How to Make a DIY Puppet Theater for Kids

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This DIY Puppet Theater can be used for many different themes in the classroom, afterschool, daycare, and other educational programs. Kids can learn storytelling, role playing, self expression, and more. It is great to use in categories such as Youth Character Development and a Bullying Prevention unit. Learn how to make the theater with step by step instructions below.

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Kaleidoscope Craft with Educational Activity Ideas

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The EduCraft® Kaleidoscopes Craft Kit is one of our most popular craft kits. It makes 25 kaleidoscopes that rotate to make spectacular patterns. This is a great group activity for the classroom, afterschool, or at any educational program. View the instructions below, along with 7 different activites related to math, social studies, science, and written language.

Age group: 8 and up

Project Time: 60 minutes

kaleidoscope materials

Your kit contains:

  • Long Cardboard Tubes
  • Short Cardboard Tubes
  • Frosted Plastic Circles
  • Cardboard Circles with Hole
  • Clear Plastic Circles
  • Silver Acetate Sheets
  • Assorted Beads
  • Tape
  • Teaching Guide with instructions and illustrations

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Makerspace & STEAM Learning Activity – Destination Imagination

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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



Fun With Emojis in the Classroom or Afterschool

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emoji theme

Who doesn’t love emojis? We love to use them in texts or messages, but they can even be used in the classroom and afterschool. Use them for bulletin boards, charts, posters, crafts, prizes, and more. Students can use emojis to learn how to express themselves and learn what expression represent each emotion. No matter what your teaching style, you can add an emoji theme to your lesson plan or activity! You can even use some of these ideas below for a themed emoji party.

Emojis for Classroom Management

Calendar Set

This calendar set bulletin board is great for grades K-3 and can be used during circle time or calendar time. It comes with a calendar chart, 12-month headlines, 31 pre-numbered calendar days, and 2 blank calendar days. It also includes a days-of-the-week chart, a seasons and weather chart, and coordinating labels. The emoji faces make it relatable for kids, and can even be used for nonreaders and non-English speaking students. You can also use the calendar days for number activities such as counting and place value. Continue reading



STEM Outreach Program for Kids & Teens

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through my window stem program

The S&S Worldwide team is proud to be the sponsor of the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2017. We are honored to highlight the nominees and winners for their accomplishments and dedication to the afterschool community. Here is Isabel Huff’s story:

My name is Isabel, and I am the Outreach Coordinator for an engineering curriculum called Through My Window. When I began working on this project during my first year at Smith College, I had no idea I would still be working on it more than six years later.

My interest in STEM outreach began when I was a middle school student in Montana. I participated in a science outreach program at the local university which involved launching high-altitude weather balloons. I loved the program, and ended up working on it once I entered high school. When I learned that I could work with a faculty member at Smith who was engaged in a STEM project involving outreach to upper-elementary and middle-schoolers, I was excited.

The innovative Through My Window engineering curriculum applies cutting-edge educational approaches in 3 multimedia components:

  1. A young adult novel called Talk to Me
  2. Online learning modules that we call “learning adventures” – interactive stories that allow students to interact with Talk to Me characters as they learn more about engineering
  3. Offline enrichment activities

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