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CUSTOMER CHATTER

Our Customers share with us the creative and inspiring ideas they are
implementing in their programs with S&S Products.

 

septmeber customer chatter

Idea: Hocker with Gator Skin Balls

We use the Gator Skin balls in a game called Hocker. It is a combination of handball and soccer. The game is very fast paced which causes a lot of ware and tear on the ball. We have tried dozens of different types of balls over the years. The Gator Skin ball is the only one that holds up!


- Bruce - Pilgrim HS Warwick RI

 

 

 

 

Idea: Inpatient Activities

Hi, I have ordered these products for an acute inpatient psychiatric unit. Coloring is a relaxing, safe, and quiet activity that clients can engage in during "down time" on the unit. Most of the clients prefer the velvet art designs. They like the feeling of the fuzzy velvet texture as they color and they also like the fact that most of the designs are not overly detailed. We have had a number of clients who have recently requested to hold more Bingo groups and I ordered the emoji cards to give out as prizes.

 

- Elizabeth/Lahey Health, Beverly Hospital, Leland Unit

 

Idea: Old Western BBQ to Celebrate

We are having an Open House with an old west theme and BBQ to celebrate both Grandparents Day and Assisted Living Week. We want to honor our families and the elder members of those families who contribute so much to our lives.

 

- Paula Burklin LLD/ Skyline Place

 

Idea: Infant Motor Skills

I am the full time day nanny to a growing infant. I plan on using these cube chair to encourage him to explore and to facilitate his gross motor development.


- Nanny C

 

 

 

Educube Chair-RED
#FN1109001
$59.99 $36.99

 

Idea: Sports Keychains

The sport beads we are making keychains with them for their backpack during Sport Week.

 

- SACC (School age child care)

august customer chatter

Idea: Memorial 5K Run

Memorial 5K Run to honor 12 yr old who lost her battle with cancer. Need purple basketballs ... purple was her favorite color ... purple is the color of the American Cancer Society ... she liked basketball .... so we are planning some fun basketball activities during the 5K Run / Walk.


- Dave, Monmouth Park District

 

 

 

 

Idea: Social Puzzling 

This is for a group of ladies at an assisted living center that use these as a group puzzle. They have a table that they use as a gathering place to work on them and talk. This also help integrate new residents into the facility because these ladies invite them to help put them together

 

- Clara

 

Idea: Fair to Remember

I have my Fair to Remember event and I will use some of the carnival items I ordered for games and added decorations. We always do sing-along with our residents so to keep them engage , we use the sing-along books with lyrics that they can follow through.

 

- Betsy/Senior Lifestyle Corp. Valley View Gardens

 

Idea: Large Motor Games

I serve adults and children with physical and cognitive disabilities and I will be using the items to encourage large motor movement and also to give them the opportunity to play some games that they may have not been able to play before due to mobility!

 

- Vanessa/ URS

8-Leg Octaband™
Rating of 5.0
#17414
$79.99 $67.99
Super 4 In A Line Game
Rating of 5.0
#W10780
$279.99 $239.99

 

Idea: Science Structures with Clay

This product will be used to make models of various Science structures i.e. land formations; layers of the earth, insects; to model the solar system, etc.


- Brenda Sims-Grant/Cleveland ES

 

 

 

 

Idea: Color Coding for Sentence Structure 

I will be using the wooden peace signs to make necklaces with my residents here (assisted living) because we have a 60's BBQ coming up! The Family Feud game will be used during National Assisted Living Week because the theme this year is "Family is Forever" so it will be residents and staff together playing!

 

- Erin / Corcoran House Assisted Living

 

Idea: Built It Day

I am the special events coordinator at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. We are hosting a Build It Day with a local construction company. They will have heavy equipment on hand for our patients to see. We will host an indoor party with construction themed snacks and activities. That is why we needed the giant building blocks, lego pieces and other construciton themed activities.

