Elf Fun with Pop-In-Kins Newsletter September 2017

Greetings from Christopher Pop-In-Kins 

Have you ever opened a door for someone?
Cleaned your room without being asked?
Offered someone a helping hand?

These are called acts of kindness.  They are a way to make someone's day and make the world a little more special.

Christina Marie and I invite you to join us in making September 2017 an "Act of Kindness Month".  We have suggested an act of kindness with each day.  You can do that act of kindness or think of one yourself.  (I bet you can think of thousands more!)

Be sure to keep track of the acts of kindness you do this month then fill out the form below and send them to me.  

Christina Marie and I look forward to hearing from you.

September 1: Be Kind Day

September 3: National Bowling Day

September 5: Cheese Pizza Day

September 2: Bacon Day

September 4: Labor Day

September 6: Read a Book Day

September 7: Grandma Moses Day

Grandma Moses, whose real name was Anna Mary Robertson Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961) was a renowned American folk artist. She began painting professionally at the age of 78. She is an inspirational example of an person who successfully began a career in the arts at an advanced age. 

September 8:
Dog Walker Day

September 9:
Teddy Bear Day

September 10:
Grandparents Day

September 11: Patriot Day

September 12: Encouragement Day

Roald Dahl (September 13, 1916- November 23, 1990) was an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor.  

He was also the author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" "James and the Giant Peach", "Matilda" and many more beloved children’s books.

September 13: Roald Dahl Day

 

Works by Roald Dahl

The BFG
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (screenplay)
Danny, the Champion of the World
Fantastic Mr. Fox
George's Marvellous Medicine
The Gremlins
James and the Giant Peach
Matilda
The Twits
The Witches
You Only Live Twice (screenplay)

 

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September 14: Coloring Day

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September 15: Thank You Day

September 16: Play-Doh Day

September 17: Constitution Day

September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 18: Cheeseburger Day

September 20: Gibberish Day

September 21:
World Peace Day

September 22: Elephant and Rhinoceros Day

September 23:
Pop Pie Day

September 24:
Bluebird of Happiness Day

September 25:
National Comic Book Day

September 26:
National
Pancake Day

September 27: Crush a Can Day

September 29: Koala Bear Day

September 28: Good Neighbor Day

September 30: National Museum Day

Please have your parent's permission to send this letter to Christopher Pop-In-Kins.
Click on "Contact Us" to send your Act of Kindness Letter to Us

Elf Fun Newsletter July 2017

Happy Canada Day

On July 1, 1867, Canada joined four provinces: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; and Quebec and became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain.  This date was called Dominion Day until 1982, when Canada declared complete independence from Great Britain.  In 1983, Dominion Day was officially renamed Canada Day.

Canada Day celebrations include parades, concerts, firework displays, and citizenship ceremonies for new Canadian citizens.

 

 

Click on the arrow above to begin our July 4th video.

July 5... Graham Cracker Day


There's nothing like making s'mores around a campfire.  
But it's always snowing and really cold, so Christina Marie and I don't recommend camping at the North Pole.  But we do recommend Mrs. Claus' indoor s'mores.  
Give them a try!   

Recipe: Mrs. Claus' Indoor S'mores

It's Christmas in July!  Coloring Pages

Click on the images below to print and color.

 

 

 

July 7...Chocolate Day

Elf Fun Newsletter June 2017

Mittens the Pop-In-Kins Cat now has his own Facebook Page.  

Click Here to "Like" his new page.

Summer is a great time to have a picnic.  Because it is so cold here at the North Pole, Christina Marie and I either have our picnics indoors or we "pop in" to the Children's World.

At our last picnic, we made these "Buggy Recipes".  We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. 

Elf Fun May 2017 Newsletter

 

 

"Your most important friendships should be with your own brothers and sisters and with your father and mother. Love your family. Be loyal to them. Have a genuine concern for your brothers and sisters.
---Ezra Taft Benson

May 4: Star Wars Day

 

May 5: Cinco de Mayo

 

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "Fifth of May") was established in 1863 by Mexican-Americans to honor a small band of Mexican soldiers and their unlikely victory over French forces in Puebla, Mexico on March 5,1862.

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico on a regional level with family gatherings and local parades.  However, the holiday is more popular in the U.S. and is a celebration of Mexican culture, of food, music,and customs unique to Mexico.

We invite you to join in the celebration of Cinco de Mayo with these tacos with a special twist: Double Decker Taco Cupcakes from the blog The Girl Who Ate Everything by Christie Denney.

 

May 9: National Teachers Day

Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions. -Unknown

 

May 13: National Train Day

On May 10 in Promontory Summit, Utah, the last spike (referred to as the "Golden Spike") was used to connect the final tracks.  The First Transcontinental Rail Line covered 1,912 miles and changed the future of trade, transportation, and communications in America.

