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August 19, 2015

National Aviation Day

Filed under: Family Activities — Erin @ 8:38 pm

August 19th is National Aviation Day, which happens to be Orville Wright’s birthday. It was established in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to celebrate the development of aviation. Here are some crafts and activities to celebrate with your kids: http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/transportation/national-aviation-day.htm

August 17, 2015

It’s Cupcakes Day!

Filed under: Family Activities — Erin @ 8:21 pm

Happy Cupcakes day! Baking cupcakes with kids is such a fun activity for families or friends to enjoy. Let’s try these recipes and celebrate Cupcakes day together!


August 12, 2015

Learn to Sew!

Happy Sewing Machine Day!  Start one of these simple sewing projects with your kiddos to help strengthen their fine motor skills and encourage creativity.  No sewing machine necessary!  Get Sewing!


August 6, 2015

Yummmmmmy Root Beer Floats!

Filed under: Zoodles Blog — Erin @ 3:53 pm

It’s national root beer float day.  With a combination of smooth vanilla ice cream, root beer, and frothy foam, what’s not to love about this beverage on a hot day?  Here’s our favorite recipe:

August 3, 2015

Yummy Watermelon Recipes

Filed under: Zoodles Blog — Erin @ 8:44 am

It’s watermelon day, so enjoy this healthy snack in a variety of ways you like it.  Our favorite is Creamy Watermelon sherbet!   http://www.watermelon.org/Recipes



July 30, 2015

It’s Friendship Day!

Filed under: Zoodles Blog — Erin @ 3:45 pm

The best kind of ship to is the friendship (get it?)!  Here are some great quotes about friendship: http://www.theholidayspot.com/friendship/quotes.htm

July 23, 2015

Make Your Own Vanilla Ice Cream!

Filed under: Family Activities — Erin @ 11:08 am

It’s vanilla ice cream day.  Here’s a great recipe to make your own vanilla ice cream at home, with only 15 minutes of prep time (and about 3 hours of waiting time).   What are your favorite toppings for vanilla ice cream?



July 22, 2015

Libraries Are Great For Summer Learning Fun!

Filed under: Zoodles Blog — Erin @ 11:08 am

Did you know that local libraries offer up tons of free activities for the summer?  From reading times to arts and crafts, your local libraries have lots to do during the summer.  So contact your local library and find out what fun things are going on there! 

July 21, 2015

Benefits of a Bilngual Brain

Filed under: Zoodles Blog — Erin @ 10:56 am

Knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged. Watch this fascinating TED video about the benefits of the bilingual brain by Mia Nacamulli


July 20, 2015

It’s Space Exploration and Moon Day

Filed under: Zoodles Blog — Erin @ 2:37 pm

A great post written by Neil deGrasse Tyson to celebrate Moon Day (and space exploration)

At the request of the White House, I offer reflections on the attached image of our home, released today, July 20, 2015, forty-six years to the day after the first bootprints were left on the Moon.


Earth. Not mounted on a stand, with color-coded state and national boundaries, as schoolroom globes are prone to display. Instead, we see our world as only a cosmic perspective can provide: Blue Oceans — Dry Land — White Clouds — Polar Ice. A Sun-lit planet, teeming with life, framed in darkness.

In 1972, when NASA’s Apollo 17 astronauts first captured an entire hemisphere of our planet, we were treated to such a view. The Blue Marble, it was called. The Space Program’s unprecedented images of Earth compelled us all to think deeply about our dependence on nature and the fate of our civilization.

Of course, at the time, we had other distractions. Between 1968 and 1972, the United States would experience some of its most turbulent years in memory, simultaneously enduring a hot war in Southeast Asia, a Cold War with the Soviet Union, the Civil Rights Movement, campus unrest, and assassinations. Yet that’s precisely when we voyaged to the Moon, paused, looked back, and discovered Earth for the first time.

The year 1970 would celebrate the first Earth Day. In that same year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were formed with strong bipartisan support. In 1972, the pesticide DDT was banned and the Clean Water Act was passed. And one year later, the Endangered Species Act would be enacted, the catalytic converter would be introduced, and unleaded automotive emission standards would be set. A stunning admission that we’re all in this together, with a common future on a shared planet.

Regrettably, we still live in a turbulent world. But we now have at our disposal, not simply a photograph of our home to reflect upon, but continual data of our rotating planet, captured 13 times per day, by the robotic Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a specially designed space camera & telescope, launched and positioned a million miles from Earth.

We will now be able to measure and track Sun-induced space weather as well as global climactic trends in ozone levels, aerosols, vegetation, volcanic ash, and Earth reflectivity, all in high resolution; just the kind of data our civilization needs to make informed cultural, political, and scientific decisions that affect our future.

Occasions such as this offer renewed confidence that we may ultimately become responsible shepherds of our own fate, and the fate of that fragile home we call Earth.

Neil deGrasse Tyson
American Museum of Natural History, New York City

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