Peter Rabbit game to play


What a beautiful game!  Play it and you could win a complete box set of books.  Click on the picture or go to

Search, mash and store – for kids

Middlespot promises a better way to visually discover, collect, and organize what you like.  With a mashtab you can collect webpages, images, music, videos, web widgets, files, documents, code, and more in one central spot.

Go to “my start page” and click … and one option is “Kid Launch'”.  You can play there and explore all the options.  The site provides links to Funbrain, EdHeads, Lego,Sheppard Software, Fact Monster, IXL Math Practice, Help Kidz Learn, Dance Mat Typing, Britannica Online for Kids, and InfoPlease Homework Helper

Five Basic Rules of Sports Safety

August afternoons sizzle in Southwest Missouri. I remember how hot and thirsty I was after 2 hours of baseball that day. I remember Mike falling to the ground near second base, someone going for help, and Mike’s dad carrying him from the field.

“Heat stroke,” his dad told me a few days later. “You boys need to drink more water,” he said matter-of-factly. The advice was too late for Mike. I first saw him again at school several weeks later. Mike was different. He walked with a limp.

Last summer I saw Mike at our high school reunion. Thirty years had passed. I recognized him right away. He walked with a limp.

Playing sports is fun; getting hurt is not. Injuries like Mike’s last a lifetime. Here are five basic rules for sports-related safety. They will help you stay healthy and active for a long time. Take care of your body. Don’t be like Mike.

Warm Up and Stretch: Before exercising, whether it’s a pick-up game of basketball or the soccer finals, take a few minutes to prepare your body for the workout that’s coming. Warm up by jogging or doing jumping jacks to increase your blood flow and muscle temperature. Finish getting ready by doing some slow, gradual stretching to lengthen your muscles to prevent muscle pulls and tears. Take some time after your game to stretch a little so your muscles don’t tighten up and hurt later on. Talk to your coach to get some pointers on the right way to stretch before and after exercising.

Use the Right Equipment: Make sure you wear the right protective gear for the sport you’re playing. Almost every sport has specially designed gear to protect you. Talk with your parents or your coach to know what gear you need. A different style of helmet is worn in baseball, biking, skateboarding, football, hockey, and skating. Wearing cleats helps your feet grip the ground and avoid ankle and leg injuries when playing football, baseball, softball, and soccer. Other sports require pads (such as wrist, elbow, and knee guards); eye protection; mouth guards; or an athletic supporter (for boys). And don’t forget to wear the gear correctly. If you don’t fasten the strap on your helmet, it will fall off when you need it most. It doesn’t matter whether you’re practicing or playing the big game. Wear your protective gear!

Follow the Rules: Every game has its own set of rules. That’s so everybody playing knows what to expect. In football, it’s okay to tackle the guy with the ball. But what if someone tackled you in basketball? Not only is it against the rules, there’s a pretty good chance you’d be hurt. When everyone knows the rules of the game-what’s legal and what’s not-fewer people are hurt. Games are always more fun when you know and play by the rules.

Don’t Play If You’re Injured: Sure it’s important not to let your teammates and coach down, but if you’re hurt, no one expects you to keep on playing. Playing after you’ve been hurt will probably make the injury even worse and put you on the sideline for a long time. The same goes for playing again before an injury has time to heal completely. Be honest with your coach if you’ve been hurt and follow their advice about when to play again.

Drink Plenty of Water: Sweating makes the water level in your body go down. And when you’re playing sports, it happens really fast. Just like a car radiator, you want to keep the water level from dropping too low. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to begin drinking water. Take a bottle of water with you to soccer practice or to play in the park. Drink up.

Understanding kids and their use of social media

When is a phone not a phone? In the hands of children and tweens, today’s cell phones are primarily used as text messaging devices, cameras, gaming consoles, video viewers, MP3 players, and incidentally, as mobile phones via the speaker capability so their friends can chime in on the call. Parents are getting dialed in to the social media phenomenon and beginning to understand—and limit—how children use new media.

A Pocket Guide to Kids and Social Media

How ‘Clifford, the Big Red Dog’ started

Norman Bridwell, the creator of “Clifford, the Big Red Dog,” shares how the books and TV series about the lovable, giant dog and his pal Emily Elizabeth got started.

It was 1963, and Norman Bridwell, the father of an infant daughter, was broke and desperately searching for work as a commercial artist in New York City.

Figuring he had to try everything, Bridwell put together a portfolio of illustrations and began to make the rounds of children’s publishers. He didn’t have any luck, but an editor at Harper & Row looked closely at one sample, which showed a little girl with a huge red dog, and suggested that “there might be a story in this,” Bridwell recounted in a recent interview.

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Strengthen your relationship with your teen

In today’s high-tech, fast-paced world, young people are faced with more opportunities—and more —than ever before. As they race around trying to meet the demands of school, family, and their ever-expanding social circles, they sometimes lose sight of what they want most out of life.

Help lead a young person toward achievement and fulfillment by guiding him or her through this goal-setting process specifically designed for teens and preteens.  >>> more

Internet popups on your home computer

What are Pop Ups?

There are a number of different types of pop ups but generally pop ups are small windows that appear in an Internet browser when you or your family is using the World Wide Web.

Pop ups can be grouped as:

Browser pop ups. These are the pop ups that appear when you are looking at web pages. They often contain advertising or inappropriate content.

  • Browser pop unders. Windows generated underneath the current web page you are viewing and appear after you start closing down the windows in the foreground.
  • Messenger Service advertisements. These windows appear like real system messages generated by your own computer. They may be seen if you are using Windows 2000 or XP.
  • Spyware generated pop ups. Pop ups created by malicious computer programs or spyware installed on your computer.
  • Pop ups can start appearing for a variety of reasons such as when something like a link or picture on a web page is clicked on or you move your mouse over a hidden trigger for example.

    There are some pop ups, however, that are legitimate and are used for meaningful purposes in some websites.

    What are the Dangers of Pop Ups?

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    Art history resource

    “The Web Gallery of Art is intended to be a free resource of art history primarily for students and teachers.”
    WCA is extensive, user friendly, and has images of middle quality 100K bytes and 500 or 800X pixels. Site includes virtual tours, easy searches, dual mode view, term glossary, and many other features.

    How can you persuade your teenager to get the proper amount of sleep?

    Teenagers need more sleep than adults do. They need close to nine hours every night, on average. But, did you know that only about 15% of teens get that much sleep every night?

    Read more at the Pivotal Magazine

    Harry Potter reduces childhood accidents

    Again from the archives …

    Reading James Meikle’s article in The GuardianHow Harry Potter staves off childhood accidents.
    So we can conclude, can we, that reading reduces childhood accidents – or is it just Harry Potter? And if so, something that I’ve been wondering for a while – can we claim Harry Potter as “reading” or is it just a phenomenon, a trend?. It must be the Superman television and not the comics that caused all those little boys (and girls!) to jump off roofs.James’ article in part:  “Harry Potter’s spells have made children less accident-prone. Numbers attending a hospital emergency department fell when new books by JK Rowling hit the shops. Doctors in the department of orthopaedic trauma surgery at the John Radcliffe hospital, Oxford, checked how many seven- to 15-year-olds suffered muscle and bone injuries needing treatment over the past three summers. They found there were 36 and 37 instances when the last two Potter books came out in June 2003 and July 2005, while the average for other weekends was 67, they say in the British Medical Journal.”

    I wonder if the trend continued??!!