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6 Living Room Olympics 9 Let’s hang dog on the crag 10 Look! Up in the air! It’s … you? N U T R I T I O N & H E A LT H

12 Yummy holiday traditions 14 Kids in the kitchen: easy and healthy recipes

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Reindeer crunchies

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20 Shooting hoops! 22 Bump! Set! Spike! 24 Checkmate! 25 Dive in to school clubs F A M I LY & F R I E N D S

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26 Cool gifts you can make 29 What does family look like? 30 Do you remember me? DON’T

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34 What does “holiday” mean to you?

36 Kids can make the

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38 Food insecurity 39 The gratitude game 40 Brain games 42 Hang it! Live it!

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Dear Parents, Winter is on its way! It can be a real trick to get your kids to play outside when the weather gets icky. This issue of Des Moines MOVE Magazine will give your kids and your family lots of ideas for creative ways to move, even if you’re inside.

The Des Moines MOVE team having fun harvesting grapes in September (L-R: Michelle, Mandy, Jamie, Ariane, Marjie).

Speaking of kids underfoot, the holidays are coming. No matter which holidays your family celebrates, there will be plenty to do: shopping, cooking, family and friends visiting, and taking a long break from school. We encourage you to include your child in the planning, gifting, and even cooking. We’ve included articles to make that easier. The more involved they are in fun family traditions, the easier it will be to get them to unplug and connect with you and each other.

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We hope this magazine inspires your child and your family to get active, get healthy, and get involved. And while Des Moines MOVE is written to be fun for your kids, we hope you’ll find helpful information throughout the issue. Look for “HEY, PARENTS!” in every section for tips and resources. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more information to get your kids moving, unplugging, and connecting! Please feel free to reach out and share new ideas with us and let us know which of the articles we are sharing are the most helpful for you and your family. Wishing you a wonder-filled holiday season,

Any physical activity recommended in this magazine should be approved by your parents or physician. All foods are not for all people. Please check with your parents or physician before trying new foods.

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Living Room

OLYMPICS S

o what if it’s cold outside? You can still

have great fun being active

There are some things to remember when you set up your own Living Room Olympics:

indoors! Just be sure your

Keep it simple with only three or four “events.”

parents know what you’re

You can plan “real” ceremonies for opening, closing, and medal presentations.

planning. They should approve all Living Room Olympic Games!

Have each team in its own “uniform!” Keep score for fun and bragging rights.

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BY MARJIE FOSTER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

RULES OF YOUR LIVING ROOM OLYMPICS • Get permission from the adults in your home. • Get creative! • Have fun!

THE OPENING & CLOSING CEREMONIES Pick your favorite music to play while you march into the “stadium.” And play a song you all know and can sing out loud with as you leave at the end of your Olympic competition!

HEY, PARENTS! It may be tough to envision a bunch of kids moving your furniture around to make space for Living Room Olympics. Try to remember that this isn’t about making a mess … it’s about making memories (and being active). Your children will never forget the day you hosted their Olympics! And supervising cleanup is a small price to pay for this priceless childhood experience.

Wear your “uniforms” with pride as you enter the competition arena! Each team could wear t-shirts of the same color. Or maybe you want to carry a flag that represents a country you’ve visited (or want to visit). Or perhaps each team has an animal mascot, and you all enter acting like that animal. (Just think of how much fun you’ll have if your team is the Elephants!)

Turn the page for ideas on events, scoring, and medals.

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THE EVENTS Dive into your toy box and recycle bins and be creative with what you find. Nerf balls make perfect indoor bowling balls, and empty milk containers are easy-to-knock-down pins. Old pillowcases can be the perfect sacks for three-legged races. Ping pong balls and juice cartons (on their sides) can be used to make a hole in one on your living room mini-golf course. Use the curved end of an umbrella instead of a real golf club. Chairs, step stools, boxes, and other items laying around the house can be used to make a one-of-a-kind obstacle course.

THE MEDALS Feel free to skip the traditional gold, silver, and bronze medals. Maybe you prefer to hand out medals for “silliest sack racer” or “most creative putting technique” or “best bowling style.” Make medals with paper, glitter, ribbon, or whatever art supplies you have on hand.

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Let’s

HANG DOG on the

CRAG!

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ave you climbed every tree in the neighborhood? Swung from

the jungle gym at school a million times? If so, try rock climbing! It’s a fun way to build muscle and improve your coordination, flexibility, and stamina. And people who like to climb think it’s just plain fun! Finding new pathways to climb up a rock wall improves problem solving, focus, and balance. There are several indoor climbing walls in the Des Moines area, and it’s only getting more popular. Chalk up and go climb!

