Animal Finger Puppets – Easy Craft for Kids

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finger puppets craft for kidsA fun and simple craft for preschool age kids! Our new Color-Me™ Paper Finger Puppets come in 3 different shapes to inspire kids to create their favorite animals or creatures. They can be decorated with markers, watercolor, and other easy craft materials. The puppets are made out heavy weight uncoated card stock. The shapes come in a pack of 24, so this is a great group craft activity. Have the kids put on a Puppet Show after they create their finger puppets. Kids’ fingers become the legs to the puppets!

This activity is great for creativity, character development, and active play. Kids feel more comfortable sharing their emotions and feeling when using items like puppets.  Continue reading



STEM & STEAM Activity Ideas for Physical Education

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STEM and physical education

Whether you have been challenged to integrate STEM concepts into your PE class, your school is having a STEAM day/night or week, or you are looking to partner with Science and Math teachers in your school to enhance learning for your students – we have gathered up a few activities to inspire you.

Why You Should Try Teaming Together STEM and Physical Education?

We have heard from many PE Teachers that finding activities that incorporate STEM are not exactly “easy”, but the benefits of doing so can be very beneficial to students. Research from our friends at Active Schools tells us that kids who get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day are more successful in school. PE Teachers that are actively pairing STEM and PE by incorporating physical movement into lessons are seeing the effects it has on the retention and understanding of important science and math concepts. Continue reading



Featured PE Teacher – Kash Aleem

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This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Kash Aleem:

Kash Aleem

About Kash:

I teach Physical Education for grades K-5 at MayDell Jenks Elementary in Texas. I have been teaching for 10 years. My class sizes vary from 110-160 students.

Current Lesson Plan/Unit:

We are currently working on hockey skills. In the southern region of Texas, hockey skills are not exposed that much and I want my students to have that exposure. Students are learning individual skills, partner passing and shooting skills and group activities to work on all the skills combined.

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Emoji Memory Game – Fitness & Team Building Activities

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Emoji PE game

Emoji’s are so popular now with both kids and adults. We wanted to adapt this theme so that teachers were able to include it in their lessons. Our new Jumbo Emoji Memory Game incorporates both team building and competition elements. It is also an active game with fitness elements and can be used in both after school programs and PE classes.

With rules for 5 different games, this game has entertaining options for 2 players or teams, ages 4 to adult! It includes 48 large cards with an emoji graphic on the front. There are a total of 23 different emojis. There are 2 cards showing each emoji except for the “poop” emoji for which there are 4 cards. The back of all the cards are the same and show an assortment of emojis and the game name. Some of the games have rules variations that call for the use of a pair of Fitness dice. Continue reading



National Fun at Work Day Activities for Staff & Residents

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senior activities fun at work

January 26th is National Fun at Work Day! Organize a few fun games and activities throughout the day that different staff members and residents can enjoy. This observance is also celebrated on April 1st and can be combined with April Fools Day!

Before the observance, ask administrators if staff members can wear jeans and sneakers for the day to make it easier to participate in fun activities with residents. Here are a few ideas to ensure that your staff have fun at work with your residents. Continue reading



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