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Highlights High Five December 2015

For beginning readers! The stories and poems, crafts and recipes, puzzles and other activities in this read-only digital version of High Five magazine set children on the path to lifelong learning. Each 36-page issue reinforces reading skills, math skills and other areas of learning, and offers activities that help build self-confidence. Visit Highlights.com to learn more. Ages 2-6.

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United States
Highlights for Children, Inc.
$8.53(Incl. tax)
$56.86(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
telling stories

When your child says, “Tell me a story!” does your brain freeze? Mine often did. It can be hard to come up with a beginning, a middle, and an end on the spot. Even when you do, you still have to fill in the details. What’s a parent to do? Play this month’s bonus game! You’ll take turns picking a blue, a green, and a red card and putting them together to tell a little story. Another way to develop confidence in your ability to tell stories is to share a wordless picture book with your child. You’re sure to find some at your local public library. In these books, the artists tell the stories using their illustrations. You add the words. When you make up stories with your son or daughter,…

1 min.
who’s there?

It was a blustery day outside, just perfect for making sugar cookies inside. “Please pass the blue frosting,” said Tex. “Here you go,” said Indi. “Please pass the green frosting.” “Here you go,” said their sister, Arizona. Tex was reaching for another cookie when he heard a strange noise. “What’s that scratching sound?” he asked. “Maybe the squirrel in our apple tree is trying to come inside because our cookies smell so good!” said Indi. But then they heard a different noise. “I didn’t know squirrels meowed,” said Tex, giggling. “Hmm,” said Arizona. “I have a feeling our meowing squirrel might be stuck in the broom closet.” When Arizona opened the door, a very bouncy kitten hopped out. “Oh, Charlie,” said Indi. “How’d you get stuck in there?” But instead of stopping to “explain,” Charlie jumped on the counter, knocked…

1 min.
time for a party

Grandma Hen took Chica-Chick to the farmers’ market. “Why don’t you get the ingredients for the guacamole while I get some fruit,” said Grandma Hen, giving Chica-Chick the shopping list. “¡Sí!” said Chica-Chick. Chica-Chick walked to the vegetable stand. “Un tomate,” she read. She put a big, round tomato into her basket. But she wasn’t sure it was big enough, so she took two more. “Una cebolla,” read Chica-Chick. She grabbed a medium-sized onion, but she wasn’t sure it was the right size, so she took two more. “Un chile,” she read. She dropped a green chili into her basket. But she worried it wouldn’t be hot enough, so she took two more. “Tres aguacates,” she read. She chose three avocados. She wasn’t sure they were ripe, so she took six more! When Grandma Hen saw the…

1 min.
a good night’s sleep

Bear couldn’t sleep. He tugged at his quilt and fluffed up his pillow. Finally, he said to himself, “I know how to make myself sleepy. I’ll count sheep.” Bear counted: “One sheep, two sheep, three, and four.” Bear’s eyelids fluttered. “Five sheep,” he whispered. “Six.” His tired eyes closed. Soon he began snoring. The next morning, Bear’s neighbor Sheep stopped by for a visit. Bear poured her a cup of tea. “Sheep, your eyes look bright,” Bear said. “You must have had a good night’s sleep.” “Last night, I felt restless,” said Sheep, stirring her tea. “I couldn’t settle down.” “Then how did you nod off?” asked Bear. “When I can’t sleep,” said Sheep, “I count bears!”…

1 min.
ham-and-cheese muffins

You Need • 6 slices of whole-wheat bread, crusts removed • 3 tablespoons butter, melted • 5 eggs • 1tablespoon whole milk • ½ cup finely grated cheddar cheese plus more for sprinkling • Salt • Pepper • ¼ cup cubed ham Before You Begin Adult: Preheat the oven to 350°F. 1. Use a rolling pin or your hands to flatten the bread until it’s about ¼ inch thick. Brush both sides of each slice with the melted butter. 2. Whisk together the eggs and milk. Add the cheese and season with a dash of salt and pepper. 3. Press the buttered bread slices into a six-cup muffin tin. Divide the ham cubes among the muffin cups. 4. Fill the muffin cups with the egg mixture until they are ¾ full. Sprinkle with more cheese. Adult: Bake for…

1 min.
create your own cards and more

You Need • Newspaper• Foam stickers• Corrugated cardboard• Paintbrush or roller• Washable paint• Cardstock• Rolling pin• Freezer paper Before You Begin Adult: Cover the work area with newspaper. 1. Attach some foam stickers to a piece of cardboard. 2. Use a paintbrush or roller to paint the stickers. 3. To make cards, bookmarks, or gift tags, cover the stickers with cardstock. Use a rolling pin to apply light pressure over the cardstock. 4. Carefully peel the cardstock from the stickers. Fold the paper in half to make cards. Or cut it into rectangles to make bookmarks or gift tags. 5. To make wrapping paper, cover the painted stickers with freezer paper, apply pressure with the rolling pin, and carefully lift the paper to reveal your printed design. Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc.…