Signs of Spring
May 20, 2013
I think spring is so exciting. The weather warms up, flowers blossom,
and new styles begin to pop up everywhere! It’s fun to see
my friends in their spring outfits. Do you have a special spring
outfit you’d like to wear? If you don’t, you can find
great spring fashions at stores in Shopping Square. Two of my
favorites are the Flutter Flower Outfit and the Flower Garden
At home, look for signs of spring in your closet. Maybe you'll spot a frilly top or a flouncy skirt. See if you have any springy accessories, such as a floral barrette or a pastel purse. Experiment with items you already have to create fresh looks that you can wear to celebrate the season.
May 13, 2013
Spring is a wonderful time for beginning new projects. My latest project is creating a zen garden. Zen gardens were first built in Japan out of rocks and sand. You can make your own mini version by pouring sand into the lid of a shoe box. Place small pebbles and larger stones into the sand. Use a fork or chopstick to create designs in the sand, like ripples in water. Want to start over? Gently shake the lid from side to side. Then rock out again!
May 6, 2013
Have you been waiting for April showers to bring May flowers?
If so, the wait is over. You’ll find fields of flowers at Dream
Décor in the new flower-themed design called Bloom Room. You’ll
love Bloom Room because it’s full of cozy posies that will make
you feel as if it’s springtime all the time.
What are some other ways you could celebrate spring? Maybe it's time to tune up your bike, plan a garden, or break out your warm-weather wardrobe. You'll get the most out of the season if you plan for outdoor fun and adventures now.
April 29, 2013
This month we’ve been seeking out science—and sometimes finding it in unexpected places! A good example of that would be yoga. Did you know that yoga is scientifically proven to boost your mood and make your body healthier?
Would you like to test it? Go ahead and do this yoga experiment. First, visit Real Spirit Center at Innerstar U and play BODY BALANCE. Then try doing the Butterfly Pose featured in the game. Just remember that yoga is meant to be gentle, so don’t move in a way that causes you pain.
1. Sit on the floor with your back straight and tall.
2. Bring the bottoms of your feet together, letting your knees fall out to the side.
3. Clasp your hands around your feet.
4. Gently flap your knees up and down, as if they were butterfly wings.
After doing this pose for about a minute, stop and see how you feel. Did your experiment turn out?
A Wheel-ly Good Thing
April 22, 2013
No one can deny that the wheel is one of the most important inventions ever! After all, where would you be without wheels? Not too far from where you started. Take a moment to appreciate the wheel. Play SPECIAL DELIVERY at Five-Points Plaza. Before you start the game, click the About button and learn how new forms of transportation improved the way the postal service delivered the mail.
April 15, 2013
Did you know baking is chemistry? Without the chemicals that are in ingredients such as baking powder and baking soda, cookies and cakes would come out flat. Even stirring and heating the ingredients helps create the chemical reactions needed for treats to turn out right. So start your own science project by asking an adult to bake something with you. See if you can learn more about the science of baking.
Here’s another recipe for fun. Play CUPCAKE CRAZY! It’s a sweet way to spend some time.
April 8, 2013
Science is everywhere—especially at Starlight Library! When I visit Starlight Library I like to play HELP DESK HUBBUB to see what I know about science and science-related subjects, such as animals and math. You should try it, too!
If you still can’t get enough science, go to BORROW A BOOK and check out selections from Lanie and Lanie’s Real Adventures. They’re about a girl who loves to study wildlife—even in her own backyard.
April 1, 2013
April is science month at Innerstar U. So we’ve come up with an idea or two about how you can celebrate science with us. One way to flex your scientific muscles is to play HIKE & SEEK at Blue Sky Nature Center. When you play, you’ll learn about wildlife in different ecosystems all over the world. If you click the About button before you play, you can learn even more.
How much do you know about the wildlife in your neighborhood? Even if you live in the city, there are probably lots of little critters living near you. See if you can find out more about them.