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October 2015

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Welcome October! October is a time to enjoy the crisp fresh air, beautiful changing leaves, pumpkins, and the North Carolina State Fair at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh! October also is the perfect time for family fun on the farm. On page 5, read about local farm fall festivals in the North Carolina Triangle for fall festivals, pumpkin picking, cornfield mazes, farm animals, and lots of family fun! Learn some fun facts about pumpkins, and check out the world's largest pumpkin. Read about "Howlo-ween" at the Conservators Center (near Burlington, NC); at Howl-o-ween you can watch the animals enjoy playing with their pumpkins. On page 8, read about how NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is helping scientists save the forests from tiny destructive bugs that damage trees in the forests. This month we'll learn about the French artist, Henri Matisse, who began creating a new style of art using paper and scissors when he was in his seventies, after he had already been an artist (using paint brushes and paints) for most of his life. Make your own picture using cut-out paper (project on page 15). October is a good time to work on your math skills and make math fun! Practice your math skills by doing the Math-a-Muse puzzles in ChillKids every month, and check out the Mathnasium TriMathlon on October 17 (page 20). For more inspiration, this month we'll learn about a local high school student in Cary, North Carolina whose novel computer vision algorithm was inspired by Iron Man. Ask a parent, grandparent or teacher to complete the Halloween-theme Kids Across, Parents Down crossword puzzle with you, and look for the Matha-Muse puzzles, Hidden Picture puzzle, tricky dot-todot, and lots more fall fun! Have a very happy October!

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October 2015


Protecting the Forest

- By Katie McKissick,, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

When you think about NASA, you probably picture outer space, comets, and galaxies. But there is also much to explore on our home planet Earth. We still have a lot to learn about the weather, the water cycle, Earth’s interior, and our planet’s many ecosystems. NASA doesn’t only research big systems like the atmosphere; it also looks at much smaller things like individual trees. In fact, NASA is using new technology called G-LiHT to help protect forests from destructive bugs. In the northeastern United States, millions of pine and ash trees are in danger because of two small insects (smaller than the size of a penny): the southern pine beetle and the emerald ash borer. They burrow into trees and kill them. Technology from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will help the U.S. Forest Service understand how much these bugs are hurting trees. Then researchers can make decisions to save as many trees as possible. They use a machine called G-LiHT (pronounced gee-light). G-LiHT stands for “Goddard’s LiDAR, Hyperspectral, and Thermal Imager.” It uses lasers and special cameras to see details in big ecosystems like forests. To get measurements, they put this device in an airplane and fly it over a large area. It sits on the floor over a window and looks down at the ground while it gathers information. By flying at just 335 meters (1,100 feet), NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center pilots are collecting data and imagery that resolves details satellites orbiting much higher in the atmosphere simply cannot see. Whereas forests generally look like broad swaths of green in satellite images, it is possible to pick out the crowns of individual trees with G-LIHT data. This machine flew over forests in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island this summer. It collected information about forests and how these insects are affecting them. It helped build 3-D images of each tree in the forest so scientists have detailed maps.

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G-LiHT can see slight changes in the colors of leaves, which can show if trees are sick. This technology can even measure how much heat is coming off each tree. This is important since trees get a little warmer when insects damage them. These insects are killing trees quickly, so researchers need to work fast. G-LiHT is great because it gathers data on large forests rapidly. Making detailed maps of forests without machines like G-LiHT takes years. The more information we have now, the better we can save our trees from pests like the southern pine beetle and the emerald ash borer. After all, healthy forests are important for a healthy planet. Learn more about G-LiHT at

Above: NASA G-LiHT image of forest and water near Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Credit: NASA. Right: G-LiHT sits inside the airplane’s cockpit, over an open camera port that allows it to look down from about 1,000 feet high. Credits: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Did you know we can see trees from space? Read about how two satellites can tell the difference between a pine tree and a maple tree at NASA Space Place:

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FARM FUN FUN GUIDE: GUIDE: Pumpkin Patches, Festivals & Corn Mazes FARM Autumn days are perfect for fun on the farm in the North Carolina Triangle! Visit these favorite local family farms and enjoy pumpkin picking, cornfield mazes, hay rides, visiting with farm animals, jumping in a corn crib, and the playing in the fresh air.

Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farm 2521 Louis Stephens Dr, Cary, NC 27519 (919) 812-7370;

Have a day full of farm fun at Farmer Ganyard's new location at Upchurch Farm in Cary, NC, and pick your pumpkins from a real pumpkin patch! Also enjoy hayride tours of the farm, corn crib, giant haystack, cornfield maze, hay maze, barnyard farm animals, old farm barn market, picnic grove, educational murals (learn about bees and the pumpkin plant life cycle), and lots more! Open daily for the 2015 Fall Season beginning Sept. 25th. (School field trips, groups & parties also available.) Visit the website for hours and more information. For more Fall Fun & Festivals, visit

Hill Ridge Farms

McKee CornField Maze

The Hill Ridge Farms Fall Pumpkin & Harvest Festival is open 7 days a week from Sept. 12th - Nov. 15th, 2015, and features covered hay rides and pumpkin picking as well as train rides, gemstone panning, bounce house, live music, a giant slide, (80 feet long!), huge jumping pillow, corn crib, farm animal corral, bunny village, corn house, antique farm equipment, catfish feeding dock, playland, colorful maze, pony rides (on weekends), sandbox, swings, educational exhibits, great food and much more! Stroller-friendly paved concrete sidewalks; full-service restrooms.

With 14 acres of fun for the whole family, McKee’s CornField Maze includes both a 12-acre maze (with 4 miles of pathways), and a 2-acre interactive children’s maze, along with farm animals, a shady picnic area, children’s play area and play set, and rope swing. Also available: mums, pumpkins, corn stalks, straw, gourds, and other fall decorations, and Maple View ice cream! Open weekends Fri-Sun, Sept. 26 Nov. 1st, 2015.

703 Tarboro Rd., Youngsville, NC 27596 (919) 556-1771 or 1-800-358-4170

Hill Ridge Farms is open year-round (for farm fun, birthday parties, school trips & group events, as well as a spectacular holiday Festival of Lights show late Nov. through Dec.). Visit the website for hours; open daily. Extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays (October 2015) from 9am-9pm. with nighttime hayrides, bonfires, concessions and Chuckwagon Grill open for dinner.

5011 Kiger Rd., Rougemont, NC 27572 919-732-8065

Ken’s Korny Corn Maze

3175 Benson Rd. (Hwy 50 S), Garner, NC 27529 919-779-4765 Ken’s Korny Corn Maze is a 10-acre fall playground with a 6-acre corn maze, and over 2 1/2 miles of paths! Farm fun includes an 8,000 sq. ft. rope maze, hay maze, hay rides, miniature golf, gourd checkers, corn and hay barn, concessions, and photo opportunities. Open Sept. 11 - Nov. 8, 2015 (weekends Fri-Sun; weekdays for groups by appointment only.)

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October 2015


Fall Pumpkin Festival

Word Find


Find the words by looking up, down, backwards, forwards, sideways and diagonally. U N O N T H E F A R M E O O P O N Y R I D E S S B C L J S S N I K P M U P U T A Y R I D E S B O D D N O D N E I R F B H J G S N B I R T H D A Y P A R T I E X S C I N C I P D A I E R C O D G N I D E E F H S I J R F U S E D I R N I A R T L O F A R M A N I M A L U B G G I A N T S L I D E O L L I P G N I P M U J B R E C A R L E R R A B B N E M S T O N E P A N N I N P I R T D L E I F G O A T

Pumpkins Fun on the Farm Friends Hayrides October Field Trips

Train Rides Gemstone Panning Giant Slide Jumping Pillow Bouncy House Swings


Farm Animals Bunnies Goats Pony Rides Fish Feeding Dock Birthday Parties

Trick-or-Treat Safely • Wear well-fitted masks and costumes to prevent injuries. • Do not trick-or-treat alone. • Always carry a flashlight. • Walk, don’t run.

