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Kid Inventors’ Day

Every January 17th we have the opportunity to celebrate the children in our lives and the accomplishments they have and will make. This includes inventions and extraordinary innovations. Children, unlike adults, have a unique ability to look at the world differently. They do not understand many aspects of life and the difficulty it holds.

Some would believe this makes them ineligible for such tasks. On the contrary, the fact that they are not bogged down by life’s complexities and hardships most often allows them to create without limitations or boundaries. They are able to see solutions on a different level than most adults.

There are many things we use on a daily basis that were, in fact, created by children or teenagers, such as the trampoline, popsicles, ear muffs.

The History of Kid Inventors’ Day

One of the first known child inventors was Benjamin Franklin. Most of us are familiar with his creations of all sorts of useful items such as bifocals, the lightning rod, the Franklin stove, and the glass harmonica just to name a few. However, he started inventing when he was just a child. At age 12 he created the first swim flippers. It for this reason that we celebrate Kid Inventors’ Day on his birthday, January 17th.

History continues to prove that children can and do invent some very impressive and helpful things. Some are born from mere accidents, such as the popsicle, while others take several years to create and are much more complex. One of the most extensive creations of a child is the language of the blind, yes, Braille. It was created by a French child in Paris named Louis Braille after he was involved in a serious accident that took his sight from him.

American Sign Language also has a great contribution made by a child. Ryan Patterson, a teenager, invented special gloves with sensors to translate hand motions of ASL into written words for children and adults alike with various disabilities.

Kid Inventors’ Day

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How to Celebrate Kid Inventors’ Day

This day is proof that children of any age are living, breathing inventors with extraordinary minds. Never take those precious thoughts for granted, even if they seem a little unsophisticated and silly to you. after all, these children are our future. Today is a day for no limits, to believe the impossible. Sometimes that is what it takes to makes dreams and inventions of the future come to life.

Take a child to a museum, a park, or even the kitchen. Create an environment where they can learn about inventions from the past and experience inspiration. It can come from just about anywhere, from simple crafts and games to large airplanes and spaceships. No matter what you do, make sure to encourage their dreams, even if seems outrageous and impossible. You never know when the next Benjamin Franklin could be sitting in your living room.

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Trivial Pursuit

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You know all that seemingly useless information in your head that never gets used or you think no one else cares about? Today is the day to finally use it. January 4th is Trivia Day. They may be silly insignificant facts, little-known oddities, or just random information but on Trivia day they can be used to impress your family and friends and possibly even cause a few laughs.

The History of Trivia Day

The history of Trivia Day begins with a few missing pieces to a scrabble board game. In Montreal, Canada in 1979, friends Scott Abbott and Chris Haney were getting frustrated with their scrabble game that had some missing pieces. However, it did not stop them from having a bit of fun.

These two fellows decided to create a new game with the pieces they had. The game became an instantaneous hit and its popularity is spread worldwide. The game is Trivial Pursuit and it is thought to have sparked a seemingly endless fascination with odd or little-known facts on a wide variety of topics.

Since that day, many more trivia inspired games have been dreamed up and made their way into homes throughout the world. This day was created to remember that day and the efforts of the two men determined to have some fun. It’s also a day to make use of that random information in your head that usually has no specific purpose.

Trivial Pursuit Game

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How to Celebrate Trivia Day

Trivia Day is best spent playing trivia games with your favorite comrades and family. There are a great number of trivia games to choose from in this day and age. Some are comprised of large boards, many pieces, and quite a few complex rules, whiles others are much simpler and can be played on a computer or smartphone. The subjects these tidbits of knowledge come from span every concept imaginable from the shoes on your feet to the stars in the sky. If you can think of it, there is a question about it.

However, don’t assume that prior knowledge of these subjects is required. Half of the fun is not knowing and learning tons of new information and trivia along the way. These are games young kids and adults alike can really get into. And if you don’t have any trivia games at home or the place you will be spending most of today, try making up your own. Continue the legacy of this day by having some fun and using all that knowledge in your head to make the world a happier place.

