FUN FACT When you sleep, you grow by about 8mm (0.3in). The next day you shrink back to your former height!

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Across 1 Popular pet with long ears (6) 5 Tennis shot hit high in the air (3) 7 Small green vegetable (3) 8 School science subject (9) 9 Christmas ___ : 24 December (3) 10 Long flat runner used on snow (3) 11 Opposite of opened (6) Down 1 Processed an item for reuse (8) 2 Thought to be true (8) 3 On an upper floor of the house (8) 4 Brightly coloured type of beetle (8) 6 Total joy (5) 8 One plus one (3)


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your JokE
What do you call a wobbly flying machine? A jellycopter! Tom Gilmore, 7



your rEviEw
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Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome Not only do I like the idea of four children (the Swallows) going away to camp on an island in the Lake District; not only do I like the fact that two sisters (the Amazon Pirates) meet them and they share adventures; not only do I like that they wage (and win) a war with Captain Flint (the Amazons’ uncle) – but I also love the illustrations, description, chapter length, and the fact that the chapters are marked with Roman numerals. Swallows and Amazons is my favourite book because you get excited along with the characters. When the Swallows pulled off their plan I actually found my heart thumping against my ribcage, as if I was there in the “Amazon” too. And when they jump into a lake I felt cold because I could really picture the icy-cold water. My favourite character is Titty (giggle!) because she is brave and quite clever. When you read Swallows and Amazons, you really get lost on Wild Cat Island and their world. Swallows and Amazons for ever! Gracie Dahl, 12


Crack the code
How to... HavE fun outdoors
Bored indoors, Mum confiscated your DS? Grab your mates and head outside to play these fab games:

can you work out each of the words that have been entered into a mobile phone to create the series of numbers below? the image to the left shows the layout of the keypad. all the words are the names of birds: 1) 744366 2) 624743 For answers see 3) 76246
tomorrow’s G2

water. Line them up and see how many you can knock down with a ball. Take it in turns.

frEnCH CriCkEt

Grab a tennis ball and a bat. The batsman stands with the bat in front of his legs. Everyone else stands around them in a circle. The aim is to get the batsman out by catching them out or hitting them below the knee with the ball. To start, someone bowls to the batsman, aiming for their legs. If the batsman hits it or not, wherever the ball ends up, anyone can pick it up and quickly throw it from that spot. Take it in turns to bat.
puzzles by clarity media

Hang a hula hoop from a tree branch. Use sticks to mark the ground at regular distances from the hoop. Each player takes it in turns to try to throw a football

Hoop ball

through the hoop. Start at the stick nearest the hoop and then gradually get further and further away. If you miss, you are eliminated. The winner is the last player left.


Fill a variety of plastic bottles with

Yesterday’s answers

nEws flasH

Londoner Sam Heath set a new world record this week – for the most bubbles blown inside one big bubble. Samsam Bubbleman, as he likes to be known, spent more than two hours creating an incredible 71 mini bubbles inside one huge one, 47cm wide.

Spot the difference a tree is missing, boo boo’s bow tie is the wrong colour, yogi’s tie is missing, yogi’s hat is the wrong colour, boo boo is missing part of

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You need to be near an outside wall suitable for bouncing a tennis ball on. Each player is given a number from one and up (you could draw numbers). Using a hand as a racket, each player hits the ball against the wall in number

order. If a player misses the ball, doesn’t hit the wall or hits it after two bounces, he’s out of the game. The winner is the last one remaining. For more great ideas, check out Run Wild! Outdoor Games and Adventures by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield, published by Frances Lincoln at £16.99

wE nEEd you!
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