Make your own hats!

Do your grown-ups have a lot of old CDs? Those are the flashy round things that play music! Instead of throwing the CDs away, you can make hats out of them.

Here’s what you will need:

  • old CD
  • empty yogurt carton or lid
  • glue
  • string
  • stuff to decorate — like ribbons, stickers, buttons, sequins, glitter, markers, fabric

Here’s what you do:

  1. Turn the yogurt carton upside-down.
  2. Glue it onto the middle of the CD so that it covers the hole.
  3. Decorate!
  4. Ask your grown-up to use extra strong glue or tape to stick two pieces of string onto the CD.
  5. Tie the strings together under your chin to keep the hat on!

P.S. If you can’t find CDs, you can also use a large round lid (like from a jar of spaghetti sauce!).



Peep and Quack show us gravity!

Have you ever watched the cartoon “Peep and the Big Wide World?” It’s about a tiny chick Peep and his friends Chirp and Quack.

In this episode, they talk about Fall and what happens when things like leaves and acorns start to fall to the ground. Will everything fall to the ground? How about the sun?

Do you know what causes things to fall down instead of up? It’s called “gravity,” and we talk about it in JUMP! magazine. Just click here to read it now!


Whizz Pop Bang!


Do you like science? Well, we have just discovered a great science magazine for kids! It’s called Whizz Pop Bang, and it is made in England!


The magazine teaches about the water cycle, stars and rockets, animals, robots, and lots more. Maybe you can ask your school librarian to order Whizz Pop Bang for your school. You can also click here to look at the blog for more cool stuff!

This is what it looks like inside:

science magazine

The Paper Bag Princess

My daughter first read The Paper Bag Princess when she was 8 and liked it a lot.

She says, “It’s about this girl, and she wanted to marry a prince but then a dragon came and swooped the prince up, so then her dress got burned.”

Because her dress is burnt, Princess Elizabeth has to wear a paper bag instead! What happens when she rescues the prince from the dragon? You’ll have to read it to find out!


Review by Jean Matthew Hall

Reader and writer Jean Matthew Hall reviews children’s books. Check out her blog for more great books!

Yet another Picture Book about snow! Review by Jean Matthew Hall. Snow Dance was written by Lezlie Evans and illustrated by Cynthia Jabar. It was published in 1997 by Houghton Mifflin. That is surprising to me because this bouncy, happy story is told in less than 300 words, and that was unusual twenty years ago. […]

via Picture Book Review SNOW DANCE — Jean Matthew Hall