Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Children's Reading - Interesting Facts at Did-You-Knows

Some kids absorb facts like a sponge. They just love to find out things, and usually enjoy imparting that knowledge to others. If you have such a child, why not share some of the facts at Did-You-Knows with her/him?

Did you know:

  • no two corn flakes look the same
  • an ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain
  • reindeer like bananas
  • the longest recorded flight of a chicken was 13 seconds

Facts can be filtered by subject areas: Animals, Countries, Human Body, Space, Sport, TV etc.

After you've browsed some facts at Did-You-Knows, you could suggest your kids illustrate the snippets they like best with their own drawings or cartoons. Visit Learn Something Every Day for inspiration (I told you about it in Learn Something Every Day - just another of my creative titles!) A different follow-up activity might be to make a poster about a chosen fact at Big Huge Labs, and choose a creative commons photo to illustrate it, or set up your own photos and use an image editor like Iaza to add text to them.

If your children enjoy reading and collecting facts, why not explore the non-fiction section at your local library? So often when we think of books, we think of fiction, but some kids prefer books about "real stuff". Ask your librarian to recommend some good non-fiction books, check out the catalogue in subject areas of interest, or simply browse to see what you can find.
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