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COVER ART: “Squirrel Appreciation Day” by Laura Huliska Beith Laura Huliska Beith is a children’s book illustrator living in Kansas City with her husband, Jeff, and their three dogs; Jake, Sigmund, and Stella. She is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. She grew up in Omaha Nebraska, the oldest of 5 children. Her siblings were the inspiration behind her first picture book, The Book of Bad Ideas (although she takes full credit for Bad Idea #143).

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She has since illustrated many books including Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler, The Recess Queen and The Worst Best Friend both by Alexis O’Neill. In addition to her many other projects, she has created beautiful murals for the North Kansas City Public Library, and she teaches writing/illustrating workshops. Not-so-long-ago, she also played the drums in a rock band (in the basement, but very LOUD). Check out Laura’s books at the library, or find them at your favorite book store!

Learn more about Laura Huliska Beith’s work at www.laurahuliskabeith.com.

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Happy January! Happy 2017! The beginning of the new year is a time when people often make resolutions to change something or do something better. Write down some simple things you can do to make this a great year! (Use the list on page 14 to get started.)

Cover Art: Laura Huliska Beith

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This month we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Join in a free children's event in celebration of Dr. King's Birthday at Northgate Mall in Durham on January 16th (page 8). Read about America's top young scientists and their amazing inventions and ideas (pages 10 - 11), and learn how you can enter the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge! Cold blustery days are perfect for a visit to Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill, family events at Northgate Mall in Durham, and visits to local art museums. Parents and teachers can check out the ChillKids calendar every month (page 13) and visit www.ChillKids.com for more ideas for fun educational family outings in the North Carolina Triangle. This month's cover art by Laura Huliska Beith (nationally acclaimed artist, author, and children's book illustrator). celebrates Squirrel Appreciation Day. On page 13 we'll learn about some of the many different kinds of squirrels who make their homes in the tree tops (as well as underground burrows). Read more about Laura Huliska Beith's art on page 2. Have fun completing the monthly Kids Across, Parents Down crossword puzzle and Math-a-Muse math puzzles (on the back cover) with a parent, grandparent or teacher.

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Start the new year off with a new smile! What does an orthodontist love? Unscramble each of the clue words. Take the letters that appear in (parentheses) and unscramble them for the answer!

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The Sun: More Than an Average Star - By Linda Hermans-Killam, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

From Earth, the sun looks so big and so bright. But the sun is a star—like any of the other tiny points of light that we see in the night sky. What makes it special? Well, there are a few things about our sun that make it much more than just an average star! There is one object in space that is more important to us on Earth than any other astronomical object in the universe. It is a bright star that lies at the very center of our solar system. That star is our sun. It is a huge ball of superhot gas, made up mainly of hydrogen and helium. The sun is by far the largest object in our solar system. The Earth orbits around our sun, and so do all the other planets, dwarf planets, moons, asteroids, and comets in our solar system. The sun is really just an average star, like trillions of other stars in the universe. But to us, it looks so big and so bright! How can it be like the tiny points of light that we see in the night sky? The sun appears so much larger and brighter than other stars because it is much closer to us than any other star.

So how close is the sun? The sun is around 93 million miles (150

million km) from Earth. This is so far that it would take about 163 years to get to the sun if you traveled at a speed of 65 miles per hour (104 km per hour)—the speed of a car on the freeway. That might seem incredibly far away. However, the next closest star to us is about 270,000 times farther away than this!

For the sun to appear so bright and feel so warm to us from such a distance, it must be very big and very hot. The sun is actually

so big that 109 Earths could fit across it, and 1,300,000 Earths could fit inside it. The sun has around 333,000 times as much mass as the Earth, and contains 99.86 percent of all the mass in the entire solar system. The sun is also incredibly hot, with a surface temperature of about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5,500 degrees Celsius).

Artist’s concept of the size of planets compared with the size of the sun. Image credit: NASA.

