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Ice SkatingTips from the “Can Do” Kids

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

picture of children ice skatingThe day after Christmas found several of the “Can Dos” ice skating on the  ice rink behind the community center.

Jay has his own skates and is a good skater. He learned to ice skate when he was three, before he and his family came to “Can Do” Street. Annie and Kathy are also good ice skaters, but Nellie and Willie and Arthur J. are beginner level skaters.They need to take lessons and get help from the other “Can Dos’ who know how to skate.

Here are some ice skating tips from Jay, Annie and Kathy to help you with learning to ice skate:

  • Don’t push. If you are not doing well, wait a while and try again.
  • Bring a pocketful of small stuffed animals and if the rink’s not crowded practice bending over to pick them up.
  • Play Red Light, Green Light to practice starting and stopping.
  • Make sure to lace or cinch your boots tightly. If your foot wobbles in its skate boot, you won’t have any stability on the ice.
  • Unless you are playing ice hockey, don’t wear knee pads. Instructors say they restrict moving too much.
  • To improve your balance, don’t look at your feet and hold your arms out in front, as if putting them on a table.
  •  Grab your knees if you feel a fall coming on. This will lower your center of gravity and may prevent the fall.

Keep practicing ice skating and you will get good at it.

Happy Ice Skating!

Dear Parents, Teachers, Boys and Girls,

Thank you for your faithful readership. As of January 2018, stories that have been published here in the kids blog, over the past 7 years, will be taken down, and many will appear again in 2019 in existing and new features on  the “Can Do” Street site.


The Legend of the Christmas Stocking

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

image of Christmas stockings

With Thanksgiving behind them, the “Can Do” kids were looking forward to the coming Christmas holiday.

it was time for some Christmas activities; so, Miss Pat invited Grandpa Dooley to class to share the Legend of the Christmas Stocking.

The “Can Dos” all knew and liked Grandpa Dooley. They especially liked his storytelling. His booming voice made his storytelling extra special. Willie and Nellie were always so proud to have their grandpa tell stories to the class.

Grandpa Dooley cleared his throat and began. “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. Everyone knows this poem. But, do you know who wrote it?” Not even Orrie had the answer, and he has most answers.

Grandpa Dooley continued with his storytelling. “As far back as 1823, when Clement Clarke Moore wrote “A Visit From Saint Nicholas,” stockings were being hung near the fireplace, awaiting a visit from Santa Claus. At the end of the poem, St. Nick “fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk,/And laying his finger aside of his nose/And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.”

But where did this legend, this practice of hanging Christmas stockings, come from?

While there are no written records of the origin of the Christmas stocking, there are popular legends that attempt to tell the history of this Christmas tradition. One such legend has several variations, but the following is a good example:

Very long ago, there lived a poor man and his three very beautiful daughters. He had no money to get his daughters married, and he was worried what would happen to them after he wasn’t around to take care of them.  Passing through town, St. Nicholas heard the villagers talking about the girls. St. Nicholas wanted to help, but knew that the old man wouldn’t accept charity. He decided to help in secret. After dark he threw three bags, which contained gold, through an open window. When the girls and their father woke up the next morning they found the bags of gold and were, of course, overjoyed. The girls were able to get married and live happily ever after.

This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas.

A tradition that began in a European country originally, children simply used one of their everyday socks but eventually special Christmas stockings were created for this purpose. Many families create their own Christmas stockings with each family member’s name applied to the stocking so that Santa will know which stocking belongs to which family member.”

Grandpa Dooley put the paper down that he was reading from and looked at the class. “Now it is your turn to speak. Tell me about your Christmas stocking traditions.”

Hand shot up and each “Can Do” waited politely to be called to share about their Christmas stockings.

 Sources information: Wikipedia – description of the history of the Christmas stocking.


Mrs. Claus Talks about Santa Snacks

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

a picture of Santa The Can Do Kids were helping the Seniors Club at the community center trim their tree as a picture of Santa looked down on them from its place of honor on the wall.

There was lots of conversation and laughter as the seniors and the “Can Dos” worked together on the tree.  After thy finished trimming the tree, the “Can Dos” and the seniors shared lunch together.

Just before desert was served, the president of the club, Miss Hattie, also known as Grandma Hattie, got up to the microphone to speak to the seniors and the “Can Dos.”

“Today I received a very important letter that I am going to read to you right now. It is from Mrs. Claus about Santa. She needs your help this Christmas Eve.”

The “Can Dos” all looked surprised and a bit worried. Was Santa sick? Wasn’t he coming this year?

Grandma Hattie began to read. “Dear children,” wrote Mrs. Claus, “I need you help this Christmas. Your grandmas and mamas make such wonderful snacks for Santa, and he eats and loves them all. But…he is getting too heavy, and that is not good for him. Why last year, he got stuck in a chimney at one house, and the father of the house had to help him get unstuck!. Then he had a hard time dragging his bag of toys up the stairs in an apartment building.

When Santa came home from his big night on Christmas Eve, he had popped two buttons on his pants. He had an upset stomach from all the snacks he ate as he made his way around the world dropping off gifts for children.

