Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Pre-K & Kindergarten

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Give your Pre-K or Kindergarteners the perfect gifts for the holiday this year! Here are 10 hand picked items from one of our S&S associates to help your little ones enjoy the season.
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1. Candy Land® Game

I remember how I used to play Candy Land for hours as a child, and I look forward to playing this game with my children as well. I love that the game has pictures on the card so reading is not required. I think at this age it is important to learn about how to be a good winner and good loser, and shake hands at the end of each game. So this will be a fun way to introduce that concept.
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6 Holiday Themed Party Ideas for Senior Residents

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With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the fun holiday themed parties that you want to plan for your residents. Here are 6 ideas from notjustbingo.com to get you started.

1. Gingerbread House Party

Celebrate Gingerbread Decorating Day (Saturday, December 9) or Gingerbread House Day (Tuesday, December 12) with a fun gingerbread house contest for your residents. Divide residents into teams to compete to see who can decorate the most beautiful gingerbread houses.

For the competition, be sure to use gingerbread kits that come with all the supplies for decoration. If you find that gingerbread cookie kits are too messy for your residents, then consider using a foam gingerbread house craft kit that comes with self-adhesive foam decorations that your residents can easily stick onto the gingerbread houses. Continue reading



5 Easy Craft Projects for the Holiday

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The holiday season is full of events that are perfect for a craft activity. Here are some of our holiday craft kits and projects that are low-mess and easy to make at events such as a Breakfast with Santa or a grandparent and child activity at a senior center. Having a craft activity at an event provides everyone an opportunity to create something special this season and makes your event more memorable!

Tips and tricks:

  • All these craft projects come complete with instructions
  • To make the beaded projects easy, we recommend using paper plates to hold beads while assembling projects.
  • We suggest having 1-2 premade samples at the craft table or station so that everyone can refer to them as needed.

Gingerbread Ornaments

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We are excited about this new craft kit this year! These adorable gingerbread ornaments come with pre-punched holes in the felt to make stitching easy with the included plastic needle. Each project is also individually bagged so you can distribute them easily to eahc participant. This is a great seasonal project for seniors. Hang them on the Christmas tree or around your facility.  Continue reading



Fall Leaf Paper Craft – Library Storytime Activity

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This paper leaf craft is a super easy activity for all ages for the Fall season! I used it for my Fall storytime at Dripping Springs Community Library. First, I started out with a silly rooster puppet named Doodley Doo that told silly jokes about Fall. We also enjoyed a wiggly song called It’s Time to Stand Up – Come and Make a Circle 3 by Susan Salidor.

After sharing the picture books, Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley, Little Tree by Loren Long, Fall Mixed Up by Chris Raczka, and Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, we enjoyed a very fun craft time making Fall leaf people.

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10 DIY Fall & Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

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Looking for some fun new crafts and decorations to help you with your Fall and Thanksgiving celebrations? Check out our top 10 DIY crafts that you can keep up all season long!

Thanksgiving Craft Stick Wreath

Our Craft Stick Wreath Craft Kit can be easily turned into a Fall and Thanksgiving themed activity! This simple wreath is made with regular and jumbo craft sticks that are colored with markers and water to give a blended look. Then simply glue the craft sticks to the included wreath shape. Everything you need to make the wreath is included in the kit.

If you want to get even more creative like we did, add a festive message using jute string, oak tag, and the markers which are included in the kit. We also thought it would be fun to have some of our wood leaves hanging in the center.

Pie Garland 

Who doesn’t love eating pie for Thanksgiving? Make a festive pie garland to hang up as a decoration for your Thanksgiving events. These Kraft Paper Pennants work great because they are made from heavy paper, the perfect pie shape, pre-punched holes, and the color makes it easier to decorate.

Fold a strip of white or tan paper accordian style to create the crust at the top. Glue the sides to the back of the kraft paper so you don’t block the holes. Then string jute through the kraft paper holes. You can choose which types of pies you’d like to create. Here’s how we made the 4 you see here: Continue reading



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