www.4kids.org

Just for kids

November 30, 1999

Be a 4Kids Detective

When you know the answers to these questions, go to www.4Kids.org/detectives/

What Roman god are volcanoes named after?

In what year did Slinky hit the American Toy Fair? The biggest cheese wheel in history weighed how much? (Go to www.ilovecheese.com/ to find out.)

LAVA LOUNGE

Join a tour of some of the most powerful volcanoes in the world. At Volcanoes Online, you'll get a close-up look at these amazing, unpredictable and dangerous natural forces. Pack some cool clothing and trek to library.advanced.org/17457/ Your guide Galvin will show you the ropes, from understanding plate tectonics and continental drift to discovering different types of volcanoes and their eruptions. The site has information on how to predict their behavior, from seismographics to tiltmeters to satellite surveillance. Check out the way-cool comic adventures of Galvin or the strange Gnome Family of Volcano Village. And be sure to try the games and crosswords, where you'll get the chance to test your volcanic knowledge. Just remember: If the volcano starts to spew, run for the hills!

TOYS FOR ALL TIME

OK, so you have the latest Pokemon doodad, but to stand the test of time, Pokemon are going to have to go up against some heavy hitters. The world's full of fun toys. Most come and go, but some of the greatest toys never go out of style. Toys Were Us is a site that both kids and parents will love because it's got the classics of many generations. Wind it up and watch it go at www.discovery.com/stories/ history/toys/toys.html Slinky, Barbie, Hula Hoops, skateboards, Frisbees -- they're all here. Find out how your favorite playthings came to be, how Barbie got her name, who invented video games and who taught Slinky to walk down the stairs. Genius inventors? You be the judge. Don't forget to vote for the all-time best toy in your life. Enjoy this site that makes fun of toy history and gets you feeling pretty playful. You'll feel like a kid again -- or still.

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