Opening Day Baseball Activities for Senior Residents

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Opening Day in Major League Baseball begins on March 29th, the earliest in league history, with all 30 teams playing on the same day. Get your residents back into the baseball spirit with a few of these fun ideas from notjustbingo.

Hitting Practice

Help residents improve their swing by scheduling a baseball hitting practice. Use plastic bats and foam baseballs or plastic Wiffle balls to see how far residents can hit a ball. Set up a target in the backyard to help measure distance. If going outside is not an option, simply toss inflated balloons in the air for residents to hit with pool noodles.

Grandkids T-Ball Game

Invite the grandkids over to play a fun T-ball game in your facility’s backyard. Set up a T-ball set for the kids to play. Pass out popcorn and Cracker Jack for residents to enjoy as they sit around the “field” to help cheer on the kids as the kids run the bases. Continue reading

Cooperative Skills Challenge for Physical Education

PE cooperative fitness challenge

The PE Central Cooperative Skills Challenge has been one of the most popular physical education programs ever. We estimate that over 1.2 million children have participated in the Skills Challenge since its’ debut in 1999. The program is unique in that it is one of the few Challenges that have focused primarily on motivating children to practice motor skills such as throwing, catching, volleying and striking.

The Challenge is composed of a series of six motor skill challenges. Four of the challenges involve kids working with partners while the other two are individual challenges. The Challenge combines fun motor skills (e.g., throwing and catching), fun equipment (4 of the challenges require balls of kids choice to be manipulated) and the most important aspect is that a majority of the challenges can only be completed by working successfully with a partner. Continue reading

Marigold Flower Garden – Educational Craft Kit for Spring

Marigold Flower Garden

Spring is almost here and it’s a great time to teach your students or the kids in your program how to grow plants and gardens. Our EduCraft® Authentic Flower Garden Craft Kit comes with everything you need to grow your own Marigold flowers, plus we’ve included some educational lesson plans below to teach kids even more about how flowers grow.

Your Kit Contains:educraft marigold flower garden

  • Plastic Pots
  • Soil Pellets
  • Marigold Seeds
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Teaching Guide with Complete Instructions

Age group: 4 and up
Project Time: 45 minutes

Download the easy printable guide here. 

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Featured PE Teacher – Charles Silberman

This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Charles Silberman!

Charles SilbermanAbout Charles:

I am a Physical Education Teacher at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Silver Spring, MD. I teach Head Start through 5th grade. There are a total of 900 students at the school, and I teach close to half of those from all grades. Some call me Mr. Silberman, Mr. Superman, or Mr. Silver. I am in my first year there, but have been teaching for 15 years. I am loving it so far! Friendly staff, supportive and progressive administration, and great students and communities.

I have taught health, PE, and grades all the way up to eight. I have taught in so many situations, and I am grateful to have such a breadth of experience and to have crossed paths with so many wonderful people.

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Art Show Theme Featuring Famous Artists

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Are you inspired by the great masters, like Picasso, Van Gogh, and Warhol? Have fun this Spring by creating a fun Art Show for your art enthusiasts that allows them to tap into their creativity. Set up several art stations that provide your art group with the opportunity to sample the artwork of some of the greatest masters.

Vincent Van Gogh

Get inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers series by inviting your artistic group to paint sunflower pots that can double as planter covers for your indoor plants. Use the kit’s markers to create the pretty sunflower artwork.

In addition, have your art group make sand stars in honor of Van Gogh’s 1889’s portrait The Starry Night. For the art, simply peel away a section of the paper before applying colorful sand to the section. Continue reading

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