Note: Follow the dot-to-dot *SETS* instructions above. We love to publish your original art work, letters, poems and stories! Ask your parent/guardian to send or email your original art, along with their signed permission to publish, to the ChillKids mailing address on page 2.


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Haunted Howl-O-Ween Nights


at the Conservators Center

What’s THAT creeping through the trees? What has eyes that shine in the light of the setting sun? What’s that howling in the dark? Relax! It’s not a boogeyman, ghost, zombie, or mummy. It’s just the friendly critters at the Conservators Center in Burlington NC, a few minutes down the road from Chapel Hill. The weather is starting to cool down, and you know what that means: delicious food, wonderful smells, warm clothes, colorful leaves, awesome costumes, and Howl-O-Ween at the Conservators Center. Every year in October, the winding paths of this exotic animal conservancy turn into a spooky, haunted trail filled with some of the most breathtaking predators you’ve ever seen. Howl-O-Ween tours are held in the evening, as the sun is setting. This is the time of day when the critters at the Conservators Center are the most active. Lions love roaring to end the day, and leopards come out to prowl in the tall grass in their habitat. Tigers emerge from their dens to greet you, and wolves prance around their wooded enclosure, happy to FINALLY have some colder weather! The best part? You’ll have a funny, entertaining guide to tell you all kinds of fun, spooky things about the wonderful animals at the Center. You can wear your favorite Halloween costume when you visit the animals, too! Imagine the stories you can tell at school on Monday. Sound awesome? If you’d like to come visit the critters at the Conservators Center, ask a grown-up to visit to reserve your spot on a Howl-O-Ween tour.

Trekkie Wolf howling at the Conservators' Center. Photo: Kevin Robinson.

We can’t wait to HOWL with you!

Above: Thomas and Ra Lion playing with a pumpkin. Photo: Kim Pyne.

Left: Arthur Tiger playing with a pumpkin. Right: "Paw Reading" at Howl-O-Ween. Photos: Stephanie Butzer.

October 2015



Henri's Scissors Words and pictures by Jeanette Winter

Words and pictures by Laurence Anholt

Step into the colorful world of Henri Matisse and his magnificent paper cutouts!

Matisse, the King of Color is an inspirational and educational book about artist Henri Matisse, featuring bright, cheerful illustrations that faithfully reproduce Matisse's drawings, paintings, and collages. Biographical information about Matisse's life and artistic style are also skillfully woven into the story and illustrations. For more than 20 years, Laurence Anholt's Artists series has been one of the most popular introductions to great art for children. Anholt's stories are about real children, who actually met the great artists.

In a small weaving town in France, a young boy named Henri-Emile Matisse drew pictures everywhere, and when he grew up, he moved to Paris and became a famous artist who created paintings that were adored around the world. But late in life a serious illness confined him to a wheelchair, and amazingly, it was from there that he created among his most beloved works—enormous and breathtaking paper cutouts. Based on the life of Henri Matisse, this moving and inspirational picture book biography includes a note from the author, dynamic quotes from Matisse himself, and an illuminating look at a little-known part of a great artist’s creative process.

8 October 2015


Local North Carolina Teen Wins Davidson Scholarship for her Brain-Controlled Technology Inspired by IRON MAN

17-year old Jenny Wang of Cary, NC loves math and science, skiing, hiking, ballet, Chai tea lattes and . . . Iron Man!

driving nine hours to Disneyland, and her father accidentally swerved the car into a neighboring lane when he closed his eyes and yawned. Jenny thought, “There must be some way that we can detect brain fatigue and stop the car, like J.A.R.V.I.S. was able to detect Tony Stark’s mental state and adjust his suit accordingly!”

