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Highlights High Five March 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.
what can i make?

When I was young, I remember asking my mom, again and again, “What can I make?” Like many children, I loved seeing my ideas come to life in a finished product. Each month, we include a craft in High Five›. We hope they help you answer the question I so often posed to my mom. But instead of telling children exactly what to do, our craft directions are filled with open-ended suggestions and alternatives like draw or decorate. We want your child to decide just how his or her finished product should look. This month, in “Fun with Straws” (page 31), we show three different ways to use straws to make some delightful crafts. Our hope is that at least one of these ideas will inspire your child to get out your…

1 min.
what’s wrong?

Tex threw a fluffy red ball to Charlie and said, “Chase it, Charlie!” But Charlie didn’t move. “That’s weird,” said Tex. “Charlie always chases that ball.” Indi reached over to pet Charlie, but he didn’t want to be touched. He jumped back and hissed unhappily. “Hmm. Charlie acts as if he’s in pain,” said Dad. “We’d better take him to the vet.” “Meow! Meow! Meow!” Charlie complained the whole way there. “It’s OK,” Tex told him. “The car ride will be over soon.” “I’m worried,” said Indi. “What could be wrong?” “Dr. Lee will help us figure out what’s bothering our little kitty,” said Dad. Dad was right. Dr. Lee quickly discovered what was wrong. She found a thorn stuck deep in Charlie’s paw. Very carefully and very gently, she pulled the thorn out and then said,…

1 min.
one for all

One sunny morning, Doña Rosa arrived at the lake wearing her pearl necklace. It had nine white pearls. “¡Oh, es un collar de perlas!” said her friend Mary. “¡Es precioso!” said Lucy. Doña Rosa smiled. As her friends admired her lovely necklace, she thought about how good it would feel if she could share it. And that gave her an idea. She said to her friends, “I have to go. But I’ll be back.” When Doña Rosa arrived at the store, the jeweler said, “Buenos días, Doña Rosa.” “Buenos días,” said Doña Rosa. She gave the necklace to the jeweler and told him what she wanted him to do. When the jeweler finished his work, Doña Rosa went back to the lake—with three necklaces! She gave one to each of her friends. “¡Gracias!” said Mary. “¡Gracias!” said Lucy. Now everyone…

1 min.
where does it belong?

“Something near our fence looks as if it might be lost,” said Mom. Kara looked out the window. “I see our cow, some white hens, and our horse near the fence. But they aren’t lost.” Mom said, “What I see is smaller than a cow, a horse, and a hen.” Kara said, “My red shovel is small, but it’s not lost. It’s in the sandbox where it belongs. And the gray squirrel on the branch isn’t lost. He lives in our tree.” Mom shaped her hands like a cup and said, “It’s small enough to hold like this, and it isn’t white or red or gray.” Kara said, “Oh, now I think I know! Is it yellow?” “Yes, it is yellow!” said Mom. “What can we do to make sure it’s safe?” Kara smiled at her mother…

1 min.
fun with straws

You Need • Paper and plastic straws• Tape• Coffee stirrers• Chenille stems• Lightweight white paper• Markers Straw rockets: Cut a paper straw the length of a finger. Cover one end with tape. Insert a coffee stirrer into the straw and blow into the stirrer to launch the straw “rocket.” Bracelets: Cut colorful plastic straws into small pieces. Thread the straw “beads” onto a chenille stem. Twist the ends together. Paper Rockets: Cut strips of white paper and decorate with markers. Roll each strip around a straw. Close the long side and one short end with tape. To launch your paper “rocket,” blow hard! Paper or straw—which rocket travels farther?…

1 min.
stop and eat the flowers!

For the flowers: You Need • Celery• Baby carrots• Red bell pepper• Green apple• Snap peas• Cherry tomatoes• Green beans• Broccoli• Blueberries For the dip: You Need • ½ lemon• 15-ounce can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained• 1 tablespoon olive oil• ½ clove garlic, crushed• Salt and pepper to taste• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Before You Begin Cut the celery into short pieces. Slice a baby carrot to make small round pieces. Cut the red pepper into thin strips. Cut the apple (peel on) into matchstick-sized pieces. 1. To make the dip, squeeze half a lemon. Then put the lemon juice and the rest of the ingredients into a blender. Process until smooth. Put it in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. 2. To make a carrot flower, place a celery stick on a large platter.…