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Highlights High Five December 2017

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.
$9.37(Incl. tax)
$62.55(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
lost-and-found fun

In this month’s issue, we’re all about socks and mittens. And with the official start of winter coming, it’s a great time to think about these cold weather accessories in new ways. With the matching game Where’s the Pair? in the bonus pages, children can cut out the cards, place them facedown on a table, and find the matching socks and mittens. If you’re traveling for the holidays, make it a to-go game by saving the pieces in a small plastic bag and taking the game with you. When you and your child look through the issue, you’ll also find mittens in the verse “Tomorrow’s Mittens” (page 4), socks in the story “Laundry Helper” (pages 26–30), and mittens in the craft “Missing-Mitten Puppets” (pages 34–35). If your child has a lost mitten…

1 min.
dancing for fun

Tex and Indi and their family were at The Nutcracker ballet. “The Mouse King looks tough,” whispered Tex. “So do all those mouse soldiers,” whispered Indi. “I wish I could jump and twirl like the Sugar Plum Fairy,” whispered their sister, Arizona. “Me, too,” whispered Indi. “Shhh,” whispered Mom. “Let’s wait till after the performance to talk.” The next day, Indi opened the dress-up box. “Let’s play The Nutcracker music and put on our own ballet!” “Look!” said Tex. “I can use these fuzzy ears to be the Mouse King.” “And this fancy skirt is perfect for the Sugar Plum Fairy!” said Arizona. They jumped and twirled until Tex said, “Wait! We need an audience.” “Sorry,” said Arizona. “Dad’s at the store, and Mom’s doing paperwork upstairs.” Indi waltzed over to Charlie. “What did you say, sir?” She picked up the…

1 min.
wrapped with love

“I hope Grandma likes her present. May I wrap it?” asked Eliza. “Sure,” said Dad. “Let me get you some paper and tape.” “May I put a bow on?” “You may use as many bows as you want,” said Dad, smiling. Eliza put the paper around the box. It was so colorful. The bows were so beautiful. This was fun! Eliza started to wonder what else she could wrap. Eliza looked around and saw the mail on the table. She decided to wrap it. She found a doggy treat for Max. Eliza wrapped it. Her baby sister, Sadie, sat surrounded by lots of books. Eliza wrapped one. Then Sadie pulled off the paper and giggled. Dad’s shoes were by the door. Eliza wrapped them. “Eliza?” said Dad as he looked at his present. “Surprise!” said Eliza. “Hmm, I wonder what’s inside.” Dad…

2 min.
a soup of many colors

Grandma Hen and Chica-Chick live in a small farming town in California. Chica-Chick loves to help her grandma. It was a chilly day in California, and Grandma Hen had the perfect recipe for the cool weather. “Would you like to help me make a colorful soup?” she asked Chica-Chick. “¡Sí!” said Chica-Chick. “We need something orange,” said Grandma Hen. Chica-Chick opened the refrigerator and looked inside. “La zanahoria es anaranjada,” she said and gave a carrot to her grandma. “We need something yellow,” said Grandma Hen. “El maíz es amarillo,” said Chica-Chick, passing her the corn. “We need something green,” said Grandma Hen. “Los chiles son verdes,” said Chica-Chick as she spied the green peppers. “We need something red,” Grandma Hen said. Chica-Chick looked at the bowl on the counter. She climbed up the step stool. “El tomate es rojo,” she said,…

1 min.
laundry helper

I help Mama carry my fat laundry hamper. One jacket, two pairs of pants, three shirts, four pairs of socks: red socks, blue socks, car socks, star socks. We put my dirty clothes into the washing machine. In goes the soap. Mama turns the big dial, clickity-click-click. Whoosh! Chuggachugga-chugga! Spin! My clothes go round and round! Buzzzzzzzzz! Time to put the clothes into the dryer. One jacket, two pairs of pants, three shirts, four pairs of socks: red socks, blue socks, car socks, star socks. Mama turns the dial, clickity-click-click. Hummmmmmmmmm! My clothes go round and round! Buzzzzzzzz! Time to fold my nice warm clothes. One jacket, two pairs of pants, three shirts, four pairs of socks: two red, two blue, two cars, one star . . . One star sock? Whereismyother sock? We look and look and look. Here it is!…

1 min.
give a super soup

You Need • Index card• 1½ tablespoons chicken-flavored bouillon granules or powder• 1 tablespoon dried parsley• 1 tablespoon dried minced onion• ½ teaspoon black pepper• ¼ teaspoon dried thyme• ¹/ 8 teaspoon dried celery seeds• ¹/ 8 teaspoon garlic powder• 1 bay leaf• 1 cup tricolor rotini pasta or your favorite pasta• 1-quart jar or plastic container with lid• ½ cup small crackers• Small zippered plastic bag• Markers or crayons• Ribbon 1. Empty contents of jar and 6 cups of water into a large pot. 2. Add 1 cup of chopped carrots, 2 stalks of chopped celery, and 2 cups of chopped cooked chicken. 3. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. 4. Remove the bay leaf. Simmer 5 minutes more. Add salt as desired. Serve with crackers. Adult: Write this recipe on…