 

- Amy/Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

 

Idea: Playground Ball Exercises

We use these balls in our fitness classes. Sit on the floor and put the ball in the middle of your back. Lift your butt off the floor and back down. This works your back, your butt, and the backs of your legs. We use the balls for lots of other applications.


- Barb/AEROBICONDITIONING prog TM

 

 

 

 

Idea: Color Coding for Sentence Structure 

I ordered the pop beads because the colors will help reinforce the grammar program I will be using to instill 'parts of speech'. After teaching the part of speech as a certain color, students will construct pop bead strings in the correct order to go along with their sentence. Hopefully, they will see sentence structure easier using color coding.

 

- Raeann/Ore City Elementary

 

Idea: Halloween Themed Preschool Story Hour

In our weekly Preschool Story Hour we have kids from toddlers to 5 year olds. We'll use these supplies for a variety of simple fall-themed crafts that kids of any age can make their own. Thanks for the ideas in your blog!

 

- Christie / Tuftonboro Free Library

 

 

 

 

 

Idea: Busy Hands for Dementia

My uncle is in a nursing home and has dementia. He isn't able to do much anymore, or remember much anymore, but he needs something to do with his busy hands. Otherwise the socks come off. I saw this in a catalog that I received at our church and thought it was a great idea. You have some great items in you catalog for this purpose. Thanks so much!

- Judy

 

 

 

Activity Apron
Rating of 5.0
#12486
$44.99 $37.99

 

Idea: Special Education Music Class 

At our secondary school, we use S&S supplies for our special education music class. The students love using the ribbon wands as introductory or closure activities responding to the styles of music to which they are listening. The supplies are durable and inexpensive making them the perfect choice for daily classroom use.

 

- Kris

 

Idea: Paint & Sip Ideas

We are having Paint & Sip for the finch canvas paintings. We are having a craft class for the necklaces.

 

- Stephanie/Fox Point Manor

 

 

 

 

 

Idea: Kindergarten Physical Education

The dice I plan on using for many different things. They can roll the dice and a number can correlate to an exercise. The nets are for the basketball hoops outside. Bouncy balls are a gift to my wife for her classroom. She has a fruit theme in her room this year. Footprints will be used for teaching layups and where to put your feet and I am sure I will come up with other ideas for them as well since I have Kindergarten again this year. The poly spots are for relays and the bracelets are for prizes.

 

- Jonathan/ Lost Creek Elementary

 

Idea: Learning with Themes

I'm a preschool teacher and we going to be doing a study on clothes. The children will be counting buttons then ,we're do a study on transportation and they will count different types of transportation and tell you whether it's land, water or air and then with the alphabet shapes they will be spelling their names and identifying colors.

 

- Victoria

 

 

Idea: Sight Word Spots

I love these spots! I teach kindergarten and I ordered some spots towards the end of school year last year and put sight words on them. Students lined up on a word and had to read it before walking out the door. Some times they lined up randomly and sometimes I assigned them a word that they needed to work on. I also carried them and put them down in the hall to line up at the restroom. They practiced their words and lined up nicely. We used them as a center by making a life size board game- I laid them out and they rolled a die then had to read the word they landed on- or all the words to that word. I ordered more to start the year I plan to put the letters of the alphabet on them. There are so many exciting ways to use these in the classroom!

- Lori

 

 

 

 

Idea: Puzzles for Dementia 

My mom has Alzheimers & lives in a memory care facility. I ordered these tray puzzles for the residents. I have found through experience that many people with dementia enjoy puzzles when they are colorful, have a limited number of pieces, and have uncomplicated pictures. The activity opens the door for conversation.

 

- Chris

july customer comments

 

Idea: 50th High School Reunion

I'm making bead bracelets for my 50th high school reunion. We'll use black and white beads, a charm and the numbers 67 on each bracelet.

