Why it's important A can-do attitude empowers kids to follow through on their dreams. Ironically, the best way to instill it is to let them struggle a bit. "Encourage them, then stand back and let them problem-solve on their own," says Dr. Rasbury.
Bring it to life Fill a sturdy gallon-size plastic baggie halfway with ice. Add six tablespoons of rock salt. In a separate quart-size plastic bag, pour in one cup of milk, two tablespoons of sugar, half a teaspoon of vanilla, and a handful of chocolate chips. Seal the smaller baggie and put it inside the larger bag (seal that one too). Shake the bag for 10 minutes, taking turns. It will seem like forever to a 4-year-old, but when the time's up, she'll find her perseverance has paid off -- with homemade chocolate-chip ice cream!
Read and learn The Very Quiet Cricket, by Eric Carle. This little insect tries again and again to chirp yet can't make a sound. But by the end, he chirps like a champ.