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Mosquitos

Activities

1.  Make your own mosquito!  Ok, not for real, these will be much cuter, but you can make it so that it really buzzes!  

2.  Learn about the life cycle of a mosquito.  (Ask a parent's permission before going online.)

3. How fast can you flap your arms?  Is is 500 times a minute?  How about 20?  Set a timer and see how fast you are!

As you're probably painfully aware, mosquitoes are everywhere -- and they’ve been around since the dinosaurs. But why do mosquitoes seem to enjoy annoying us?  Why do they buzz and suck blood, and how come their bites itch so much?  And would the world really be better off… without them? 

Listen to the short Who Smarted? episode for kids about Mosquitos for free here!

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Animals Human Body

Pets

Activities

1.  Draw a picture of your favorite animal or pet!  List the reasons why they are your favorite!

2.  There are many reasons families don't have pets.  Perhaps someone in the family is allergic or your family can't take on such a big responsibility.  That's why the 'pet rock' was invented.  Look up the 'pet rock' and learn about how it swept the nation as a crazy fad.  Then see if you can find a fun rock near your house and make your own "pet rock."  Make sure to ask an adult's permission to go out first!

3.  You can find animals that don't usually make good pets at the zoo.  Ask an adult if you can take a virtual tour of the Bronx Zoo!  Why would these animals not make good pets?  Could you fit an elephant in your bedroom?  Or, a hippo in your bathtub?

Do you own a pet? Nearly half the people on the planet do! Pets come in all shapes and sizes from fluffy to fuzzy to slimy.  But why do some animals make good pets, while other animals don’t?  How did we end up with pets in the first place?  And what are some of the most unusual pets out there? 

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Animals

Gators vs. Crocs

Activities

1. Did you know alligators can help you do math?  Check out this less than or greater than math game with alligators!  

2.  Chomping crocodiles more your thing?  Make a paper bag crocodile with this easy template.

3.  I've never seen a fuzzy crocodile but you can make one here!

It may surprise you to learn Gators and Crocs haven’t changed much over the past 150 million years!  But, how can you tell them apart?  Where can you find each of them?  Which is more dangerous?  And why are these toothy reptiles so important to our world? 

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Animals

Antarctic Animals

Activities

1.  Antarctica probably isn't on your family's road trip list -- but thanks to this site you can take a virtual tour!  

2.  Many animals in Antarctica eat krill.  Check out this game on National Geographic Kids and help krill escape from predators.

3.  Can't get enough penguins?  Check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium Penguin Cam!  They  feature African Penguins, which are a little different than the ones in Antarctica, but they all belong to the same penguin family.

Did you know Antarctica is a desert. It's true! In fact, it's the largest in the world, covering 5.5million square miles! It's also home to 8 types of whales; 200 species of fish, 7 species of penguin, 60% of the world’s seal population and all kinds of invertebrates. But how do all these cool creatures withstand such cooold temperatures?  Why do they live there?  And how do they survive? 

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Animals Earth

Octopuses

Activities

1.  Octopuses rely on camouflage to hide from predators.  Can you camouflage yourself?  Maybe you pick clothes that are the same color as the couch -- or, you can use a blanket to hide and hold very still!  See if a sibling or adult can find you in your room while you're camouflaged.

2.  Make your own octopus!  Using bubble wrap for the legs will look like real tentacles!  Get the instructions here.

3.  A squid is not the same as an octopus but they move through the water the same way!  Check out this experiment to see how an octopus gets around.  If the weather is nice, you might want to try this one outside, it could get a little messy.

Have you ever heard the story about Inky the Octopus -- who climbed the glass of his tank at the International Aquarium of New Zealand, crawled across the floor and slithered down a drain hole and escaped!?!  Octopuses are super smart, but what else are they capable of?  What’s a day in the life like for one of these clever, squishy, sticky, mollusks?  And how do they catch food while also avoiding being food?   

Listen to the short Who Smarted? episode for kids about Octopuses for free here!

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Animals Earth

Bats

Activities

1.  Bugs, especially mosquitos, bite.  Bats eat bugs, so why not encourage them to live close to you?  Grab an adult or ask your teacher if you can build a bat house!  National Wildlife Foundation has some great instructions.

2.  Make your own flying bat!  How far can you make it fly?  Is there anything you can do to make if fly faster or further?

3.  Having trouble making your bat fly?  Try this flying bat.  Ask a friend or sibling to compete with you to see who can make theirs fly the highest.

Did you know sleeping bats like to squeeze together so tightly that over 300 of them could fit inside a shoe box!  But what other amazing things are there to know about these nocturnal, flying mammals?  What important role do they play in the ecosystem?  Are bats really blind?  And can they turn you into a vampire?

Listen to the short Who Smarted? episode for kids about Bats for free here!

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Animals

Flies

1.  Did you know mosquitos are a type of fly?  There are lots of chemicals that keep mosquitos away but there are plants that repel them as well! Lavender is easy to plant, even in small spaces, and it helps keep bugs away.  So, grab a pot and plant some lavender!  Not only will it smell good -- it will help keep those pesky mosquitos away.  

2.  Many flies are pollinators, just like bees!  Here is a yummy twist on a peanut butter sandwich.  Just make sure you don't give any honey to children under the age of 1.  It's dangerous for them!

  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 slice crusty white bread
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon thinly sliced fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Did you know flies don’t have teeth so they need to barf on their food to liquefy it with the acid in their barf -- and then they slurp it up with their proboscis which is sort of like their very own built-in straw?  Gross... but cool!  So, why do flies exist?  Do they really eat poop?  And, are they just dirty and gross or do they actually help us humans and the ecosystem? 

Listen to the short Who Smarted? episode for kids about Flies for free here!

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Animals Daily Life

Hibernation

Activities

1.  Animals build or find safe, warm places to hibernate.  You can build your own cave using couch cushions and blankets!  How big should you make it?  Can you fit anybody else inside your cave - or just you?  When you are done, grab some books, a flashlight and read... or sleep!

2.  Animals stay warm and have enough energy to hibernate because they eat extra food, creating extra fat to help them survive the winter.  This cool experiment lets you see how fat keeps an animals warm!

3.  A bear needs to eat 20,000 calories a day to prepare for hibernation!  Have some fun figuring out how much of your favorite foods/snacks you'd have to eat to get to 20,000 calories!  Look at the calories listed on packages of cookies, crackers or chips and use a calculator (or an adult) to help you figure it out!

You probably know Bears hibernate in the winter -- but what exactly is hibernation?  Is it just sleep, or something else?  And why do bears do it, but not Humans?

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Animals

Mermaids

Activities

1. Sometimes even mermaids need a calm moment. Make a Mermaid Tail Sensory Bottle and use it for those moments where you feel anxious. Watching the colorful glitter float while taking deep breaths can help make you feel better.  It's like staring at the ocean.  Have an adult help make sure the lid is glued on tightly so you don't spill your glitter!

2. Time for mermaid slime!  This great 'how to' website has directions on how to make colorful, glittery mermaid slime. Make sure you ask an adult before you start and don't let it get on the couch or carpet!

3. Do you live in a warm place near the ocean or have access to a pool?  The next time you go swimming with an adult, pretend you're a mermaid! Can you swim with both feet together like a fin?  Do you live somewhere cold and can't go swimming?  Pretend you're a mermaid on land with legs!

When did legends of mermaids first begin? Are they real or imagined? Has anyone famous ever actually seen one? And are all mermaids good, or are some... wicked?

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