She’s also a 2015 graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics who has created a project that could help medical professionals better understand neurodegenerative disorders (brain disorders) like Alzheimer’s.

Inspired by this experience, Jenny created a computer vision algorithm that allows for more efficient and effective analysis of the brain. Her method can help create high-resolution 3D visualizations, which have tremendous potential to change how we study the structure and function of the brain.

Jenny just won a $10,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship for her project, a novel computer vision algorithm that allows for more efficient and effective analysis of the brain. She is one of only 20 students from across the country to receive the honor.

“My technique can automatically analyze

Inspired by Iron Man

Mini Interview with Jenny Wang terabytes of neuroimaging data to accurately

Jenny's favorite superhero is Iron Man, of the Marvel "Iron Man" and "Avenger" movies. In the "Iron Man" movies, Tony Stark / Iron Man (played by actor Robert Downey, Jr.) is a technology-obsessed superhero armed with technopathic powers and an armor "Iron Man" suit. ("Technopathic powers" means he has the ability to control electronic machinery and/ or read electronic signals with his mind).

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? "Traveling the world, working in an engineering or math based field where I can work on projects I’m passionate about, volunteering with underprivileged children." Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without? "Naps and Chai tea lattes." If you had a super power, what would it be? "I’d love to be able to apparate.* Unfortunately my Hogwarts acceptance letter never came, but I think I’d be sorted into #Gryffindor."

Jenny was inspired by Iron Man’s suit. She was impressed that his Iron Man suit was not just a robotic exterior suit of armor or "exoskeleton," but also allowed for technology to be seamlessly intertwined with his nervous system and controlled by his brain.

identify and map brain tissue, completely eliminating the need for time-consuming human intervention,” Wang said.

Jenny will attend Harvard University in the fall. Her work has not only earned her the Davidson Fellows Scholarship, but also awards from Siemens and Intel. In September 2015, Jenny and the other 2015 Davidson Fellows were honored at a reception in Washington, D.C.

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship program offers $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships to students 18 or younger, who have created significant projects that have the potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, As a beginning researcher Jenny found this literature and music. The program has provided * "to apparate": In the Harry intersection between neuroscience (the science more than $6.2 million in scholarship funds to Potter books by J.K. Rowling, of the brain) and computer science to be 266 Fellows since it was founded in 2001, and this is a spell which allows the extremely interesting. She realized that only by has been named one of the most prestigious user to instantaneously transport undergraduate scholarships by U.S. News & developing a better understanding of the brain, oneself from one place to another World Report. It is a program of the Davidson the organ responsible for our everyday actions, (disappearing from one place and Institute for Talent Development, a national can we better understand ourselves. nonprofit organization headquartered in Reno, reappearing in a different place). Nev. that supports profoundly gifted youth, and One way to learn more about the brain is to use In her free time, Jenny enjoys ballet, provides opportunities for them to develop their neuroimaging-based visualization, which is what she ballroom dancing, traveling, skiing, hiking, talents to make a positive difference. had been working on. But she had never thought and trying new things. Jenny also enjoys about the possibility of creating real brain-controlled To learn more about volunteering at her church as a preschool technology until her family was almost involved in the 2015 Davidson Fellows, a car crash on a road trip in 2012. The family was Sunday school teacher. visit

October 2015


triangle youth ballet



Sunday, October 25 3:15 p.m. East Chapel Hill School

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TICKETS $15 Adults $10 Students & Senior Citizens $5 Children available through our website & at the door. Tickets through



NOV 27 - DEC 30




Photography by Catharine Carter The Triangle Youth Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ballet repertory company with a school, training dancers from age three to adult. We are a performing member company of Regional Dance American/Southeastern Regional Ballet Association and the NC Center from Non Profits.

