Fun and Games
We now have a variety of activity pages. These activities help kids develop many important skills in addition to being fun! Skills such as: Eye-hand Coordination, color concepts, picture and number comprehension, all which help form the foundation for early learning success. They are even good for adults who sometimes need a refresher course on fun. Enjoy!
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Have Fun! Then mail them to the Fraternal & Youth Director. You may win a special prize!
ATTN: Fraternal Director
24950 Chagrin Blvd.
Beachwood, OH 44122-5634
this picture hidden on one of our web pages to be a prize winner!
Did You Know: Polar Bears
- Polar bears stay warm in harsh Arctic temperatures thanks to their two layers of fur. They are also equipped with a thick fat layer for added insulation, says Polar Bears International.
- Polar bears tend to overheat more than to be cold.
- Massive adult male polar bears normally weigh 775 to more than 1,200 pounds.
- Adult females are smaller, normally weighing 330 to 650 pounds.
- Polar bears' closest relative is the brown bear.
- Polar bears technically don't hibernate in dens during the winter like brown and black bears. Only pregnant females enter dens to give birth where they stay only until the cubs are big enough to journey outside.
- When standing on its hind legs, an adult male may reach more than 10 feet.
- The largest polar ever recorded weighed a whopping 2,209 pounds.
- According to their estimates, scientists believe there are close 20,000 polar bears worldwide.
- Polar bear's belong to the ursus maritimus (sea bear) species.
- According to DNA studies, polar bears have existed as a species for about 600,000 years.
- Despite numerous doomsday tales for the species, scientists don't believe that neither hybridization nor global warming will wipe out polar bears anytime in the near future.
- Polar bears keep from slipping on ice with the help of small bumps on their feet called papillae.
- They have a very strong sense of smell that helps them detect seals.
- Polar bears primarily eat seals. They normally eat the blubber, which helps them build up their fat reserves that they use as sustenance between feedings.
- Seals are the highest calorie source available to polar bears
- Polar bears normally give birth to twin cubs. But it is possible for them to give birth to triplets or just one single cub.
- Polar bears typically live between 15 to 18 years in the wild. But in captivity, they can live twice as long – normally until their mid to late 30s.
- The world's oldest zoo polar bear to have lived was called Debby. She lived at Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada. She reached age 42.
- Female poplar bears typically nurse their cubs for two and a half years.
- There are 19 distinct polar bear populations recognized by scientists.
- Polar bears sit at the top of the Arctic food chain, helping control seal populations.
- Polar bear babies weigh a little more than a pound when they are born.
- Polar bear cubs learn to freeze and remain still while their mother hunts. If they move, the mother disciples them, with a whack to the head.
- Polar bears fur is oily and water repellant. Allowing them to shake dry after swimming.
- Some female polar bears deviate from the one room den. They build dens with multiple rooms and even a ventilation system in the roof.
- Female polar bears do not start having cubs until they are about 4 or 5 years old.
- When curled up, a polar bear may cover its muzzle (nose) with a paw to help conserve heat.
- Polar bears swim using their large front paws to propel themselves through the water and their back legs to steer.
- Polar bears can swim up to 100 miles (161 kilometers at a time). Polar bears can swim an average of 6 miles per hour.
- Underneath the fur, a polar bear's skin is actually black -- the black skin soaks up the sun's heat and helps them stay warm.
- Polar bears also have a 4 inch layer of fat underneath their skin. This prevents them from losing any of their heat. In fact, if you look at a polar bear with an infrared camera, they are pretty close to invisible (in other words, they don't give off any heat!
Tornado Satety Tips
- Before a Tornado:
- Build an emergency kit and make a family communication plan.
- In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
- Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
- Look for the following danger signs:
- Dark, often greenish sky
- Large hail
- A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
- Loud roar, similar to a freight train
- If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter, immediately.
- During a Tornado:
- Put on sturdy shoes.
- Go to a pre-designated area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of a small interior room on the lowest level away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls.
- In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
- Get under a study table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
- Do not open windows.
- Outside with no shelter, lie in an area noticeably lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head with your arms and a blanket or coat.
- Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low flat location.
- Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
- Watch out for flying debris.
- After a Tornado:
- Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Get medical assistance immediately.
- Continue to monitor you battery-powered radio or television for emergency information.
- Be careful when entering any structure that has been damaged.
- Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves, and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris.
- Be aware of hazards from exposed nails and broken glass.
- Do not touch power lines or objects in contact with downed lines.
- Use batterey-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without power.
- Cooperate fully with public safety officials
For more information and safety tips, go to www.ready.gov/tornadoes.
It's Fun to Laugh!
of jokes to tickle your "funny bone."