Archive for Thursday, October 11, 2001

10-11 Short Stuff briefs

October 11, 2001


Children in America are finding lots of ways to support people hurt by the recent terrorists' attacks.

One way to show your support is by making and wearing patriotic pins.

Supplies you will need: assorted wooden shapes: circles, squares, rectangles, ovals, stars, teardrops; mini craft sticks; red, white, blue and flesh-colored acrylic paint; paint brush; white craft glue; jewelry bar pins; black felt-tip marker; and glitter (optional).

Paint an assortment of wood shapes in red, white and blue and allow time for them to dry.

Work with the different shapes and form various designs by layering them, one on top of another. When you find a design you like, glue the pieces together and let dry.

Make the "Uncle Sam" pin by gluing a red square on a flesh-colored circle. Place a red rectangle for a hat brim where the two meet. Glue a large white teardrop "beard" to the bottom of the circle and two small white teardrops on the large one for a mustache. Paint a small blue star on the hat and add some glue and glitter to the brim. Make eyes and nose with a black felt-tip pen.

Glue a jewelry bar pin to the back and let dry.

Lunch a time for good, healthy fun

Bored with the same old blah lunch?

If so, you're not alone. Dietitians says one out of every four children throws or trades away their lunch at school.

To spice up lunch, try some of these fun food ideas:

Crunchy apple dippers: Apple wedges coated first with peanut butter, then crisp rice cereal.

Fruit and cheese kebabs: Skewer (or have your mom or dad skewer) on a pretzel stick a cube of cheese and a couple of wedges of fruit, such as melon cubes, cut strawberries, banana slices or blueberries.

Homemade lunch kits: Pack fun and colorful plastic containers with whole-grain crackers, reduced-fat cheese slices and lean meats. That way you can get exactly what you want.

A simple fruit salad: Grate carrots and add raisins and apple chunks.

Leather lunch: Look for fruit leathers that are made with real fruit and contain vitamin C.

Yogurt parfait: Just add fruit and granola.

And if you're like most children, you don't get enough calcium in your daily diet. If you don't like white milk, tell mom that dietitians say it's OK to drink chocolate milk. It has about the same amount of calcium and only a bit more sugar.

No lie: Story of George's teeth is false

Myth: George Washington had false teeth that were made of wood.

The Truth: None of George's several sets of false teeth were made of wood. Ivory, human teeth, cow teeth and lead, perhaps, but never wood.

Even though he brushed regularly and rinsed, Washington had dental problems all his life that caused severe pain. When he became president, he had only one tooth left in his mouth.

During his lifetime, Washington had at least five full sets of dentures made for him. One set was fastened together with wooden pegs. Maybe that is why people thought he had wooden teeth.

But wood isn't a good material to use in the mouth. It splinters easily, and can warp and get out of shape.

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