DO YOU KNOW THESE TERMS USED BY ROCK CLIMBERS?

HEY, PARENTS! Rock climbing is rising in popularity, both as an indoor AND an outdoor sport. Central Iowa has several locations where you and your child can try it. Visit www.indoorclimbing.com/iowa.html to learn more about locations near you that have trained guides and safety equipment they can size perfectly for your child.

ABSEIL

CRAG

Pronounced "ABsail." It means to safely and carefully climb down a wall or rock face using a rope.

Any area that you can climb, including small rock walls or cliffs.

BASHIES These are soft, bendy anchors that climbers push into cracks and then use to help them climb.

HANG DOG To put your weight on the rope as you climb (instead of on the rock itself).

KERNMANTLE A special nylon rope made especially for rock climbing.

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! ? u Yo Have you ever wondered

what it would be like to be a performer in the circus? Maybe you have always dreamed of how it would feel to ‘fly’ on the trapeze. Or have you wanted to test your strength and agility using only a pole? If so, you're in luck!

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BY MARJIE FOSTER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

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ou don’t have to run away to feel like you’ve joined the circus. Try aerial arts! That term covers a bunch of activities. If you’re feeling brave, grab the trapeze and hold on tight! Or start with aerial yoga or fabrics, where you’ll learn a whole new way to move while stretching your muscles in ways you may not even know you could! Maybe you’d rather stay close to the ground with pole gymnastics.

Some kids and parents think that aerial arts look scary at first. It might help to know that aerial artists start with tumbling, dance, and gymnastics. Once they have developed those skills they move on to the aerial arts. So aerial gymnasts are actually quite experienced. And you can be sure that classes offer very safe environments with patient, qualified teachers. You can learn

at your own pace while having fun and doing something new. Flying high in any of these classes will be exciting AND will help you strengthen every part of your body. In fact, you’ll get a full body workout – no weight room needed!

You can learn more about Iowa aerial arts classes and camps at www.desmoinessocialclub.org.

Aerial gymnasts are specially trained. Don't try these stunts at home!

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N U T R I T I O N & H E A LT H

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Yummy holiday traditions BY MARJIE FOSTER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

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his time of year, families in Des Moines – and all over the world – are celebrating the holidays. Some people have family traditions based on religious beliefs. Some celebrations are based on the principles of a specific culture or heritage. Still others reflect the foods of a specific region of the world.

We were excited to write about food traditions in this article. Be sure you read on Pages 34-35 about the different ways that people celebrate the holiday season around the world. Maybe you and your family can make some of the special foods we’ve highlighted on Pages 14-18 in this issue of Des Moines MOVE! Which winter holidays do you and your family celebrate? What meals do you make and share together, and why? What are your favorite holiday foods?

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DID YOU KNOW? The first Thanksgiving dinner didn’t even have turkey on the menu! Venison (deer) and oysters were the main dishes!

THANKSGIVING (American) Turkey and dressing Pumpkin pie * Green bean casserole Mashed potatoes and gravy

* See recipe on Page 14

EID UL-FITR (Muslim) Dates Pastries Biryanis (rice dishes) Mamounia (pudding)

DIWALI (Hindu)

HANUKKAH (Jewish) Latkes (potato pancakes)* Noodle kugel Donuts Brisket

CHRISTMAS (Christian) Fruitcake Mincemeat pie Cranberry dishes Decorated cookies

* See recipe on Page 17

Mith ai (milk-based sweets) Aloo tikki (potato patties) Anarsa pastries Chirongi nuts

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Kids in the

KITCHEN

N U T R I T I O N & H E A LT H

EASY & HEALTHY RECIPES

CRUSTLESS PUMPKIN PIE WHAT YOU'LL NEED: • 2 eggs • 1/2 C brown sugar

WHAT YOU DO:

• 1 t ground cinnamon

1. Get an adult's help or permission.

• 1/2 t salt

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

• 1/2 t ground nutmeg

3. Beat eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger in a bowl until blended. Stir in milk and pumpkin until mixture is smooth.

• 1/4 t ground cloves • 1/8 t ground ginger • 1-1/4 C evaporated milk • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree • 1/4 C chopped pecans (optional)

t = teaspoon C = cup

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4. Transfer the above mixture to a greased nineinch pie pan. Sprinkle with pecans (optional). 5. Bake 15 minutes. 6. After the 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees F and continue baking until it sets (about 30 to 40 minutes). 7. Cool for at least 1 hour before slicing and serving.