Here are a few random trivia facts to get you in the mood:

  • On Venus, it snows metal.
  • Spain means “the land of rabbits.”
  • Only female mosquitoes bite.
  • Saudi Arabia has no rivers.
  • The only Caribbean island with a railroad is Cuba.

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Homemade Gifts for Teachers

Many children want to give their teacher a gift for the holidays. While this is a great idea and one that should be encouraged, a “World’s Best Teacher” mug or glass is not always the best choice. Just about every teacher will tell you that they already have several of these. So, what should you give them to show your appreciation for all their hard work? The options may be a little closer to the heart for most.

Gift cards

Starbucks Gift Card

It's hard to go wrong with a gift card. These can be purchased at local grocery stores for just about dollar amount imaginable. And getting one from their favorite stores, coffee shops, or teacher supply outlets will go a long way to show that you care.

Homemade gifts and cards

We have found that many teachers love to receive anything homemade or crafted by their students. Your child’s artwork, a handwritten card, or a crafted Christmas ornament with your child’s name and the year on it are items that teachers can keep year after year to remember their students and all the lives they have touched along the way.

School supplies for all

Another great idea is to get them much-needed school supplies. Many teachers pay for classroom materials like lined paper, pencils, sticky notes, pens, erasers, and much more themselves. So, gifts of this nature are often much needed and will always be appreciated. If you don’t know what to get exactly a gift card to bookstores and teacher supply stores is a great place to start.

Donations in their name

For schools or teachers who aren’t in need of such items for their classrooms, they often suggest giving donations in their name instead. Find out what causes your teacher supports or cares about and donate either time, money, or specific items to that cause using your teacher’s name. This will show your teacher that you care and are willing to help others who may be less fortunate and also gives that teacher an opportunity to be a part of that giving.

Thank you letters or notes

Sometimes the simplest of gifts can be the most precious. The job of a teacher can often be a thankless one that is taken for granted. Writing a letter or short note can be just the thing to brighten their day and make all their hard work this year worth it. A heartfelt “thank you” can say much more even the most expensive gift.

Ask just about any experienced teacher what their favorite gifts over the years have been and they will tell you about ones that came from the heart. The ones that really mean something are ones that were well thought out, painstakingly constructed by little hands, and given out of honor and a heart of appreciation, not from obligation. This year, instead of another coffee mug, give your teacher something that matters a little more.

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Christmas card day

Sending festive Christmas cards of season’s greeting is an age-old tradition amongst millions of families worldwide. We make a list and check it twice, ensuring that no one is forgotten or left out. Whether it’s the classic jingles of Christmas past or modern electronically sent messages, we want to make sure they receive it before Christmas Day.

History of Christmas Card Day

However, this unofficial holiday is not celebrated on this day just make sure you get your cards out to the mailbox on time. On December 9, 1843, Sir Henry Cole of England designed the first commercial Christmas Card. It showed a family raising a toast together. It was produced by J. C. Horsley, who went on to produce many more of Cole and other’s holiday cards. From there, a lithograph firm, Prang and Mayer, started creating and selling Christmas cards by the masses. By 1880, they were producing over five million cards a year.

Many of those first cards are now collector’s items and are sold for thousands of dollars at auctions. The British Museum houses Queen Mary’s early 1900s collection of them. Today, Christmas cards are made in millions of designs and themes. Some are more traditional and include the popular “Merry Christmas” messages with an image of jolly old Saint Nicolas. While others may steer in a more religious direction, quoting bible verses or blessings with wise men standing around a holy child in a manger. Still others, for those who may not celebrate Christmas, are sent wishing season’s greetings and best wishes for a new year.

How to Celebrate Christmas Card Day

Happy Holiday Card

Whatever your preference, today is the day to remember your Christmas card list and work on getting them out to your loved ones. It's always nice to be able to make handmade cards if you have the time. Grab your glue stick, markers, and glitter and get to creating. This can be an amazingly fun activity for your children as well. Maybe start a family tradition of making cards.

If you aren’t that crafty or don’t feel you have the time, there are always pre-made cards to send and even e-cards. These are sent electronically and take hardly any time at all. Plus, you don’t have to worry about missing the mailman or not making it to its recipient on time. However, nothing beats the real thing and this day is the perfect time to get those cards ready and in the mail before the last day of mail service arrives.

