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Spider Magazine Stories, Games, Activites and Puzzles for Children and Kids

Spider Magazine Stories, Games, Activites and Puzzles for Children and Kids July/August 2019

Stories, poems, and nonfiction articles are carefully selected to encourage students to read on their own, drawn along by bright illustrations and detailed drawings by famous children's artists. SPIDER also offers fun ways for young readers to practice critical thinking skills with riddles, puzzles, and other games. Grades 2-4

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9 Issues

In this issue

4 min.
doodlebug & dandelion the glimmer fruit

“THIS IS THE PERFECT tree house night!” Dandelion Pinkley sighed without looking up from the book she was reading. Her best friend Tomiko nodded, engrossed in her own book. But Dandelion’s brother Doodlebug, also with nose in a book, snorted long and loud. He pounded his fist on the treehouse’s wooden floor. Then he stuffed a handful of smelly Chunky Cheezy Garlic Chips into his mouth, crunching loudly and dribbling crumbs down the front of his PJs. Dandelion and Tomiko exchanged looks of disgust. Well, it could’ve been an ideal night, with soft breezes cooling the air, their cups of chocolate artichoke tea, and enough light to still make headway on their summer reading lists. But Mrs. Pinkley had insisted the girls let Doodlebug join their read-and-sleep-in-the-trees night. Dandelion tried to concentrate.…

4 min.
hermia’s shell

HERMIA THE HERMIT crab wanted a new shell. Her old black-and-white whelk was getting a bit tight. “I want a special shell,” she said to her friend Henry. “I want a shell that’s pink inside and creamy outside with chocolate-brown stripes. When we get to the beach,” Hermia added, “I’m not going to settle for just any old black-and-white whelk. I want a shell that says something about me.” Henry grunted as he rolled down the side of the hill. When they arrived at the beach, thousands of hermit crabs were swapping news—and shells. Hermia passed up many shells that would have fit her just right. “That one has a chip on the lip,” she said to Henry. “And see how this one’s been faded by the sun? Just look at that one, it’s all…

1 min.
crabby facts

Land hermit crabs can be found all over the world. They can climb trees and, in some tropical areas, can live at elevations of over one thousand feet. Hermit crabs are not considered true crabs because, unlike other types of crabs, they have soft abdomens and have to live in borrowed shells. They are nocturnal, doing most of their crab business at night, eating anything from rotten meat to decaying vegetable matter. And hermit crabs can be crabby. They will fight with other crabs and steal each other’s shells.…

5 min.
digging for dollars

SEABIRDS CRY IN the salty air as you stroll along the shore, seeking shells. What’s that? You stoop down to have a closer look, shading your eyes from the sun. Right under the surface of the water is a small round disk with a flower pattern in the middle—a sand dollar! If you’ve ever been lucky enough to find one of these beauties on a shell hunt, what you’ve picked up is not the sand dollar itself, but its “test,” or skeleton. Why is it so hard to find sand dollars? Well, besides the fact that they are wily creatures that like to hide, their skeletons break very easily, so it’s rare to find a sand dollar all in one piece. Sand dollars are echinoids, a word that means “porcupine-like.” A live sand…

1 min.
dragon fruit ice pops

HOT PINK WITH scaly folds and spiky green tips— it’s easy to see where dragon fruit gets its name. Look for dragon fruit at the grocery store and whip up these tasty summer treats. Dragon breath not guaranteed! What You’ll Need: 2 dragon fruits* ½ cup Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ice pop mold or small paper cups 6 pop sticks What to Do: 1. Slice dragon fruits in half and scoop out the flesh. Throw away the tough, leathery skin. 2. Add dragon fruit, yogurt, honey, and vanilla to blender. Blend until smooth. 3. Pour mixture into the ice pop mold or paper cups and add sticks. 4. Freeze for 2 hours or overnight. To remove ice pops, dip mold in warm water for 20-30 seconds. If you can’t find dragon fruit, use 2 cups of chopped pear,…

1 min.
all about dragon fruit

✦ Dragon fruit doesn’t grow on trees. It grows on a cactus! Unlike desert cacti, these tropical cacti have long, hanging vines and need rainfall and shade. Dragon fruit comes from Central and South America, but today they’re also grown in Asia, Australia, and the southeastern United States. ✦ The flowers on a dragon fruit cactus bloom for only one night. The beautiful flowers smell like perfume and have nicknames such as “Moonflower” and “Queen of the Night.” They are pollinated by moths and bats. ✦ Not all dragon fruits are the same. There are dragon fruits with pink skin and white flesh, pink skin and red flesh, and yellow skin and white flesh. If you prefer a sweeter taste, the red dragon fruit is the way to go. All of them…