Across the USA Theme Activities – State of Louisiana

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louisiana activitiesOur new Across the USA theme for 2017 will feature one new state per month! February is the state of Louisiana. The southern state of Louisiana is known for many things – food, fun, and music. So have fun with your residents this February as you help them discover the beauty and richness of the Louisiana culture. Here are some Louisiana-themed activities from notjustbingo.com to get you started.

French Influences

Louisiana, named after French King Louis XIV, has maintained a culture rich in French traditions. Try to schedule a few activities that tap into this French influence.louisiana activities

French Coffee Break – Brew a pot of French roast coffee for residents to enjoy with the morning paper.

Playing Pétanque – Teach residents how to play the French lawn game of Pétanque, which is similar to the well-known Italian bocce ball or American lawn bowling games. After your residents get the hang of the game, plan a few tournament games throughout February. In fact, Louisiana hosts a tournament each year that caters to many of the Pétanque sports clubs throughout the state. 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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Teaching Physical Education in Limited Space

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limited space physical educationIn an ideal situation, every school would have the perfect number of books, teachers, technology, food, and the amenities students deserve. However, we do not live in an ideal world. In many cases, schools that were built up to a half a century ago or more are the norm. They come overcrowded with temporary units to add additional space. A 2013 report card on the America’s infrastructure gave the schools infrastructure a D-plus.

The report card states, “Almost half of America’s public school buildings were built to educate the baby boomers – a generation that is now retiring from the workforce. Public school enrollment is projected to gradually increase through 2019, yet state and local school construction funding continues to decline.” “Experts now estimate the investment needed to modernize and maintain our nation’s school facilities is at least $270 billion or more. However, due to the absence of national data on school facilities for more than a decade, a complete picture of the condition of our nation’s schools remains mostly unknown.” Continue reading



Fun Presidents Day Games for Seniors

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presidents' day seniorsCelebrate Presidents’ Day on February 20th with senior residents by planning a few presidential games and activities to keep them engaged. They can also show off their historical knowledge and work on their mental and motor skills. Here are a few ideas from notjustbingo.com to get you started:

One-on-One Games

  • Presidential Memory Challenge – Test your resident’s memory while educating him or her about our nation’s presidents by playing a fun one-on-one presidential memory game. To play, provide a trivia card to your resident for them to review and memorize for 10 seconds. Then take the card away and ask him questions based on what they memorized. Use the enclosed timer to keep track of your resident’s time.
  • Coin Club – Start a two-person coin club with you and your resident as you take out a few state quarters and other coins to examine.

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Building A Snowman- Winter PE Activity

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snowman winter pe activityAll over the world children love playing in the snow, and why not have some of that fun in Physical Education class? This year, one of the most popular holiday games was “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” As I scrolled through social media in search of new and interesting ideas, various versions of this game appeared for students from the kindergarten through high school. It was clear, through the abundance of pictures and videos, that students absolutely adored this game. I was sold, and had to give it a shot! Continue reading



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