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Thanksgiving Games

Thanksgiving is a fabulous holiday. It’s an excuse to get together with your family and friends to eat, spend time with all that you are thankful for. However, most family Thanksgiving dinners are, well, just that. They are dinners and sometimes a little on the boring side. And for those of us with children, it can seem even more boring. This year, why not make it a little different? Here are some family-friendly activities and games for every age and to put a fun spin on your large gatherings.

Traffic Yam

Supplies: metal spoons, uncooked yams, and painter’ tape (or anything to make a straight line on the floor)

Each player is given a yam and a metal spoon. The yam is placed on the floor on one end of the room. The players must then race to get their yam across the room to your tape line and back to the starting line. The yam can only be moved with the spoon. No hands. Whoever gets across the finish line first wins. Players can play defense as well and push other people’s yams.

The Feather Float

Supplies: Small, light feathers

This one is super simple and can be played individually or on teams. Each player gets a feather. Players must blow their feather in the air, keeping it afloat for as long as possible. You could also give a time limit and the players have to keep their feather in the air for that amount of time.

The Mayflower

Thanksgiving Games

Supplies: small corks, fake flowers, Large under the bed containers, plastic straws (optional)

Fill the under the bed container with water. Attach a fake flower to the corks and give one to every player. To play, each person must place their cork in the water at one end of the container and then blow it to the other end. The first boat or cork to reach the other end wins. Players can use a plastic straw to blow if they would like.

Corn to the Copia

Supplies: empty cornucopia, small fake corn, blindfold

This is a team game with two players on each team. One player stands on one side of the room and gets blindfolded and the empty cornucopia. The other stands about ten or so feet away and has a bucket of the fake corn. The player with the corn must hike the corn like a football to their teammate with the cornucopia. The idea is for the blindfolded player to catch the corn as it is hiked.

Try out a few of these ideas for your Thanksgiving gathering this year to make things a little more fun and encouraging for all. From all of us here at Best Brains, Happy Thanksgiving.

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Make A Gift Day

In case you hadn’t realized, Christmas is almost here. A time spent with family and friends, eating your favorites dishes and exchanging gifts. When it comes to those exchanged gifts, the goal is usually to give something heartfelt, something that will be appreciated, and something that shows the recipient just how much they mean to you. Nothing does this quite like a handmade gift. It's also a great way to maybe save some money or make use of old and/or forgotten items. And then there is always that gift you forgot to get and now have to improvise for.

History of Make A Gift Day

This is an unofficial national holiday, which means that it is pretty much celebrated nationally on the same day every year but no one really knows who came up with the idea or when it came to be and no documentation of it can be found in presidential proclamations or congressional records. However, it makes sense for this holiday to be around this time, as Christmas is just around the corner and the gift-giving season is in full swing.

With that being said, handmade gifts have been a huge success for years, especially before the time of commercialized stores and ready-made products. For hundreds of years, people always made their own gifts, not to mention everything else. If you wanted to give your sister a new dress for Christmas or your brother a new toy, you had to make it yourself. This is a day to bring that back a bit and to get in touch with your creative side, even if you don’t think you have many crafting skills. After all, it’s the thought that counts right?

How to Celebrate

Homemade Gifts

There are so many countless ways to celebrate and enjoy this holiday. The idea is to just get out there and try. It doesn’t matter what you make or create. This is also the perfect opportunity to teach your children about the gift of giving to others and how much a heartfelt, homemade gift can mean. So, get together with your children and make something.

It could be as simple as a handwritten card or letter, a cupcake, or a batch of cookies for their teacher or grandparents. Start small and work your way up. Make a collage using some of their art projects from the past year or a personalized mug with their picture or artwork on it. There are so many options and ideas to choose from and the sky is really the limit. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be the most beautiful creation in the makers’ eyes, the recipient of such a gift will absolutely love it.

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World Environment Day

Today is World Environment Day – a Day to keep our planet clean and cool.

What should we do to keep our planet clean and cool, and turn our focus on environmental changes? Though there are many initiatives started to save our environment and make the planet green, how many of us are on it...is the question?

