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Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Whole New Project

I am beginning a whole new project, and since I haven't used this blog in so long, I'm going to re-build it and begin to use it as a foundation for what's coming up next.

And what is that, you may ask? I'd love to begin to write books geared toward helping people. Either books that are built on certain themes, like love, hope and friendship or books where the proceeds go toward a goal. I already have two manuscripts started on themes of the environment, and I am beginning work on the illustrations.

But what does this have to do with Kids Daily Challenge? I am also considering a new series of books with only a manuscript or only illustrations. The point of these books will be for the kids to write or draw their own stories based on the half of the book that's finished. This will encourage kids everywhere to imagine their own stories.

These books will be sold online, so I need to think about the cheapest, but most professional print on demand publishing company before I can move forward. Please feel free to leave comments if you find this a good idea!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Children's ABC Book; Day 1: A

Hello, again! It has been months since my last post. I apologize for this. However, we will begin to move on again.

For the next month, your children are going to dabble in some of their creative juices. You should join too, because this one is fun.

The American alphabet consists of 26 letters, A-Z. Every day for the next 26 days, the letter for that day will be the inspiration for our experiment or fact. Here we go:

Today is Day A. Today we will have some fun with this letter. Find a sheet of paper and a pencil or pen. Brainstorm for a moment about the different things that start with A. For example, perhaps "Apple," "Awesome," or "Aviator Owl" will work. (The Aviator Owls are a kid-friendly bunch of owls). Write these things down and choose your favorite. Now, somewhere on your page draw that word out. (If you want to use "apple, " you should draw an apple). If you want to get really creative, write "apple" around the picture you drew in small letters. That way, it will look really cool! After this, you can find all sorts of different items around the house you can do the same thing with.

Hope you enjoy!

Today's Fun Fact: An inch (2.5 centimeters) of rain water is equivalent to 15 inches (38.1 centimeters) of dry, powdery snow (High Tech Science).


For an example, this is a picture I did on a computer of a dancer.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Day 15 - Under Water Science

Today is a science experiment. Have you ever heard of a scuba diver? Do you know how they work? In order for people to descend under water for more than a few minutes, they need to bring oxygen with them. To do this, there's some science involved. The first piece of equipment to make waves was the diving bell (source: History of Scuba Diving). This was a device that works in the same way that your experiment will.

Here's what you need:


  • A bowl of water
  • A drinking cup or mug
  • A napkin
Here's what to do:

  1. Place the napkin inside the mug or drinking cup. Make sure it is squished to the bottom of the cup.
  2. Turn the glass upside down and make sure the napkin does not fall out.
  3. Place the upside-down glass into the water. Make sure it is completely upside down and not titled at all. There should not be any bubbles when you put it in the water.
  4. Push it to the bottom of the bowl of water.
  5. Pull it out of the water, still keeping it upside down.
  6. Look at the napkin. It should be dry!
Why does this work? When air is trapped inside something, it creates pressure. The pressure of the air in the glass will not allow water to come in. However, if you tip the glass over while it's under water, the air will escape as a bubble, and float to the surface.

Today's challenge was inspired by Funology - a kid-friendly website.

Today's Fun Fact: Orca whales are the same as Killer wales, we just have two names for them. (Source: Kids Can Travel).

Friday, July 9, 2010

Day 14 - Foreign Language Hunt

Today you are going to work on your foreign language skills. Choose any room of the house or outside and find 10 to 50 (depending on your age and understanding of the foreign language) objects. Use the internet or books to look up the correct word for these objects in the foreign language. When you're done, try to name them all without looking at your notes.

Today's Fun Fact: "Ostriches can run faster than horses, and the males can roar like lions." (Source: Angel Fire).

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Day 13 - Simple Math Games

Today is going to bring a break for your kids. We've been working really hard, so instead of taking a compelte day off, just play games! But wait, play here, where the games are educational and always kid-friendly: http://www.coolmath4kids.com/ .

Today's Fun Fact: "Blue whales weigh as much as 30 elephants and are as long as 3 Greyhound buses." (Source:  PMBC please note not all facts on here are kid-friendly).

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Day 12 - Math Poem

Today you are going to work on a math poem! What is a math poem? you might ask. Well, here's mine:

Two plus two is four
four plus four is eight
eight plus eight is sixteen,
isn't adding great?

This type of poem is for younger kids, who only know simple math, but if you're older you can take as many stanzas and math words that you need. Just make sure you spell everything correctly, and have fun!

Today's Fun Fact: "The poison arrow frogs of South and Central America are the most poisonous animals in the world." (Source: Fun Science Facts). 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Day 11 - A Scientific Anthem

Today's challenge is to find a song that you really like. For example, find your favorite tune from the radio or your iPod (if you have one). For the younger kids, you can use a tune like the ABC's or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It's whatever you want. Now, you're going to listen to the song, but instead of singing along with the words it has already, you're going to make up your own words that have to do with science. Use your imagination!

What to do:


  • Write down everything to do with a scientific idea (such as the life stages of plants or animals or photosynthesis). You will have to do some research for this.
  • Begin to find words that rhyme together.
  • Write down your words and sing them to your song! Have fun!

Today's Fun Fact: The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language. Try to find them all! (Source: PMBC).