Enjoy!

All foods are not for all people. Please check with your parents or physician before eating new foods.


Where your

food

CORN FIELD CORN

vs. SCWOERENT

Sweet corn is the kind of corn that is grown in gardens and is sold on the cob in the grocery store, at farmer’s markets, and at roadside stands. You will also find this type of corn in the canned and frozen vegetable aisles at the store. Field corn is a special type of corn with a hard outer shell and a lot of starch. It is processed to make products you use every day like cereal, beverages and fuel. There are over 4,000 uses for field corn products!

comes from

PRESENTED BY

The history of corn Corn or maize, cereal plant of the grass family. Corn was first domesticated by native peoples in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. The crop originated in the Americas, and Native Americans taught European colonists to grow the indigenous grains.

Corn is used as livestock feed, as human food, as biofuel, and as raw material in industry. It is the most important crop in the United States and is a staple food in many places.

Corn is one of the most widely distributed of the world’s food crops with a corn crop maturing somewhere in the world nearly every month of the year.

There are different classifications of corn including field corn, sweet corn, and popcorn. Indian corn is the decorative corn used in decorations.

Animals that eat corn

Ninety-nine percent of corn that dominates our American farms is field corn used to feed animals and to make cornmeal, corn chips and corn syrup, but it’s primarily grown for animal feed. Chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep, cows, and pigs all eat corn as part of a well-balanced diet. In fact, field corn makes up 95 percent of the grain in animal feed. Many of these animals also use the corn stover (leaves and stem) for bedding. Cows will also eat the corn stover and the leaves.

Corn Bread on Thanksgiving The most basic cornbread recipe is made using cornmeal, water, cooking fat, and possibly salt. Native Americans may have also added other ingredients to make a heartier and nutritious cake such as sunflower seeds, nuts and berries. Native Americans would fry the cakes on hot rocks or in an iron skillet (after contact with Europeans). Settlers commonly called this type of cornbread, “Hoe Cake,” because they could be baked on a garden hoe held or wedged up against an open fire. These small individual cakes were cooked and eaten with soups or stews.

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Kids in the

KITCHEN

N U T R I T I O N & H E A LT H

EASY & HEALTHY RECIPES

HEY, PARENTS! Since these recipes require frying, how about preparing them as a family?

Turkey (leftover)

QUESADILLAS WHAT YOU DO:

1. Get an adult's help or permission. WHAT YOU'LL NEED: • 2 C leftover turkey, shredded • 1 T parsley, chopped • 1/2 t salt and 1/2 t pepper • 8 small flour tortillas • 2 C cranberry sauce or jellied cranberry (optional) • 1 C cheddar cheese, shredded (can use white or yellow) • 1 T unsalted butter, melted T = tablespoon t = teaspoon C = cup

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2. Use a fork to mix the shredded turkey with the parsley, then add salt and pepper and mix again. 3. Put four of the tortillas on a clean work surface, and spread one to two heaping tablespoons of the cranberry sauce (if you’re using some – this is optional) onto each tortilla. 4. Spread the turkey mixture over the same area, then sprinkle cheese on that. 5. Top with the remaining tortillas. 6. Brush butter onto the bottom of a large skillet over a lowto-medium heat. When the butter is melted, place one of the quesadillas in the pan. Cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is browned, about six to eight minutes. 7. While the quesadilla cooks, spread the top side of it with a bit of butter. 8. Flip and cook on the other side until the cheese is melted, the meat is heated through, and the outside is browned and crispy. 9. Repeat with the remaining quesadillas. Slice into wedges and eat!

Enjoy!


N U T R I T I O N & H E A LT H

POTATO LATKES

(pronounced "lot-kuhs")

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

• 5 big potatoes

1. Get an adult's help or permission. Ask them to help turn on the stove and supervise your cooking. You might want them to help you with step numbers 5-8.

