What is the most popular candy for trick-or-treat?

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Happy trick or treating! Here’s a treat you will love making… or be turned into a frog.

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It’s the flu season and the Swine Flu is making all the headlines, but here are some important facts you should know.

Doctor Treating Pig

Here is a list of links to articles on the flu season, swine flu, and swine flu hype:

Protect Kids from Swine Flu on Halloween; well that’s the title - Some nice, simple tips on things like hand washing as it relates to Halloween time that is upon us. Making it a good time to bring up the subject of Swine Flu and the flu in general.

12 Tips to Prevent Colds and Flus - Very good (common sense sometimes) tips form www.webmd.com. It’s mostly basic, but always good to go over again.

A Parent’s Guide to N1H1 - From Kids Health website, it answers the questions you have about Swine Flu.

Prevent Swine Flu for Special Needs Children - If your child has special needs (ie. disabled), then this short article may be able to help with some good ideas.

Red Cross’ Offers Flu Prevention Tips - “As parents and teachers know, children have a way of picking up colds and other illnesses at school. As the number of swine flu (H1N1 Flu Outbreak) cases increases in the U.S., it becomes even more important to teach kids how to stay healthy.”

From ehow.com - Flu Basics - Synopsis through different stages of flu: Symptoms, Duration, Treatment, Transmission, Prevention

Help Prevent the Flu at School - “Children are especially vulnerable to infection by viruses, such as the H1N1 virus, which is also known as the swine flu. There are many different techniques that can help kids to avoid getting infected by the swine flu at school.”

Teach Kids How to Avoid Germs - There is also a video! Washing your hands after many activities is important for kids at school and at home.

The Science and Ignorance of the Swine Flu Hype - “Ignorance is bred from fear. In this case, the fear-inducing hype of dying from swine flu and the fear of being first in line to get the untested vaccine are contented partners at the dance. ”

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We just watched “Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin” and it never gets old; like all the classic Charlie Brown animations by Bill Melendez, based on the most celebrated comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schulz. Snoopy is the best!

Here’s a link to the animation classic: www.vidiLife.com - enjoy : )


Peanuts’ trick-or-treaters

Peanuts' Kids Trick-or-Treating


“I got a rock….” (again… good ole Charlie Brown)

I Got a Rock...


Charlie Brown and Snoopy Halloween Image

Charlie Brown and Snoopy Image as They Rest on the

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How many pounds of candy corn are produced in a year? It is enough to encircle the moon 4 times if laid end to end.

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KidzClix.net and Johnny Cubert White present Kidz Kitchen’s Halloween special with Max and Olivia making Boogers on a Stick. Ingredients are a stick and tons of boogers - just kidding!! Check out the video and see for yourself. Make your Halloween treats you give out the disgusting talk of the town!

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Some of our employees at KidzClix also teach classes to children for The Center for Gifted in Illinois 4 times a year. It’s a great way to stay involved with education for kids in K - 11th grade. The Center for Gifted offers innovative and creative courses for bright and talented youth. One of the classes taught is a game design course that uses the free online software called Scratch. If any kids out there in cyberspace would like to try their hand at creating simple to elaborate games for other kids to play online for free, then we recommend visiting the Scratch website and giving it a try. It’s tons of fun and easy for kids ages 8yrs and up to learn.

Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions: info@kidzclix.net. Maybe one day you’ll be creating awesome games and activities for KidzClix.net!!!

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Online safety for anyone using the Internet is a significant issue that needs to be understood and enforced.  The online safety of children is even more important; and it is up to the parent to ensure their child if using the Internet in a safe and protected manner.  Below you can see some of the ways that KidzClix makes online safety a top priority.   Also, be sure to click on the link below that lists some very helpful tips for parents to make their kids experience online a safe one.

KidzClix.net Laptop with Our Online Safety

We are always searching and learning about online safety. We came across this webpage that does an excellent job of summing up parent guidelines for their child’s online experience:

Family Internet from About.com

It is written by Christ Matte from About.com.

The basic points that the article covers are:

• Talk to your children - (Keep an open discussion about the Internet, teach them about it)

• Set guidelines - (set rules for online usage)

• Follow through - (stick with your rules for online usage)

• Pay attention - (See what your child is doing online when they are online)

• Read more about it - (Be ready to answer all questions from your child)

• Join the fun - (Join the same sites your child joins)

• Use available technology - (learn about Internet filters, firewalls, and monitoring software)

• Do a little sleuthing - (use browser history, cache, and cookies to monitor your child)

• Watch for warning signals - (look for any changes in a child’s personality or behavior)

• Know when to say “No” - (don’t let your child spend too much time online)

Have fun, but be safe! : )

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Halloween is just around the creepy corner, down the dark hallway, as spooky sounds are coming from… kids - “I don’t know what to be for Halloween…” or “I wanna be giant Transformer robot alien!” or “I can’t wait to pig out on all that candy!” or “Can we decorate our house with scary stuff?”

Planning a safe & fun Halloween is a great way to bond with your kids and provide them with crafts. Just don’t forget to teach them about important safety issues.

Dark House with Ghosts - Happy Halloween

Here are some helpful links to websites we found that can help you prepare for the scary times upcoming (it’s actually not scary, but rather fun!).

Safe Halloweening

Make Your Own Costume

Halloween Craft Ideas

Books that Are Fun and Scary for Kids

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The Parents’ Choice Awards program honors the best material for children.  KidzClix.net is the proud recipient of the prestigious Silver Honor award for the Fall of 2009.

Website Award 2009

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Review:

KidzClix.net is an online magazine and community designed to foster creative thought in a wide variety of topics, with an emphasis on science and math. KidzArena, the magazine section of the site, updated monthly with topics such as “Sci Time,” “Math Mania,” “Build It!,” “Artz Studio,” and “Kidz Kitchen.” Each topic has activities and interactive articles that are funny and interesting for the older elementary age group.

Visitors work to build a tower from shaving cream and straws, trying to make it as tall as possible. When young builders believe their structure is sound, they can turn on gravity with a press of the button to see how it holds up. If not, go back and try it again. Some of these activities are hilariously “gross”, like the Household Germ Hunt, where players swab different parts of an absolutely disgusting house to find the places harboring the most germs.

Articles are made more interesting with interactive features. “The Quest to Digest,” a step-by-step description of digestion, is made more engaging with clicks to coat a chewed apple with saliva and to swallow the bolus. Mmm! The magazine area is rounded out with art activities, including some cool optical illusions, and videos of kids in the kitchen cooking a variety of delicious dishes. Several of the activities come with off-line ideas, extending the learning beyond the computer.

KidzClix also has an online community for kids featuring moderated chat and forums for kids to talk about different activities and topics, get homework help, and connect with friends. This fun site holds up on multiple visits. The monthly subscription rate of $6.95 is reasonable considering the content changes on a monthly basis.

Amy Kraft   ©2009 Parents’ Choice

Amy Kraft is a children’s media producer with extensive experience in a wide array of media and curricula and excellent track record of meeting budgets and schedules seeks rewarding producing and game design work in children’s interactive entertainment.

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