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Highlights High Five December 2016

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.
making and giving gifts

This month, we’ve included one of our bonus matching games. “Snowmen and More” consists of 10 delightful photos of snow creatures. After playing this game, your child may be inspired to head outdoors to build an unusual snowman. If you live in a warmer clime (lucky you!), your child might enjoy drawing pictures of his or her own imaginary snow creatures. Perhaps you will be inspired to make your own photo-matching game. Print out two copies of 10 favorite photos, glue them to blank index cards, and write simple labels below each picture. If you and your child make our “Rocky Road Brownie Mix” recipe (pages 32–33) or the “Penguin Cup Cozy” (page 31) to give as gifts, consider making several homemade photo-matching games, too. It’s a great way to share vacation…

1 min.
learning the words

“Guess what!” said Indi. “Ms. French asked me if I’d like to sing a solo for our class’s winter party.” “That’s super,” said her big sister, Arizona. “I’m glad Ms. French didn’t ask me to sing all by myself,” said Tex. “I’d be afraid I’d forget the words to the song.” “Oh no, I didn’t think of that,” said Indi. “I’m singing the first verse. What if I can’t remember the words and I mess up the whole song?” “Don’t worry,” said Arizona. “I’ll teach you the memory trick that helped me when I was in the school play. You say the words over and over until they are stuck in your head. Then you think of a picture to go along with them.” Indi used Arizona’s memory trick all week. She sang her solo…

1 min.
a gift for you!

Grandma Hen and Chica-Chick were making jam with the strawberries they had picked from their garden. “Oh my,” said Grandma Hen. “What are we going to do with so many jars of jam?” “¡Podemos hacer regalos!” said Chica-Chick. “Giving jam as gifts is such a good idea,” said Grandma Hen. They decorated the jars with fabric and put them in a basket. They were heading out when Chica-Chick saw the mail carrier. She ran to him. “¡Un regalo para ti!” said Chica-Chick, and she gave him a jar. “Thank you, Chica-Chick!” he said. When they passed the fire station, they saw a firefighter. “¡Un regalo para ti!” said Chica-Chick. “Thank you!” said the firefighter. They crossed the street and gave a jar to the crossing guard. When they went into the library, they gave a jar to the librarian. As they headed…

1 min.
plane view

Eric buckled up for his first plane ride. “How high will we fly?” he asked his dad. “Very high,” said Dad. Soon the plane started moving. It went faster and faster. Then it lifted off the ground. Eric looked out the window. Everything below was getting smaller. Eric watched for a while. “Will I see Grandma’s apartment from up here?” he asked. “Maybe,” said Dad. “Look, there are the farm fields we passed when we drove to Grandma’s last year.” “From up here, they look like the squares on the quilt that Grandma made me,” said Eric. “And there’s the big lake where we went swimming last summer,” said Dad. “From up here, it looks like a pond,” said Eric. “There’s Grandma’s city,” said Dad. “One of those buildings is her apartment.” “From up here,” said Eric, “the buildings…

1 min.
staying warm in winter

Snow fell silently. In the oak tree, young Squirrel shivered. “Mama, how will we keep warm this winter?” he asked. “We will use our bushy tails like blankets to keep warm,” she said. The next day, Squirrel was playing with his friend Mouse. He asked, “Mouse, what do you do in winter to keep warm?” “If it gets too cold, I’ll stay in my underground nest and feast on the nuts and seeds I’ve stored,” said Mouse. A few days later, Squirrel saw his friend Woodchuck. He said, “Woodchuck, how do you keep warm in winter? I use my tail. Mouse stays in her underground nest. What do you do?” “We hibernate. We sleep in our den all winter. And that’s where I’m headed right now. Good night!” Squirrel turned and headed home. But he almost…

1 min.
penguin cup cozy

You Need • Scissors• Black tube socks• White and orange felt• Black marker• Tacky glue• Paper• Crayons Before You Begin Adult: Cut the feet portion off the tube socks. 1. Pull the tube portion of the sock over a cup. 2. Cut a piece of white felt to make a face. Use a black marker to add eyes. Cut a small orange felt triangle for a beak. Glue the triangle to the face. 3. Glue the face to the sock. 4. Make a card and put it inside the cup. A great gift for anyone who loves hot coffee or cocoa! Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc. Art by iStock/nokee…