Today’s read: a new fairy tale from Graeme Base

The Legend of the Golden Snail

by Graeme Base

Wilbur’s favorite story is about a snail that takes the shape of a golden galleon when it sails through the Magical Realm. Captured by the Grand Enchanter, the Golden Snail must obey his commands for 100 years, after which it is banished to the Ends of the Earth until a new master can claim it by reciting the magical spell. Wilbur decides to find the Golden Snail, and, packing an odd assortment of things, he and his faithful cat set off in a small sailboat. The story follows the pattern of many traditional folktales. As Wilbur travels, he comes upon creatures in need of help. Though he feels he is being distracted from his mission, his kind heart prevails, and each of those odd items proves to be just what’s needed. His watering can helps quench the thirst of the wilting blossoming butterfly bush, etc. In turn, each rescued creature comes to Wilbur’s aid when he is in trouble. With his mission finally accomplished, Wilbur decides it is better to be a Gallant Captain than a Grand Enchanter. While the story is nothing new, the telling is fresh, with many original and inventive touches, and Base’s writing is well-paced and lively. The real standout is the artwork: well-composed, large paintings that are rich in detail but never look cluttered. As is usual with Base, there is a game to be played, this time finding a golden snail and crossbones in each picture. This beautiful book is sure to be a hit with the author’s fans and cultivate new ones.

A game to play – Save the donkey

One donkey is running in the farm in which many objects are placed. Some objects are harmful, some objects are helpful. The mission is simple, keep the donkey alive as long as you can. The more time, the higher your score. Click!Click!Click! Good Luck:)

Build reading and spelling with “Word clues”

This word game makes a great reading exercise as kids put letter tiles on the game board to spell words based on vocabulary-boosting clues.

Summer Boredom busters

School’s out for summer and that means free time to do what you want: Go to bed later, sleep in, play more games, hang out with friends, and explore the world outside. In case you run out of fun ideas and before you say the dreaded, “I’m bored,” to an adult, check out this list of fun games, puzzles, jokes, and activities.

Photo: A girl sliding off of a water slide

Build multiplication skills with the Space Race game

Space Race is a multi-player racing game for multiplication. Students race against each other in space answering multiplication problems. How quickly the student correctly answers the multiplication problem determines how quickly the spaceship will go. The student with the fastest rate of correct answers will win the race. Hits and misses are recorded and displayed at the end of the game, along with the student’s rate. 1-4 players can play at once.

Play Space Race

Play the Peter Rabbit game

Peter Rabbit is eating the vegetables in Mr MacGregor’s garden.

Help Peter collect as many vegetables as possible by clicking on the pictures as they pop up. Get a high score by picking onions and radishes.

Be careful not to pick the flowers or you’ll lose points!


Now you can explain why the sky is blue and the sunset is red.

This is a “Science snack” from the collection at the Exploratorium.

When sunlight travels through the atmosphere, blue light scatters more than the other
colors, leaving a dominant yellow-orange hue to the transmitted light. The scattered light
makes the sky blue; the transmitted light makes the sunset reddish orange.

… and *here* is the experiment to prove it …

Activity for kids – unscrambling words

Amelia Bedelia’s All Mixed Up!

Help her by unscrambling the words found in her stories.

Maths game for kids – Math Golf



You are given three numbers. Your goal is to include the three numbers in an equation, using a combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponents, and roots (along with parentheses, if you wish). You may use each number only once, but you may use the three numbers in any order. However, you can’t combine digits. For example, if you were given 1, 2, and 3, you can’t use the number 12 or 23 or any other such combination in your equation.  Take the challenge