Fall Pumpkin & Harvest Festival

Come join us at the Triangle’s best destination for an old fashioned, fun visit to the farm! Hayride • Bounce House • Train Rides! • Giant Slide • Farm Animals • Country Store Gem Stone Panning! • HUGE Jumping Pillow • Covered Picnic Area • Corn House Hay Jump • Pumpkins • Colorful maze • Playland • Bunny Village Pony Rides (Weekends Only) • Fish Feeding Dock • Great food Educational Exhibits • Full Service Restrooms • Live Music!

Open 7 Days a Week! (919) 556-1771 or 800-358-4170

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October Sunday



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Story Time

KIDCYCLE Consignment Sale Northgate Mall, Durham Oct 9, 10 & 11

Ages 3 – 6 Mondays & Tuesdays 10:30 am – 11:00 am and 3:30 pm - 4 pm Chapel Hill Public Library

11 Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

(see page 10)



National Farmer’s Day

19 Ages 3 – 6 Mondays & Tuesdays 10:30 am – 11:00 am ALSO Tuesdays 3:30 pm - 4 pm Chapel Hill Public Library

Visit the new Dino World giant animatronic dinosaur exhibit at the North Carolina Zoo! (April - October 2015)





Visit a local farm this week! (Fall Farm Guide on p. 5)

Story Time



Oct. 13 - 19

20 Story Time

Ages 3 – 6 Mondays & Tuesdays 10:30 am – 11:00 am and 3:30 pm - 4 pm Chapel Hill Public Library


Full Moon


1 Fall Fun Farm Guide on page 5

Pumpkin Festivals & CornField Mazes




Orionids meteor shower peak


Visit Trekkie Wolf and Roland Wolf at the Conservators' Center near Burlington, NC.





1870 Farm

First Annual Pumpkin Festival

to benefit the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation

12:30-5pm meteor-shower



1224 Old Lystra Rd. Chapel Hill



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North Carolina Symphony Halloween at Hogwarts the Music of Harry Potter

Meymandi Concert Hall October 30 & 31st (see p. 8)

October 2015


By Jan Buckner Walker

The Original Crossword Puzzle for Kids and Their Favorite Adults

Kids Across

1. On Halloween, you can dress up in black and wear a tall, pointy hat if you want be a _____ (but you can't go trickor-treating by zooming around on a broom) 3. Sweet!: It's any sack that gets filled with candy on Halloween night 4. What your sneaky friend might suddenly shout when he's trying to startle you 6. Haunting Halloween bird call: Perched on a tree limb, this bird that might ask, "Hoo is that behind that mask?" 7. A shining circle over an angel 8. May the force be with you: If you're going to be ___, the "Star Wars" Jedi master, you'd better take along your lightsaber on Halloween night 10. It's tiara time!: When a girl puts one on her head, she becomes a _____ 12. If your costume is __ and covered with black dots, you're likely a ladybug 13. It could be fun to dress up as

Solution on page 2.

The across clues are for kids and the down clues are for grown-ups! this flying hero with an "S" on his chest, who leaped from comic books to movies 17. I'm big and orange and raised in a patch (and I may be a jack-o-lantern on Halloween). What am I? 20. Arrrr!: He's a sailor on the high seas with a skull and crossbones on his hat and a mighty sword by his side 21. You can be a costume designer: If you have scissors and an old sheet, you can become a ___ on Halloween night

Parents Down

1. Trailblazing "supershero" dressed in red, white and blue: _____ Woman 2. You look smashing: Popular costume that lets a boy instantly transform into an incredible monster with rippling, green muscles 3. Trick-or-treater who could dance all night on the tips of her toes 4. Cha-ching!: If you don't make,

trade or borrow a Halloween costume, you'll probably have to ___ one A girl dressed like Dorothy needs a couple of 12A ones Clad in a black robe, this party guest is out for justice Pretty, popular color for a fairy's dress (or colorful "So What" rocker) What's behind a 20A's patch Band of little, blue trick-ortreaters who might sing about their eldest member, "Papa's got a brand new 3A..." Two easy essentials: All a child needs to turn a mommy into a mummy is toilet _____ and tape What you'd call a little girl dressed as a Disney mouse If you're at a party dressed like a queen, your escort will probably be ____ for a night Good night: Cost of candy (to a trick-or-treater) Wizard's moon-and starspangled accessory which points toward the heavens

Dressed for Halloween

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15. 16. 18. 19.