The date comes on June 5th every year; isn’t just a day to read or understand the problems affecting the countryside, but we need at least a small action from your side so that there will be a change in others too. Come on let's bring the change startingfrom today toget upoffyour chairs and help protect and preserve our nature!

Here is everything you need to know

World Environment Day

Try and organize a litter picking outing with your friends, hike in your local park and arrange clean-up campaigns, planting trees in your house or in your area, go for a picnic with your family to a beautiful garden, take a good snap or a beautiful shots of the great outdoors and share them online or you can participate in a nature share contest. You can even send good shots to National Geographic Channel; who knows it can be the "editors pick - pic":  and you can grab the good prize for it.  Try to do some good outdoor activities by inviting your friends and family and help your city or your local area look beautiful, teach your siblings to do so.  If you do one tree per person,then not only your area but, you can make the complete city green and beautiful.

What is this year’s theme?

World Environment Day

This year's theme is "Connecting People to Nature"...

World Environment Day

The theme is to invite and encourage everyone to get outdoors and understand the beauty of the planet in a bid to show people the importance of protecting the nature for future generations. However, the theme was selected by this year’s host country Canada – which is going to be the centre for the World Environment Day activities.

What is World Environment Day all about?

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in the year 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. While there was one more declaration, adopted by the General Assembly on the same day, led to the formation of UNEP. However, it is hosted every year by a different city and commemorated with an international exposition throughout a week of June 5.The World Environment Day is not a public holiday, so public life is not affected on this day.

You can see people around the world planting trees, cleaning-up up their neighborhoods and taking action against wildlife crimes or preventing harm tonature.The day itself is all about raising awareness about nature and its importance of protecting it so, anything that has people taking on the outdoors is a small step towards helping.

We know that; there are many scientific advancements thatcame up on growing environmental problems like global warming and are helping us to recognize the innumerable ways in which natural systems support our own prosperity and well-being.

World Environment Day

Even today Billions of rural people around the world spend their working day connected to nature and being grateful for their full dependence on natural water supplies and how nature provides their livelihood in the form of productive soil. They are among the foremost to suffer when ecosystems are threatened, by pollution, climate change or over-exploitation.

Nature’s gifts are often hard to value in economic terms. Like clean air, it is often taken for granted, at least until it become scarce. However, economists are developing ways to measure the multi-trillion-dollar worth of many and so-called ‘ecosystem services’, from insects pollinating fruit trees in the orchards of California to the leisure, health and religious benefits of a hike up Himalayan valleys.

World Environment Day

Save our planet and make your effort today!!!!

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Astronomers Discover 7 Earth-sized Planets Orbiting Nearby Star

Astronomers have discovered more than seven Earth-like and sized planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away. These findings were also published and announced at a news conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

Such discoveries outside of our solar system are rare, as the planets have an exceptional winning combination of being similar in size to Earth and being all element, means they have water on their surfaces to potentially support life. As per Michael Gillon, a lead study author and famous astronomer of the University of Liege in Belgium - This is the first time that so many planets of this kind are found around the same star.

While the seven exoplanets were found in the tight pattern around an ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. As per the estimates, their mass also indicates that they are rocky planets, rather than being gaseous like Jupiter. Among these planets, three of themare in the livable zone of the star, known as TRAPPIST-1e, f, and g, and they may also even have oceans on their surface.

Researchers say that TRAPPIST-1f;  in particular is the best for supporting life. Compared to other exoplanets; It’s a bit cooler than Earth. It could be suitable for the right atmosphere and enough greenhouse gasses.

However the TRAPPIST-1 sounds familiar, that’s because the researchers announced the discovery of 3 initial planets orbiting the same star in May. The new research has increased the number to seven planets in total.

In words of AmauryTriaud - we’ve made critical investigations in finding if there is life out there. “I don’t think any time till now we had the right planets to discover and find out if there was -life.  Therefore, if life managed to flourish and releases gasses similar to what we have on Earth, we will then know."

