3 Free Printable Activity Ideas to Engage Students

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Looking for an icebreaker or a way to kick off a theme or lesson?

Many of our customers at S&S Worldwide have themed activities or new lessons and units that they are introducing the students and children in their programs. We’ve gathered some very simple and very easy ideas to spark interest and relate upcoming or current themes to an activity.  Thanks to our friends at Education World for providing us some of their templates, we’ve accompanied them with ideas below.  These are pretty easy, can be done with on hand supplies – just print and watch students engage!

License Plate to a Fun Summer

The idea for this activity is to print one license plate with each child’s name, and something that is relevant to what you are trying to generate excitement about. For example, if you are using the printable for Summer Camp, start the activity by asking children to “Use their imagination to draw everything they hope to accomplish and do this summer at camp”. As a reminder, recap your themes for the season, and even some exciting field trips you have planned. Then they can use colored pencils, markers, crayons, and other craft materials to make it their own. Continue reading



Camp Counselor Checklist for Summer Camp

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Being a summer camp counselor is a fun and rewarding experience, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility. With the importance of working with children and their safety in mind, there are certain essential items you need to bring with you during summer camp season. We’ve put together a simple checklist of items that you may not have thought of to keep your camp crew engaged, safe, and happy all summer long!

Safety

The top priority as a camp counselor is the safety of you and your campers. There will be bug bites, cuts and bruises, itching, lots of germs, sunburns and the possibility of more involved injuries, especially if you are outside in the hot weather. These items will help you be prepared for those eventualities. Continue reading



Wall, Net and Floor Game Variations to Spike and Slam Ball Play

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Spikeball game variations

By now you’ve probably heard of and/or played games like Spikeball® or Slammo. You may have even introduced them to your PE Program or purchased a set to have at your summer camp or after school program. Besides being fun and engaging, these games can provide a challenge, even for athletic players. They are similar to volleyball – physically demanding with quick movements, hand-eye coordination, and then throw in strategy – well you’ve got yourself quite the physical activity!

Introducing different types of wall, net and floor spike games can be really rewarding for students for a number of reasons. The games are fun, fast paced, challenging AND they are relatively new – so it’s exciting! Plus, there are a number of skills that are addressed using SHAPE National Standards for K-12 from striking and volleying, to strategy and creating space. Continue reading



5 Simple Crayola Craft Activities for Kids

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Celebrate holidays like Mother’s Day, Earth Day, and the upcoming Spring & Summer seasons with these 5 simple Crayola® craft ideas! Each activity has a video tutorial and printable instructions for easy crafting.

Cactus Desk Organizer

This adorable cactus organizer allows you to pin messages and store supplies! Create your design using Model Magic air-dry clay – use green for a classic cactus, or have fun blending colors for various styles. Hold the clay in place with toothpicks and foam, then place it inside a small clay pot. You can also use your cactus for a decoration at your desk or home, or give it as a gift!

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5 STEAM Building Challenges for Your Program

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Incorporate more STEAM activities into your program with these 5 building and engineering challenges. In the world of science, there are many ways we can introduce fun concepts that are exciting, challenging, scalable, cross categorical, and inexpensive. Your group can also develop problem solving skills and learn how to work together to complete the challenges.

Engineering with Craft Sticks, Cups, Cubes, and Keva Planks

I wanted to give our customers something they could bring to their programs within budget and allow the maker approach to take flight, while supporting their need to include high level STEAM concepts within budget. Offering simple challenges with visual supports helps instructors teach concepts in engineering, introduce the color wheel, physics, and chain reactions. These challenges were inspired and modified from Pinterest and a blog entitled Frugal Fun for Boys.

We tried these with a group of associates from S&S and they had a blast!

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