Scout It Out
"Sugar and spice and everything nice," and brains and fun and creativity and energy-THAT'S what girls are made of! If this sounds like you, then check out the awesome Girl Scouts Web site. There's no uniform required, just a desire to have fun and learn. Girl Scouts is not just about cookies and camping. There's a lot going on at www.girlscouts.org. Try the "power"-full scavenger hunt, and get in on the cool science that shows you how to make your own lightning! Or if you're in the mood to express yourself, there's a hundred ways: girl chat, girl poets, girl artists and even Girl Space-a big virtual refrigerator door where you can stick anything you want people to see or think about. Be sure to check out the careers section, too. There are some pretty inspiring women to show you the world that's waiting for you, from veterinarians to engineers. What are you waiting for? Go, girl!

How Does Your Garden Grow? With silver bells and cockle shells? I don't think so! Try germination and photosynthesis. Dig your way over to http://library.thinkquest.org/3715 and get a shovelful of botanical brainpower that will give you the expert edge on the garden hedge. You might be surprised to hear your computer talking in rhyme as you cruise this site! The planty poetics and fun comics help to illustrate the ins and outs of the green world, from the tiniest seeds to the tallest trees. Get the dirt on how seeds travel, why bees hang out in flowers, and how plants breathe. You'll also see why plants are so important to the environment. But don't just leaf through the facts-have some fun, too. There are brainy games to nourish your noggin, including some global plant tracking. This site will really grow on you!

Mexico for Kids
Mexico is an enchanted land complete with great scenery, endless culture and plenty of sunshine. Now it's yours to experience online. Cross the border at www.elbalero.gob.mx/explora/html/home.html and join Balero and his friends as they take you on a tour of this beautiful country. You can learn about Mexico's government and its architecture-from Aztec pyramids to the skyscrapers of Mexico City. For history buffs, the timeline will take you back to the days of the Mayan civilization right up to the drive for independence and today's contemporary Mexico. A games gallery features a puzzle, and instruction on how to make recycled paper. Don't forget to download your favorite Mexican songs. Viva Mexico! (This site is no longer available.)

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