Fun Father’s Day Ideas for Seniors & Grandkids

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father's day grandkidsNeed a few intergenerational Father’s Day ideas? Plan an afternoon of special activities for the grandkids and their Grandpas that feature crafts, games, and lots of lasting memories. Here are just a few from notjustbingo to consider:

Building

Set out several kits for the senior men to assemble with their grandkids, like padde wheel boatsbirdhouses, or sailboats. If time permits, encourage the participants to try out their creations. For instance, set up a kiddie pool with water in the backyard for the kids to try out their boats.

Teaching

Arrange to have the grandfathers provide one-on-one teachable moments to their grandkids. For instance, set up several game stations throughout your facility for them to teach their grandkids how to play different games like mancala and the triangle puzzle game. Then, when the grandchildren return in the future, they can play again in hopes of one day beating Grandpa at the game! Continue reading



St. Patrick’s Day Crafts & Activities

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some fun crafts and activities! Make shamrocks, leprechauns, and other creative Irish themed projects to add some luck and color to the holiday. These ideas are great for both kids and adults.

Wooden Shamrock 

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This is one of our favorite holiday craft ideas from our craft expert Crafty Kate. She used some of our leftover wooden hearts from Valentine’s Day and used them to make a 4 leaf clover! Use green stain to give it a realistic look. Then fit them together with tacky glue. Add a popsicle stick to the end for the stem. The finished clover can be used as a hanging decoration or a cup holder! Continue reading



St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Physical Education

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Whether you’re Irish or not- today is your lucky day! PE Central has compiled a list of bulletin board ideas, warm-up activities and lesson ideas that will help you get your students moving this St. Patrick’s Day.

Bulletin Board Ideas

  • We Are So Lucky to Have PE – As we know & champion for, physical education is important and there’s nothing like this cute bulletin board idea to remind your students and school how lucky they are to have it.

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Sensory Tube Activities for St. Patrick’s Day

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Include some sensory activities for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration! These sensory tubes are easy to make and provide both visual and auditory benefits. There are many different types of materials you can use to create some amazing effects, plus you can experiment with each activity.

For this activity, we used a set of sensory tubes. The set comes with 4 clear tubes with both vented lids which are great for auditory use, and solid lids which are great for liquids. The twist-tight lids are very secure, but if you are happy with how your project comes out and are using liquids, you may want to glue them closed to be safe. These sensory tubes are a great alternative to the commonly used mason jars, because they are plastic which is safer for kids.

Here is how we made each of the four tubes: Continue reading



Non Candy Valentine’s Day Ideas with Play-Doh

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We are so excited to share these ideas for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. The tradition of handing out candy Valentines with cute little messages, sending friends a treat, or expressing your love and care for your students with a small gift, is something that is still enjoyed by many.  Although candy hearts, red hots, and yummy chocolates are still favorites for Valentine’s Day gifts, there are many classrooms or organizations that do not allow candy, or even teachers and administration that may not want to encourage piling sugar into the day.

One of our new products this year are our Play-Doh Schoolpacks. They are the perfect Valentine’s Day non-candy craft that inspire creativity, encourage play, and last much longer than chocolate or candy. Plus, our Play-Doh Schoolpack of 48 mini play-doh tubs end up being less than $.84 cents each!

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