When I was growing up, I would spend all of September and October determining my costume for Halloween. Halloween back then meant trick or treating around the neighborhood with my siblings and friends, when we were really young our parents would accompany us and as we got older we also earned the right of less and less supervision. Now that I am a mother I wouldn’t feel comfortable with my children visiting houses at night where I do not know the owners, and luckily, I don’t have to worry due to the recent popularity of Trunk or Treat. In an effort to make Halloween safer, many communities across the country hold Trunk or Treat events as a safer alternative to the typical trick or treating of my youth. Continue reading →
Since October is National Bake and Decorate Month, be sure to supply residents with fun activities throughout the month that allow them to show-off their baking and decorating skills. Here are 5 activities from notjustbingo.com to get you started:
1. Cookie Bake-Off
Divide residents into teams and have each team bake the same type of cookie (e.g., chocolate chip cookies). Have each team add in a different ingredient, like walnuts, raisins, white chocolate chips, or oatmeal, to see which variation of the cookie tastes best. Recruit your facility’s administrators to be the judges. 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.
Sidewalk Chalk is an all time favorite here at S&S Worldwide. There’s something exciting about having an infinite blank canvas and allowing your imagination to come to life through colors and fun! Whether you’re drawing a foursquare court or your favorite flower, sidewalk chalk can be used to turn your outdoor space into a classroom learning experience. Get active with fun games, learn colors, numbers, or create a music graph to teach music. We’ve got some ideas to inspire your time outside this summer that we know you will love.
Hopscotch with a Twist…and a Turn and a Ssnap!
We love this idea from JrImagination. You can really add any activity to the boxes. Ask the children to pick actions and motions for the game, theme activities to support lessons, or concepts you are working on with them, and even have them help build it!
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.