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Mixing It Up
July 23rd, 2012

Play-doh, the colorful, squishy clay with the nice salty smell, can almost seem to come alive.  You can cut it into diamonds and stars, you can shape it into animals, or you can pump out spaghetti strands.  You can mix colors until they turn that murky overmixed-Playdoh brown, or holler when anyone lets the blue touch the totally clean white.  If you do mix up colors, you’ll find that the more colors you mix, the less you have of each one – and that trade-off can make or break your creations.

It’s a Zoo Out There
July 19th, 2012

July may be National Ice Cream Month, but this week is National Zoo Keeper Week.  What a great job: you get to hang out at the zoo every day, pet all those furry animals, and feed them without even having to stand in line.  Of course, the job also has its dangers, like possibly losing your hand when you try to feed the sharks.  If you imagine a typical day for a zookeeper, you see that the excitement could add up fast.