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.
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
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!
Equestrian is the sport of horse riding. It is one of the few Olympic sports in which men and women can compete against each other and is the only Olympic sport that involves animals.
It is a unique sport in that both horse and rider are considered to be a team, and both are declared medal winners. This is to recognise that it takes many years of training by horse and rider to develop the special skills required for these events.
Equestrian has three different disciplines. They are jumping, dressage and eventing. For each of the three disciplines, there is an individual and a team event.
Equestrian events date back to the Olympic Games in ancient Greece. The Greeks would train their horses to be useful during times of war. In 680BC, chariot races and horseraces were both contested at the Greek Games.
Jumping was the first equestrian event to be included in the modern Games. It was introduced in 1900. Dressage and eventing were added in 1912.
New Zealand has 8 member in the 2016 Equestrian team. They include riders such as Sir Mark Todd, Jonathan Paget and Jonelle Price. You can find lots of information about each team member here.
You can also find out lots of information relating to equestrian and other sports here at Rio 2016 Olympics.
Go New Zealand!!!!!!
Here’s a great website to tuck away in your favourites for future homework. It’s called Cultural Icons.
Go here to watch recordings of interviews sharing the histories, stories and experiences of some of New Zealand’s most significant arts and culture contributors.
You may not have heard of many of the New Zealanders features on this site, but they are all fascinating people – artists, mountaineers, activists, environmentalists, writers, poets, musicians, film-makers, dancers and more! Next time you need to do and assignment on a famous New Zealander, why not choose one from here?
You can find a complete list of the cultural icons that have been interviewed so far and watch their videos, and there are some great links to other informative NZ websites.
I love optical illusions – I love the way they trick your eyes and amaze your brain.
There are images that seem to jump right out of the page or patterns that seem to move by themselves.
How can colours appear different when they are actually the same or objects that appear to be different sizes but are really equal in size.
There are some great optical illusions on this website. I love the rotating pink dots that change to green and then disappear and see how fast it takes you to find the man in the coffee beans.
Don’t forget there are heaps of great books on illusions in the library so make sure you check them out and get ready to be bamboozled.
Each year Forest and Bird gives the nation the chance to vote for their favourite New Zealand Bird. The winning bird becomes the ‘Bird of the Year’
The 5 previous winners have been the Fairy Tern (Tara Iti), Mohua, Karearea, Pukeko, and Karariki. Who will win the 2015 title?
New Zealand’s native birds are unique. Did you know that more than half the birds in New Zealand are not found in any other countries? Unfortunately due to predators and habitat loss, many of our birds are endangered and threatened with extinction.
At the Bird of the Year website you can find out about a wide variety of our birds, and vote for your favourite.
Will the 2015 bird be the Hihi? Kākā? Bar-Tailed Godwit? Kererū? Kōkako?
Voting closes on October 25th.