Kids & Teens
Highlights for Children

Highlights for Children April 2020

The experts at Highlights know how to keep kids motivated while they learn. Filled with fiction, nonfiction, Hidden Pictures®, skill-building puzzles, science experiments and more, this read-only digital version of Highlights magazine strengthens reading abilities, promotes creativity, sharpens thinking skills, and helps build confidence. Visit Highlights.com to learn more. Ages 6-12.

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1 min.
fun this month

Lily’s Lollipops Find 11 capital L’s in the scene. 4 Ways to Use Plastic Eggs Put glow sticks in them for a lights-out egg hunt! Pack snacks in clean eggs for lunchtime treats. Make egg creatures! Add wiggle eyes and chenille sticks. Fill eggs with small beads or uncooked rice for maracas. A Tough Choice! Which would you rather give up for a whole year . . . Head to HighlightsKids.com to take this month’s poll. Mystery photo Find the pictures Can you find each of these 12 pictures at another place in this magazine? Tongue Twister Ren wore red rain boots.…

1 min.
go ahead—laugh!

Have you ever laughed so much that your face hurt from smiling? I have. Have your sides ever ached after a long, hard belly laugh? It has happened to me, and it felt great. As you’ll read in “What’s Behind Our Ha-Ha-Ha’s” (pages 36–37), laughing is good for both our body and our mind. That’s why people sometimes say that laughter is “good medicine.” This article started me thinking about some of the things that make me laugh—a good corny joke or an animal doing something funny. And if I watch videos of babies laughing, soon I’m holding my aching sides. Baby laughter is so contagious! What things make you laugh out loud? We may not always agree on what’s funny, but researchers say we laugh most when we are with friends and family.…

4 min.
lights, camera . . . chewy?!

“Cut, cut, cut!” I shouted. But that didn’t stop Chewy from chasing after the squirrels that had caught his eye halfway through the shot. This was not at all how I pictured the big chase scene of my movie playing out. “You’re supposed to be running after the cupcake thief, not squirrels!” I said. But Chewy didn’t care. He had already moved on to chewing his leash. If only he had as much passion for acting as he has for chewing on things, I thought. And don’t even get me started on the leash! What kind of Hollywood stunt dog wears a leash? It was Dad’s one rule, though. Because Chewy was only a puppy, I had to keep him on the leash whenever we f ilmed outside. As long as I followed…

1 min.
let’s step up

Small steps add up. (Big steps do too! Read about some Earth Day Heroes on pages 21–25.) There are LOTS of steps you and your family can take that help the planet and make a difference. Here are a few ideas. Turn off unused lights. And consider using energy-efficient light bulbs rather than incandescent bulbs. Only about 10 percent of an incandescent’s energy use makes light. The rest is lost to heat. Use less water. Take shorter showers. A 10-minute shower can use 25 gallons, and a full bathtub can use 30 gallons. Also, turning off the tap as you brush your teeth can save 8 gallons a day. Avoid wasting food. Don’t take more than you can eat. Over one-third of food in the U.S. is thrown out or wasted. Use reusable containers. Plastic and paper bags…

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The tiny tardigrade, a slow-moving invertebrate also called a “water bear” or “moss piglet,” is found on every continent. Most live in land environments, in soils or on mosses and lichens. But they are aquatic creatures and need at least a thin film of water to be active. Without it, these super survivors dry up and their body processes nearly stop. Add moisture, and they become active again. Tardigrades are as small as a grain of salt. It uses six of its eight legs to walk. The rear legs face backward and can grab things. A tubular organ in its mouth sucks fluids from tiny plants and animals. Without water, its puffy body folds itself into a dry form called a “tun.” It looks like a tiny raisin. In this protective state, it can…

1 min.
why do dogs lean on you?

Josette Wilcox Age 10 • Florida You can take that as a compliment. It’s kind of like a dog hug! Long ago, dogs descended from wolves. Wolves are social animals used to physical contact with their group. Most dogs live with humans now, not with a dog group. So people make up dogs’ social groups. Many dogs like some physical contact with their human families. Often, a dog who leans on you is letting you know that it relies on you—its fellow group member—for play, socialization, and affection. But if a leaning dog seems anxious, weak, or unhealthy, you and a parent can talk with a veterinarian to find out how to help.…