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



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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Q: How many times a day does the average person blink?
A: About once every 5 seconds which equals about 17,000 blinks per day. And that’s 6.25 million times each year!

Made You Blink



The KidzClix you know and love just keeps getting better and better. Now you can compete with others for High Scores! Track the competition and strive to be the best… Plus, check out the new chat rooms. It’s fun. And it’s safe because only KidzClix members are in your group. Coming in September, you can design your own Clixatar (avatar) and convert your high scores into KidzCash. With KidzCash you will be able to buy cool stuff for your Clixatar who will need a lot of care! Clixatars

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The deepest part of the world’s oceans is 35,813ft. deep. Where is it located?
A: The Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean is 35,813 feet deep. At that depth the pressure is 18,000 pounds (9172 kilograms) per square inch.
You're So Deep



With a little practice, anyone can be an amazing magician! …Dazzle your family & friends.

Hocus Pocus…POOF:)

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-          2 Tablespoons olive oil.

-          ¼ Cup finely chopped.

-          Green pepper.

-          ¼ Cup finely chopped onion.

-          1 Garlic clove, crushed.

-          ¾ Pound lean ground beef.

-          2 Tablespoons alcaparrado.

-          ¼ Cup tomato sauce.

-          ¼ Cup cooking sherry.

-          1 Refrigerated pie crust.

-          (15-ounce package).

-          1 Egg beaten.


1.       Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add green pepper; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir onions are light brown and translucent. Add ground beef; cook and stir until beef is not pink, breaking up into small crumbles. Pour off drippings if necessary. Pre- heat oven to 375F.

2.   Stir in alcaparrado, tomato sauce and sherry; simmer over low 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

3.       Unfold pie crust; place on sheet of waxed paper. Lightly dust pie crust with flour and gently roll out with rolling pin. Using a 2- ½ inch round cutter or a drinking glass cut out circles. Lay circles on a nonstick or lightly buttered baking sheet. Spoon 1 tablespoon beef mixture onto each dough circle, leaving a slight border around edge. Moisten edge of dough with water; fold pastry over filling. Press edges of dough together with fork to seal. Prick center of dough with fork once or twice to form steam vents. Lightly brush tops with egg wash.

4.       Bake in 375F over 15 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Set aside and cool.






DESCRIPTION:   Scholastic Testing Service, Inc. (STS), The Center for the Gifted at National-Louis University, The National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC), The National Association of Gifted Children Creativity Division, and the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development invite students to submit their best creative work to help celebrate the great legacy of educator/creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance.

ACCEPTED GENRES: Poetry and Short Stories

Poetry submissions must focus on either “The wonder and wisdom of nature” or “What do you see in nature and how do you respond to it”?
Short stories must focus on one of the following creative themes: “Singing in One’s Own Key”, “Shaking Hands with Tomorrow”, “What is Magic” or “The Flying Monkey”. Students are encouraged to freely interpret these themes. Please also note that there is a 1,250 word limit for stories. There is no prescribed word limit for poems. Only one story and/or one poem will be accepted from each student.

ELIGIBILITY: Students in grades 4 through 12 (specify the grade in which the student will be enrolled in as of September 2009). Please note, participants need not be enrolled in gifted programs.

DEADLINES: All submissions must be received by August 24, 2009.

RULES and SUBBMISION GUIDELINES: please visit http://ststesting.com/cw.html or contact Scott Rich at Scholastic Testing Service, Inc. for more information or general questions. For further discussion, contact John Franklin Smutny at 847.256.1220 or joanfsm@aol.com

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According to most medical doctors, about how long can a person live without food?

Answer: Four to six weeks. It depends on a person’s body, state of mind, willpower, body weight, rate of dehydration, and climate.

Kibbles & Bibs




Two Highland Park, IL, elementary students are enjoying celebrity chef status as the stars of a cooking show featured on the newest children’s internet destination, KidzClix.net. Los Angeles filmmaker Johnny White, who produces the delightful cooking segments for KidzClix each month, flew into Highland Park earlier this year to film best friends  Lindsey Kourafas and Morgan Small, second graders at Red Oak Elementary School, making their favorite recipe, “Mini-Cheesecakes.”  You can view it at: http://www.kidzclix.net/learn_more/mini_cheesecakes.php

Morgan Small and Lindsey Kourfas

The cooking segments, called “Kidz Kitchen,” are unique because kids who love to cook have an opportunity to show their talents to the world.  Children visiting the site can view kids making a variety of recipes for all skill levels.  Beginning young chefs will have fun trying Eggs in a Basket or Chocolate-Covered Pretzels, while more adventurous cooks can try their hand at Empanadas or Lemon Pepper Pasta.

“I’ve love filming the Kidz Kitchen series because these kids are so enthusiastic about cooking, and it’s amazing how many of them are really talented in the kitchen,” says filmmaker White, who has helped produce a variety of movies and TV shows in Hollywood.

Kidz Kitchen will soon be going international with the addition of several cooking segments that White captured while traveling through Europe earlier this year, including some aspiring young chefs from the UK and the Netherlands. White hopes to begin filming children in India and Africa in the near future.

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