Here is a super-easy way to make handmade Valentine’s Day cards.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Take an empty toilet-paper or paper-towel holder and flatten it (not too flat). Then open it a bit and push down on one crease until it looks like a heart on the end. A bit of tape will hold it in place.
Here’s where you might want to ask for some help: Pour a bit of paint—red is best, but any color will do—onto a paper plate. Dip the cardboard roll-end into the paint and press it down on a sheet of construction paper (folded in half). Let it dry and then write your Valentine’s Day message with markers. Add more hearts if you want, and give it to someone you really like!
Black History Month extra
You’ll probably learn about African-American inventors during Black History Month—but I’ll bet you won’t learn about this one. Lonnie Johnson invented the Super Soaker, a huge (and pressurized) version of a water gun, in the 1990s. It became one of the world’s most popular toys right away.
Lonnie Johnson was born in 1949 Mobile, Alabama. Back then, and while he was going to school, everything was segregated in Alabama. Black and white people were kept apart, and blacks were usually left out when good opportunities came along.
Lonnie was always taking things apart so he could figure out how they worked, and he probably got into trouble sometimes. One such time was when he was pulled over by the police while racing down the highway on a vehicle he had made out of old junk outfitted with a lawnmower engine. He was only 13 years old.
When Lonnie was in high school, he lived up to his nickname, “The Professor,” and was chosen to represent his school at a huge science fair at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. (This was the same school that the governor, George Wallace, tried to keep black students from enrolling in just 5 years before.) The schools were segregated back then, so this was a rare opportunity for black and white students to compete with each other. Lonnie was the only black student there. No one said anything to him, but because his display, a compressed-air-powered robot, was so brilliant that they had to award him first prize! Still, everyone still ignored him the best they could.
Lonnie grew up to became a systems engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and worked on many high-level space programs. In his spare time, he tinkered around with new ideas for toys and invented a super water gun. He improved the technology behind it, which was creating a safe heat pump that used water instead of freon (the same gas that’s used in air conditioners).
The first version, the Power Drencher, didn’t catch on, but after some adjustments and a name change to Super Soaker, Dr Johnson had a hit on his hands. In 1991, sales topped 200 million dollars!
Dr Lonnie Johnson now runs his own scientific research company and has many patents and successful products out in the world. Right now he’s concentrating on newer, more efficient ways to convert solar energy into electricity.
Cool hot-glue project
Many artists and crafters use hot glue when creating works of art and household items. In this case, you can actually write with hot glue and make wearable name tags, mini-signs, and keychains. Maybe you can make some holiday gifts for family and friends! Here’s what you’ll need:
Depending on what you’re making, you might need these, too:
If you have never used these tools and materials before, ask for help. In fact, ask for help anyway. We don’t want you to get hurt.
Okay, let’s get started:
You can even start a business! Just think: It’s easy to find keychains for kids named John or Mary—but what about kids with names like Kijuan or Rashida? You can make specialized keychains and sell them! Just make sure that when you write out the name, you add a little extra glue on the end for the keychain ring. Carefully pound a small hole with the hammer and nail and then slip in the keychain ring.
Here’s the house number that I made and spray painted orange. I’m going to super-glue it to my mailbox. Have fun with this project!
Why did the football player get mad at the gumball machine?
Because it wouldn’t give his quarter back!
Do you have a date for Valentine’s Day?
Yes, it’s February 14!
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How did George Washington speak to his army?
Well, he spoke on general terms!
Two old TV antennas met on a roof, fell in love, and got married. The wedding ceremony was pretty nice, but the reception was excellent.