Learning about saving is important to this inquisitive 6 year old. Her mom tells us that she is already putting her change aside to make deposits in her Navigator account. This is a great lesson she can take with her as she continues to grow. She wants to be a teacher when she is older and can teach her students the importance of saving as well. Keep up the great work, Destiny, and keep saving!
Here are some cool facts about fall fruits and veggies:
Apples are worth a lot. In 2012, the apple crop was almost $3.1 billion. Nearly 9 billion pounds of apples were used that year! All 50 states grow apples, but Washington grows the most.
Nothing says fall like pumpkins. In 2012, more than 1.3 billion pounds of them were picked. That’s $148.9 million worth of pumpkins! (Wonder if any of them was the Great Pumpkin!)
Did you know? Illinois is pumpkin central. Ninety percent of U.S. pumpkins were grown within 90 miles of Peoria, IL. Most of these pumpkins will end up canned for such uses as pie filling. Mmmm, pumpkin pie.
Americans eat almost 50 pounds of fall vegetables each. But not at one meal, of course!
Sources: www.agmrc.org and www.ers.usda.gov.
- A large balloon
- Several newspaper pages
- Paper mache paste
- Crepe paper streamers
- Yarn or string
- Masking tape
What to Do
- Rip the newspaper into strips about one inch wide and six inches long.
- Blow up the balloon and tie it shut.
- One at a time, dip the newspaper strips into the paste. Remove any extra paste by pulling the strips through your pinched fingers.
- Spread the newspaper onto the balloon. Make the strips go in all directions, and cover the entire balloon except for a small hole where the balloon is tied.
- Let it dry.
- Add two or three more layers, repeating steps 3 – 5.
- Once it is completely dry, pop the balloon and remove it through the hole.
- Decorate your piñata with bright colors of paint, crepe paper and streamers.
- To hang your piñata, poke four small holes evenly spaced around the larger hole in the top. Thread a piece of string or yarn through each hole and tie them together at the top. Cover the holes with masking tape. Tie a longer piece of string onto these to hang up the piñata.
- Fill your piñata with small toys, candies or both and hang it up. Have fun!
Congratulations to Teagan Turner of Pass Christian! Teagan, a member of the Navvi Gator Super Saver’s Club, is the lucky winner of a $100 gift card to Toys ‘R’ US, which he enjoyed more than his sucker. He is 3, loves to ride his bike, without training wheels, and can’t wait to take his trip to the toy store. This active toddler will continue saving his money with the help of his grandmother, who opened his account to teach him about the importance of saving. Teagan is definitely on the right track to success and is a step ahead with the helping hand of his grandmother. Great job, Teagan, and keep saving.
It’s wet outside. Dizzy Duck wants to jump in puddles. But he forgot his rain boots by the rock on the other side of the park. He’s not allowed to get his feet wet. Can you help him get to his rain boots? If you can, he can jump in puddles!
Don’t forget to splash away in savings fun at Navigator Credit Union.
It’s spring! And spring is the best. Here’s why: flowers, baseball, Easter eggs and baby animals.
Babies are so cute, no matter their shape or size. With spring in the air many babies will spring up at zoos, farms and out in the wild. Some will be furry, fluffy or feathered. Why is spring the perfect time for baby animals to be born?
- Warm weather. Sun and warmer temperatures make it easier for small babies to survive.
- Moisture. In some areas of the world spring means the snow has melted, rain showers are on their way and new plants will burst from the earth.
- Plentiful food. When it’s warm and there’s moisture, it’s easier for babies and their moms to find food to maintain energy and grow.
Spring is about new beginnings, change and growth. Speaking of change and growth, if you have a jar full of coins, you should put it in a savings account at Navigator Credit Union. Over time, keep adding to it and watch it grow — just like zoo babies do. Start smart money habits now. Ask your parents to come with you to visit your neighborhood branch today!
Sources: “Learn About Baby Animals”
Flowers look pretty and smell good. Some even provide food for animals, such as butterflies and other insects. Warmer weather means spring is a great time to plant flowers. Talk to your parents and see if you can have a flower garden of your very own!
- A container such as a flower box or
- Potting mix (soil that helps flowers grow).
- Watering can.
- Flowers ready to plant.
A greenhouse or farmers market will have many different types of flowers for you to choose from. Some flowers grow best in the sun, and others are made for the shade! Your parents can help you choose flowers that will grow best in your garden.
Ask your parents to help you plant your garden in the pot with the potting soil. Leave some room between the flowers so they have room to grow more leaves and flower blooms. Then, don’t forget to water your flowers. You’ll need to take care of your flowers as they grow during the spring and summer. Be sure to keep them watered when it’s hot and dry!
WE CAN HELP YOU GROW YOUR MONEY
Money doesn’t grow from dirt, but it can grow in your Navigator Credit Union savings account. When you deposit money in your savings account, it earns extra money called dividends. The longer you save, the more it can earn!
Congratulations to Shelby Scara of Gautier! Shelby, a member of the Navvi-Gator Super Saver’s Club, is the lucky winner of The World’s Largest Christmas Stocking. Shelby is four years old and enjoys visiting Navigator to make frequent deposits into her savings account. Shelby has a bright future ahead of her and is already on the right path to success. Great job, Shelby, and keep saving!
Numbers help us learn about science and cool things in our world. Do you know how high numbers can go?
The numbers go higher but, we can’t show them all. Some wouldn’t fit on a page! One centillion has 303 zeroes! Something that is too big to count in numbers = infinity.
HOW BIG? HOW MUCH? HOW MANY?
Here are some fun facts about really big numbers.
How much could $1 million buy? About 400,000 school lunches. Or 3 million pieces of string cheese. That’s more than anyone could eat in a lifetime!
How long would it take to count to 1 billion? Too long! Counting to 1 billion nonstop would take almost 32 years.
How many people live on planet Earth? There are 7 billion people on the planet … and they do a lot of talking! More than 4 billion people use mobile phones worldwide.
What would 1 trillion pennies look like? One trillion pennies stacked in a tower would be 870,000 miles high. That’s farther than the moon!