• 1 yellow onion • 5 eggs • 1 t salt and a dash of pepper

2. Peel the potatoes and the onion, then grate them together into a large bowl.

• 2 T oil

3. Crack the eggs into a bowl.

t = teaspoon T = tablespoon

4. Add egg, salt, and pepper to the potato/onion mixture, and use a wooden spoon to mix it up! Now you have your latke batter! 5. Pour the oil into a frying pan on medium heat. 6. Carefully place spoonfuls of latke batter into the pan. (Be careful - the oil is hot!) 7. Let the latkes fry until they are golden brown (about five minutes). 8. Turn the latkes over using a spatula. Fry until golden brown (about four more minutes). 9. When they are nice and brown on both sides, they are ready to take off the pan and put on a plate to cool. 10. During Hanukkah, the tradition is to enjoy your latkes with applesauce on the side! All foods are not for all people. Please check with your parents or physician before eating new foods.

Enjoy!

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REINDEER CRUNCHIES Rudolph's favorite holiday snack

WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (Makes one serving) • 1/2 C granola • 5 chocolate chips • 10 peanuts • 15 M&Ms • 20 raisins C = cup

WHAT YOU DO: 1. Get an adult's help or permission. 2. Put all the ingredients together in a bag or jar. 3. Shake it up. 4. Enjoy. 5. Make at least ten servings … one for each reindeer and one for YOU!

Enjoy!

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All foods are not for all people. Please check with your parents or physician before eating new foods.


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SPORTS & CLUBS

Shooting

HOOPS! BY MARJIE FOSTER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

KNOCKOUT Line up with your friends in two single file relay lines so you form two competing “teams.” The first player in each line gets a ball, standing at the free throw line next to each other. The first players start shooting, and when they make a basket they hand the ball to the next person in line. The relay continues until every person on one team has made a basket and that team is declared the winner!

H

ow many kids have dreamed of wearing a jersey with #3, like

Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks? What hoopsters haven’t shouted “I scored on Kobe!” as they tossed a crumpled paper into the trashcan?

EASY 21 Divide into two teams. First team that makes 21 points (counting one point per basket) wins.

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Basketball is a game invented right here in the USA. It provides great cardiovascular exercise, which means it strengthens your heart. It offers lots of action as well as moments of more relaxed play. So you get to jump, run, and stretch, all in the same game! And guess what!? Basketball is filled with strategies and plays that increase your math and reading skills! “Shooting hoops” (another way to say “playing basketball”) can mean playing an actual game of basketball, or it could mean goofing around on the playground. You might want to play Knockout or Easy 21.

Every game using a roundball – another name for a basketball – means you’re jumping, running, and shifting directions. All those help build bone strength. Working on ball-handling improves hand-eye coordination, your ability to multitask, and your ability to focus. The best part? There are gyms everywhere, plus outdoor courts where you can go on your own or with some friends.

HEY, PARENTS! Take a few minutes to look up the origins of the game of basketball. You and your kids will learn that the first baskets were actually … peach baskets! In fact, it took a while for players to figure out that it would be easier to cut a hole in the bottom to let the ball fall through. They used to have to take the ball out of the basket every time they scored! Fun facts like these help kids take an interest in sports in a new way. Reading with them is a great opportunity to spend time learning with your children (and they might not realize it’s a “teaching moment”).

So whether you prefer nets, chains, or peach baskets, go shoot some hoops! FACEBOOK: @DesMoinesMOVE

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Set! k i p S ! p Bum SPORTS & CLUBS

BY MARJIE FOSTER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

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olleyball is one of Iowa’s most popular sports, and you can start playing as young as six or seven years

old! In the Des Moines area, you can start in volleyball leagues in local recreation departments. To watch some fantastic volleyball competition, follow the high school teams near you or any Iowa college team. There’s even an Iowa Beach Volleyball organization! Volleyball matches are free or low-cost, and your whole family might like to attend together!

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WHAT IS VOLLEYBALL? Court volleyball is a sport played by two teams of six players who compete on a court that is divided by a net. Doubles volleyball just means that there are only two players on each team. And beach volleyball is played on a court made of sand!

WHY IS VOLLEYBALL GOOD FOR ME? Playing this sport helps improve flexibility, balance, and coordination. Most important, it’s fun!

WHAT MOVES AND EQUIPMENT DO VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS USE? In volleyball, there’s no equipment other than the ball, the net, and the players themselves. The three basic moves of volleyball are the pass, set, and hit. A pass is sometimes called a bump, because players use their forearms to “bump” the ball up to the next player. A set is when a player uses the tips of the fingers to “set” the ball up for another player to hit it into the opponents’ side of the court. The hit, or “spike,” is used to score points.

HEY, PARENTS! It’s easy and inexpensive to help your child start playing volleyball. All they need is a volleyball, a net, and someone to play with. It’s great for stretching, running, and improving hand-eye coordination.

