STUFF KIDS DO
The Dog Days of Summer
By Leanne Cook
Kidsday Staff Reporter, 9, Port Jefferson Station
This summer, I decided to keep myself from being bored and at the same time
earn some extra cash. While looking through some old magazines one day, I read
an article that gave me an idea for making treats for pets. My family has many
pets, and I simply love animals. We have a dog, twocats, a gerbil, a rabbit, a
lizard and many fish. The article gave tips on running a very small business,
such as buying the materials, packaging the treats and determining how much to
sell them for.
I decided to begin my business by making dog treats. My mom and I went to
the store and purchased enough ingredients to make several batches. All the
ingredients are healthy, and I couldn't imagine a dog not liking them. My mom
and I had lots of fun baking together. As they were cooling on the table, my
father almost ate one! They smelled so good, I don't think he realized that
they were dog treats. I also made packages out of brown lunchbags that I
painted dog bones on and tied with pretty ribbon. I personalized each bag by
writing "Specially Made by Leanne."
Naturally, I tried my treats on my dog first. As I predicted, Dallas loved
them. I made up a list of people in my neighborhood who have dogs and started
telling them about my dog treats. I sold my first bag of eight treats to my
brother's friend for his dog, Spanky. I heard Spanky loved them. Once, I even
got a thank-you e-mail from one of my customer's dogs. Zeke wasn't feeling well
for several days, but he wrote to say that he loved my dog treats. I hope I
made him feel better.
People started telling their friends about my dog treats, and my business
so far has been a great success. If you haven't noticed, I purposefully haven't
given away my secret recipe. Nothing personal- it's just business.
Make Some Money
By Taylor Lucchesi
Kidsday Staff Reporter, 11, Farmingdale
Here is another way to enjoy your time, and most importantly, make money.
I'm working on starting a baked goods and sweets company called Tal-Eats. I got
this idea from a great book called Moneymakers: Good Cents for Girls by Ingrid
Roper (Pleasant Company Publications, $7.95). It's for girls ages 9 to 12, and
teaches you not only how to make money, but also gives you confidence to do
anything you set your mind to. It will surely keep you from being a couch
Congratulations to Kidsday contest winners Tara Brailey, 11, of Massapequa
Park, who won a CD autographed by 3LW, and Elizabeth Hall, 12, of Rocky Point,
who won a copy of "Beatrice's Goat" autographed by author Beatrice Birra, and
Cheyanne Holland and Charlie Holland, both 9, of Huntington, who won a copy of
"Ziggy's Friends for Life" autographed by cartoonist Tom Wilson.