Family Friendly Community Guide

Fish On

Kids will see more than an amazing wonderland of sculptures June 18 upon visiting Lakenenland.

The hope is they’ll also see some fish.

That’s because starting at noon, the South Shore Fishing Association is hosting its annual Kids Fishing Day.

“It’s to promote the sport of fishing and get kids in the outdoors, enjoying spending time in the out- doors with their families,” said Andy Allan, presi- dent of the association. “It’s important for us to pro- mote the sport of fishing however we can.”

The pond has already been stocked with plenty of hybrid bluegill and perch. All that’s needed are some kids with worms and fishing poles to catch them.

Though kids are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment, the association does provide a free fishing pole to kids at the event. Those poles then go home with the kids.

The day also includes lunch and a presentation by the Chocolay Raptor Association.

The South Shore Fishing Association is a non- profit organization with more than 30 corporate sponsors that hosts commu- nity events and works to help sustain local fisheries



Spring Lego Club launched at North Star Academy

North Star Academy’s new Lego and Lego Robotics Club began in April and brought out nearly 60 students. Elementary students focused on creative building, and a few upper elementary and middle school students began building Lego robots and programming with Lego Mindstorm software. Most of the equipment came from Crossroads Christian Academy, and the club meetings are mentored by North Star’s middle school FIRST Technology Challenge robotics team called the Robogators. The club ran through the end of May, welcoming any inter- ested student in the community, including home schoolers. The Robogators are gearing up for their fall season, with the Marquette Breakfast Rotary and the Marquette County Community Foundation already supporting them for 2016.

— North Star Academy

SAY Theater to host annual garage sale

Mutitple families and individuals are contributing items to raise funds for the Superior Arts Youth Theater through its annual garage sale, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25.

Located at the corner of Front and Ridge streets in the First United Methodist Church parking lot, shoppers will find items like baked goods, baby clothes, furniture, jewelrey and more. For those looking to get the goods before the rest of the crowd shows up, a $5 early entry starts at 8 a.m.

— Superior Arts Youth Theater


Mixing colors on quiet days

Young children sometimes need quiet time even though they are restless and bored. Create a fun quiet day project by using water and food coloring to make window hangings and butterflies.

You’ll need a plastic table cloth, a few coffee filters, or white paper towels, yellow, red, and blue food coloring or water colors in small dishes, a small brush, a few clothespins or large paper clips, string or bag ties, and small dishes of water.

Cover a table with plastic and gather all materials. Put a few drops of color in each water cup.

Ask children to pick a color and paint on a coffee filter. Then pick a different color and paint only a portion of the filter with that color but very close to the first one. What happens? The colors should blend together and create a new color that wasn’t a choice. Experiment with the third color to see what happens. Again a new color is cre- ated. This gives adults and children the opportunity to discuss “primary” and “sec- ondary” colors. Primary colors are the orig- inal yellow, red and blue colors, and the sec- ondary colors are the new colors created. Allow the creations to dry.

Create butterflies

After the colored papers are dry, choose one. Show children how to scrunch the middle together and place it inside a clothespin, wrap it with string or garbage bag tie. Fan out the sides of the coffee filter to make a beautiful spring butterfly. Add

antennae by twisting bag ties.
Now teach clean up time. Give each

child a job. Sing a song and offer a snack when clean up time is over. Remind chil- dren that when everyone helps clean up you’re likely to do more fun projects. Wash out containers and put things away.

The butterflies can be attached to light fixtures or taped on windows as sun catch- ers.

Rain creations

Children can also dab some color on the coffee filters or pieces of paper and place them in the rain. When dry they make beautiful designs to tape on windows or backgrounds for drawings made with black markers.

Children will discover how colors added to together make new colors. They are also building vocabulary that artists use when creating designs. This project teaches the importance of cleaning up, putting away, and taking responsibility so materials can be used again in good condition.

A few good library books to share about butterflies are The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom Deluise. Where Butterflies Grow by Joanne Ryder is a good non-fiction story. A great read aloud book about mixing colors is Mouse Paint by Ellen Stohl Walsh. For more quiet ideas see grandparentsteach- and ing through the seasons live and pod casts.

— Grandparents Teach, Too

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