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HEY, PARENTS!

BY MARJIE FOSTER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

CHECKMATE! C

hess is a great game to play when you’re snowed in, when it’s storming outside, or whenever you have a chess board nearby and a friend or family member to play with. In fact, chess is such a popular game worldwide that it has its own professional league. Playing chess is great for being creative and for teaching you strategy, problemsolving, and planning ahead. It can

even enhance your memory as you consider what moves you could make and how your opponent might react to those moves. You might be one of the thousands of American elementary school kids who start a chess club at your school, or join one that already exists. If you can’t find or organize a club, see if some neighbors or friends would play with you. And when you get so good that you’re the one saying, “Checkmate!” to your regular competition, guess what … you can actually find online chess clubs and opponents! Your local library probably has computers available specifically for games like chess!

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Don’t be surprised if your kids surpass your own chess skills. Children tend to pick up quickly on the subtleties of chess … which pieces to move first, how to capture your pieces quickly, and more. But don’t worry, the more you play with/against your child, the more you’ll learn and the better you’ll get as well!


SPORTS & CLUBS

HEY, PARENTS!

e i v i n D o o h c l s clubs o t BY MARJIE FOSTER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

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hat clubs does your school or community have? It’s almost certain there’s something for the things YOU like doing, or would like to learn! Joining a club might mean a little more time spent in school. Spending time with a group of your friends doing something you

What do your kids love to do? To learn? Is it music, sports, chemistry, math? Help your children find out what clubs are available at their school. Is there one specific to their interests? If not, would it be possible to help them work with their school leaders to start one? What a great opportunity to help your children gain confidence while doing something they love!

all enjoy is fun. And it gets you off the couch! Some clubs teach impeccable manners and posture, as well as how to present yourself in public. That’s called “etiquette.” Others might focus on something more direct, like the moves in tennis, chess, salsa dancing, or swimming. Find one that you think you’ll enjoy and dive in!

ETIQUETTE = The act of behaving properly in front of others.

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BY MARJIE FOSTER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

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s we plan our Thanksgiving festivities, we also anticipate the winter holidays – Christmas, Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Pancha Ganapati, Kwanzaa, and more. Many of these celebrations involve gift-giving. Shopping for friends and family can be expensive and time-consuming, even though it’s exciting to think about what gifts are ‘just right’ for the people we love. Some kids spend allowance money. Others use cash they’ve earned doing chores. But everyone wants to find the perfect gifts without putting a strain on the budget or on the joys of the whole season.

you would have fun making a book of coupons to exchange for doing chores. Maybe you want to donate your own allowance to someone’s favorite charity. A gift doesn’t need a price tag to be a good one. Making something unique for someone special shows that you care enough to take time out of what can be a busy season to make a present just for them. So this winter, see if you and your folks can be creative. Enjoy the hubbub of the malls for some of your gift-giving needs, and share some love in the form of do-ityourself gifts this year!

Here's an idea: this year try making some gifts at home or at school! Your imagination is the only limit here! Maybe you’re a naturalborn artist and can conjure up a holiday present for the mantelpiece or kitchen. Maybe

Turn the page for gift ideas you can make out of regular household objects!

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Cookies in a Jar What you’ll need:

• 1 quart glass jar with lid • 1-3/4 C all purpose flour • 3/4 t baking soda • 3/4 t salt • 1-1/2 C (9 oz) chocolate chips • 3/4 C packed brown sugar • 1/2 C granulated sugar • items to decorate your jar

CHOCOLA CHIP COO TE KIES Pr eheat oven to

375° F Beat together 1-1/2 sticks softened butt er, 1 large egg and 3/4 teaspo on vanilla extract in larg e mixer bowl. Add cookie m ix and mix well. Drop by spoonful onto ungreased baki ng sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden br own.

What you do: 1. Combine flour, baking soda, salt. Place mixture in the bottom of a clean, dry 1-quart jar. 2. Layer chocolate chips on top of flour mixture.

Coffee Filter Snowflakes What you’ll need:

4. Lastly, layer sugar on top.

• coffee filters

5. Seal with lid. Then decorate with fabric, ribbon, glitter or stickers.

• scissors

6. Don't forget to attach the recipe! What you do: 1. Lay a coffee filter flat on the table. 2. Fold it in half (it will look like a half circle). Be sure the edges are pressed so the fold is crisp.

