Just for kids

January 04, 2000

Be a 4Kids Detective

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

What architect designed Central Park? (Go to www.wnet.org/newyork/laic/ to find out.)

What does the word "origami" mean?

How much prairie has been lost in the past 150 years?

ENTER THE FOLD

Learn all about the wonderful art of paper folding at Pieces 'n' Creases, a terrific Web site dedicated to the beautiful pastime of origami. Travel east toward tqjunior.advanced.org/5402/, and get ready for some fun folding action. There's no shortage of activities here, including games, quizzes and puzzles. You'll even get to make a butterfly, crane or jumping frog. And rookies have nothing to fear, as the site is full of origami terms, tips and tricks. Be sure to go back in time to learn the history of this craft, from its origins in China to the recent works of Akira Yoshizawa, Japan's "father of modern origami." In addition to its beauty, you'll learn about origami's other uses, from entertainment to math lessons to physical therapy. Plus, you'll meet fellow kids who are also mastering this fun hobby. It's time to find yourself some good folding paper and put your fingers to work.

LIFE ON THE PRAIRIE

The prairie is an important part of North American life, as well as beautiful landscape. At Build-a-Prairie, you can enter the ecosystem at www1.umn.edu/bellmuse/mnideals/prairie/build/index.html and plant your own prairie. Choose the right animals and plants to help restore this vanishing land. Populate the land with cranes, bison and, of course, the prairie dog to live among the Big Bluestem and wild rye grasses. And be sure to check out the site's field guide for information about the animals and plants of the prairie.

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