- Lou Fredrickson

 

 

 

 

Idea: Summer Welcome Sign 

We will be using the flip flops to make a summer welcome sign. Glue 7 flip flops side by side, decorate and spell out welcome-one letter per flip flop. See pinterest for ideas!

 

- Rachel Phillips-Western Home Communities

 

Idea: Slinky Robots & Interact Boards

We will be using the products for both Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. The small slinkys will become the arms and legs for robots, the large one is for decoration. Big is cool! Love the idea of refillable paints! They will restock our used paints. The weaving loops will be used on an interact board with pegs. The kids can use the lops to spell out words or make designs. The craft sticks are also for and interactive board with Velcro. The sticks will be Velcro backed and also used to write words or make designs.

 

- Colleen/ First Presbyterian Church of Newton, NJ

 

Idea: Memory Keepsake Tubes

My family is going on a cruise and I am always looking for "souvenir" ideas to be a reminder of the good times

- Missie Batzel

 

 

 

 

Idea: Mom's Cookbook of Love 

I'm making both my kids a cookbook of my recipes. Recipes I use a lot throughout the year and on special holidays. They are my recipes, recipes I have tweaked throughout the years and made them mine and their favorite. I'm putting them on black paper and in my handwriting, hopefully so excited very time they use one of the recipes, they will smile, knowing I made them this cookbook out of love.

 

- Charlotte

 

Idea: Family Reunion

Plastic aprons will be used for our Youth Paint Nite and the Bingo chips will be used for the Ward Family History bingo game.

 

- Ward Family Reunion

 

 

 

 

june customer ideas
Idea: Autism Life Skills

I will be using the products I ordered in a self-contained Autism Life Skills classroom to teach job skills to my students.

 

- Lisa/O Fallon Township High School

 

 

 

 

Pipe Tree
Rating of 5.0
#67554
$68.99 $59.99

 

Idea: Summer Craft Fun

The full size papers will be made into collages using the intense colors and a glue stick. Cut papers will be used as accordian book pages with the same colors and fortune cookie fortunes to be glued on the pages. White coffee filters painted with the same colors will be made into paper flowers held together with a pipe cleaner.

 

- Audi

 

Idea: Creating Mosaics

I will use the product I ordered in combination with other collected, found and created mosaic tesserae when building my mixed art mosaic projects to speed up my work with already cut tiles and more color choices. The tiles unable me to use more disciplined and structural designs where other shapes allow me to be more open and free with the flow in the design.

 

- Sonay/Fortells

 

 

 

 

 

Idea: Preschool Motor Skills and Sorting

I teach Kindergarten and plan to use them in my classroom. These will be great for fine motor skills and sorting!

 

- Kelsey Boekhaus

 

 

 

 

Fuse Bead Bucket
Rating of 4.5
#BE1245
$23.99 $19.99

 

Idea: Making a Clubhouse Prop

We are using the rolled paper for our Vacation Bible School. One of the props is a club house and we are making it out of foam board and using the paper to cover it. The weathered wood paper hopefully will make it look more realistic.

- Glenda - First Baptist Church Show Low

 

 

 

 

Idea: Summer Reading Rewards 

Each child enrolled in our Summer Reading Program will receive a Rewards medal. This is something I wanted to do but the funding wasn't there. Your prices make it possible to reward the children

 

- Linda Rice, Director, Crockett Memorial Library

 

Idea: "Build a Better World"

We are using the birdhouses for our summer reading program. This years theme is "Build A Better World". We want to show the kids that building a better world means: a better world for all, even birds.

- Boulder Community Library

 

 

 

 

Idea: Bubble Station

I will have a bubble station at a children's outdoor event June 10 to support a proposed park in our area! Hope the wands make it here by Friday June 9!

 

- Nancy/South Wake Park Project

 

Idea: VBS - Gadgets & Gizmos Theme 

I intend to use the pouches as first aid kits as part of the 'Gagets and Gizmos' vacation bible school in July. The kids will be decorating them with red crosses surroundings by a symmetrical design made up of dots using permanent markers. Donations of supplies will fill the pouches. The Bible story that day is the Good Samaritan.

