When you have an outdoor tennis unit in April, mother nature forces you indoors quite often for physical education classes.This makes you think outside the box when guiding your students to develop their tennis skills inside a gymnasium. At this years SHAPE National Convention, I was introduced to a game called PaddleZlam (@PaddleZlam). Justin Schleider, a physical education teacher, shared this game within the #physed Voxer group. This innovative educator brought a few sets with him for us to play during the SHAPE National Convention and within minutes we were hooked! This is such a fun, energetic and active game. I could not pass up the opportunity to share this game with others. Continue reading →
Field trips to the pool and pool parties are a big part of summer fun for kids. Although we have pool noodles and endless beach balls here at S&S, we wanted to help introduce you to some fun pool activity ideas that ensure everyone at the pool has a good time. We’ve even included activities to include children that don’t want to or are not ready to swim yet.
These activities were grouped together because they are easy to transport (field trips) and easy to store (most are inflatable).
The classic game of tic tac toe – but jumbo! With an oversized and inflatable game board and pieces, this game is perfect for the pool or the lawn. Play on teams of two, or one on one. Kids that are not swimming can also play outside of the pool or toss from the side of the pool. The pieces are also two colors, blue on one side and orange on the other.
Celebrate God with the 2017 VBS Themes! These are great for offering meaningful enrichment. Children can discover their faith with these inspirational and engaging themes. Learning has never been more fun with so many creative ways to play, craft, and decorate.
Castles & Fortresses
VBS Themes: Over the Moat & Mighty Fortress
These VBS themes both allow kids to use their imagination and visualize a medieval time. There are many lessons that can be taught using symbols like castles, fortresses, shields, and more. Teach children that even if they do not succeed, God is there to defend them and raise them up. He represents strength and love.
Here are some of our favorite VBS Castle Crafts and medieval decorations.
California is the Across the USA theme for June! Host several activities for your residents throughout the month that honor The Golden State’s famous landmarks. Here are a few ideas from notjustbingo to get you started.
With San Francisco’s Chinatown being the oldest Chinatown in North America, honor the culture-rich enclave that spans 24 blocks in downtown San Francisco by making bracelets with residents using Chinese character beads. Also add in a few Chinese-themed games throughout June, like hosting a Chinese yo-yo competition or scheduling a Chinese Checkers tournament.
Sequoia National Park
Recognize the beautiful Sequoia National Park and California’s state tree, the California Redwood – one of the world’s longest living trees that can reach up to 379 feet tall – by recruiting a few residents to decorate wooden pine trees that can be used as decoration throughout your facility for this monthly tribute to California. In addition, host a tree-themed intergenerational activity by inviting the grandkids to make stitched trees on a Saturday morning with Grandma and Grandpa. Continue reading →
If you have an extra 15 minutes you can accomplish three things in your classroom:
Calm yourself and your students
Engage them in a story
Become more physically fit
You can accomplish all of this through Storytelling Yoga. It combines two popular yet age old activities; storytelling and yoga. The benefits of both activities alone are incredible, but when combined, you will likely engage more students than you normally would using only one of the two. This appeals to visual learners, audio learners and kinesthetic learners. Continue reading →