The temperature at the center of the sun is even higher, where it reaches 27 million degrees Fahrenheit (15 million degrees Celsius). The extremely high temperatures and pressures in core of the sun force hydrogen atoms to smash together and form helium. Every second, 600 million tons of hydrogen are converted into helium. This creates an enormous amount of energy. This energy powers the sun and creates its light and heat. The heat from the sun powers our weather and keeps us warm. Its light is used by plants to provide food for life on Earth. Plants also use energy from the sun to create the oxygen we breath. Without the sun, Earth would be a dark and frozen planet where no life could exist. While the sun may be just an average star, for us it is the most important star of all! To learn more about how our sun compares to other stars, visit NASA Space Place: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sun-compare

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SPORTS

Come Out and Play:

It’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month!

If you want to learn to how to ski snowboard, January is a great time to get started. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, a national effort to encourage families to get out on the snow and learn a new winter sport from a professional instructor. Many ski resorts across the U.S. are offering free or affordable programs for beginners and those who have some experience during the month of January. The whole family can have fun trying out a new winter sport! Find participating resorts by going to the official website: www.skiandsnowboardmonth.org. Over the years, the national ambassadors and leadership team for Learn to Ski and Snowboard month have included extreme skier Glen Plake, who is well known for the tall mohawk hair style he wears on the slopes, Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Kelly Clark, Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, and many more. They all love skiing and want to get you out to learn a winter sport. “I urge people of all ages to come out to take ski and snowboard lessons . . . regardless of ability,” said Plake. “I want everyone to get out there and fun on the snow like I do. You don’t have to be that good; you just have to enjoy yourself.” The Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month program encourages children and adults - the whole family! - to get involved with skiing and snowboarding, and makes it easy for anyone to take some lessons and get some exercise out on the snow. Skiing and snowboarding are lifetime sports. Start out by taking lessons, learn how to dress to stay warm, and learn how to fuel your body with nutritious foods. If you’re already a skier or snowboarder, you can develop your skills by taking more advanced lessons and brushing up your skills.

Above: Olympics Gold Medal Winner Kelly Clark is an Ambassador and Leader for Ski and Snowboard Month.

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month began in 2009 when a few resort associations launched their state-wide programs. Now resorts in many states across the country offer special learning programs during January. Resorts in some states also offer beginner/introduction programs for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. It’s fun. Don’t hibernate! Come out and play!

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ANIMAL KINGDOM

Baby it's Cold Outside!

How the Animals at the Conservators Center Stay Warm and Cozy in Winter Months There’s an old saying that says, "Luck favors the prepared."

It means that if you’re ready for anything, nothing can catch you off-guard! This is a good motto to have when faced with something as unpredictable as winter weather. Does your family do anything special to prepare for the cold winter months? Do you go into the attic and bring down the boxes of jackets, scarves, gloves, and hats that you packed away in April? Maybe your parents line the windows to make sure your house stays warm, or start keeping a window scraper in the car for those COLD mornings when frost forms on the glass. The animal keepers at the Conservators Center (near Burlington, NC) work hard to prepare the critters for winter, too. Here are some things they do to make sure the animals at

the Center stay healthy, cozy, and happy in cold weather:

• Metal troughs are exchanged for heated bowls to make sure the animals always have access to fresh water… instead of a bowl of solid ice! • Straw, heating pads, radiating heaters, and blankets are packed into den boxes and winter quarters to make sure the critters have a cozy place to escape the chill. • Generators are tested for reliability to make sure the power will stay on during a winter storm, and de-icing materials are brought in to make sure the animal keepers can walk on the paths without slipping and falling! • Throughout the season, special attention is paid to the animals’ skin, feet, and joints to ensure that everyone is staying healthy in the icy weather. When it comes to the cold, we’re all in this together. Now that you know how the animal keepers help the critters at the Conservators Center stay warm and cozy throughout the winter months, ask your parents if there is something you can do to help your family prepare for winter!

Schedule a tour, bundle up, and come out to visit the beautiful, amazing animals at the Conservators Center! Learn more at www.conservatorscenter.org for more information. Enoch Lion enjoying the snow. Photo: Kim Pyne.