Hidden Picture Puzzles by Liz

Pumpkin Festivals & CornField Mazes KAPD ebooks now available on

Guide on p. 5

© 2015 KAPD, LLC


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CONVENIENTLY LOCATED near Hillsborough, Durham & Chapel Hill!

McKee CornField Maze 14th year of Fall Family Fun!

Haunted Trail & Cornfield Maze

Frightening Excursion

October 23, 24, 30, & 31st Ticket sales from dusk - 10pm (Regular maze closes at dusk on Haunted Nights)

5011 Kiger Road Rougemont, NC 27572 919-732-8065

Pumpkins, Mums, Corn Stalks, Corn, Farm Animals, Hayrides, Gourds & Fall Decorations, Straw, Shady Picnic Area, Children’s Grassy Play Area

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Look for Math-A-Muse Answers on page 2.

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October 2015


WEBSITE PICKS Matisse for Kids at the Baltimore Museum of Art Online

The Baltimore Museum of Art in Maryland has an extensive collection of work by Henri Matisse. The Museum's website includes fun, educational and interactive art-based games for kids about the life and work of Henri Matisse.

An adorable animated sketch of Matisse's dog Raoudi ("rowdy") leads the way through the games step-by-step. Collect props as you answer questions correctly, then use the props and patterns to make your own (digital) Matisse-

style painting. You can then print out the Matisse-style art work you created. Ask a parent to visit flash/F_conekids.swf to play Matisse for Kids.

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14 October 2015


The Art of Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is considered one of the greatest modern artists. He is known for his use of rich, bright colors, cheerful patterns, flattened, abstract forms, and graceful lines, both in his paintings and in his later paper cut-out art. Matisse's artwork is loved by many around the world for its happy, joyous expression. Matisse was very close to his family, especially his mother, and he gained a great deal of artistic inspiration and encouragement from her. (His mother worked in his father's shop mixing paints, and she was a painter/artist too). Matisse also was inspired by the beautiful fabrics ("textiles") for which his town in France was known. His father's family were weavers, and Matisse was surrounded by paintings, weaving, patterns, and color from a young age. Before Matisse devoted all of his time to his art, he went to Paris to study law, and worked in a law office. He had a sudden sickness (appendicitis) for which he had to stay in bed for a long period of time. While he was sick he began to use his mother's paints to paint. He said later, “From the moment I held the box of colors in my hands, I knew this was my life." Matisse then went to Paris to study art, and to learn from more experienced artists. Color became one of the most important things that Matisse focused on in creating his paintings. With a wife and children to take care of, Matisse went through some hard times financially as he continued to work on his paintings and sculpture, but he never gave up, and finally he succeeded in selling his art. Although Matisse used paints and brushes for many years, when he was in his seventies he became ill and used a wheel chair. He couldn't move around or paint as easily, but he wanted to keep creating his art, so he found a different way to create his art. He began cutting out shapes from brightly colored paper. Then his assistants would pin the shape to the wall in the place where Matisse requested each of the shapes to be placed, one by one, pinning them up. In this way, Matisse created huge walls full of "paintings" -paper cut-outs adorning the walls of his apartment home. Matisse chose happy, cheerful subjects for his pictures, with bright colors and lots of movement. For example, he wished he could go swimming, but due to his illness he could not. So he asked an assistant to take him to watch people swim so he could watch how the swimmers and the water looked. Then when they returned home, he surrounded the walls of his room with paper cut-outs of swimmers and water shapes -- shapes that reminded him of the movement of swimming. In his mind, when he looked at his paper cut-out swimmers and water shapes decorating his room, he could almost experience the joy of swimming. Those enormous walls of paper cut-outs later were collected by art collectors and now are displayed in museums.

