant Country after she starts hanging out with—what else—a big friendly giant (the BFG!). Sophie is a bit freaked out at first because, well, it’s a giant.

But the BFG is a gentle soul! He’s just a really TALL gentle soul.

Like more than 20 feet tall.

The BFG teaches Sophie all about dreams and a land called Dream Country. In fact, in Dream Country he collects dreams, stores them in jars, and sends them to children just like her so that they can enjoy them at bedtime. And they’re good dreams—far less frightening than the nine human-hunting other giants who roam Giant Country. YIKES.

The BFG author Roald Dahl is also the writer behind classics such as Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And in the book that’s coming to the big screen, Dahl uses his very own made-up language—built of words like “catasterous,” “hopscotchy,” and more—that we call “Gobblefunk.” It’s named after the BFG’s instruction to Sophie: “Don’t gobblefunk around with words.” This year, we celebrate 100 years of masterful storytelling from Roald Dahl!

Dahl came up with his big, friendly character for a short story before writing the novel. He told the story of his giant to his own children long before he’d begun to write drafts of it on a big yellow legal pad. Dahl carried a notebook or pad with him at all times and called it an “Ideas Book.” He scribbled down ideas and sometimes would not revisit them for many years. When he got around to it, he’d return to those ideas, polishing draft after draft before coming up with an exciting finished story like The BFG!

Do you like to write stories? Have any writing tips to share? Share your Comments below.

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