- Katie Windham Presbyterian Church

 

 

 

 

Idea: 4-H Water Day at Clover Camps

We teach 4-H in Mobile, Alabama and have 4 different Clover Camps each summer for kids 8-18. This year one of ours will be a Water Day where we will teach about our usage of water, water conservation, the water cycle and will all probably get wet. We want to have the children make rain sticks to show how important water has been to us and our Native American ancestors.

 

- MaryJo/Alabama Cooperative Extension System

 

Idea: VBS - Construction Theme

I will be using the Fun Foam for 2 projects for our Construction themed Vacation Bible School. The first is to make photo frames. Children will dress up in a hard hat and carpenter's apron. The picture will be attached to a blueprint background with the Bible verse from Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." The frame will be decorated with peel and stick tools. The second project is to make Tangrams. A Tangram is cut from a square and has 7 shapes. These shapes are used to make a picture. We will have several to choose from, some easy and some challenging to teach children to have a stick to it attitude and not give up. God doesn't give up on us, we are his work in progress as he builds us into the kind of person who pleases him and lives for his purpose. Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

 

- Nancy First United Methodist Church, Amherst, TX

 

 

 

May customer chatter

 

Idea: Express Yourself

I run a group each month for children who are in the foster care system or have been adopted from foster care called Express Yourself. The items I ordered will be used at our June get together to make trivets. The children love to create things and I think this will be fun.

 

-Bernadette / Adoption Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

Idea: Dog Lover's Retirement

These dogs will be circulated at my retirement party for names and comments. Since I have six dogs, my coworkers joke that I am retiring to be a stay-at-home dog mom.

-Adrienne

 

 

 

 

Idea: Girl Scouts - T-Shirt Leaf Designs

My Girl Scouts Troop 2088 we are going used the paints to make T-Shirts Design with leaves that we had collected and used the paints for next year in Oct at our Scouts Meeting

 

- Christina Maravel/G.S. Troop 2088

 

 

Idea: Library Summer Reading Incentives

Library's Summer Reading Program. Reading incentive prizes and projects to do when visiting the Library.

 

- Huntington Public Library

Pony Bead Bucket
Rating of 4.5
#BE1277
$30.99 $25.99

 

Idea: VBS Arctic Adventure

Vacation Bible School. Our theme this year is Artic Adventure. We are making Iditarod sleds with sticks. Northern lights picture with paper and metallic paints and pastels. Snow owls with pine cones, cotton balls, using glue dots to put on eyes. Inuit drums with the embroidery hoops.

 

- Susan Moore/ North Sewickley Presbyterian Church

 

 

Idea: DIY Outdoor Rug 

Painting a drop cloth for an outdoor rug. (Yellow & White Paint)

-Beryl

 

 

 

 

Idea: 7th Grade ELS - Poetry Book

I am an ELA teacher and every year my 7th grade students do a poetry book for their 4th quarter project.

 

- Angela/Pittston Area School District

Idea: STEM - Teaching Flight Variables

We will be using the balsa wood gliders as part of our STEM program. The kids will be using them for initial testing and experimentation of flight variables.

-Boys & Girls Club of Troy 

 

 

 

 

Idea: Decorate Top of Tent

It will be used for the top of our inflatable tent, that covers our Mechanical Bull Ride 
 

- Rodney Love / Loves Cowboy Up

24
Rating of 5.0
#W2369
$119.99 $85.99

 

Idea: Boy Scouts - Space Theme & Rockets

Our Boy Scout Council has an annual Family Camping Weekend. This year's theme is space and rocketry, and the Cub scouts and their families will be making the "rocket" picture frames and using the stomp rockets in their activity stations. The older Boy Scouts will also be doing real rocketry and other activities with the Cubs. 

