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Highlights for Children

Highlights for Children December 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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United States
Highlights for Children, Inc.
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
you are super!

As 2020 ends, I’m feeling grateful for kids who are using creativity, kindness, and empathy to make the world a better place. You can read about one of these changemakers on page 11. Using some of his own money, Cavanaugh Bell, age 7, helped seniors stay safely at home during the pandemic. Along with some helpers, he gathered supplies for more than 1,000 people in need. Other kind, caring kids wrote to tell us about masks they made and positive messages they posted in their windows for neighbors and health-care workers. They wrote cheery letters, left goodies on friends’ porches, and planned surprise Zoom parties. Although the year was full of disappointments and uncertainty, these kids refused to feel helpless or hopeless. They discovered they had a superpower—optimism! And when they…

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“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Shirley.” “Shirley who?” “Shirley you remember me!” Easton Brown, Georgia Robin: What did you get Raven for his birthday? Woodpecker: Owl show you later. It’s a hoot! Zinash Williams, Washington A book never written: The Present and Future by Todd Day and Tom Morrow. Natalie Roberts, South Carolina Mushroom #1: Are you hanging out with him? Mushroom #2: Yeah, he’s a fungi! Jane Mathews, New Hampshire Crab #1: Why did you yell? Crab #2: Sorry. I got snippy. Eleanor, Maryland Make us laugh! Send a joke or riddle, along with your name, age, and address, to Highlights 803 Church Street Honesdale, PA 18431…

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1 What did the bee say to the flower? Samuel Tyler, New York 2 Why didn’t the orange finish the relay race? Megan Kuder, Virginia 3 When is the right time to buy a bird? Timo, China 4 What do windows feel when they are broken? Yisrael Miller, Washington 5 How do you stop a rhino from charging? Meg Reichard, Colorado 6 What does a snowman wear to a wedding? Addie Hairhoger, Pennsylvania 7 Why didn’t Beethoven want any chickens? Brayden Giovenco, Florida 8 What kind of train never stops eating? Iris Horton, Iowa 9 Why do shoelaces never win races? Landon Howell, Massachusetts…

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Felt Lollipop 1. Cut four 3/4-inch-wide strips of felt. Stack them neatly. 2. Use tacky glue at one end to hold the strips together. This will be the center. 3. Turn the stack sideways and roll the strips around the center, adding a dab of glue every inch or so. Trim the ends so the outside strip is the longest. Glue it down. Use a rubber band to hold the strips in place until the glue dries. 4. For a hanger, cut a piece of string, knot the ends together, and glue it on the back. 5. Glue a stick to the back. Tie on a ribbon. Felt Ribbon Candy 1. Cut three 1-inch-wide strips of felt. 2. Stack them, using tacky glue between them. Fold the stack into a ribbon shape, adding glue in each fold. Use…

4 min
just a beginner

I told my friends I’m a great snowboarder, but I’m really a beginner. Now our families are going on a ski trip together. Do you have a solution for me?—Not an Expert in El Paso Dear Not an Expert, Well, when a similar thing happened to me last week, my first idea for a solution landed me on the ground, with a banana peel on my head! My friend Mareya and I had been so excited to go to a winter-break karate camp at the Y. But then, at the very last minute, Mareya had to drop out. “I can’t go!” I told my mom when it was time to leave. “I won’t know anyone.” My mom smiled. “How about we take some nice deep breaths and listen to some relaxing music on the…

2 min
caring during covid

Since he was five, seven-year-old Cavanaugh Bell has done volunteer work with his parents. He wanted there to be more opportunities for kids to take action. So he and his parents started an organization called Cool & Dope. That stands for “ Considering Others’ Obstacles in Life, Dish Out Positive Energy.” Cavanaugh says, “That means, you don’t know what’s going on in people’s lives, so stay positive.” Supporting Seniors As the COVID-19 outbreak started, Cavanaugh thought about the obstacles senior citizens faced. They were supposed to stay home to be safe, so he wondered how they would get supplies they needed. “I was thinking about my grandma because usually she walks to the grocery store every day,” Cavanaugh says. “I decided to make a care pack for her.” He and his mom bought items…