Category Archives: Kids

Come Out and Play – July 2017


It is a style of performance that was made popular by David Shepherd and Paul Sills in Chicago in 1955. It is a type of theater, but it is unique because there are no scripts. Instead, actors go out on stage and spontaneously make up the scenes they perform. There are two types of […]

Kidsville Connections – July 2017

HEROES protecting people from harsh leaders, enemies becoming best friends, friends having adventures together, losing people you love, searching for the meaning of life — these are all common themes in stories. In fact, the Epic of Gilgamesh, what is commonly known as one of the oldest surviving written stories of all time, includes all […]

Conservation Corner – July 2017

Did you know?

Once a term that dominated newspaper headlines and environmental discourse, “global warming” is now heard far less frequently. Many may assume global warming has been rebranded as “climate change,” but the two are not one and the same. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, global warming refers exclusively to the […]

Where in the World – July 2017

Mesopotamia is a region between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers in southwestern Asia. Today the region is part of Turkey, Syria and Iraq. This region is famous because it is where civilization was first started by the first people who lived there: the Sumerians. The Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers make the […]

Weather – July 2017

Have Fun at the Beach, but Stay Safe!

The summer months are the perfect time for a beach trip. However, it’s important to know the facts about beach safety when planning your next trip — the ocean can be dangerous if you’re not prepared.

Many beaches use warning flags to indicate dangerous conditions. When going […]

Wildville – July 2017

Domesticated Animals
The Fertile Crescent is an area in Southwest Asia. It includes parts of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan, Israel, the state of Palestine, Egypt, Turkey and Iran. This part of the world is known for its hot and dry climate, which makes it difficult for anything to live or grow. However, the […]

Cultural Connections – July 2017

Imagine the World with No Written Communication

No street signs, no texting, no symbols for gaming controllers, no books. Thousands of years ago, there was no writing. People had to talk to each other to transfer information. As societies moved from hunting and gathering to farming, people stopped moving around as much. They needed a […]

Kidsville Kitchen – July 2017

Try Your Hand at Homemade Ice Cream!
Summer is the season for ice cream. Dessert-loving foodies can try their hands at making their own creamy confections, such as the following recipe for “Blueberry Ice Cream” from Lou Seibert Pappas’ Ice Creams & Sorbets (Chronicle Books).

Blueberry Ice Cream
Makes about 1 quart

2 […]

What’s it like to be a storyteller?

Please tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
My name is Len Cabral, and I am a full-time storyteller. I have been sharing stories with children in grades K through 12 for 40 years. I travel and perform nationally and internationally at festivals, museums, theaters and educational conferences. I tell folktales, legends and […]

Space Place – July 2017


It takes a lot of fuel to escape Earth’s gravity. The more a spacecraft weighs, the more fuel rockets need to launch them. Spacecraft also have to carry fuel to help them travel through space. Every bit of fuel adds weight and cost to space missions. Fortunately, […]