Water Activities for Kids on Hot Summer Days

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water activities summerSummer is a special kind of season. With its sense of freedom and more relaxed air, summer can be one of the more anticipated seasons around. The weather generally allows for travel and other plans with less interruption except for one component: the heat. If you are a camp counselor, recreational program director, or work with kids outside in general, you may need to adjust plans for physical activities and other events for hot days. One of the best ways to help combat the heat is water!

From running through a hose or sprinkler to a slip and slide, there are a lot of water activities you can plan for children. Below are 4 water activities that you can use to quench the children’s thirst for something cool to do on a hot day. Continue reading



Lawn Games for Recreation and STEM

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On May 24, 2017, the curtain rose on Destination Imaginations Global Finals 2017 – a week-long celebration of creativity. Destination Imagination, Inc. is a leading educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the 21st century skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond. We develop project-based learning programs that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship.

Global Finals is the culminating event of every Destination Imagination (DI) season. DI Teams that advance past Regional and Affiliate (state/country) Tournaments are invited to participate in Global Finals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The scheduled festivities include the Destination Imagination Tournament, interactive exhibits, pin trading, skills workshops, international events and a whole lot of fun! This year, we decided to add some large-scale games for students to enjoy when they arrived at the event. Continue reading



Church Activities – How to Build a Temple Wall & Boat

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If you teach children in a church setting, I’m sure you would love to hear positive phrases from the young ones that you teach, like “This is the best day ever!” or “When do we get to come to church again?” and the ultimate is “I love coming here!”. Here are two lesson extension ideas that were a bit hit with my preschool class and their parents, at our church in Dripping Springs, Texas called Austin Ridge Bible Church.

Building a Temple Wall

Lesson:

We are studying the building and ultimate destruction/re-building of the temple wall in Nehemiah and Ezra. The main point of the lesson for our preschoolers was that God helped His people rebuild the temple in spite of the enemies that tried to stop them. He even used King Darius to finance the project and to keep them safe. They kept building, and when it was done they had a big party and thanked God. Continue reading



4 Outdoor Games for Summer Camp

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outdoor games summerSummer camp is a treasured time of year many school children look forward to. It means time with friends in a less structured environment, with all the fun summer activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, and all those camp related activities.

It’s not just a great experience for the children who attend; summer camp for many is a way to make extra money, further their teaching experience, do something different with friends, and provide an experience they once had as a child. That is why it is important that the activities that staff can use with children are engaging, fun, and memorable. You want summer camp to stay special, and it won’t if you plan the same stale games each time. Here are some outdoor games that can translate to other educational settings, which have a fresh spin and will make any summer camper or staff member jump up and down all year for summer! Continue reading



Fun 1950s Themed Activity Ideas for Senior Residents

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Planning a fun 1950s-themed party for your nursing home residents? Check below to find a few activity ideas from notjustbingo that you may want to add to your list of fun activities for the day.

1. Organize a Sock Hop: Encourage residents to dress up for a fun evening of dancing to music from the Fifties. If hiring an entertainer is not an option, just play a 1950s CD and invite residents to show you how to do the Twist, the Hand Jive, and the Bop.

2. Host a Marilyn Monroe Matinee: Set up the television area in your facility to run movies all day highlighting 1950s Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe. Feature several of her classic funny movies like Some Like It Hot (1959), The Seven Year Itch (1955), and How to Marry a Millionaire (1953). Set up bags of popcorn for residents to help themselves as they stop in to watch the actress on the screen.

3. Reminisce About the Good Old Days: Get residents remembering the fun they had cruising in convertibles, growing-out their sideburns, and eating Pez candy. In fact, pass around a few Pez dispensers for residents to reminisce. To get the recollection flowing even more, show residents a DVD about the special events of the era or show a slower-paced DVD that allows residents to stop and recollect while watching the video. Continue reading



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