I tried the game Longbeard's Treasure (Grandcamp Adventures; grandcamp.com). This game seemed a little confusing at first, but actually the game is pretty simple and a lot of fun to play. You can play the game indoors or outdoors.
You get to go on a treasure hunt throughout your house. You leave clues all over and try to go from one clue to another. You use either picture cards or word cards for clues. The picture cards are easier. Then you can leave coins, action cards or both at each clue. The coins are fun to collect. The action cards have you do something fun like talk like a parrot and pretend to be someone in your family. You can make up your own action cards and clue cards, too. There are blank cards that you can write on with an erasable marker. In the end you find a treasure and you win the game. It was so much fun, and I even got my dad to play!RATING: 5 of 5
BY NATALIE BLANCO
I tested Air Picks The Rolling Stones (Ohio Art). It is a great way to play music without an instrument. It looks just like a fat guitar pick. The one I tried was the Rolling Stones Air Pick. The way you play it is you hold it in your hand like a pick and smack it on your other hand. When you get the right rhythm you can play a song. There are three songs that you can choose from. It was easy to play and so much fun.
RATING: 5 of 5
On patrol to keep school safe
We have Safety Patrol at our school. Its job is to make sure everybody stays safe when the buses are getting called. One of the jobs is to write down the buses that are being called on the dry erase boards. Safety Patrol members don't want anyone to miss the bus. They also don't want kids to scream in the hallway because then nobody can hear the buses being called. If someone screams, the Safety Patrol tells the student to quiet down. Safety Patrol members tell the kids in the hall to walk and not run, so they don't get hurt. If kids don't listen to Safety Patrol, members can let a teacher know so the teacher can talk to the student. We are working hard to keep our school safe.
--Kidsday Reporters Melanie Betancur and Natalie Blanco
CLASS OF THE WEEK: Donna Cotrone and Carrie O'Brien's fifth-grade class, OXHEAD ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Centereach