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Spider Magazine Stories, Games, Activites and Puzzles for Children and Kids January 2020

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

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Cricket Media, Inc.
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9 Issues

In this issue

4 min.
doodlebug & dandelion lucky bird

“HAPPY NEW YEAR, family!” Dandelion Pinkley called out as she walked into the Pinkleys’ snug and toasty den. The last to get up, she was a bit bleary eyed from the late New Year’s Eve singing and pot-banging they’d all enjoyed. “What’re we doing today?” The family was gathered on comfy couches before a blazing fire: her parents, her brother Doodlebug, Aunt Pearl, and her two cousins who had slept over, Rudyard and Punky. All the pets were there too—their dog Don’t, their kitty Choo-Choo, and little Kazoo, their pygmy owl. The only one missing was Aunt Pearl’s humongous bearded pig, Charles. It was a cozy scene until Punky, as rude and over the top as ever, squealed, “We challenge you to a foam-noodle duel, sea hag! Boys against girl!” He raised…

4 min.
tucker's hill

TUCKER STOOD BY the back door and considered the winter sky: ice blue and not a single cloud. His breath made steamy circles on the chilled glass pane. “I don’t think today’s the day, Tuck.” His father walked up beside him and looked outside. “It has to snow sometime, doesn’t it, Dad?” asked Tucker. “Sure, pal.” His father tousled Tucker’s hair and strode off toward the basement door. Tucker looked across the backyard of his family’s new home. Just beyond a cluster of prickly pine trees, the flat ground pushed upward into a steep and empty hillside. Dad had promised that the hill would be perfect for sledding—much better than anything the city had to offer. Sledding. Tucker’s brand-new sled rested in the corner of his room, sandwiched between his dresser and train table. It…

1 min.
snowpeople on sticks

THESE SNOWPEOPLE WILL bring cheer to your holiday table—and they make delicious gifts! What You’ll Need: 1 egg2 teaspoons vanilla1/ 4 teaspoon salt1/ 4 teaspoon baking soda3/ 4 cup sugar2 cups flour1 1/ 2 sticks butter at room temperature wooden skewers For the Icing: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar1 teaspoon water For Decorating: raisins, candy cane pieces, chocolate wafers, and other small treats ribbons What to Do: 1. Combine egg, vanilla, salt, and baking soda in large bowl. 2. Add sugar and flour and mix. 3. Use a fork to mash butter into mixture and form dough. 4. With clean hands, roll small pieces of dough into one-inch balls. 5. Place two balls on each skewer, leaving a space the width of your finger at the top. Carefully add the third ball, piercing it only halfway through. 6. Grease cookie sheet. Lay snowpeople one…

3 min.
t he draw-anything drawing

LAST MONTH, DAD and I walked downtown to our city’s library. In the children’s room, a librarian showed me an empty display case. He said, “We’re asking kids to draw pictures to put in here.” “I’d like to do that,” I said. “What I should I draw?” “Anything you want. Can you bring in your artwork by next Thursday?” I talked with Dad. We agreed to deliver my draw-anything drawing on Wednesday. Making that promise was the easy part. Back home, staring at a piece of blank paper, I realized I didn’t have many—or any!—ideas. And this picture’s for the library, I thought, so it has to be perfect. I sighed and frowned. Finally, I whispered, “Why can’t I visit a castle filled with good ideas?” That’s how I started daydreaming about standing beside a…

2 min.
powder art

EVERY JANUARY IN Chennai, India, a street is cleared. Blockades are set up on both sides. Women of all ages are ready for the big competition: the kolam contest. A kolam is a design that is drawn every morning on the floor of Hindu homes, usually at the entrance. The design can be small to fit a compact space or huge and striking to fill up a large area. When kolams are drawn with rice flour, they are food for ants, birds, and small insects. So drawing a kolam every morning begins the day with kindness and generosity. For the contest, kolams are drawn with either ground rice or kolam powder. Kolam powder is a special powder made from a crushed white stone. The kolam artist takes a pinch of powder between…

4 min.
the golden rat

LONG AGO, A young man named Jaidutt lived in the ancient city of Ujjain in India. His mother and grandmother had brought him up because his father had wasted his inheritance and abandoned the family. The two women managed as well as they could on the little money they had. But by the time Jaidutt turned eighteen, they had not one paisa left. “We have nothing now,” his grandmother said, tears welling in her eyes. “We have even sold our last piece of jewelry.” But his mother said, “Don’t despair, Ma. Thankfully, our Jaidutt is old enough to earn a living. I hear there is a generous merchant named Somadev in the next town. He lends money to hardworking young men. Why don’t you ask him to help you, son?” Jaidutt agreed and…