COMPILED BY ELIZABETH APPLE
verybody knows about counting sheep,
but when was the last time you count-
ed geese, or cows, or aardvarks?
If you have toddlers, and bedtime at
your home translates to insanity time, con-
sider this game which will both make chil-
dren laugh and help them relax.
As your son or daughter lies in bed, try in-
corporating Mr. Moon and counting something
other than sheep.
You begin the game. "It's time for bed, and
I see one anteater jumping over Mr. Moon."
child's turn. "It's
time for bed, and I
see two mice jumping over the moon."
Then you: "It's time for bed, and I see
three frogs jumping over the moon."
You can go on and on until you run out of
anim a ls, or until your little angel is too tired
to continue (which, for some children, might
mean six hours of animal silliness — so be pre-
It's In The Cards
Under The Umbrella
f you like to go singin' in the
rain, or if you simply want to
cheer up a dreary day, think
about designing your own
You will need:
a solid-colo• umbrella
water-resistant fabric paints
(available at craft and discount
First, cover your work space
with newspaper as paints can, of
course, be messy. Then cover
yourself, too, with an old smock.
Open the umbrella and begin
painting away; let dry for several
hours before taking outside.
f you've got a bottle of mouth-
wash handy, this new 95 per-
cent fat-free (but very
garlicky) chip might be per-
fect for you. Otherwise, think it
Snack Appeal Inc. Black
Bean Chips — certified 0-U,
dairy (not cholov Yisrael)
You'll quickly be able to think
up all kinds of fun art for your
umbrella. Do you want to paint
a sunny day, with rainbows and
apple trees? Or perhaps animals
like ducks and cats and fish? Or
maybe your family? Or multicol-
"They're ugly, but good.
You're going to need a lot of
toothpaste after eating
— Account Executive
A WORD OF CAUTION TO
PARENTS: Some umbrellas
feature a sharp point. When
selecting an umbrella for this
project, it's preferable to pick one
with a smooth top. If, however,
yours includes the pointed top,
supervise your children at
all times as they do their paint-
A 'Czech:tics:1h Znadition
family in Oak Park called where the money will go. The next
with this great suggestion for time it's full, it's another child, and so
on in a rotating sched-
Each week before Shabbat
But first they
begins, all the children put money into
have to do a little
one tzedakah box. After several
weeks, there's enough to make a
nice donation. The question be-
comes, where should it
This family decided
which each child can study
and then make his
have gone to groups that
feed the hungry and a battered
box is full, one child gets to select women's shelter.)
udos to Saab Motors for being the first to provide
new owners with an on-board safety card.
All new Saab 900 and 9000 cars are equipped
with the card, which gives vital information on
how children and babies can travel safely in cars. (The
No. 1 rule: Never put young children in the front seat,
even infants in their car seats.)
The card, which fits into the vehicle's front door,
includes other information on safe car
travel, such as how to properly
wear a safety belt.
o you know what to do if there's a fire in your house?
How about what to say when a stranger approaches
and asks you to help find his lost puppy?
Children and their parents are invited to Safe-
ty Town, a national program that will be held locally Sat-
urday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, at Tel-Twelve Mall
Sponsored by Detroit Edison and WNIC Radio, the
program addresses such issues as electrical and fire safe-
ty, stranger danger, and being cautious around vehicles.
The program is free, and each session lasts about one
"They're good — and believe
me, I would tell you if they
— Account Associate
"They've got a bad after-
Do you have an idea
or photo that would be
good for The Jewish News
Fun for the Family section?
We Want You!
!lardy run is looking for some great drawings by budding Picassos.
Please send us your children's best drawings and paintings, which
we will print on this page in the coming weeks. There are no restric-
tions, though each piece of art must include the child's name, age, city
of residence and school If you would like the drawing returned, you
must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
"They're pungent and salty,
but they're good. They need
some kind of dip, though."
— Account Executive
Please send to
Family Fun, c/o The Jewish
News, 27676 Franklin Rd.,
Southfield, MI 48034
Photos become the
property of The Jewish News
and cannot he returned.