FUN FACT If you mouth the word “colourful” to someone, it looks like you are saying “I love you”. Go on, try it!

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olympics quiz
On your marks . . . get set . . . go! Exactly a year from today, the Olympics will start in London – but are you ready? Try this tricky quiz from a fab new book, The Official Countdown to the London 2012 Games, to see whether you’ll win a medal! 1. What did a winner at the ancient Olympic Games get instead of a medal? • Silver crown • Olive branch • Laurel wreath 2. Which of these sports was NOT part of the 1908 Olympic Games? • Motor Boating • Basketball • Rugby 3. What is the name of the shot that bounces off the backboard into the basket in basketball? • Bounce Back • Big Shot • Bank shot 4. What is the highest fence in an Olympic Jumping event? • 1 metre Team GB • 10 metres basketball player • 1.6 metres
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Why did the jelly baby go to school? Because he really wanted to be a smartie!

6. Which of these countries has won a record-breaking three gold medals for football? • Argentina This cou • Brazil ld be a tric k! • Hungary –

7. How many hurdles do you have to jump over in a 100m hurdles race? • 12 •8 • 10
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Score: 6 or more Wow! There’s no stopping you, you’ve just won a shiny gold medal! Score: 3 to 5 Well done, you’ve won yourself a super silver medal! Score: 2 or below Good effort, you’ve won a bronze medal. Better luck next time!

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Just like homework – but so much more fun! Find out all about the properties of ice by making an ice balloon. Just follow these instructions from our friendly boffins at the Science Museum. Very nICE!

What you do
• Put a couple of drops of food colouring into your balloon and then fill it with water from the tap. Leave it in your freezer for more than 24 hours. When you are ready to use it, cut the end of the balloon.

• Add salt and see what happens.

• Carefully peel the rest of the balloon away from the ice. • Look at it through a magnifying glass. What can you see? • Put the ice balloon in water.

What you NEEd
▶ Round balloon ▶ Food colouring ▶ Water ▶ Salt ▶ Washing-up ▶ liquid ▶ Magnifying ▶ glass ▶ Tray ▶ Large plastic tub (that the ice balloon can fit into)

• Starting from the hole you have made, cut down to the opposite end of the balloon.


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7 9 2 6 5 1 8 4 3

8 6 9 2 1 4 3 7 5

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2 3 5 7 6 8 1 9 4

3 5 6 8 2 9 4 1 7

4 2 1 5 7 3 9 8 6

9 7 8 1 4 6 5 3 2

• Add some food colouring. Look at the shape and watch how it moves.

For more great science larks head to the Science Museum in London this summer. Find out what’s on for kids at: sciencemuseum.org.uk/ visitmuseum

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1. Olive branch 2. Basketball 3. Bank shot 4. 1.6 metres 5. Shell 6. Hungary 7. 10

5. What is another name that rowers use for a racing boat? • Shell • Log • Raft


Shadow by Michael Morpurgo This is about a boy called Aman and his mother who are from Afghanistan. They are forced to live in a cave and that is where Aman finds Shadow, a dog. It is an interesting, full-of-action story that faces reality and shows the horrible face of war and the way the people fight back courageously, full of hope, to change their torn lives. It inspires readers to think how they can help others who are suffering. It is a recommended book for Michael Morpurgo fans, dog lovers, people who like war stories or people who just want to have a good read. After I started reading I couldn’t let go of the book. Reviewed by missylybmouse at guardian.co.uk/childrensbooks
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WE NEEd you!
Seen a good movie? Been on a great trip? Got a good joke? Want to introduce your guinea pig to G2 readers? We want your jokes, tips, film reviews, museum reviews, and pet profiles, so drop us a line at g2kids@guardian. co.uk. Don’t forget to include your name and age! One lucky contributor will win a prize at the end of the week.
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