You can’t help but think of spooky bats this time of year. But do you know how bats became part of the Halloween tradition? The reason why is anything but scary. On long ago Halloween nights, people would burn bright bonfires to ward off evil spirits. The light and warmth would attract bugs – bats’ favorite food. Bats would fly in for a snack and the striking visual of the dark winged bats in the flickering firelight became part of the Halloween theme. BOO – who knew?! Happy Halloween!
Fall is one of the most beautiful times to be in nature. Celebrate that beauty with a simple craft that brings fall foliage inside to you!
Here’s what you need:
• Crayons – old crayons and crayon stubs work well
• Butter knife
• Wax paper
• Iron & ironing board
• A parent’s help
Here’s what you do:
• Lay out one piece of wax paper on a covered table or work surface
• Choose your favorite fall colored crayons
• Using the butter knife, scrape some of the crayon wax onto the wax paper – use as much as you want for more vibrant color.
• When you are done, lay a second piece of wax paper over it so the crayon shavings are sandwiched between two pieces of paper.
• Then, with a parent’s help, run the iron on the lowest setting over the whole thing – it will melt the crayon and fuse the two pieces of wax paper together.
• Take your beautifully colored creation and cut out leaf shapes. You can punch a hole in them and run string through it to hang the leaves in a window.
Enjoy how these colorful wax paper leaves look in the light. It’s all the beauty of the fall in a few simple steps! Happy crafting!
How will you celebrate World Animal Day? Founded in 1931 as a way to call attention to the struggles of endangered species, it has expanded to become a day of celebration of all animals. Anyone can participate by doing something special. For creative ideas on how to get involved by yourself or as a group, visit the official World Animal Day site at www. worldanimalday.org.uk/
Filmmaker John Downer is really breaking the ice in the polar bear world. CBS News’ “60Minutes” reporter Bob Simon visited the Arctic Circle with Downer to see just how he does it. Using a “spy cam,” unmanned cameras disguised to blend in with the environment and triggered by motion. The spy cam can get closer to the animals than a traditional camera, and so it gives us a glimpse into the animal world like we’ve never seen before. This story is simply too cool to miss. Check it out here: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/03/06/60minutes/main20038830.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody
Going back to school has never been so cool. Switch things up this year with a Noah backpack. It’s the product of recycled materials from the hardware to the funky fabric made of 100% recycled plastic. With expandable pockets and the ability to convert into a portable pouch, it’s ready for anything!