STEAM Educational Activities – Learning with LEGO

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Our respresentative from LEGO® came to S&S for a workshop to feature the new LEGO® STEAM Park set. In this workshop, our team learned concepts related to STEAM and Makerspace, and the importance of incorporating these activities into your classroom or afterschool program.

LEGO is educational, STEAM focused, and stimulates different areas of children’s minds when they play with these classic manipulatives. Learn several fun, interactive and engaging activities you can use with this new set, and discover how to incorporate LEGO in a Makerspace. Continue reading



Build STEM Skills in the Classroom – Lesson Plans Using Brackitz

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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



7 Simple DIY Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation

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As a Mom, I can certainly appreciate all of the time, effort, and patience that teachers and daycare staff put into their everyday schedules. I think to myself, what would we do without those amazing teachers who spend their days with our sometimes less than perfect angels? That’s why I try to take every opportunity to show them how much they mean to our children and our family. The first full week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6th-May12th), so this is a perfect chance to honor them.

Every year I try to think of a unique way to thank our teachers. I have seen so many great ideas from other moms and from my teacher friends posting pictures of gifts they received or were sending in with their children. Here are 7 of my favorite!

Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week

Sweet Treats

Donuts & Coffee

One of my friends had a very creative idea last year, so I decided to try it too! She purchased boxes of munchkins from the local donut shop and put a tag on it that read, “We donut know what we would do without you. Thank you for taking such great care of our munchkins.” She then got them each a coffee mug and put in a $5 gift certificate to the donut shop and wrote “Thanks a latte!” When I brought those in the next morning the teachers were thrilled, and thought the message was so sweet. See some of the examples below from Happy Home Fairy and Smashed Peas and Carrots.

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April Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar

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Our April Fitness Challenge Calendar is here!

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

Printable Fitness Calendar April 2018

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Simple Fundraiser Ideas for Your School

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Learn 4 simple fundraiser ideas that you can use to raise money at your school! We teamed up with Family Fun Magazine to provide teachers and parents with some fun new ideas.

Find some great ideas below and download the entire printable guide here: Best School Fundraiser Ideas

Wide World of Pledge-a-thons

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Idea: Do just about anything – but collect money for it. Here’s a list of ideas for marathon-style events.

  • Bike-a-thons & trike-a-thons: Older kids complete miles and younger ones laps around a track. One Tricycle Rodeo in California even had the trikes decked out like steeds, with the tots in full cowboy regalia!
  • Miracle Marathons: Kids log a cumulative 26.2 miles of walking, running, or other exercise over a designated period of time.
  • Serve-a-thons: Students volunteer a number of hours to clean up city parks, visit nursing homes, or perform other acts of kindness.
  • Read-a-thons: Kids collect pledges for finishing books, or they participate in a marathon read-aloud session.
  • Think-a-thons: Kids commit themselves to learning a certain amount of information.

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