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Earthquakes

Activities

1.  Here is the activity from today's podcast!  Smartypants - you can simulate this at home with a deck of playing cards, index cards or paper plates. Take two cards or plates and pretend they’re the earth’s tectonic plates.  Holding the outside edges, push the inside edges together.  Eventually one is going to slip and go on top of the other!

2.  Buildings in earthquake zones need to have different rules to make sure they are safe.  Check out this building experiment to see what happens with different building styles.  If you have any different kinds of building toys, you can make more houses to see how they handle shaking. 

3.  Did you know you can learn about plate tectonics with graham crackers and whipped cream?  Yum!  Ask an adult before you start this one but this is a great way to see the different ways the Earth's surface moves.

According to the United States Geological Survey, an organization responsible for monitoring earthquakes, there are around 500,000 detectable earthquakes each year!  That's a lot of earthquakes!  So, why do earthquakes happen? Why are some worse than others? And what should you do if/when an earthquake strikes? 

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

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Daily Life Earth History

Glass

Activities

1.  Glass makers have been making stained glass windows for hundreds of years.  Create your own stained glass window using glue and paint!  Make sure you ask an adult first!

2.  Suncatchers are another way you can use glass to make art!  This one doesn't actually use glass but it looks like it!  

3.  Dale Chihuly is a famous artist who uses glass to make amazing works of art.  The art projects here require adult supervision because many use heat or scissors -- but, they are a great way to create your own art!

Did you know, the earliest man-made glass dates back to around 3500 BC? Obviously, glass is super versatile, and you make almost anything from it. But where does glass come from? How is it made? And how is it molded into so many things? 

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Daily Life History

Halloween

Activities

1.  Ask an adult if you can decorate a pumpkin!  Have an adult help you handle any sharp carving tools.  Or, you can always paint your pumpkins!  Be creative.  You can add stickers or glue on googly eyes or stick Mr. Potato Head pieces into your pumpkin! 

2. Do you know what you're going to be for Halloween?  Sketch or draw your most perfect Halloween costume if you could be anything in the world!  

3.  A big part of Halloween is about trick-or-treating - which means lots of candy!  List out all the candies you can think of.  How many have you had?  What are some you've never had?  You can even look online for strange candies around the world!  And remember, after eating your Halloween candy -- be sure to brush your teeth (or, at the very least, eat an apple!)

Have you ever wondered where the traditions of Halloween came from? Why do you trick or treat? Or, dress up in costumes? Or, carve pumpkins?  Take a trip back through time with us on this spooktacular episode of Who Smarted?!

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

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Daily Life History

Tacos

Activities

1.  If you are feeling crafty, you can make a paper taco!  Make sure you add all of your favorite toppings!

2.  Go to the library and read Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin!

3.  Ask an adult if you can help make tacos for dinner!  An adult should probably handle the sharp or hot parts -- while the kids grate cheese and work on the assembly process!

Did you know, the taco you've come to know and love has only been around since the 1800's?  And tacos have only been in America for a little more than 100 years. But where did tacos originally come from?  How have they evolved over the years?  And how did they become one of America’s favorite comfort foods and one of the best loved foods on the planet?       

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

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Food History

Roller Coasters

Activities

1.  Do you have Hot Wheels track or a cookie sheet and some cars?  Try to make a ramp or loops, depending on your building materials!  Does the car go faster if the ramp is level or steep?  Would your invention make a fun roller coaster?

2.  You can also build a roller coaster using foam tubing and marbles!  Learn about the physics of a roller coaster by playing with your design.  

3.  Want to ignore the laws of physics?  Draw the craziest roller coaster you can imagine!  Don't like drop hills?  No problem!  Think it would be fun to flip 24 times?  You got it!

Believe it or not, roller coasters don't rely on an engine to give you the ride of your life in under 2 minutes!  So, how do roller coasters work? How did they evolve from early ones… on ice?  And what are the wildest ones today? 

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Daily Life History

Beatboxing

Activities

1.  Use today's tips and tricks to try beatboxing!  What kind of rhythms can you make?

2.  Not sure how to make some of the sounds?  Ask an adult if you can watch this beatboxing video to see how your mouth moves.

3.  With an adult's permission, check out this great beatboxing website!  You can create your own music, using different sounds and rhythms.

But what is beatboxing?  Beatboxing is when you use your voice as an instrument -- but unlike singing, the key to beatboxing is using your vocal range to emulate different sounds -- like a drum kit! Beatboxing is an innovative art form that incorporates the mouth, throat, and nose in a variety of ways to create different sounds for musical expression. But where did beatboxing get its start?  Who invented it?  How did it become a staple of rap, hip-hop and other genres of music?  And what beginner beats can you learn to do right now?

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

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History Music and Sound

Mac and Cheese

Activities

1.  Ask an adult if you can eat macaroni and cheese!  Make it from scratch or from a box, or both! Whatever your family likes best!  If you do make both - compare the two and rate which one is better!

2.  Not really into eating macaroni?  That's ok!  You can make crafts with it too.  Check out this macaroni fish project!

Oh yeah, it's no secret -- most kids (and lots of adults) LOVE mac and cheese!  You can eat it plain, add toppings, or bake it!  One of our founding fathers even helped introduce it to the United States!  But where did Mac & Cheese originate from? Who actually invented it? Or has it always just existed in some form or another? And did it really help America win World War II? 

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Food History

Transformers

Activities

1.  Draw your own robot and make it climb!  Help your paper robot save the day by adding some straws and string!

2.Robots need coding to tell them what to do.  Coding is usually done with computers but you can learn the basics with patterns and Lego bricks!  Check out these fun coding activities!

3.  What can robots do besides save the earth?  Lots of things!  Check out National Geographic Kids to learn about some pretty cool robots.

Transformers - the cars and trucks that turn into robots as toys, as comic book heroes and in the movies!  Did you know, Hasbro, the toy company that makes transformers, was originally known for making... pencils? So, how did Transformers originate? Who invented them? And could you build one in real life? 

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Games and Toys History

The Calendar

Activities

1.  Younger children sometimes have a hard time understanding how time passes, especially when they are waiting for a fun activity like a birthday or family vacation.  PBS has fun instructions on how to make a custom calendar with your child.

2.  Some children understand time better when they can manipulate pieces.  This Paper Chain Countdown was designed for the start of school but you could use it for anything they are looking forward to -- even the next school break!

3.  Want to use a calendar to help your kids remember chores?  Start a 'chore chart'!  You could use a print out of a calendar or purchase one.  Write down their chores so they can check them off each day after completing them.  (TIP: Be sure to set up a rewards system for doing a good job!)

You've probably used one as recently as today or this week -- but why do we have seven-day weeks, and months that vary from 28 to 31 days? Where do the names of the months come from? And craziest of all, did you know the calendar you use today is full of... mistakes?!?

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Daily Life History