In his simple apartments, Henri Matisse created a special world to inspire his paintings (and later his paper cuttings). He created a kind of theatrical stage set filled with beautiful, bright colors and patterns. He would include his favorite "props" as subjects of his paintings, and he would re-use the same props over and over again (for example, a bird cage, a pewter jug, a Chinese vase.) Henri Matisse, 1913, photograph by Alvin On the topic of his painting Langdon Coburn. props, Matisse said, "I have worked all my life before the same objects. The object is an actor. A good actor can have a part in ten different plays; an object can play a role in ten different pictures."

Matisse especially loved patterns (repeating shapes) and put them everywhere. Matisse also liked to use especially dark colors, and he liked to use colors and bright patterns in unexpected ways (for example, green paint for a woman's cheeks), and unexpected places (like bright patterns on walls, ceilings and floors). These bright colors draw our attention to the background of the painting. In the early 1900s, two sisters from Baltimore, Maryland who loved to travel and collect art visited the Paris studios of Henri Matisse. The sisters (Claribel and Etta Cone) began collecting many pieces of art from Matisse and other artists. The art was displayed in the sisters' Baltimore apartments prior to coming to the Baltimore Museum of Art. The sisters' collection is the world's largest collection of the different styles and types of art work by Henri Matisse. The Baltimore Museum of Art's website has kids' educational games and an art tool for children to use to create their own "digital" art inspired by the colors, shapes, patterns and props that Henri Matisse used for his paintings. Learn more about the Baltimore Museum of Art's educational games for kids at

Make your own paper cut-out art!

Henri Matisse

Turn to page 17 for a paper cut-out art project from

www.craftyclassroom. com.

October 2015


Pumpkin Fun Facts It's pumpkin time in the North Carolina Triangle! Read about local family farms on page 5, and have fun visiting the pumpkin festivals and cornfield mazes! In the meantime, here are some fun facts about pumpkins to amaze your friends and family!

World's heaviest pumpkin weighs almost as much as a small car! Pumpkins range in size from less than

a pound to over 1,000 pounds. The largest pumpkin ever grown so far weighed 2,232.7 pounds, grown by Beni Meier of Switzerland in 2014. (That's almost big enough to be Cinderella's pumpkin carriage!) Before Meier broke the record, the previous record-holder for the largest pumpkin was Ron Wallace of Rhode Island in 2012.

The name pumpkin comes from the Greek word “pepon”, which means “large melon.” Pumpkins originally came from Central America. Pumpkins were important crops for the Native Americans and later the pilgrims because they stored well, and provided nutritious food during the winter months. In Colonial times, pumpkins were used to make a (healthy) treat to eat. The colonists sliced off the tops of the pumpkins; removed the seeds and filled the insides with spices and honey. The pumpkins were then baked over hot ashes, making them soft: the first pumpkin pie! Native Americans used pumpkins for eating (roasted in long strips in an open fire), making mats (they flattened and dried out strips of pumpkins, then wove the strips together to make mats).

Beni Meier of Switzerland (at left in his pumpkin patch, and above center) with his record-breaking pumpkin at the 2014 European Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in Germany Meier's pumpkin weighed 2,232.7 pounds!

Native Americans also used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine. Pumpkins are fruit, and are used to make seeds, breads, and pumpkin pies.

Pumpkins are mostly water (90% water). Pumpkins are fruit. Pumpkins contain potassium and vitamin A. Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack. Even the pumpkin flowers are edible (they can be eaten). Pumpkin flowers are star-shaped. Pumpkins are used to make soups, pies and bread. Gotta Have Bees!