Reno Bobcat on a snowy day at the Conservators Center. Photo: Kim Pyne.

Roland Wolf in the snow. Photo: Kim Pyne.

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Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 16, 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. We celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16th this year. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy lives on today, and the third Monday of every January is a national holiday to honor his life and his legacy. Born on January 15, 1929, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American minister and leader in the Civil Rights Movement to ensure equality for all people in the United States.

Did you know? Dr. King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC to a crowd of 200,000 people on August 28, 1963. In 1964 at the age of 35, he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize. (He was the youngest person to have received the Nobel Peace Prize.)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” As we begin the new year this January, we can honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy by doing more for others at school, at home, and in our community.

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KIDS IN THE NEWS

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge: Are YOU America's next Top Young Scientist?

Calling all Middle School students (Grades 5 - 8)! The 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is open for entries through April 19, 2017.

The 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is now open for entries! Through April 19, 2017, students in grades 5-8 can share their solution to solve a realworld problem for the exclusive opportunity to work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist, win up to $25,000, and the chance to be named “America’s Top Young Scientist”. Other prizes include: • The opportunity to attend a taping of a Discovery Network show • A trip to 3M’s World Headquarters in St. Paul, MN. • A technology prize pack valued at more than $250 Register today at www.YoungScientistChallenge.com/enter and get brainstorming ideas ranging from how we communicate, to how we make a difference.

Young Scientists can share their innovative solution to solve a real-world problem for the chance to work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist and win up to $25,000! Images: Andy King/Discovery Education.

2016 Grand Prize Winner 13-year-old Maanasa Mendu (pictured above and at left) created an innovative energy harvesting device called HARVEST, a $5 device that converts sunlight, wind, and rain into renewable energy. Mendu earned the title "America's 2016 Top Young Scientist" and received $25,000 as the 2016 winner of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Read more on page 11.

Top Reasons YOU Should Participate in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (Grades 5 - 8): 1. The grand prize is $25,000 and an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime trip!

6. Finalists present their video competition ideas to a distinguished panel of judges.

2. Finalists get to work one-on-one with renowned 3M scientists – a mentoring experience they’ll never forget.

7. No textbooks! This is original, outside-the-box dreaming, planning and innovating.

Visit www.YoungScientistChallenge.com for more information.

3. Friendship! Lots of competitors and finalists share a passion for science activities.

8. Finalists travel to St. Paul, Minnesota, and tour exclusive labs of 3M headquarters.

Ask a parent to help you register today at www.YoungScientistChallenge.com/enter and let the brainstorm begin!

4. Learning goes way beyond classroom walls and into the real world of innovating.

9. Being part of the science community is fun. Plus, this video competition is one science activity that makes a big impact on college résumés and essays.

Complete your student profile and upload your video entry by April 19, 2017.

5. Competitors’ ideas and innovations can make a real difference in the world!

10. You could be (drum roll, please)… America’s next Top Young Scientist!

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KIDS IN THE NEWS

America's Top Young Scientists 2016

Ohio 13-Year-Old Maanasa Mendu was named America’s Top Young Scientist 2016 in the Nation’s premier middle school science competition, and received a $25,000 award. Her invention, called HARVEST, is a device that provides remote, global energy solutions by gathering unused solar and wind energy that is already around us to power rural and remote locations. Discovery Education and 3M have named 13-year-old Maanasa Mendu from Mason, OH the winner of the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Mendu created an energy device that uses solar and wind power to capture energy in the form of wind, rain and sun – and converts it to power.

