Author Ellen Jackson

Calendar

AUTUMN EQUINOX

Below is a harvest recipe based on a favorite Native American treat.

1. HARVEST BARS

Ingredients:

1 cup walnuts, almonds, and peanuts

1 cups raisins (or dried cranberries)

2 Tbsps. honey


Mix nuts and raisins/​cranberries together. Add honey. Mold into bars. Refrigerate for one hour. Enjoy.

2. AFRICAN HARVEST

In Lesotho, a small country in South Africa, maize or corn is the main crop. Every part of the corn plant is used. The ears of the corn are eaten fresh, or they are dried and made into a thick porridge. The husks are used to feed the animals.

Corn is also an important crop in the United States. Below are some facts about corn. Can you guess which of the facts below are NOT true.

1.______ Corn is grown on every continent except Antarctica.
2.______ The top five corn producing states are: Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana.
3.______ Corn was first grown in Mexico more than 7,000 years ago.
4.______ There are about 150 kernels on each ear of corn.
5.______ The Pilgrims used the word "corn" for any grain such as rye, oats, barley, or wheat.
6.______ The main ingredient in most dry pet food is corn.

Answers: All are true except No. 4. There are about 600 kernels on each ear.


SUMMER SOLSTICE ACTIVITIES

Long ago in England and Europe, many people believed that fairies roamed the Earth on Midsummer's Eve. If you saw a fairy, he or she might grant your wish. What three things would you wish for?

1. ____________________________________________________
2. ____________________________________________________
3. ____________________________________________________


BIG GREEN CATERPILLAR

You will need:

soil
egg carton
grass seed
green pipe cleaners or toothpicks


Here is a green caterpillar you can make. Cut an empty egg carton lengthwise down the middle so that six of the cups are still attached to each other on each side. (You can make two caterpillars.) Fill each cup with soil. Attach the pipe cleaners or toothpicks to one end. These will be the antennae. Plant some seeds in each cup, then water. Put the caterpillars near a window so they will get light. Watch every day until your caterpillar turns green.


THE FOUR SEASONS

You probably know that each year is divided into four seasons: SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN, and WINTER. Each fact below describes a particular season (in the northern hemisphere). Can you tell which season each statement describes?

1. _______________ In the north, this is the best season for ice skating or building a snowman.

2. _______________ The windy weather makes this a good season for flying kites.

3. _______________ Many birds and some butterflies travel south during this time of year.

4. _______________ This is a good season for picnics, but watch out for the bugs!

5. _______________ In many places vacation time is over and children return to school.

6. _______________ In this season there are fewer hours of daylight than at any other time.

7. _______________ Birds build nests and lay their eggs during this season.

8. _______________ Flowers are blooming, and pollen is in the air. Many people suffer from allergies at this time of year.

9. _______________ The World Series (baseball) is played during this season.

10._______________ Some people burn a Yule log. The log is a reminder that warmer, sunnier days will come again.

11. _______________ Farmers work all day harvesting their fields.

12. _______________ In many places, the snow melts and the earth turns green with new growth.

13. _______________ The danger of forest fire is greatest during this time of year.

14. _______________ The leaves of elms, birches, and maples turn red and yellow.

15. _______________ This is a good season to visit the beach and go swimming.