Did you know that pumpkins grow from flowers? When Bees pollinate the flowers, some of the flowers are fertilized so they can bear fruit (a pumpkin). It takes around 50 bee visits for a female pumpkin flower to become pollinated. Without bees, we wouldn’t have pumpkins.

16 October 2015


Make a Matisse-Style Cut-Out Picture!

This simple paper design project is fun for kids to make! Parents and teachers can visit for many more fun educational art projects!


Colored Construction Paper Glue Stick Scissors Optional: Print out Templates for Matisse-Style Cut-Outs at

Step 1. Gather a bunch of colored construction paper.... the brighter the better!

Step 2. Cut out a variety of shapes (ask a parent/ teacher for age-appropriate scissors). Parents/teachers help younger children with the more intricate cut-outs.

"Art with Mati and Dada - Henri Matisse" is a short, educational video for kids about the art of Henri Matisse (7 minutes long on Youtube). Ask a parent/teacher to visit www. for many short, fun educational videos about many other artists and their work.

Parents and teachers can visit to print these Matisse-style templates (as shown here) for educational use at home or in the classroom, or create your own shapes. Step 5: Add more and more pieces to your paper.

Step 3. You can use the "negative" of

your cut-outs as well. The "negative" is the remaining piece of paper out of which you have cut your shapes.

Step 4: Arrange your larger pieces in the background of your picture. Overlap your cut-outs to create your design.

Step 6. Cut around the edges to clip any overhanging paper. Step 7. Voilรก! Display your cut-out art work!

Parents & Teachers can find lots of fun educational

art projects for kids at

October 2015



Find the Camouflaged Creatures Find the sphinx moth, walking stick, praying mantis, katydid, swallowtail caterpillar and twig caterpillar.

Camouflage Fun Facts! Animals use camouflage or cryptic coloration in many different ways. When an animal’s body color matches its surroundings, it’s called blending camouflage. When an animal has stripes, spots or other markings, these make the outline of their body hard to see and are called pattern camouflage. When an animal hides by looking like the plants it eats (or the plant its prey eats), it’s called disguise camouflage.

Camouflage Matching Once you find all the camouflaged insects, match each to the type of camouflage it uses (some use more than one). sphinx moth

walking stick

blending camouflage (color matching) praying mantis


pattern camouflage (distracting patterns) disguise camouflage (plant mimics)

Camouflaged Animal! Orchid Mantis

swallowtail caterpillar

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twig caterpillar

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OCTOBER 2015 Flick Picks Goosebumps


(In Theaters: October 16, 2015)

(In Theaters: October 9, 2015)

They're back! R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps book series and TV series were popular in the 1990's, and the new "Goosebumps" movie brings the old stories back in a new way: R.L. Stine (the author) is a central figure of the movie's story. R.L. Stine is played in the movie by Jack Black, a comic actor whose on-screen antics are often appreciated by both kids and adults alike.

Have you ever wondered how Peter Pan ended up in Neverland and became the leader of the Lost Boys? "Pan" is the liveaction adventure story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. The story revolves around how Peter Pan and the pirate who later becomes Captain Hook started out as friends, when Hook was one of the pirate crew on Blackbeard's pirate ship.

After moving into a small town, Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) meets his new neighbor, Hannah (Odeya Rush). He learns that Hannah's father R. L. Stine (Jack Black), not only writes the Goosebumps stories, but also keeps all the monsters in the series locked up in his books!

As an orphan, Peter (played by Levi Miller) is taken to the magical world of Neverland, where he encounters both fun and dangers, and where he rescues the natives and leads a rebellion against evil pirates.

When Zach unintentionally releases the monsters from the books, the three team up in order to put the monsters back into the books from where they came.

The main bad guy in the story is Blackbeard (played by Hugh Jackman), while Hook (Garrett Hedlund) is Peter Pan's close ally before Hook turns against him. The striking sets and cinematography offer a visual treat for kids and parents alike.

Rated PG (for scary and intense creature action and images, and for some rude humor.) 1 hr. 43 min. (Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures.)

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