Between 1863 and 1869, The Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads were laying tracks across the American frontier to tie the east coast of the U.S. to the west.  

National Train Day is celebrated on the first Saturday after May 10.

May 15: Dinosaur Day 

The Stegosaurus was a plant-eating dinosaur that lived in western North America 140 to 150 million years ago.  He was the largest of the “plated dinosaurs” and could measure up to 40 feet long and weigh 5,000 pounds.  Most were the size of a large modern day elephant or small bus. 
 
Stegosaurus was known for the line of kite-shaped bony plates on its back and the four large spikes at the end of its tail.  Scientists believe the plates were used to control the animal’s body temperature.  The spikes were used for protection from meat-eating dinosaurs. 

Dinosaur Joke:

Q: How can you tell if a Stegosaurus in your refrigerator?

A: The door won't close.

May 14: Mother's Day

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May 29: Memorial Day

Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May and is dedicated to service men and women who gave their lives for freedom and country.

Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the gardening and summer seasons, even though summer will not occur until a few weeks later. This day usually includes the first family picnic of the year.

May 30: Loomis Day

Marlon Loomis believed it was possible to transfer messages without wire by using the upper atmosphere's electrical currents.

And on May 30, 1872,  Marlon Loomis patented his wireless telegraphing invention.  

Over the next 150 years, this invention has given rise to wireless conveniences such as cell phones and wifi internet.    

 

 

Elf Fun April 2017 Newsletter

 

 

 

Time for Baseball Season

One of my favorite games is baseball.  And now that spring is here, baseball will soon be in full swing.   

 
Playing baseball at the North Pole is not that easy.  The baseball is bigger than some of the elves.  Can you imagine catching a high fly ball during a snowstorm or running the bases in snowshoes?  

Oops! Lost another baseball!
 
 
And you have to keep your eye on the ball all the time. If you lose a baseball in the snow, it can take the rest of the afternoon to find it.
Like I said, baseball is not that easy.  Still, I love it.
 
Do you play baseball?
 
Christina Marie and I made a Word Search Puzzle for you.  It's all about baseball.  I hope you enjoy it.
 
                            

 

 

 

Click on coloring pages, Word Search, and month to download and print.

 

 

February 2017 Elf Fun Newsletter

People get tired of the cold winter weather and by February, they are ready for some warmth!  That's why there's "Hula in the Coola Day".

Toss your coats, mittens, and scarves aside and do the hula!  If you try hard enough, you may forget about the cold weather and trick yourself into thinking it's a hot summer day.

Christina Marie and Mittens don't guarantee this will work, but it sure is a lot of fun!

 Taste this creamy pineapple dip and you'll think you're soaking up the sun on the beach in Hawaii.    

Creamy Pineapple Dip

  • 2  8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese 
  • 1  20 0z. Can of Crushed Pineapple (drained well)
  • 1 small box of Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding

Mix Pineapple and Cream Cheese together then add pudding.

Enjoy now or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve dip on graham crackers or Scooby-Doo Graham Crackers.

February 2: Groundhog Day

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks and whistlepigs, grow up to 26 inches long and can weigh 9 to 14 pounds.  They hibernate or "sleep" throughout the winter in their burrows.

According to folklore, groundhogs wake on February 2 (the midpoint of winter) and venture outside their dens.  If the sun is shining and the groundhog sees his shadow, he returns to his den and winter continues for six more weeks.  If the day is cloudy and the groundhog does not see his shadow, spring will arrive early.

Click here to read more about Groundhog Day and the most famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil.

 February 4: Go to the Library Day

 

February 5: Western Monarch Day

Have you seen a Monarch Butterfly?  It is one of the largest butterflies in North America and its beautiful orange and black patterns make it one of the most recognizable.

There are two separate populations of Monarch butterflies.  The Eastern Monarch spends its summer east of the Rocky Mountains then flies up to 3,000 miles to live in Mexico during the winter.  The Western Monarch lives west of the Rockies during the summer then lives October/November through February/March in central California. 

Western Monarch Day is celebrated on February 5 in Pismo State Beach in California with numerous events.  But the main attraction is the thousands of Monarchs hanging in huge clusters on the eucalyptus and pine trees.  

Click on Butterfly to download and print.

Monarch Butterfly by AZColoring.com.

February 11: Make a Friend Day 

February 14: Valentine's Day
Will you be my Valentine?

What's a Tim Tam?

Every country has a special treat that seems like it defines the country.  For example: the United States has apple pie.  England has scones.  And when it comes to Australia, you have Tim Tams.

