An Issue From the Zucchini Archives!
THE ZUCCHINI CLUBHOUSE NEWSLETTER
...the official newsletter from The Zucchini Brothers!
from ZucchiniLand! And welcome to this archived edition of our Zucchini Clubhouse
Newsletter, a quarterly publication filled with interesting facts, news
from ZucchiniLand, stories, educational tidbits, projects, and much more!
Please feel free to print this out and share with as many people as you
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NEW & EXCITING ZUCCHINI PROJECTS
The Zucchini Brothers are working with the New York State Department of
Health again. This time we're writing and recording songs about lead poisoning
prevention. We're also working on a new Zucchini Brothers CD!
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Steve Zucchini here-I'm the brother that Mom put
in charge of organizing the spring cleaning. It was going fine until the
vacuum cleaner bag got too full and decided blow its contents around the
clubhouse...Now everything's covered in a fine dust...I mean EVERYTHING:
tables, chairs, floors, walls, Jack, Sam, and Polly (our dog for you new
subscribers). AND, operating the vacuum, almost unrecognizable, looking like
a giant dustmonster, two feet from the bag, is me - dusty ol' Steve. Guess
I should'a checked to see how full that bag was before I started vacuuming!
Now might be the time for some of those vacuum cleaner demonstrations that
I'm always avoiding. "please telemarketing vacuum people, the Zuccs NEED
your toughest, most powerful, miracle-working vacuums for Clubhouse Dust
Storm ASAP!" But, hey, things could be worse! The Zucchinis want to make
you smile, sing, and forget about things like spring cleaning, broken dustbags
and other less than exuberant things. check our concert schedule and come
on out to one of our concerts. No vacuum required!
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with the songs of birds, weather's warming have you heard...it's mud season
here in zucchini Land-snow's all melted and, in our clubhouse yard, there's
lots of nice big puddles and little streams to play in. That's why Mom and
Dad took my brothers and me to Pete's Sneaker Store the other day to get rubber
boots...Mom doesn't want us to ruin our good shoes, so we'll just put the
boots over 'em to protect 'em. Mine are green, Sam's are yellow and Steve's
are red. But Steve likes wearing Dad's blue ones that are way too big for
him. The other day Steve was wearing Dad's big blue boots and he tripped
right over his own two feet and fell face first into one of the puddles we
were playing in. Where upon Dad's big blue boots filled up with water and
Steve's feet got all wet! Well, after all was said and done...and believe
me there was some sayin' and doin'...I think Steve learned his lesson 'cause
he wears his own red rubber boots now-a-days and he hasn't fallen over ever
And now that winter's over and spring has sprung, my brothers and I have
been doing some spring raking around the clubhouse and I've noticed a mole
has already been digging tunnels in our back yard--Dad's not happy about that!
Oh, and now that it's bike season, we've decided to start our own Zucchini
Land neighborhood bike club. To be a member you have to live in Zucchini Land
and have a bike or know someone who has one, and you've definitely got to
have a helmet. So far, my brothers and I, our friend susan and our dog Polly
are in the club (Polly's in because she knows us and we've got bikes). But,
it's been pretty windy lately so we've decided to hold off on the bike club
and instead form a kite flying club. In fact, I'm going to go get my kite
out of the garage right now-that wind's really whippin'- yee haw!!!
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to start the Clubhouse garden once again! As soon as the ground un-froze,
I planted some pea plant seeds and put up the vine trellis for the peas to
grow up on. The peas can always be planted earlier than everything else because
they like the cold weather. Around the rest of the garden, my brothers and
I are getting the soil ready, doing some early weeding, and planning where
we're gonna plant what. Looks like those moles that Jack mentioned have spared
our garden plot, and haven't dug holes in it. So we're good to go!
We planted garlic last fall, which is sprouting up already, and pretty soon
we'll be planting string beans. After the last frost rolls by we'll plant
the rest of the garden: peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, tomatoes, eggplants,
and of course-zucchini! We'll also be planting some more adventurous stuff
like swiss chard, purple basil, strawberry spinach, bok choi, chinese cabbage,
and kale. We'll keep you posted on the progress. Wish us luck!
