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It's Mr. Potato Head, known and loved the world over. He's so famous and has such "a peel," who knows what he'll be up to. But now you can always "ketchup" with him on the Internet at his officially silly site at www.hasbropreschool.com/mrpotatohead the animated place to find the random arms and noses of the whole Potato Head family. Flip through the TimeLine and see the goofy contributions of Potato Heads in modern history, from Olympic triumph to movie stardom. At Fun Corner, big kids can make scores of Potato Head faces with a downloadable game. Try your potato trivia knowledge, too. Younger kids can play with special games, coloring pages and jokes. Stop in often to find out what's cooking with Mr. P., and gobble up a sackful of fun. (This site is no longer available.)

The Boys and Girls of Summer From the crack of the bat to the smell of hot dogs, America's favorite summer sport is undeniably baseball. Now kids can keep track of their favorite major league teams and players by visiting Kids at the official site of Major League Baseball at http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/homepage/mlb_homepage.jsp . Looking for advice on running bases or throwing a curve ball? You'll find plenty of tips from pros such as the New York Yankees' Tino Martinez and the Atlanta Braves' Kevin Millwood. The site also has plenty of interviews with all-stars, including the legendary Sammy Sosa. For more serious fare, check out a great feature on Jackie Robinson and how he broke baseball's color barrier. Bring your bat, ball and glove because it's time to root for the home team. Play ball! (This site is no longer available.)

Fun on the Fourth
Celebrate the nation's most patriotic holiday at The Fourth 4 Kids, a Web site with fun and games dedicated to the Fourth of July. The spirit of the red, white and blue awaits you at www.aristotle.net/july4th/fourth4kids. You'll find cool activities like the Patriotic Crossword Puzzle and the U.S. Word Unscramble. Then, visit the All-American Word Search, and hunt down words like "freedom" and "equality." If you complete all the games, you can print a certificate declaring that you're an official American patriot. Finally, create your own Fourth of July fireworks show, complete with the colors and city backdrop of your choice. Be loud and be proud. (This site is no longer available.)

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1. When was Mr. Potato Head "born"?

2. Who wrote "Yankee Doodle Dandy," and when?
Francis Scott Key, 1789
John Philip Sousa, about 1812
Richard Shuckburgh, before the American Revolution
3. What does K. Millwood say about kids throwing curve balls?
Use curve balls for intentional walks.
Practice curves at age three.
Don't throw curve balls until you are at least 16 years old.

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Summer Fun

Hey kids, you've been out of school for a while now and are probably starting to go nuts from sheer boredom. Well, I thought it would be cool to offer some fun ideas to make your summer a little more interesting. Family.com has a list of games for summer evenings to cure those summer blahs. Check it out at http://family.go.com/Features/family_1998_08/famf/famf88games. (This site is no longer available.)

Perhaps you are not the outdoorsy type. For you, many public libraries have summer reading programs. Or check out online books and reviews at the Internet Public Library Youth Division. Click the Reading Zone link at www.ipl.org/div/kidspace.

Next, arts and crafts can be a great way to escape the summer heat and pass the time. Plus you get to make some pretty cool stuff. There are lots of craft ideas for kids at http://craftsforkids.about.com/kids/craftsforkids.

Finally, here are two more fun summer sites:

Have a safe and happy summer.


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