Tim Tams are two chocolate malted biscuits with cream filling covered in milk chocolate.  It was created in 1958 and named after a horse at the Kentucky Derby.   

Today, Australians eat 45 million packets of Tim Tams a year.  It is also one of Taylor Swift's favorite treats.

February 17: Random Act of Kindness Day

 

 

 

 

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Elf Fun Newsletter January 2017

Elf Fun Newsletter

January 2: National Motivation and Inspiration Day

You have a whole year ahead of you!  

What better time to be motivated and inspired!  

Now is the time to start making your life count!

Celebrate Festival of Sleep Day and catch up on a little sleep.  

Enjoy the day with a full 8 hours or just a cat nap.  Curl up in bed, on the couch, or any comfortable place. (But not in school or at work.) And don't forget your favorite stuffed animal. 

Do you like spaghetti?  It's one of Christina Marie's favorite foods.

  • In North America, the average person eats 15 1/2 pounds of pasta per year.  
  • The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta per year.  This would wrap the Earth in spaghetti-shaped pasta more than 15 times.
  • According to the International Pasta Organization, there are more than 600 different shapes of pasta around the world!
  • Pasta is available in many different colors. Most pasta is made with wheat products and is cream-colored.  Some pasta is made using spinach making it green.  Orange and yellow pasta is made with squash, red pasta is made using tomato, gray pasta that is made with squid ink.  Some pasta is called "cellophane" because it becomes transparent when cooked.
Did you know several holidays each year are for the birds?

National Bird Day is January 5 and was established to draw attention to the exploit of pet birds and captive birds.

Bird Day, first celebrated on May 4, 1894, is the oldest bird holiday and is often celebrated with Arbor Day.  This day gives attention to the conservation and awareness of birds.

International Migratory Bird Day, celebrated on the second Saturday in May,  focuses on birds that journey long distances at certain times of the year.  This day raises awareness of environmental problems leading to the decline of species.  

Click on bird picture to download and print.

 

It's Cuddle Up Day!  Grab a cup of hot chocolate (with plenty of marshmallows), put on your favorite comfy clothes, and cuddle up to someone special.

 

 

Rub-a-Dub Dub, Mittens in the tub!

Mittens the Pop-In-Kins Cat likes to celebrate holidays as much as everyone else.  But it looks like Bubble Bath Day is definitely not one of his favorite. 

Celebrate Apricot Day on January 9 with this delicious recipe!   

  • INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup diced dried apricots
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts
  • DIRECTIONS
  • Soak apricots in warm water for 30 minutes.  At the same time, in a bowl, cream the sugar, butter and egg.  Stir in orange juice.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into creamed mixture just until combined. Drain apricots well; add to batter with nuts.
  • Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until bread tests done.
  • Cool 10 minutes in pan before removing to a wire rack.
  • Yield: 1 loaf.

January 10: Save the Eagles Day

There are more then 70 species of eagles throughout the world; three species in the United States.   Because of habitat loss, poaching, and dangerous pesticides, many varieties are dwindling and some are on the verge of extinction.  

Save the Eagles Day brings public attention to this problem with hopes to save these majestic birds from complete extinction.  

The Bald Eagle has been the national bird of the United States for over 300 years.  Due to the work of scientists and the protection of the species, the Bald Eagle was removed from the list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in June 2007. 

Fun Facts about Eagles

  •      Eagles build huge nests out of sticks at the tops of tall trees or even on cliffs.
  •      Eagles can be found all over the world, except Hawaii.
  •      Adult eagles can have a wingspan of over 7 feet and can reach heights of 10,000 feet.
  •      Eagles eat fish and dead animals.  They can see prey from over a mile away.
  •      Eagles sometimes "play" by tossing sticks to each other in the air.
  •      When diving for prey, eagles can reach speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

 

From the health benefits of drinking it to the farmers and the industry producing it, this day celebrates the wonders of milk.

Click on Dot-to-Dot to download and print.

Celebrate Rubber Duckie Day on January 13 with this classic Sesame Street song "Rubber Duckie".Click on Ernie for Song.

January 17: Kids Inventors' Day

Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin.  Not only was Franklin a famous politician, he was a great inventor: the Franklin Stove, bifocals, the lightning rod to name a few.  At age 12, he invented the world's first swim flippers.

It is no accident Kid Inventors's Day occurs on Benjamin Franklin's birthday.

Kid Inventors’ Day celebrates the achievements of the youngest inventors and encourages children to be more creative.  Many people believe children don’t yet know how difficult many things are, and are therefore able to imagine much more than adults.  

Did you know children have invented many things we continue to use today?  Popsicles! Trampolines! Ear muffs!

At age 3, Louis Braille lost his sight.  In 1824, in his early teens he developed the Braille system while at The National Institue for Blind Youth in Paris.  