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LET'S ALL GET CREATIVE
: : : Sand Tray : : :
The weather is getting warmer here in Zucchini Land, but it's not quite
beach weather yet. That's okay because we've been having fun playing with
our sand trays, which provide us with hours of creative play. And the cool
thing about sand trays (as opposed to sandboxes) is that when it's raining
outdoors--as often happens during Spring--Mom and Dad sometimes let us bring
our sand trays indoors and play with them on the kitchen table (as long as
we promise to clean up afterwards).
All you need to make your own sandtray is a large plastic basin (23"x16"
works well for us) with a lid, sand, and small objects to put in the sand.
For example, we make nature scenes with objects such as pine cones, bark,
twigs, and stones. Small trains, cars and other vehicles, small boxes, animal
or people figurines, scoops, shells, and flattened marbles all make nice props,
too. See what you have around the house that would be fun to use in your
sand tray. Keep the sand moist (not wet) for best results. You might want
to take your time arranging items in your sand tray to make a nice scene,
or your sand tray could be a stage for active play. You can practice writing
letters, numbers, and shapes in the sand if you want to--or make mountains
and even ponds (by sticking a round container into the sand and filling the
container with water). The possibilities are endless! We've been known to
occupy ourselves for hours with our sand trays. And usually there's not much
of a mess, either.
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FROM THE ZUCCHINI KITCHEN (Mmmm!)
: : : Yummy Noodles with Peanut Sauce : : :
This is one of our very favorite meals, that we simply refer to as "Noodles!"
Of course, it's not appropriate for anyone with a peanut allergy.
Noodles: 8 oz. soba or udon noodles, spaghetti or linguine
Sauce: 1/4 cup warm water 4 Tbs. smooth peanut butter (natural style; reduced
fat is okay) 3 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce or tamari 1 clove garlic, chopped
2 tsp. fresh ginger, chopped (or 2/3 tsp. dried) 1 1/2 Tbs. dark sesame oil
1 Tbs. rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar 2 tsp. honey or sugar Pinch of
Vegetables (use any combination of the following): Mung bean sprouts Cucumbers,
peeled, seeded and sliced into half-moons Red pepper, chopped or cut into
thin strips Snow peas, whole or cut in half Carrots, chopped or julienned
Broccoli florets, lightly cooked Frozen green peas, thawed Scallions, thinly
1) In a pot of boiling water, cook pasta until tender. Drain and rinse with
2) Mix sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor, and process until
smooth. If you don't have a blender or food processor, then you can whisk
the sauce ingredients together in a bowl.
3) Transfer the noodles to a serving bowl, and toss with the sauce. Stir
in veggies or serve veggies on the side. This meal is best served at room
temperature or cold.
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What season is it when you are on a trampoline? Spring-time!
Why did the egg hide when the toddler came into the room? It was a little
What is the Easter Bunny's favorite state capitol? Albunny, New York!
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HEY! IT'S THE WORD OF THE DAY
: : : IMMUNE : : :
Definition:(adjective) Protected against infection through inoculation or
inherited or acquired resistance. Synonyms: vaccinated, resistant, safe from,
Our friend Susan's little brother came down with chicken pox last week,
but we didn't worry about getting it because we are immune to chicken pox.
(We already had it!)
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QUOTE OF THE SEASON
"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version
of somebody else." -Judy Garland
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THAT'S EASY FOR YOU TO SAY!
Try saying this tongue-twister 3 times, fast:
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WEBSITE OF THE MONTH
It's been a couple of years since we featured this website, but it's worth
mentioning again because it's such an impressive, comprehensive site: http://www.enchantedlearning.com.
It's jam-packed with educational information on a *plethora* of topics (including
animals, inventors, science, geography, and preschool activities, to name
only a few). This site could take you months upon months to explore and is
*definitely* worth visiting and bookmarking! Enjoy!
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