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Tip of the Week

Most families make weekly (if not more frequent) trips to the grocery store, so turn your next routine trip into the beginning of a new project by strolling down the candy aisle. "The grocer's candy aisle has a collection of candy in virtually every color and shape, which means endless crafting possibilities," explains candy expert Beth Kimmerle. "Candy is tasty and fun for kids of all ages, and is an affordable tool for crafting." Start by making candy jewelry. It is a perfect activity for your princess but also trendy for your prince given the popularity of sports necklaces and bracelets for boys and girls. Gather an assortment of brightly colored Life Savers Gummies, tie a knot in a piece of ribbon to keep your candy from slipping, and thread your "jewels" onto the necklace. Once you have a full string, adjust the candy so there are equal amounts of ribbon on each side. Tie knots on each end to finish and – voila! – you’ve got the trendiest kid on the block. Here’s another craft to try: a candy truck.

Ingredients:

- Egg carton
- Berry basket
- Craft paint and paintbrush
- Scissors or craft knife
- Twine
- Glue
- Cardboard
- Colored paper
- Gum foil
- 4 Hubba Bubba Sour Gummi Tape packages
- 5 Hubba Bubba Glop packages
- 2 Life Savers candies
- 4 Altoids mints

Using an Exacto blade or sharp scissors, cut a 3-inch by 2-inch front window area from the berry box. Paint the egg carton orange to use as a truck body and paint the berry box white to use as a truck cab. While those parts are drying, paint your four empty Hubba Bubba Sour Gummi Tape packages black for truck wheels. Cut a 6-inch by 4-inch piece of cardboard and glue the same size piece of orange craft paper to the top. Next, to make the truck's load, stack the six empty Hubba Bubba Glop packages and glue them onto the orange board. Tie twine around the board as straps, tightly securing twine at the bottom of the board. Now, glue the finished load onto the back of the egg box. Glue Life Savers candies for lights below the front window area of the white-painted berry box and glue the finished cab to the front of the egg box. When the wheels are dry, glue 2-inch silver circles with smaller red 1/8-inch foil circles on top of the painted Hubba Bubba Sour Gummi Tape packages and glue Altoids in the middle to finish the wheels. Finally, glue the wheels evenly to the bottom of the egg carton truck. Let them dry completely and then go have fun.

-- ARA

Family Screening Room

“G-Force”

Rated: PG (for some mild action and rude humor)

Length: 1:26

Synopsis: Producer Jerry Bruckheimer brings his first 3-D film to the big screen with "G-Force," a comedy adventure about the latest evolution of a covert government program to train animals to work in espionage. Armed with the latest high-tech spy equipment, these highly trained guinea pigs discover that the fate of the world is in their paws.

Violence/scary rating: 3.5
 
Sexual-content rating: 2
 
Profanity rating: 2

Drugs/alcohol rating: 2
 
Family Time rating: 3. “G-Force” is a good summer film for the whole family.

(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Book Report

“Walter the Farting Dog: Banned from the Beach,” by William Kotzwinkle (author), Glenn Murray (author), Elizabeth Gundy (author) and Audrey Coleman (illustrator)

Ages: 4-8
Pages: 32

Mr. and Mrs. Crabbe are enjoying their seaside vacation until a certain dog blows away their umbrella with an enormous fart. Before long, Walter is banned from the beach. While Walter is stuck in the beach house, Betty and Billy hunt for treasure out on a sandbar. As soon as they find a nickel, Mr. and Mrs. Crabbe elbow their way in. Soon all four get marooned during high tide. Will Walter hear their cries for help?

Did You Know

According to the CDC, there were 27,531 unintentional poisoning deaths in the U.S. in 2006, the latest year for which data is available.

Kids Kitchen: Corn Dogs

- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
- 2 (16 ounce) packages beef frankfurters
- 16 wooden skewers

In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, sugar and baking powder. Stir in eggs and milk. Preheat oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Insert wooden skewers into frankfurters. Roll frankfurters in batter until well coated. Fry 2 or 3 corn dogs at a time for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels. (Kaboose.com)

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