 

- Dina / Westchester-Putnam BSA

   
Idea: Towel Origami & Playing Cards

The wiggly eyes go on towel origami; we make Teddy Bear's for our guest rooms. We also put a deck of cards in our rooms for our guest use.

 

-Debbie/Tahoe Beach & Ski Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Idea: Birthday Celebrations

We have a Senior Center that holds many special events for Seniors and their families and friends. We need a reminder calendar for birthday's for the month. This will be really  helpful so we don't miss any!

-Kathi- Mid-Illinois Senior Services, Inc.  

 

 

 

 

Idea: Boy Scouts Pack Meeting

I ordered several thousand craft sticks and plan to use them at a Boy Scout pack meeting.  Scouts will be ask to construct an indian dwelling (hogan, wigwam, longhouse, wickiup, or teepee).  Should be fun! 

 

- Judy/Boy Scouts of America

 

Idea: VBS Games Station

Vacation Bible School-Games Station  

-Christy/Community Church of Gunnison

 

 

Idea: Making Test Review Fun

I have a middle school self contained classroom. The buzzers sound like a fun new way to do test review. We are always in need of supplies and you had great prices !  

 

-Deborah Walter Johnson Middle School 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Idea: Warm Fuzzies

I am retired clergy and I call pompoms warm fuzzies. During my ministry I used the white ones for baptism, gave them following children's moments, gave them at hospitals and even buried folks with them. Now I give them to total strangers and tell them it is a warm fuzzy to make their day better. I get great pleasure sharing this way.

-James Christy  

 

 

 

 

Idea: Boy Scouts Pack Meeting

I ordered several thousand craft sticks and plan to use them at a Boy Scout pack meeting.  Scouts will be ask to construct an indian dwelling (hogan, wigwam, longhouse, wickiup, or teepee).  Should be fun! 

 

- Judy/Boy Scouts of America

 

Idea: Memory Care

The supplies ordered on this round are for memory care.   We will be doing out door gardening and will display butterflies and the bird houses   outside.  The babies will be part of our "baby care" life station we are setting up.  The diffuser will be used in memory care also.  

 

-Sylvia/The Palmettos

 

Idea: County Fair Summer Camp Theme

We are a preschool and one of our summer camps is the Country Fair and we will use these for it.  

 

-Jerlyn / HCA

 

Idea: Customized Water Bottles

We will use these items to share with our daughter's school.  She is a fourth grade teacher at a "newcomer's" school.  We thought that the children in the class would enjooy decorating their own water bottles to use during the summer.

-Anne

 

 

 

 

Idea: Ornaments

The styrofoam balls will be covered with rows of folded ribbon, embellished with pearls, sequins, and beads, and finished with a hanging loop.  I make two dozen of these as gifts at Christmas time.

 

- Lou

 

Idea: Indoor Chair Volleyball 

We are an Independent Senior Living Community and will be using the industrial beach balls for Indoor Chair Volleyball Challenge.  We play volleyball twice a week and it's very competitive.  

 

-Liz/ Atria Bell Court Gardens Senior Living Community

 

 

 

Idea: Spanish Faith Bracelets

A team from our church is going to El Salvador, and we are making bracelets that says "He anchors me" in Spanish. It was so great to find a website where I could purchase individual letters in bulk.

 

- Barbara/Covenant United Methodist Church

april customer chatter

Idea: VBS Rainforest Theme

The next few months my Sunday School class is using an old VBS rainforest theme.  We will   be using the crafts as part of Children's church.   Thanks for the great ideas.   

- Leanna/ The Salvation Army

 

Idea: Australia Story Time at the Library 

The kangaroos will be part of my story time about Australia at my library.  

 

-Lynn

 

 

 

Idea: Glow in the Dark Dodgeball

I am a DJ but also a youth leader with the church. We are going to play blacklight or glow dodgeball with our teens and adults on Thursday nights.

 

-Rodney / Victorious Life Church of the Nazarene