• socks (crazy patterns are fun to use!) • fabric scissors

4. Fold your piece of pie in half two times. Be sure the edges of all folds are pressed.

• fabric glue • anything you want to use to decorate (buttons, pom poms, glitter glue)

5. Carefully cut small pieces out of the side and on the rounded end to make a design.

Image from www.guidepatterns.com

6. Unfold (be really careful!) and see your beautiful snowflake!

Check out www.guidepatterns.com for 16 easy patterns for your snowflakes!

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Java Jackets

What you’ll need:

3. Fold it in half again (it will look like a piece of pie).

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3. Next, layer on brown sugar. Pack firmly.

What you do: 1. Cut three or four inches off the leg of a sock so it becomes a ‘cozy.' 2. Decorate the cozy. 3. Slip it on a travel mug and gift-wrap it!

HEY, PARENTS! What’s a better gift for your kids than some of your time? Maybe your best gift this year is a list of things you’ll do together: • A day at your child’s favorite outdoor activity – at a zoo, at a park, on a bike, in a museum • One day every month have a one-on-one with each of your kids • One activity every month that THEY choose • A chance to select the dinner menu once a week – and then to cook together! Maybe this holiday season, the most wonderful gifts will be ones that focus on time together and making memories!


F A M I LY & F R I E N D S

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Do you remember me? BY MARJIE FOSTER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

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conversations can feel weird, but they can also be really fun.

Do you remember hearing things like “You were so little last time I saw you!” and “I remember when you were just learning to walk!” and “Do you remember me?” Those

Once the greeting is finished and everyone gets comfortable, see if there are any kids about your age to play with. You can also have a good time talking to people of different ages. Hearing stories from your grandparents and other older relatives can open your mind to new thoughts and ideas. You can ask questions to find out

hat’s a phrase you might hear a lot during the holiday season. And that’s a wonderful thing! For many families, the holidays often bring people together that don’t get to see each other much during the year.


HEY, PARENTS! Did you know that two of the most common phrases during the holidays are “Go give [insert person’s name here] a hug!” and ”You remember [insert person’s name here], don’t you?” Remember that kids aren’t always comfortable giving physical affection to relatives or friends whom they don’t know very well. They may not even remember someone they met when they were one or two years younger. Counselors suggest you let your children skip the physical greeting if it makes them feel uncomfortable. Try something like “You’re such a good hugger. Maybe you’d feel more comfortable hugging Great-Aunt Marjorie at the end of the day.” and to the relative, “Timmy is a little quiet around people he doesn’t know well, but he is great at high fives! Maybe by the end of the day he’ll volunteer to give you a hug.”

interesting stuff. You could ask, “What kinds of outdoor games did you play when you were my age?” or “What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?” or “Do you have any hobbies you can tell me about?” If you are a little shy around new people, that’s completely understandable. The holidays are a great time to practice talking to people you don’t know well. The

family and friends who visit during celebrations are there because they love you and your family and want to know you better!

Even if your children are a little shy or uncomfortable around relative strangers, the holidays are a great opportunity to help your children practice their manners and learn social skills. A polite greeting and smile are always acceptable.

Family and friends can make a great support system. That means that they can listen to you, and help you when you need it. Enjoy getting to know them … they will love getting to know YOU!

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F A M I LY & F R I E N D S

Please

DON’T feed the animals!

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Keep WALNUTS out of your pets’ reach. We sometimes use them (and love them) in holiday cakes and cookies, but they can be unsafe for the fourlegged family members.

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he holiday season often leads to big meals at home. That can mean lots of opportunities for your fourlegged friends to grab a quick snack that might not be good for them. Take care when setting the table … if you have a pup, kitty, ferret, gerbil, iguana (or any other pet) with lightning jaws, keep someone on guard duty! Distract them with some morsels that are safe. If your cat or dog has a crate, or if your snake or iguana has a tank, consider safely containing them. Sometimes putting your pet away is hard for you, but better for them.

If the turkey is carved, toss the BONES and take them outside to the garbage can right away. They sure smell good, but can be a choking hazard to any pet who isn’t careful! (A few scraps might be a good idea, but make sure the little bones are completely removed!)

That green bean casserole might be tasty to your pets, but the ONIONS on top can be poisonous.

Keep track of your trick-or-treat bag with Halloween leftovers. Most CANDY – especially CHOCOLATE – is a no-no for dogs and other pets.

Some fruits we use in pies and breads have PITS. Be sure they are in the garbage and out of reach of animals. They can be very difficult for a small animal to digest.

To the right are some more specific ways to help keep your beloved pets safe.