Maanasa Mendu's innovation innovation was inspired by a visit to India where she observed many people lacking basic life necessities such as clean water and lighting. Through her invention, Mendu hopes to provide a globally applicable, cost-effective energy source to solve real problems. Mendu’s scientific thinking reflected the competition’s goal of applying science to everyday life, creating a solution that will improve lives and strengthen communities around the globe. Mendu, a ninth grader at William Mason High School in Mason City School District, competed alongside nine other finalists during a live competition at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. She was awarded the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” as well as a $25,000 prize. During the past three months, Mendu and the other nine finalists had the exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M scientist to develop their personal inventions as part of a unique summer mentorship program. Mendu was paired with Margaux Mitera, a 3M Senior Product Development Engineer whose research has helped 3M develop new Post-it® Note products. Each of the students collaborated with some of 3M’s top scientists, who provided guidance as they worked through the scientific process to advance their ideas from a theoretical concept into a physical prototype.

Kaien Yang from Chantilly, VA, an eighth grader at Nysmith School for the Gifted, received third place for his innovation that uses pumpkin seed oil to create both a biodiesel and bioplastic that reduce emissions and pollution from plastic. Amelia Day from Sumner, WA, a ninth grader at Sumner High School in Sumner School District, received fourth place for her invention that uses sensory feedback to help rebuild neural connections inside of the brain during rehabilitation. The fifth through tenth place winners each received a $1,000 prize and a $500 gift card. Since 2008, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student prizes, paired students with world-renowned scientists to give them real-world insights and delivered much-needed science resources to millions of students, teachers and families across the country. It targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. Winners have gone on to be featured in Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list, speak in front of members of Congress and attendees at the United Nations, meet the President of the United States, and demonstrate inventions on national television programs. For more information and to learn how to paritipcate in the upcoming 2017 Challenge, visit www.YoungScientistChallenge.com.

During the final competition, the finalists shared their completed inventions with a panel of judges. In addition to presenting their prototypes, the ten finalists paired up to compete in an “Applied to Life” challenge through which they combined multiple 3M technologies to solve a real-world problem. The remaining nine finalists also received a variety of prizes from Discovery Education and 3M. The second, third and fourth place winners each received a $1,000 prize and a trip to a taping of a Discovery network television show. Rohan Wagh from Portland, OR, a ninth grader at Sunset High School in Beaverton School District, received second place for his innovation that utilizes the natural metabolism of bacteria to create energy.

Discovery Education 3m Young Scientist Challenge 2016 Top Ten Winners. Image: Andy King/Discovery Education.

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WILD WORLD

Amazing World of Squirrels!

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Squirrel Appreciation Day is Every Day in Olney, Illinois

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January 21st is Squirrel Appreciation Day in the U.S., but some U.S. cities make an extra effort to appreciate their squirrels EVERY day. For example, rare albino squirrels, white squirrels and black squirrels are celebrated and protected in the cities and towns where they live.

tree branches are called tree squirrels. Those that rarely climb trees and make their homes in underground burrows are called ground

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live in trees and spend a lot of time in tree branches and leaping from tree to tree, searching for nuts, seeds and berries, or snuggled in their tree top nests.

Olney, Illinois is home to rare albino squirrels, and in Olney squirrels legally have the right-of-way on city streets and sidewalks: "Squirrels are hereby given and granted the right-of-way on all public streets, sidewalks, rights-of-way, and thoroughfares." (City of Olney Ord. xi02-1, Sec. 1).

Tree squirrels are active all year long (they don't hibernate), but they mostly stay sheltered in their cozy nests during winter weather.

Giving the squirrels the "right-of-way" means that everyone must first allow the squirrel to pass or cross the path or road before proceeding.

Some of the different kinds of tree squirrels include red squirrels, gray squirrels, (including the more rare white squirrels, albino squirrels and black squirrels), fox squirrels, and flying squirrels.

The image of the rare albino squirrels are shown on Olney city signs and logos. Visitors come from other states and other countries to see the albino squirrels, so these rare squirrels help the local economy and tourism too!

Flying Squirrels are the only nocturnal tree squirrel, and they are the smallest of all squirrels. Flying squirrels have a special membrane between their front and back legs that allows them to glide through the air between trees

White squirrels, albino squirrels and black squirrels are rare kinds of gray squirrels. White squirrels have white fur and brown/dark eyes; albino squirrels have white fur and red eyes. White albino squirrels can be found in the town of Olney, Illinois, and white squirrels can be also be found in Kenton, Tennessee, among other places. The rare, beautiful black squirrel, can be found in at least 18 states across the U.S. as well as in Ontario, Canada.

