From Our Archives: To Dye For
















DIY Tips:
• Protect your clothes and hands by wearing a smock (a plastic garbage bag will do) and thick rubber gloves.
• Most dyes found in Beijing are not typically used for tie-dye, so the colors will run after the first wash.
• Teach your kids about mixing colors: combine red and blue dyes to create purple.
• When dosing the white shirt with color, be sure the dye fills the creases. More is better here; the whites of the shirt should not be visible.

Shunyi Happenings: INN Shunyi Coffee Morning, Post-Birth Exercise Class, Diva Day with Green-T Living


INN Shunyi Coffee Morning
Join other newcomers and old-timers in the Shunyi area, at this month’s International Newcomers Network (INN) Shunyi coffee morning. Thursday, October 15 from 10am-12pm in the Chatterbox Café at The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi. Coffee, snacks, and lots of chat an 10am, then a shuttle bus over to Roundabout at 11.30am for those who are interested. Catch the bus back to BSB or make your own way home from Roundabout.

From Our Archives: It's Hip to Be Square

Science Snapshot:
Water and oil are not good friends - they don't mix. Oil is less dense (meaning lighter) than water, so it floats on top. When the effervescent tablet or bicarb soda drops into the colored water, a chemical reaction begins - producing carbon dioxide bubbles. These bubbles surround droplets of colored water making them momentarily less dense than the oil. They rise up through the oil, until they hit the surface and the bubbles pop. The heavier water then drops back down through the oil to the bottom of the jar. Real lava lamps use two liquids that are very close in density, or weigh about the same, but don't mix. The heavier liquid down the bottom is heated, which causes it to become less dense and to rise to the top of the lamp. As the heated liquid rises, it cools down, becomes more dense and starts to sink.

From Our Archive: What's Fun In - Let Fly: The sky’s the limit at these eight kite-friendly venues in Beijing

As temperatures rise this month and the sun stays out longer, Beijingers will be gearing up for an annual spring ritual. Kite flying, a popular seasonal custom, is said to get rid of bad luck. Tradition dictates that the string be cut when the kite is high in the sky in order to allow the wind to carry away illness and misfortune. In the past, parents would tell their children not to pick up a kite on their way home; if one landed on your property, the only way to avoid bad luck was to burn it.

There are many stories surrounding the invention of kites, which are believed to have originated in China. The first kite was generally believed to have been conceived of  by Chinese philosopher Mozi (墨子) during the Warring States Period (481-221 BC). His invention, which was shaped like a wooden hawk, was more accurately described as a kite-like flying machine. Years later, his apprentice – the legendary architect and carpenter Lu Ban (鲁班) – improved on his original design and made a kite that managed to stay in the sky for three consecutive days.

beijingkids Pulls Out All The Stops Once Again This Halloween

It’s October and that means Halloween… and once again beijingkids is pulling out all the stops to make it the best Halloween ever with our 9th Annual Halloween Costume Party for kids and families!

Every year so far has been a sell-out, so get your tickets early before they run out! There's discounts for groups (20% off for 5 or more, 40% off for 10 or more), so get your friends on the horn and bring a crowd!

There's three sessions this year: Two for the downtown crowd on Sunday, Oct 25 at the Canadian International School of Beijing, and one for the Shunyi peeps on Sunday, Nov 1 at Keystone Academy.

This year, expect to be spooked and have fun with the following:

-- Real on-site trick-or-treating with lots of candies and sweets for all

From Our Archives: Friction Action

Time: 30 minutes plus decorating time
Difficulty: Easy

20cm x 20cm piece of cardboard
Two 5cm lengths of drinking straw
String (natural fibers work best)
Scotch tape
Colored pens, pencils, crayons or paints

From Our Archive: Strange Trees and Mao Coats - Touching the Sky at Wulingshan

Two weekends ago, my friends and I escaped to Wulingshan National Forest Park (雾灵山国家级自然保护) in Hebei. Over a period of six hours, we hiked 19km – around 1,000m in elevation – to the top of the mountain and stayed at the only hotel on the summit. Along the way, we saw "strange trees," circled sunny mountain roads, and saw a cartoonishly beautiful sunset.

Open to Question: The Vaccination Debate - ISB students examine the pros and cons of mandating vaccines

Should parents be required to vaccinate their children? It’s a question that has spurred debate among families and within the health community in recent years. By age 2, most children will have received almost 30 vaccinations designed to boost defenses against disease, however an increasing number opt against vaccination. Proponents say vaccinations are incredibly valuable in disease prevention and control, while those against them cite a parent’s right to choose as well as fear over an increased risk of developing severe allergic reactions, or worse – possible life-threatening side effects. Elaine C. and Michael T., two seniors from International School of Beijing (ISB), evaluate the issue.

Elaine, Taiwan, has been in Beijing for five years
Vaccines may not entirely prevent a child from contracting a disease, but they do greatly reduce the likelihood of a disease outbreak. In a 2008 measles outbreak in San Diego, an unvaccinated 7-year-old infected 11 other unvaccinated children, according to the US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of the 11 children, three were too young for vaccines and most of the remaining children had parents who requested legal personal-belief exemptions from vaccines. This outbreak cost the public sector over USD 10,000 for each case, for a total of over USD 100,000.

Moggies of the Week: Meet Stracciatello and Lucky

There are hundreds of animals hoping to find loving homes in Beijing. If you are considering adopting a pet, Doggy/Moggy of the Week will feature animals from volunteer shelters, animal rescue groups, foster care providers, and pet owners needing to rehome animals. This week's kittens, Stracciatello and Lucky, are from ICVS' Adoptable Pets.

Introduction: Hi everyone, our names are Stracciatello and Lucky.

Background: Our momma was a stray cat rescued from the streets. Our kind rescuer did not know momma was pregnant. Now, our home is too small for four cats. The original house cat is feeling very overwhelmed so us kittens are hoping to be adopted as soon as possible.

Personality: We are both very sweet, playful and healthy. Stracciatello, the boy, is a energetic and outgoing kitten. Lucky, the little girl, is gentle and sweet and slightly shy. We will bring our new families lots of love and lifelong companionship.

Secret Agent Man

Ever since kids first started raiding wardrobes for dress-up costumes, there's been a market for fake mustaches. Whether your little ones are secret agents, cops or cowboys, a good set of whiskers will always come in handy.

Scotch tape
Plain heavy stock paper
Heavy black paper
Exacto knife
Colored scrubbers
Double-sided tape

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