HEY, PARENTS! You might enjoy celebrating the holidays with your favorite adult beverages, but alcohol can be very dangerous for the pets in your home. Take care to ensure that alcoholic eggnog, wine, beer, and other grown-up drinks are not where the cat or dog can accidentally ingest them!

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What does

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“HOLIDAY” mean to YOU?

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he word “holiday” actually comes from the term “holy day,” because many holidays began as religious celebrations. Today, the word “holiday” means “a day(s) free from work or play.” That’s why we even call our summer school break the “summer holiday.” The winter holiday season means a lot of different things to different people. In fact, we counted more than 40 holidays during November and December. These include cultural celebrations, like Kwanzaa; government holidays, like Veterans Day; religious observances, like Christmas; and more.

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Many holidays focus on positive, uplifting activities and feelings. Some are more somber, rooted in reflection or perhaps honoring specific persons or groups of people. You may not know everything about the holidays observed around the world in November and December. Many of these holidays are significant to countries, cultures, and people who may be different than you. We’ve decided to explain more about three of these holidays (on the right side of this article). You might be surprised by the origins of some of them, and even if you don’t observe them, you'll learn how to respect others who celebrate in different ways.

HEY, PARENTS! Looking for holiday events that offer something fun, educating, interesting, or all of the above? Check these websites for performances, festivals, and other winter activities right here in the Des Moines area. Many are free! Winter events in Des Moines www.catchdesmoines.com/winter Classic holiday events in Central Iowa bit.ly/2zBCfpa Christmas events and festivals in Iowa bit.ly/2ikDoNr


KWANZAA

pronounced KWAHN-zuh It is a week-long celebration that honors African heritage in the African-American culture. It starts on December 26 and finishes on January 1 with a big feast and gift exchange. Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga. The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza," meaning “first fruits of the harvest.” Kwanzaa was first celebrated in the mid-1960s.

CHRISTMAS

pronounced KRIST-muss It began in the Christian faith as a celebration of the birth of Jesus. It is celebrated around the world by Christians as well as others who enjoy the traditions of giving presents, having time with family, singing Christmas carols, and decorating an evergreen tree. There are many foods that people enjoy around Christmastime. Even Rudolph has a favorite food, which you can find on Page 18.

HANUKKAH

also spelled CHANUKAH pronounced HAH-nuh-kuh It means “to dedicate” in the Hebrew language. This holiday is also called the Festival of Lights, and it lasts eight days. It is a celebration of the rededication of Jerusalem’s temple after it was ruined by a ruler who didn’t believe in religion. There are specific foods that Jews eat during Hanukkah. A recipe for one of them, Potato Latkes, is found on Page17. See if you can help your family make Potato Latkes this holiday season!

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housands of kids your age have volunteered at Meals from the Heartland (MFTH). And around the world, MFTH packs and distributes millions of meals every year to hungry people! Des Moines kids who are five years of age or older can volunteer at MFTH. You can package meals or even have your own fundraiser! In fact, a group of 10 kids can package hundreds of meals in just one hour! While volunteering at MFTH, you and your friends can listen to music and talk while you package. One of your school groups, your church youth group, or your neighborhood association can raise money for the meals. And then you can all pack meals and get them ready to send to people who are hungry!

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If you really want to make a difference in the lives of people who are hungry, visit www.mealsfromtheheartland.org or call 877-457-6384 and arrange to volunteer or donate.


Kids your age participated in a cleanup project at a community camping location used by people who are homeless.

DES MOINES’ JOPPA KIDS

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oppa Kids is a program that teaches elementary school children, groups, and clubs about homelessness. When you’re a Joppa Kid, you will … • Learn why some people are homeless • Find out some ways you can prevent people from becoming homeless • Meet people who have been homeless (they’ll share what it feels like and what they experienced) • Have a chance to help people who are homeless • Get a free Joppa Kids t-shirt to let people know you’re a Joppa Kid!

Contact Lori at 515-288-5699 or JoppaKIDS@Joppa.org for more information, or visit www.joppa.org. FACEBOOK: @DesMoinesMOVE

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I N S P I R AT I O N

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any children in Des Moines are “food insecure.” That means they don’t have all the food they need to be healthy. Chances are one or more of your classmates doesn't get enough food to eat. Here in Des Moines, we have an organization called Food Bank of Iowa. They send food into more than 50 of Iowa’s 99 counties – about a million pounds every holiday season.

