Week of June 5, 2011

Cool Spots
Back Issues
Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

What is often considered the national game of India?
Snakes and ladders

What does Globie want to teach you?
Map concepts
Bar graphs

Which song should you begin with on Pennywhistle Hero?
British Grenadiers
Liberty Song

Spin and Win

games wheelTake a cultural gamble and spin the wheel at Asian Games: The Art of Contest, www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/
. Click on the arrow to begin your exploration of these ancient games. Finding a match may sound easy, but these games featuring dominoes and Ganjifa will have you scratching your head. War and Territory sends you to games that tested players’ ability to strategize in mock battle by gaining control of the board. Get physical with Power and Dexterity when you check out polo and pitchpot.

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Maps and Stats

StixieMapping and statistics can be pretty challenging for adults and kids alike. Mapstats for Kids, www.fedstats.gov/kids/mapstats, wants to help you find your way with great games and a colorful section of interactive activities. Stixie and Globie will be your buds during adventures on this site. Ring your bell as the ice cream man and see if you can deliver creamy treats to all your friends. Now Paint the Map and see just how statistically savvy you can be. Fantastic farms and groovy graphics await!

American History 101

NathanielTest-drive a new way to learn about American history at Mission US, www.mission-us.org. If you thought history was dry and boring, get on board with games such as For Crown or Colony as you test your stance on which side you would fight for if given the chance. If you are already a history buff, prove your smarts with Think Fast! About the Past, a colonial history challenge where you will race against the clock for a win. Play Pennywhistle Hero to see if you have the musical talent and fast fingers required to march away with victory.

Speak Out

Do you play a musical instrument?
If so, which one?

Speak Out Here!

Fun That Pops

One of my favorite pastimes for a lazy afternoon is blowing bubbles. Even though you can buy fancy bubble-blowing gadgets at the toy store, all you really need to make big bubbles is some paper, tape and scissors to create a bubble-blowing cone. Bubbles from this kind of cone can get really big and last longer than bubbles from a plastic bubble wand. You can learn how to make your own blowing cone and homemade bubble solution at www.zurqui.com/crinfocus/bubble/bubble.html. This site also shows you how to do fun stuff with your bubbles, such as measuring them or even freezing them.

Do you know why bubbles are a sphere and not another shape such as a cube or a tetrahedron? Or how about why bubbles are multicolored? The answers to these scientific questions can be found at Exploratorium's Bubbles, www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/bubbles. You’ll also find out why you can't blow bubbles with plain water, and see what happens when lots of bubbles collide. Have fun!


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