Ground squirrels

don't climb trees often. Instead they scurry along the ground and make their home underground in burrows. Ground squirrels include chipmunks, prairie dogs, and marmots (groundhogs).

Ground squirrels hibernate in cold weather, living in colonies in their underground homes. Ground squirrels have pouches in their cheeks that allow them to stuff (and carry) more food in their mouths, but tree squirrels and flying squirrels do not have cheek pouches.

Chipmunks are easily recognizable by the stripes on their faces as well as stripes on their bodies and tails. In their underground homes, called "burrows," chipmunks live in different rooms: they have a room for sleeping, a room for storing nuts, seeds and berries, and a separate bathroom.

There are fewer prairie dogs now, but you can still see them in grassland areas of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Prairie Dogs live

underground in grassland prairies, and they make a sound like a dog's bark. In some parts of the U.S., underground prairie dog colonies continued for miles and miles, connecting like little towns underground.

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Marmots are the largest members of the squirrel family. They are a large, round group of ground squirrels including the groundhog (also called woodchucks, or whistle-pigs).

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RESOLUTIONS

Benjamin Franklin, A Man of Resolution

Born on January 17, 1706, Benjamin Franklin was one of the founding fathers of the United States, and a scientist, inventor, writer, printer, publisher and diplomat. During the Revolutionary War, he was the American Minister to France and successfully gained French support for America’s battle for independence from England.

In 1726 when he was 20 years old, he created a list of four resolutions to follow to try to reach what he called “moral perfection.”

Benjamin Franklin spent a great deal of thought and effort practicing how to be a person of good character. He wrote his goals down and practiced them every week. At the end of each week, he would review his actions to see how well he did. He continuously worked on perfecting each one.

Benjamin Franklin was the only one of the founding fathers who signed all four of the key documents in American history: the Declaration of Independence; the Treaty of Alliance with France; the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain; and the Constitution of the United States. Ben Franklin also was responsible for many great inventions: bifocal glasses, the lightning rod and discoveries about electricity, a furnace stove called the “Franklin Stove,” the odometer to keep track of distances, and many other inventions. His natural curiosity about things and how they worked led him to try to make things better and to create new things to help people live better. Benjamin Franklin also made resolutions before it was a common thing to do.

4. To “Speak ill of no man.” Franklin vowed not to say bad things about anyone, even if it was the truth. He would also speak good of everyone whenever he could.

Benjamin Franklin set an exceptional example for all of us!

His resolutions were: 1. To be a good steward and "waste nothing." (Franklin coined the phrase, "A penny saved, a penny earned.") 2. To be honest and sincere, in word and action. 3. To be industrious in “whatever business I take in hand.” This means to work hard and do your best in whatever you are working on.

In 2017 as you think about your own goals for the coming year, Benjamin Franklin's resolutions are a great starting point: waste nothing, be honest and sincere, only say nice things about other people, and work hard to do our best! What are some goals you would like to achieve. or areas in which you would like to do better at home and at school? Write down your goals for the year on the worksheet at the bottom of this page.

2017 New Year’s Resolutions Happy 2017! It’s a brand-new year! Many people start the year fresh with new goals for a new year by making New Year’s resolutions. A resolution is a decision to do something, create something, improve something, or to make something happen.

The key to resolutions is that you have to work at your resolutions to make them actually happen! Then be sure to review your resolutions and goals during the year, and add some new ones each month!

Setting goals is a great habit to practice and develop throughout the year. Think about how great it will feel to begin to achieve your goals, and especially how good it feels when you do more to help others.