Would you like to donate to Food Bank of Iowa? Food and money help! As a grade school student, you can give some of your own money. You can also encourage your friends and family members to donate. Your donation helps people right here in Des Moines. If you want to donate this holiday season, drop off non-perishable food items or send money to:

FOOD BANK OF IOWA 2220 E. 17TH ST DES MOINES, IA 50316

HEY, PARENTS!

If you are able to provide enough food for your family, it may be hard for your children to understand why some kids don’t have enough to eat.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT Do you, your family, or someone you know not have enough to eat? Call or visit: In Iowa dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431 or visit www.hungerfreepolkcounty.org To support this effort, contact www.UnitedWayDM.org

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You might want to share what happens to a family’s financial situation when moms and dads lose their jobs. Or gently explain why some people never learn how to cook or eat nutritiously. Or help your kids understand why some families find it difficult to pay all of their bills, including food costs, if they have a low-paying job, or if they’ve had lots of medical expenses to deal with. There are many circumstances that can lead to food insecurity. Maybe you can think of other reasons and share them with your children.


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hanksgiving is a great time to think about all you have to be grateful for. Here is a little game you can play with your family or friends to help you get started. To play, hold all the sticks in your hand and drop them in a pile. Then each player takes a turn pulling a stick from the pile. You cannot make any other sticks move or you lose your turn and do not get to collect the stick. The player with the most sticks at the end of the game wins.

With this game, each time you pick up a stick you get to name something you are grateful for. Each color represents a different type of thing. It’s a great way to get your family and friends thinking differently about all that you have to be thankful for. The gratitude game is a great idea from www.teachbesideme.com.

Name a PERSON you are thankful for. Name a PLACE you are thankful for. Name a FOOD you are thankful for. Name a THING you are thankful for. Name ANYTHING you are thankful for.

You can play with the game "pickup sticks," or you can get creative and play with 35 toothpicks or popsicle sticks. Just color seven of them red, seven of them orange, seven of them green, and so on, to match the game board.

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BRAIN GAMES

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Popular sport to watch on Thanksgiving

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A fall holiday during which families gather

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Month in which Thanksgiving falls

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BRAIN GAMES

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Farmers throughout the U.S. raise crops and livestock that contribute to the various holiday feasts we enjoy, including Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more. H A B S B V Y D D S W P W S X

Find these goodies in the puzzle below: N B R E A D O P L M H C Ham A E S Q U A S H B R O R Turkey V M F R T G V E S D O A Cranberry T U F F I N G B O T E N E E D C R W E T T R D B Yams R G T L A T K E S G R E Pumpkin A A P X V U C T R B T R Pie A B N I T R B O T V R R Squash W M Q U E K T B R D B Y W C S F E E F G y N U I Latkes D E R T G Y D B U E K L Candy Cane E C A N B U T S J R T O Corn D H E I O L J Y M W Q W W F T P U M P K I N O S Bread C A N D Y C A N E W A S Pecan

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Start each day with a grateful heart


Three Reasons Your Child Should Get the Flu Shot

Dr. Nathan Boonstra, also known as PedsGeek M.D., loves talking about vaccines and how you can protect your child and your family. Check out the three reasons he says every kid should get the flu shot.

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Kids get the flu. Kids at school and daycare are more likely to get the flu and spread it to others.

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The flu shot does its job. Many studies show the vaccine protects children from the flu and its complications.

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It protects others. Immunizing kids helps reduce the spread to more vulnerable populations, particularly the elderly.

Talk to your child’s pediatrician about the flu vaccine TODAY!

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keeping

your kids healthy this winter wash hands

FAMILY MEDICINE

// Wash your own hands often, and make sure your kids do the same // Kids with good hygiene miss less school than kids who don’t practice good hygiene // Teach your kids to wash their hands: > before and after eating > after coughing or sneezing > after using the restroom > when returning home from school

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stay warm // Layer your children’s clothing if they’re going out on cold days // Keep in mind that the wind chill can make it feel colder than the actual temperature // Ensure kids take regular breaks inside during winter play to warm up

get flu shots // An average of 20,000 kids under age 5 go to the hospital because of flu each year

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// Kids with diabetes, asthma and other chronic conditions are particularly susceptible // Find out from your pediatrician if your child can get the nasal spray instead of a shot

eat right // Feed your kids well-balanced meals and healthy snacks even when you’re on-the-go // Vitamins and minerals can help ward off seasonal illnesses like colds and flus // Ask your pediatrician if you should be giving your child a multi-vitamin

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