Kids Newsletter August 2017

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Are you aware that August is Water Quality Month? August is the time of year when many people are enjoying the last bits of summer recreational activities involving water. But, these bodies of water are threatened by increasing water pollution. The Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, but most people are unaware of the little ways they can pollute their water. Water sustains all life, and entire ecosystems depend on it for their survival. Water Quality Month reminds us to take a long, hard look at what our households and communities are doing to protect sources of fresh water.

One way to help protect the water in your community could be to gather a group of family, friends and neighbors and volunteer to clean a local water source. You could have a picnic and hold a contest to see who can clean up the most trash and debris, offering a prize to the winning team. It's a great way to get everyone together and enjoy an outdoor day full of fun and good-doing!

Let's Read

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"Saving Water" by Neil Morris

This series introduces children to environmental issues facing the world today. Informative and visually exciting, these titles encourage a positive approach to becoming more "green." There are activities to encourage children to reuse, reduce and recycle. This title is packed with photographs and fascinating facts, written and checked by experts, and features contents, glossary and index.

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"Summer Days and Nights" by Wong Herbert Yee

On a hot summer day, a little girl finds ways to entertain herself and stay cool. She catches a butterfly, sips lemonade, jumps in a pool and goes on a picnic. At night, she sees an owl in a tree and a frog in a pond and hears leaves rustling. Before long, she's fast asleep, dreaming about more summer days and summer nights.

Did You Know?

  • "The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is believed to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
  • Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
  • Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
  • A shark is the only known fish that can blink with both eyes.
  • Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  • Maine is the only state that has a one-syllable name.
  • There are only four words in the English language that end in "dous:" tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.
  • Los Angeles' full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula."
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  • The characters Bert and Ernie on "Sesame Street" were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life."
  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  • The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  • Most people fall asleep in seven minutes.

Let's Be Healthy!

It doesn't matter how you move, as long as you're physically active. Move until you breathe hard or break a sweat, and you will be doing great things for your physical health. Here are five changes you may start noticing today:

  • Sleep Tight. Being physically active will help you improve your sleep.
  • Improve your mood. Physical activity can give you a better attitude and give you an extra energy boost during the day.
  • Fuel your brain. Twenty minutes of physical activity before starting your homework can help you unwind from the day and improve your concentration.
  • Bond with buddies. Engaging in physical activity with your friends is a great way to bond with them and to even make new ones.
  • Stretch your talent. Make stretching part of your pre- and post-workout sessions. It can help improve your balance, which in turn enhances your coordination and athletic performance.
  • Let's Have Fun!

    • Build a Secret Fort
      Drape old sheets over lower tree limbs and clotheslines. Eat dinner there. Stay up chasing fireflies and listening to "night sounds."
    • Hold a Car Wash
      Have Mom or Dad park the car in the driveway, and give it a good scrub with a pot of water and a sponge or with the garden hose. Get the whole family involved for added fun!
    • small girl with butterfly netGo on a Bug Safari
      Dig for worms, scout for lizards, and hunt for frogs and tadpoles. Marvel at an ant carrying an oversize crumb.
    • Befriend a Firefighter
      Bake cookies, or pick up some ice pops, and ask Mom or Dad to go with you to deliver them to your local fire station. The firefighters will appreciate the surprise, and you will meet some heroes, see those awesome trucks up close and learn a lesson about giving to others.

    Let's Get Creative

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    Fancy Shades

    Embellish plain sunglasses with sequins, seashells or confetti hand-punched from colorful paper.

    • Plain sunglasses
    • Craft glue
    • Sequins
    • Seashells
    • Colorful paper
    • Steps
      1. Just apply craft glue to the object, and then press it onto the frame. (For heavier items, an adult should use craft cement.)
      2. Let dry completely before striking that "movie star" pose.

    Let's Cook

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    Fruit and Yogurt Wraps

    • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
    • 1 container (6 ounces) yogurt (any flavor)
    • 4 flour tortillas for soft tacos & fajitas (6 inches)
    • 4 small strawberries, sliced
    • 1 small banana, sliced
    1. Spread 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 tablespoon yogurt evenly over each tortilla. Top with strawberry and banana slices.
    2. Roll up tortillas. Secure with toothpicks. Serve remaining yogurt on the side for dipping.

What's New

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"Sesame Street" announces "Spread Kindness, #ShareTheLaughter" Global Multimedia Campaign

Everyone's favorite furry, red monster made a New Year's resolution to spread kindness - and Sesame Workshop is supporting Elmo on his mission with the launch of "Spread Kindness, #ShareTheLaughter." This year, fans will find kindness-themed episodes on the 47th season of "Sesame Street" on PBS KIDS and HBO, as well as new and classic videos and songs celebrating kindness on "Sesame Street's" social media channels. On Aug. 16, Elmo will ask friends everywhere to spread kindness around the world through the universal language of laughter with his "#ShareTheLaughter, tell-a-joke" challenge.

Experience the 2017 eclipse across America!

Monday, Aug. 21, the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years will occur. Solar eclipses result from the alignment of the sun, moon and Earth. Total solar eclipses - in which the sun is completely blocked by the moon - are a spectacular and rare sight to witness. Anyone in the path of totality can see one of nature's most awe-inspiring sights. Download your own great information sheet from NASA, then visit and follow the count down.

Coverage of the eclipse on AETN: 1:30 p.m. - "Total Solar Eclipse Live."

Join South Carolina ETV host Beryl Dakers for the extremely rare experience of witnessing a 100 percent total solar eclipse. South Carolina is a prime location for a total solar eclipse crossing the U.S., coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918.

8 p.m. - "NOVA: Eclipse Over America"

Join scientists and citizens alike as they observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the U.S. mainland in more than a generation.

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