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Readers know the classic book for reading your grandchildren to sleep, “Goodnight, Moon.” A new classic has been introduced, “Can I Just Take a Nap?” A bowl of Cheerios (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Ron Rauss, architect, poet and first-time children’s book author, decided to enter a contest in 2010 that Cheerios hosts every year for new children’s book authors. He won, beating out more than 8,000 entries. Simon and Schuster published his book and General Mills, owner of Cheerios cereal, put a small, paperback version in three million boxes of Cheerios. Now, it’s out in hardback. Although... (Read More ...)

What Is the Brazil Nut Effect? This is a great activity for Grandma and grandchildren. What happens if you shake up a can of mixed nuts? Brazil Nuts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Do the Brazil nuts rise to the top? Do you still have any Brazil nuts left over from Christmas that you can shell? Materials: 1 cup peanuts 1 Brazil nut, shelled, whole 1 straight-sided, narrow drinking glass 1 cup water Instructions: Pour half the peanuts into the glass Set the Brazil nut on top of the nuts Pour the other half of the peanuts into the glass The glass should be about 2/3 full Cover the glass with your hand... (Read More ...)

Water striders using water surface tension when mating. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Pepper Scatter. Fun with Grandchildren. This activity shows surface tension on water and how to break it. Materials: Bowl Water Pepper (freshly ground or powdered should both work) Toothpick Soap or dishwashing detergent Instructions: Put enough water in bowl to fill the bottom Pour pepper gently across the surface of the water Stick one end of a toothpick into the soap Gently put the soapy end of the toothpick into the water near the pepper. What Should Happen? The pepper flakes should scatter anywhere you touch... (Read More ...)

The Cheerios Effect. You can make Cheerios attract each other like magnets. It’s called “The Cheerios Effect.” Materials: Bowl Water 1 cup of Cheerios, or other light breakfast cereal, like Kix A bowl of Cheerios (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   Half a dozen paper clips 1 Tablespoon of dishwashing liquid 3 toothpicks Instructions: Fill bowl with water Drop one Cheerio at a time into the water, until you have at least a dozen Unfold half of a paperclip at right angles to the rest of the clip Lay a flat paperclip on top of the flat portion of the opened-up clip Lower the flat,, unfolded... (Read More ...)

Weekly Recap, Sunday, July 1, 2012 Last week, readers spent the most time on: Did you cry the first time you left home? Have you ever had a cat? Not. Bike. Samples of autobiographies Grandma Poems. Loss. Where is your smallpox scar? Last month, readers spent the most time on:  Hello, Grandpa. Hello, Grandma. Only a Dad. Grandfather poems. Did you cry the first time you left home? Can butterflies read? Bird by Bird. Book Thursday. We Didn’t Have Computers Back Then. Monday, July 2, 2012 Carol’s 65th birthday Marriage certificate. Photo id. Origami cups. A Fourth of July fireworks display... (Read More ...)