Life may begin and develop differently on other planets; so discovering the gasses may indicate life is key. These discoveries can be a significant part of the enigma of finding the habitable environments and places which are beneficial to life. According to Thomas Zurbuchen, an associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate - Answers the question  by saying — 'Are we alone?’ is a top science priority, that is started to find so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step going to forward toward that goal.

Astronomers Discover 7 Earth-sized Planets Orbiting Nearby Star

The planets are so close to each other and the star. The seven of them are within a space five times lesser than the distance from Mercury to our sun. This closeness allows the researchers to study the planets in detail as well, in advance insight about planetary systems other than our own. Starting from the closest to the star and moving out, these planets have respective orbits from one and a half to just about 13 Earth days. The orbit of the furthest planet is still not known.

If you stand on the surface of one of the planets, then you would receive 200 times lesser light than you get from the sun, but you would still receive as much energy to keep you warm since the star is so close. It would also give some striking views, as the other planets would also appear in the sky as big as the moon; or even double time big.

On TRAPPIST-1f, the star would become visible three times as big as the sun in our sky. And because of the red personality of the star, the light would be a salmon shade.

Based on a preliminary climate model, the researchers believe that the 3 planets closest to the star may be too temperate to support liquid water, while the farthest planet, TRAPPIST-1h, is most likely too far-away and too cold to hold water on the surface. But the researchers need to do further research in order toknow more for sure.

TRAPPIST-1 hardly classifies as a star at half the hotness and a tenth the mass of the sun. It is red, not bright and just a bit bigger than Jupiter. However, these tiny ultra-cool dwarf stars are familiar in our galaxy. They were largely unnoticed until Gillon decided to study the space around one of these dwarves.

While the researchers used a telescope called TRAPPIST to watch its starlight and changes in clarity. The team also saw shadows, like little eclipses, occasionally interrupting the steady outline of starlight. This is called transiting and the shadows indicated planets and more observation confirmed them.

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National Plant a Flower Day

Spring is just around the corner about to arrive and we have National Plant a Flower Day coming up. So how many of you are ready to participate in this day? As we all know that March 12th is the National Plant a Flower Day; look into some of the places around you which might conduct competitions and celebrate this day. Every year this day is dedicated to the planting of flowers and looking forward to the spring season. Flower gardening has been a good hobby to many of us for years, and National Plant a Flower Day is a good start to the new season each year. Planting flowers can make you happy and proud when you see the buds start to develop in the plants you've planted. If you cannot participate in Plant a Flower Day, you can pick some other day to plant flowers in your garden. If you don't have one yet; then start making a garden by yourself. As this is a great activity which will make you active and help you learn how important plants are.

Knowing the importance of Earth and taking care of it will always help you grow. Start this great activity which can inspire your siblings, friends, parents and neighbors.

Before you grab your favorite flowering plants or seeds, it's always important to know your zone that you live in; as this helps you to determine which flowers you can grow inside and outside. You have to know the difference between perennials and annuals; perennials are the plants that grow back or come back by themselves every year in your region and annuals are the plants that require planting every year.

Once you do this research you can buy the seeds. Again there is a small strategy in buying the flowering plant seeds also, but don't worry it's going to be a simple task for you.  Ask for the seeds that can be started inside and can also be set in a sunny window, make sure to move them in and out according to the weather. Try to keep the soil moist, do not wet them; do follow the instructions on the seed package for proper germination of the seedling; only then can you see your plants flowering up. Remember waiting will be always rewarding.

If you are in a warmer climate; then it’s time to bring out all your gardening tools with good gardening gloves and start making your garden by adding some new soil.  Once you arrange everything, sow some new seeds, bulbs or plants and take care of those that blossom into a luminous blaze and let the entire neighborhood enjoy!

You can make it this day more interesting by sending a flower or a themed gift to a loved one. This could be a gardening gift basket with flower seeds, plants, bulbs, or more. Or, you could choose for an attractive exhibit of flowers that illustrates just why we all need to keep planting flowers and taking care of them.

  • Begin with a potted garden. If you are not ready to tear up a scrap of lawn; as this requires less care
  • Share your ideas with your peers, this may help you to get free plants, advice and have a budding friendship

Let’s all work together and start this wonderful day by looking beautiful by planting a flower and make the Earth happy.

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