Behind the Scenes with Burt: Paper Dolls

Enjoy building your favorite characters from Behind the Scenes with Burt!

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Unicorn Island: Secret Beneath the Sand – Boredom Buster Activities

Explore these activities and create something magical, as Foggy Harbor is calling your name!

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Adventure Kingdom: Boredom Buster Activities

Illusions can make you question everything you see. Create your own illusions with these mirror experiments!

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The Bright Family: Boredom Buster Activities

Challenge yourself to practice just a little bit every day, and don’t give up. The more you practice—and the more you persevere—the better you’ll get! Document your progress below.
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Creepy Cafetorium: Boredom Buster Activities

Gertie’s hair is so big that it’s like having five extra pockets on top of her head! Have fun growing, trimming, and decorating Gertie’s own grassy hairstyle!

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Cosmic Pizza Party: Out-of-this-World Pizza Planter

Your Earth plants are really amazing! There are millions of different kinds, from prickly and poisonous to delicious and nutritious, and they literally make—and clean—the air you breathe! That means pizza is actually good for the earth—or at least pizza herbs are. Plant this tiny herb garden for fresher air and flavors that are out of this world. Just don’t try serving them to Plegans!

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Animal Rescue Friends: Boredom Busters

Join the Animal Rescue Friends for crafts, games, and activities based on their rescue animals and the volunteers who love them!
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Summer-Fun Activities from The Girl’s Guide to Building a Fort

The Girl’s Guide to Building a Fort shows girls and their grown-ups how to knock down the four walls holding them in and transform each day into a canvas for play and adventure. This illustrated, information-packed guide is for Hands-On Girls, girls who want to fix things, make things, and learn more about the world around them.

These three activities from the book demonstrate three fun and easy ways to make the most of the summer using materials in and around your home! It’s perfect for anyone, big or little, who’s ready to learn new skills, get a little dirty, and reconnect with the whimsical, gutsy girl in each of us.

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Discover Your Gaming Style: Take the Escape from a Video Game Quiz

Escape from a Video Game turns books into action-packed adventures where YOU are the hero. Have students pick their path in this fun, printable quiz to find out what kind of “gamer” they are! This short, just-for-fun activity introduces middle-grade readers to interactive fiction and features three branching endings. Download the guide and embark on a sci-fi adventure now! Then, for more pick-your-path fun, check out Escape from a Video Game by Dustin Brady.

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Poetry Writing Prompts from Solli Raphael, Teen Author of Limelight

Teen poet and activist, Solli Raphael, shares poetry writing prompts to help young people use their voices to speak out for a better tomorrow. Activity is adapted from Raphael’s poetry collection and book of inspirational writing techniques, Limelight.

“Like figurative speech, writing prompts are another way to stimulate ideas and can enhance the writing process for any poet or writer. A writing prompt is an idea or sentence beginning that someone else has written and you have to finish that sentence off. I used writing prompts quite a lot when I was starting out with my poetry. The poems I keep or consider final aren’t the ones with writing prompts, but the prompts are what the ideas began with and they helped to get my creative thinking cap on.”

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