Almost 200 years later, American 17-year-old Ryan Patterson invented a glove with sensors that translates the hand motions of American Sign Language into written words on a screen.

January 16: Dragon Day

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Dragons are mythological creatures.  Some are ferocious and some are very friendly.  Some are very large and some are tiny enough to fit in your hand.  

Some dragons can breathe fire while others have been known to turn things to ice.  

Harry Potter met some dragons in his stories.  So did the Hobbits.  Pete had his own dragon.  And Maleficent turned herself into a dragon.  

Some dragons are real (like the Komodo Dragon).  They are a lot smaller than the dragons we read about in stories.

Whatever type of dragon you may like, today is a celebration of dragons.  Enjoy! 

January 18: Winnie-the-Pooh Day

A.A. Milne (January 18, 1882-January 31, 1956) was a playwright, author, and poet and is best known for his children's stories about a little bear named Winnie-the-Pooh.

A.A. Milne's own son Christopher Robin Milne served as the basis for the Christopher Robin character in the stories.

Milne's son also had a collection of stuffed dolls including a teddy bear named Winnie-the-Pooh, a donkey named Eeyore, a tiger named Tigger, a kangaroo and baby named Kanga and Roo, and a little pig named Piglet.  The characters of Rabbit and Owl were from the author's imagination.

January 20: Penguin Day

Penguins do not fly.  Instead of wings, they have flippers to help them swim.

No penguins live at the North Pole.  The Galapagos Penguin is the penguin that lives north of the equator.

Penguins eat fish and sea life that they catch underwater.

Penguins spend around half their time in water and the other half on land.

The Emperor Penguin is the tallest of all penguin species, reaching up to 4 feet in height.   Little Blue Penguins are the smallest, averaging around a foot in height.

Emperor Penguins can stay underwater for around 20 minutes at a time.  On land the Emperor Penguins often huddle together to keep warm in the cold temperatures of Antarctica.

 

January 22: Polka Dot Day

Christina Marie is the Top Dot Fashionista with her polka dot umbrella.

Click on the picture above to download and print.

 
 
 

Happy Chinese New Year    

January 28-February 15, 2017

Chinese New Year is a celebration that lasts 15 days. The holiday is not given a specific date but is based on the phases of the moon.  In 2017, the first day of Chinese New Year begins on January 28 with the new moon and ends on February 15 with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival.  Also known as New Spring Festival, Chinese New Year celebrations include feasts, fireworks and gift-giving. 

The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year cycle. Each year is named for an animal: 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. 2018 will be the Year of the Dog.  The animals, in order, are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.  2017 is the Year of the Rooster.

According to tradition, Roosters are hard-working, talented, self-sufficient, and confident. 

Click here for more information on Chinese New Year and a variety of activities.

Click on the pictures of roosters to download and print.

 

January 29: National Puzzle Day

Can you find all these words in the puzzle above?  Words are up and down, across, and diagonal.  Click on the puzzle to download and print.  

APRICOT          CUDDLE          DRAGON          DUCKIE          EAGLES          FRIENDS          HUGGING          INVENTORS          JANUARY          OPPOSITES          PENGUINS          POPINKINS          SPAGHETTI          WINNIE

 

 

 

 

Word Search Answer 

 

Elf Fun March 2017 Newsletter

 

 

 

March 2: Dr. Seuss / Read Across America Day

 
Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 - September 24, 1991) was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist.  He published 46 children's books including The Cat in the Hat, The LoraxHorton Hears a Who! and Green Eggs and Ham
 

 

March 11: Johnny Appleseed Day

John Chapman (1774 - 1845), also known as Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who for more than 50 years introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and Illinois. 

March 15: Buzzard Day

For over 150 years, the buzzards have returned to Hinkley, Ohio on March 15. These large scavenger birds spend the summer in this small town.  Then, with the first sign of winter, they fly south, sometimes as far as South America. Hinkley's open fields, rocky ledges and forests is considered an ideal nesting area for these buzzards. 

March 17: St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385-461),commonly recognized as the patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. So the wearing of shamrocks and shamrock designs became associated with Saint Patrick.

Saint Patrick's Day is not a legal holiday in the United States. Still it is celebrated throughout the U.S.in recognition of Irish and Irish American culture. 
 

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March 29: Manatee Appreciation Day

Manatees (also known as sea cows) are known for their immense size (growing up to 13 feet long) and jowly appearance (weighing up to 1200 pounds). 

Manatee Appreciation Day is devoted to raising awareness about these aquatic mammals . Unfortunately, manatees are endangered. Although hunting manatees is usually illegal, they continue to be poached for their meat and hide. Also, manatees are often fatally injured in collisions with boats.