There are so many awesome things to discover about our world.
The land we live on, the animals that share it, different cultures, ancient times, volcanoes, earthquakes and World Wars. Not to mention us! Now that is a very interesting and complicated topic.
The National Geographic Kids website is a great place to visit and just have fun discovering all sorts of interesting things about our planet and everything on and in it. We can even go a little bit further and explore space and beyond. For instance I discovered that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth. That’s at least a billion trillion. Wow – amazing. I also learnt that a new skyscraper goes up in China every 5 days and that all the blood in my body travels through my heart every minute.
I love this website – there are so many great and interesting things to discover.
You also might like to check out these great books on some of the very special places and interesting things about our world.
Easter is just around the corner………The eggs are being rounded up by the rabbits, ready for distribution to all the children out there.
The Churton Park Community Centre Adult Paper Craft and colouring Group would like to celebrate Easter with a Colouring Competition for all ages.
We would love to see bold use of colour and additional creativity e.g. the addition of texture or recycled items e.g.wool, tin foil, glitter or similar to make your art work stand out from the rest.
There are four age categories so everyone in the family can participate. The age groups are:
- Up to 6 year old
- Ages 7 to 10 years old
- Ages 11 to 14 years
- Ages 15 to 150 years old
You can collect and return your pictures to:
- Johnsonville Library
- Tawa Library
- Churton Park Community Centre
- Churton Park School
- Amesbury School
- Churton Park Kindergarten
or if you prefer you can print them from here:
Download and print out
The competition closes Wednesday 12 April 2017 and judging will be on Tuesday 18th April 2017.
Prizes have been donated by: Wellington City Libraries, Churton Park New World and Keith Spry Pool.
So what are you waiting for – get colouring.
The Easter holidays are not far away and the library has some great books for you to enjoy at this special time of the year.
Perhaps you would like to learn all about the reason we celebrate Easter, maybe you would like to make some Easter crafts or even bake some yummy Easter treats.
We even have books that have some Easter origami projects that you can complete. Not forgetting all the great storybooks we have with an Easter theme.
So grab some Easter Eggs and sit down with some of these great reads.
There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about how clean the rivers and streams are in New Zealand.
Most of us would love to be able to swim in local rivers but unfortunately that is not always the case. Some have so much pollution that it is not safe for us to do so.
Having enough clean water is becoming a really big concern throughout the world. When you turn on the tap at home, stop and think where did this water come from, or why it is that not everyone in the world has enough water?
Did you know that the average family of four uses 45,000 litres of water a year just to wash clothes. That’s 300 bathtubs full. How about that cheeseburger you had for dinner last night. That required 2,400 litres of water to produce. Most of the water is needed for producing the beef and when you include the slice of cheese and the bun that is another 100 litres of water. Even that bar of chocolate requires 1,700 litres of water to produce – in fact chocolate is made from ingredients with large water footprints: cocoa paste, cocoa butter and cane sugar. Cocoa beans are native to rainforests and require vast amounts of water to thrive.
So come on, lets make a start to help clean up our waterways and share these great ideas with your family to help save water
A UFO has just landed outside your bedroom window. Out steps an Alien. He’s green with a bright red ball glowing on the top of his cone shaped head.
He walks towards your window.!
He can see you.!
You can’t move!
What does he want?
He speaks and blue bubbles come out of his mouth – but you can hear his question inside your head.
“Tell me about Earth?”
WOW, what are you going to do? Jump out of your bedroom window and talk to it or turn tail and run away as fast as you can.
What do you think about Aliens. Do you think there are other beings living out in space? It’s a really interesting question and lots of people have different thoughts about it.
If you would like to learn more about Aliens you might like to check out some of these non-fiction books at the library.
Or maybe you like reading fiction stories about Aliens so why not take a look at these really spacey reads.
Is something out there!!!!!!!!!!
If you could do three things to change the world, what would they be? What could you invent or do that would have a big impact on how we live in the world. Hopefully it would be something for good.
If we look way, way back in history one of the most important inventions would be the wheel. Imagine life without the wheel. No cars or bikes, no cogs and gears inside machines. With so many uses for wheels in the world it could be considered one of the most important inventions of all time. Can you think of anything that has had a bigger impact?
Now consider plastic – its lightweight, cheap, tough, difficult to break and doesn’t rot. No wonder it has been used in so many products. But because it doesn’t rot, rubbish tips are full of plastic not to mention our oceans and it will take hundred of years to break down. So even though it has been considered a great invention it is also causing a huge problem for our planet. Wouldn’t it be great if we could change the way we use plastic or invent a way that we can dispose of it that is environmentally friendly.
Take a look of these books that showcase some of the greatest inventions by man and put your thinking caps on and Change the World.
If you could travel back in time to any point in history, where would you go?
Right back to the Stone age being chased by a saber tooth tiger. Maybe in Ancient Egypt helping build the great pyramids or how about being a Viking sailing on one of their great ships.
What about going the other way – into the future. What do you think our world will be like? Maybe we could be living on Mars!
How do you feel about time travel? Do you think that one day we might be able to travel to any point in time or do you think that’s just weird.
Either way it is fun to read books on time travel and we have heaps of choice for you.
If you could design and make something, what would it be? Something so amazing and fantastic that your friends are going to be sooooo jealous.
What about a robot that cleans your room or hover shoes that you could zoom around on. Maybe a small pill that has all your vegetables hidden inside (even broccoli) and when you swallow it, it tastes like chocolate or strawberries and cream.
This website has some great inventions that kids have designed and they have been turned into real products. I really like the scooter.
So get your thinking caps on and start creating. You might like to check out some of these great books to get you started.
Yay – Summer is here and there is nothing better than going to the beach. Swimming in the surf, picking up driftwood, finding pretty shells and looking in rock pools.
We are so lucky in New Zealand because nine out of ten New Zealanders live within 40 km of the coast. We have a very long coastline. When you put our three main islands together there is over 18,000 km of coast in total length. If you decided to walk along our coast it would take you about 6 months and that’s if you could keep walking day and night non-stop! I don’t think I will try that!
Have you thought about becoming a seaside scientist? Why not study some rock pools. You might find some sea anemones or maybe a starfish. Perhaps you might like to hunt for crabs. Watch out that they don’t bite your toes though. Or maybe you like to look at all the different types of seaweed that may have washed ashore.
Whatever you like doing there is always plenty to see and do at the beach.
And don’t forget to build your sandcastle or create your own artwork in the sand. Draw a face and then use shells, pebbles and seaweed to decorate it.
School is almost finished and Christmas is just about here. Its time to think of all that Christmas stuff you need to do before the man in the big red suit arrives.
First of all, have you sent your Christmas letter to Santa? I’m sure you have plenty of things on your wish list.
Next you have to think about what gifts you can make for your family and friends.
Don’t forget that you can do some Christmas baking. Everyone loves baking! I think the Not-so Frosty the Snowman would be a big hit!
After that you could spend some time playing fun Christmas games.
And last but not least make sure you come along to The 12 Storytimes of Christmas at your local library.
Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas everyone!