Looking for a craft that’s super simple to construct and a HOOT to play with? You can make almost any animal out of a brown paper bag, and this week, we show you how to make an owl.

Last Week’s Crafts! Here is a roundup of our Craft’s for Kids last week:

1. Make a beautiful modern art sculpture with tissue paper: http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/modern-art-sculpture-video/

2. Be the star of your own mini show with these pencil puppets and cereal box theater: http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/mini-pencil-puppets-cereal-box-theater/

3. Sneak in some science and grow your own sprouts from a sponge! You can customize the shape for any occasion or holiday: http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/sponge-sprouts/

Find more great crafts on our blog, Crafts for Kids: http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/


Brought to you by the Landers family, The Huggabug Club characters included: Uncle Huggabug, a cowboy-insect; Miss Oops-A-Daisy, a clumsy flower; and Auntie Bumble, a grandmotherly bee and the “Buggsters”, a group of multi-cultural children who sing and dance.

That is all.

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Come on down to Groundling Marsh!

Well, you COULD have from 1995-1997 when this adorable crowd of puppets lived on PBS KIDS. According to Publisher’s Weekly, “Groundling Marsh took place in a magical swamp… Most of the characters are Groundlings, but look very different from each other. They can be described as any combination of animal, human, elf and plant. One of the characters is a robot (Stacks). Generally, humans never appear in the series except as an alien presence represented by a boot or a voice. Most often, humans come to the marsh to dump trash and disrupt the ecosystem. The show was designed to be educational and so the story of each episode includes morals such as friendship, honesty, caring, and protection of the environment.”

Watch musicians take Sesame’s stage and play along with your own instruments! Learn new things about musical instruments and the big stars that play them in this week’s playlist.

Watch the playlist here: Sesame Street Beats

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On This Day in Pittsburgh History:  May 1, 1969 

Fred Rogers, host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications to oppose significant proposed cuts to funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. [Youtube

Opening statement

Sen. Pastore: All right, Rogers, you’ve got the floor.

Mr. Rogers: Sen. Pastore, this is a philosophical statement and would take about ten minutes to read, so I’ll not do that. One of the first things that a child learns in a healthy family is trust, and I trust what you have said that you will read this. It’s very important to me. I care deeply about children.

Sen. Pastore: Will it make you happy if you read it?

Mr. Rogers: I’d just like to talk about it, if it’s alright. My first children’s program was on WQED fifteen years ago, and its budget was $30. Now, with the help of the Sears-Roebuck Foundation and National Educational Television, as well as all of the affiliated stations — each station pays to show our program. It’s a unique kind of funding in educational television. With this help, now our program has a budget of $6000. It may sound like quite a difference, but $6000 pays for less than two minutes of cartoons. Two minutes of animated, what I sometimes say, bombardment. I’m very much concerned, as I know you are, about what’s being delivered to our children in this country. And I’ve worked in the field of child development for six years now, trying to understand the inner needs of children. We deal with such things as — as the inner drama of childhood. We don’t have to bop somebody over the head to…make drama on the screen. We deal with such things as getting a haircut, or the feelings about brothers and sisters, and the kind of anger that arises in simple family situations. And we speak to it constructively. (more

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