Build STEM Skills in the Classroom – Lesson Plans Using Brackitz

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brackitz stem lessons for classroom

Spending time engaging with building toys, from blocks to Brackitz, has dozens of proven benefits both at home and in the classroom. According to early childhood experts at NAEYC, block play builds problem solving and strategic thinking skills; imagination and creativity; self-expression, language, and social skills; self-esteem and confidence; and so much more. But the learning doesn’t stop with early childhood.

Engineering sets like Brackitz take things one step further, introducing and providing hands-on experience with STEM skills, principles, and vocabulary including gravity, symmetry, balance, stability, measurement, units, addition, subtraction, and more.

Plus, it’s fun! Students of all ages love building and it’s an easy activity to incorporate into any classroom schedule. Continue reading



Marigold Flower Garden – Educational Craft Kit for Spring

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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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Just For Kids Afterschool Program

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By Kaitlyn Ferree, National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award 2018 Nominee

Just for Kids afterschool

The S&S Worldwide team is proud to be the sponsor of the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2018. We are honored to highlight the nominees and winners for their accomplishments and dedication to the afterschool community.

I graduated from Florida Southern College with a degree in Elementary Education and I went right to work teaching 1st grade and 2nd grade in Florida. I have always had a passion for working with children, which began when I was a freshman in High School and I volunteered at the summer camp in my hometown. It was through the rec league of Kennett Square and from there I was hooked. I went on to work at the camp as a counselor, and then after that I became the coordinator for two years before going to college. In college I wasn’t always sure what I wanted to do, but the one thing that I knew was I wanted to better the lives of children and make sure they are healthy and have the necessities to grow and learn. I ended up going into elementary education and I loved it. I got to learn new skills, ways to target different learning styles, and discovered that what works for some students doesn’t work for all of them. Continue reading



Historical Art Frames – Educational Craft for the Classroom

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Historical frames craft

Bring the history of picture frames and artwork to life with this educational craft activity using our Historical Art Frames Craft Kit. This is a great project to combine with the new popular Google app called Arts & Culture. Students can use the app to discover which museum portrait they match with, then draw their portrait inside the frames!

Age Group: 7 and up
Project Time: 30 minutes

Craft Kit Contains:

  • Cardstock frame designs (4 designs, total of 12 frames)
  • Metallic markers
  • Colored pencils

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February Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar

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Our February Fitness Challenge Calendar is here!

We teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create this fitness calendar for the month of February 2018. Here is the link to the download, which is a total of 6 pages with visuals:

Printable Fitness Calendar February 2018

February fitness calendar

Students are challenged each day to participate in the activities listed on the calendar. For February, the exercises include Reverse Lunges, Squats, Squat Jumps, Knee Raises, Heel Walks, and Tippy Toe Walks. Each week, the number of repetitions for each fitness exercise increases. Wednesdays are Cardio Day, where students will spend the allotted time either doing jumping jacks and/or mountain climbers.

The calendar also includes task cards for each challenge, so you can show your students images of the correct way to do the activities. Continue reading



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