I have had him on a healthy diet since last Christmas Eve. Santa has lost weight. Mind you he is still round and jolly looking, but he has lost weight.

Here is where I need your help. Santa can’t say no to cookies, cakes, candy and the other treats your mamas and grandmas make for him, and you put out for him. I need you to put out less fattening, healthier snacks this year. Please ask your mamas and your grandmas to help you think of what snacks would be good for Santa.

Thank you boys and girls and Merry Christmas!”

With my love,

Mrs. Claus

The room was quiet for a moment or two and then the Seniors and the “Can Dos” broke in fast conversation. What to fix for a Santa snack?

After a few minutes, everyone agreed the following would make good Santa snacks…low fat milk, fruit, low fat yogurt, a handful of nuts, celery stuffed with peanut butter and carrot sticks.

What can you think of boys and girls that would be healthy snacks for Santa??


The Piggy Bank that Almost Wasn’t

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

piggy bank

As Willie reached for his piggy bank from off the shelf in his bedroom, he thought to himself, “It’s December 1st. I need to see how much money I have for Christmas gifts for Grandma Hattie, Grandpa Dooley, my mom and my sister, Nellie.”

The piggy bank wasn’t just a piggy bank for saving loose change made by helping with extra chores at home and for the neighbors. No, it was special because it was a gift!

Last year, for Christmas, Grandpa Dooley made Willie and Nellie each a piggy bank so the could save for Christmas, 2015. He made them in a pottery class at the recreation center. Grandpa Dooley was so proud of his work! He beamed with pride when Nellie and Willie opened the  piggy bank gifts and saw how pleased they were to receive them.

Willie shook the piggy bank; it sounded like there was a lot of money in there!. He turned the bank over and tried to turn the nob that would open the bank; nothing happened. It wouldn’t open. He tried and tried, but he couldn’t get it open. First Willie was mad, then he was scared. How was he going to get it open? He had seen lots of pictures of kids hitting their piggy banks open with a hammer, but how would he explain to his grandpa that he broke his piggy bank and could never use it again?

Just then, Nellie came into Willie’s room and said “You need someone stronger than you to open your piggy bank. I got Coach Campbell to open my bank.” Willie’s face brightened. “Good idea, Nellie, I’ll bring my bank to school tomorrow and ask Coach.”

The next day, after gym class, Willie asked Coach to open his bank for him. Coach tried and tried to open the bank, but no luck. Willie was really upset. He asked Coach Campbell, “What am I going to do? I’ve been saving all year. If I don’t get this bank open, I won’t have any money for Christmas presents.”

Coach could see Willie was fighting back tears. “Willie,” said Coach, “there is only one thing you can do. Go to your grandpa and show him how you can’t open the piggy bank. Be sure to tell him I tried and I couldn’t do it either. Be sure to tell him how much the bank means to you and you didn’t want to break it open to get the money out even though you need the money for Christmas gifts.”

When Willie got home, Grandpa Dooley was reading his paper in his favorite chair. He went up to his grandpa, cleared his throat, and told him about his problem with the piggy bank and how he needed the money. Grandpa listened quietly, then he got up, went into his tool box and got out the hammer.

“No Grandpa, don’t break it You made it!” Then Willie started to cry. “Willie boy, you did chores, and saved all year to be able to buy gifts for the family. I made you the bank so you could save, and you did just that! Now you deserve to get your money.

With that, Grandpa Dooley gave the hammer a swing and the pig broke in several pieces.

Willie couldn’t believe all the coins that fell out. Grandpa gave Willie a pat on the back and said,”I can always make you another piggy bank, and I will. This time, I’ll make sure you can open your piggy bank by yourself. “


What Causes Thunder and Lightening?

Friday, December 1st, 2017

image of thunder and lightening scaring the "Can Do Kids

The boys were having a great time coloring in Willie’s living room when the thunder and lightening started. Orrie jumped. Willie ducked, and Hector said, “Wow, I really hate thunder!”

Just then Grandma Hattie came into the living room and drew the curtains. She sat down in her favorite chair and asked, “OK, what do we know about thunder and lightening?” Orrie answered,”I know that thunder scares me.”Willie and nodded in agreement.

Grandma Hattie smiled, saying,”Let’s talk about thunder and lightening. I will share some facts, and maybe thunder and lightening won’t be so scary any more.

  •  Lighting causes the sound of  thunder
  • The intense heat from lightning causes the surrounding air to rapidly expand and create a sonic wave that you hear as thunder.
  • The sound of thunder can be anything from a loud crack to a low rumble.
  •  We see lightning before we hear thunder because light travels faster than sound.
  • The closer you are, the shorter the gap between the lightning and thunder.
  • Thunder is difficult to hear at distances over 12 miles.
  • Thousands of years ago people believed that thunder was caused by the collision of clouds.

Willie looked surprised at all Grandma Hattie new about thunder and lightening. He asked,”How do you know so much about thunder and lightening?”

Grandma said, “I learned about thunder and lightening from visiting Science Kids at and you boys should too!”