Across the USA Theme – State of Illinois


illiniois across the usa

Pay tribute to the great state of Illinois with your residents during September’s Across the USA theme. Throughout the month, schedule fun activities that honor The Prairie State’s landmarks and state symbols.



Art Institute of Chicago

In addition, since Chicago is home to one of the United States’ oldest art museums, the Art Institute of Chicago, host a special art gallery activity at the end of the month to showcase all the art projects that were made throughout September. For example, assist residents with making velvet art paintings using watercolors, foil artwork using metallic foil, ceramic plates using paint and plate patterns, and paper quilling art using paper strips and quilling tools. For the art gallery, display all the finished art pieces and invite family members to stop by to bid or purchase the artwork. Continue reading

Grandparents Day Activities for Residents and Grandkids


grandparents day

Celebrate National Grandparents Day (Sunday, September 10) with intergenerational activities for your residents and their grandkids. Here are four fun activity ideas from to consider when planning this year’s special day:

1. Doing Crafts

Provide residents and their grandkids with fun crafts to do together, like making 3-dimensional photo cubes. For this project, provide each participant with the paper cube that they can assemble and add photos of themselves. (Before the activity, ask participants to bring 6 photos to add to their cube.) Assist participants with trimming their photos to fit into the cube before encouraging them to use markers to decorate and personalize the cubes before presenting them to one another. Continue reading

Love Our Neighbor – Church Craft Activity


love our neighbor church craft

This summer, our preschool class at Austin Ridge Bible Church in Dripping Springs, TX were studying the parable of the Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10:25-37. The craft planned to go along with this lesson was called Love Our Neighbor.

Bible Lesson:

In the story, Jesus is answering a Jewish lawyer’s question regarding what he has to do to have eternal life. Jesus answers him by asking him what the Scriptures said about that question. The lawyer tells him that the Scriptures say to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus told him that was correct, and that if he did that he would have eternal life, but the man asked him who his neighbor was and Jesus told him the story of the Good Samaritan. In the story, he was the only one who came to the aid of his enemy and showed love and he was a good neighbor to the man. Continue reading

Makerspace & STEAM Learning Activity – Destination Imagination


boys & girls clubs

Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit experiential learning organization dedicated to preparing students for the future through hands-on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) and social entrepreneurship Challenges. Students work together in teams to solve one of our seven Challenges and then have the opportunity to showcase their solutions at tournaments. At the culmination of our Destination Imagination season, top-tiered teams from around the world earn a spot to compete at Global Finals – the world’s largest celebration of creativity. This year’s Global Finals was held May 24-27, 2017 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and was supported by innovative, forward-thinking companies including Ford Motor Company. Continue reading

Tissue Paper Art & Writing Activity for Elementary School


tissue paper classroom

Objective: To enhance children’s visual art and writing through the use of tissue paper

Age: 5+

Time: 30-45 minutes (writing varies)

Grades: Kindergarten +


Lesson for Tissue Paper Activity

1. Select the size, color, and type of paper you will want to glue tissue paper on. We used construction paper. Continue reading

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