To get started on your New Year’s resolutions, complete the sentences below, or write your resolutions in a notebook or journal. This year I resolve to . . . improve myself by do better at school by help more at home by help more at school by help others by show kindness by accomplish

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JANUARY 2017 Flick Picks LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape

Lost & Found In Limited Theaters: January 6, 2017

(Available on DVD: January 17, 2017 also available on Netflix - limited time)

Winner Best Family Film & Numerous Film Festival Awards In this award-winning action/adventure family film, two brothers (Justin Kelly and Benjamin Stockham) are sent to spend the summer with their uncle on a remote island. The brothers learn that their eccentric grandfather once owned the island, but vanished without a trace, taking with him the secret to a vast fortune.

In LEGO® Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape, LEGO and Jurassic World come together in a fun, silly slapstick animated version of the popular Jurrasic Park movie. When Simon Masrani accidentally destroys one of the park’s main attractions (he really should learn how to fly that helicopter), he calls upon his trusted employee Claire to save the day. After some quick dino-DNA building in Dr. Wu’s lab, Claire comes up with the perfect solution that is sure to delight Masrani and kids everywhere – the Indominus Rex – the smartest, biggest and scariest hot dog-loving hybrid dinosaur ever created! Unfortunately, disaster strikes after the Indominus eats all the hot dogs and escapes from its pen in a hungry rage. It’s now up to the talented and rugged dinosaur trainer Owen Grady to save the day and battle the Indominus Rex in an epic, actionpacked finale. Not rated. 25 min. Universal Studios Home Video.

The boys set off on a treasure hunt that their grandfather created years earlier. They must race to find the hidden treasure (their grandpa's fortune) before greedy intruders get to it first. Co-starring Cary Elwes, Jason Patric and Céleste Desjardins, and directed by Joseph Itaya. Rated PG. (1 hour, 31 min.) Enlighten Entertainment Group/Sure Crossing Films in association with Gear Shift Films.

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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 p. 2.

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By Jan Buckner Walker

The Original Crossword Puzzle for Kids and Their Favorite Adults

The across clues are for kids and the down clues are for grown-ups!

Kids Across

1. Oops!: Ice is so _____ that, when you try to walk across it, you could end up suddenly sitting down 7. To mix a milkshake with a spoon 8. The goalie is the only hockey _____ who is allowed to handle or throw the puck 9. Golden guy: Olympic speed skater Eric Heiden ____ the 1000 meter world record three times 10. If you sprain your ankle while ice skating, an ice pack can help to soothe the ____ 12. Of all the appliances in the kitchen, the ___ is the coolest 17. Not exactly magic: If you hold an ice cube in your hand long enough, you can make it ______ 18. A stream of water freezes in place 19. Sleet falls to earth as ice pellets, but freezing ____ turns to ice the moment it touches the ground, cars or

that you should never lick a flagpole on a cold winter's day) 11. What an 18A does, drop by drop, until gone 13. Polar problem: It's an Arctic mass that slowly shrinks as our globe warms 14. Also known as an "ice cream headache," it's the feeling you could get from guzzling a milkshake a little too fast: ____ freeze 15. It can get a grip on an icy road: snow ___ 16. Ultimate understatement: To say that "it's a little ____ out" doesn't begin to describe blizzard conditions 19. What a frozen pond is to an ice hockey hopeful 20. What Olympic snowboarders get to have while at the Games, even they do not medal 22. Do you know Juneau? (If so, you know that this is its state's postal abbr.) kris@kapd.com

other freezing surfaces 21. It's a planet that rocks: The rings around _____ are made up of ice and rock 23. These make a day bright, sunny and nice (When they shine in the winter, they melt all of the ice)

Parents Down

1. Frosty and fruity: The main difference between sherbet and this dessert is that the former is often made with milk 2. A structure built from nothing but snow 3. Plumbing part in a vacant house that could burst in freezing weather 4. One location of black ice 5. An imaginary line, the Arctic ______ passes not only through Iceland, but also through the USA 6. Like the cursor when your computer is temporarily immobilized (or the tongue of someone who just learned

Freeze, Please!

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

By Evelyn B. Christensen, Ed.D.

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