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Here you'll find an array of activities for elementary children that can be used in Children's Ministry, after-school programs, in the classroom and by homeschoolers.


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Solution in Motion

This is a week long theme which follows chapter 8 of What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dawn Huebner, Ph. D.   This book helps children of all ages gain techniques to control anger whether they have a major anger management problem or not.  We all get angry at times.  How we respond and control this volatile emotion can either put a solution in motion or build a problem.  In her book the chapter is entitled, “Anger-Dousing Method #4:  Solve the Problem.”

I went through this book with the kids attending our after school program.  We did a chapter each week so that we could review and practice the concepts taught.  Since we had the full afternoon each day, I found activities that went along with each chapter. These activities could be a stand alone unit on solving puzzles.   The compilation of the activities follows.  The daily themes are:

  • Solve It
  • Problems
  • Agreement Bridge
  • Solutions
  • Puzzles

Solve it

Getting Started

  • Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 8
  • Discuss: How to solve problems then role play some of the problems and solutions on pages 64-69.  Another option is to do this as another activity.  This option can be found below under Drama.
  • Main Ideas:  First, slow down so you can open the door to your thinking brain, then either work out the problem or just move on.

Snack & Nutrition

  • You might want to go all out and get puzzle cookie cutters, which you can also use on bread and make fun sandwiches.  Here are some ideas from Pinterest.
  • You can make your own like shown on the video below.  This one is done with hearts, but you can let your kids get creative and use other shapes, too.

Art & Crafts

  • Tangram puzzles / Shape pictures – make pictures using shapes – Can you figure out the shapes needed or where the given shapes go when just given the outline of the picture?  What options are there?
  • Printable cards by Making Learning Fun
  • Tangram puzzles by Tangram Channel
  • Video showing some samples by AJ Pierce

Drama

  • Role-play  — Get some friends together, choose and practice one of the role-play scenarios on pages 64-69 or make up one of your own problem and solution scenario to act out.  This scenario might be something that happened to you or someone you know.
  • Puppets — Make or choose a couple puppets to do one of the role-play scenarios or make up your own problem and solution scenario for the puppets to act out.
  • Plan to present the above skits or puppet shows during the Getting Started time tomorrow.

Construction

  • Puzzle time!  Get out your favorite puzzles and enjoy putting them together!
  • Puzzle Challenge — Have a puzzle for each team which are similar in ability level.   Get ready!  Get set!  Go!  Each team tries to be the winner in putting together the puzzle.

Fun With Math

  • Really all the above activities are encourage the math concepts of geometry and problem solving.

 

Problems

Getting Started

  • Discuss: Review how to solve problems.
    1. Calmly and clearly state how you feel and what you want
    2. You may need to brainstorm or talk about possible flexible solutions
    3. You may need to compromise
    4. You may need to just move on.
  • Have those who did the Drama activity the day before present their problem and solution scenarios either as a skit or puppet show.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Buddy snack:  Have various snack options or various things to make either a smoothy or a trail mix out of.  Everyone chooses a buddy.  Each pair of buddies will be eating exactly the same snack.  They will make a trail mix to share or a smoothy to share, or choose the same thing from the options given.  By doing so they will practice discussing their owns wants, listening to the other person, compromising and agreeing.

Drama

  • Puppet shows —Aesop fables – have puppets and recording of fables available along with book to look at.  Check out the scripts on the kidsinco website.
  • Play Kid’s Choices or a Character Kid’s Game where kid’s answer various scenarios
  • Here are some fun examples:

Construction and Science

  • 3-D puzzles
  • Use Lego’s or K’nex to construct a simple project from a given picture.  Here are some picture ideas for Lego and K’nex.  Given a picture of a completed project – can you make this?  Figure out how to complete project.  How close were you able to come to the picture?  Variation:  Have one of the kids build something simple and have others duplicate it.
  • Marble mazes – make a Lego maze for a marble to go through like a pinball machine.  Start with one marble.  The more marbles you try to do at once, the more difficult it will be.   Our kids got creative with tunnels and ramps, too.
  • Roll It — make a maze or marble run on the wall with toilet paper rolls and other cylinders or funnels to make a marble go from point A to B.  Make it simple:

Or more complicated:

 

Number Fun

Fun With Words

  • The plot thickens — In most good stories the characters have a problem to solve.  Map out your plot.  Write a story.  Do you want to take mapping a plot to the next level?  Check out this Writing Workshop blog.

Fitness Fun

  • Check out these problem solving activities for kids by Icebreaker Ideas.  Activities include: Walk the Plank, Laser Web, and guess my Animal
  • Have a treasure hunt.  Each clue should be a riddle or give a problem where the solution is where the next clue or treasure is.  Here’s a sample from The Spruce.

Agreement Bridge

Program Potpourri/Circle Time

  1. The Agreement Bridge comes from a class I took before doing this unit.  The theory and idea behind the Agreement Bridge is explained in the following article:
  2. Discuss: What the Agreement Bridge is and how to play – see hand-out – basically, each person has a marker on an end of a ruler and move it closer to the middle when they feel they are closer to an agreement.  To come to an agreement they take turns talking about various topics.  Person 1 chooses a topic and they both take a turn to talk about that, then Person 2 chooses a topic.  Topics include: Greetings, Problem (own perspective), Swap (problem from other’s point of view), Smart choices, Foolish choices, & Changes willing to make.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Spilt milk – spill 3 tablespoons of milk or colored water on a plate.   What does it look like?  Work with a partner and come to an agreement on what the random shape looks like.

Art & Crafts

  • Partner art – draw or paint a picture with a partner – talk about what you will be drawing and how it will look – come to an agreement & do it
  • Play the Agreement Bridge about a problem you have had before (or now)

Drama

  • Puppet Show — Continue making and practicing your Aesop or problem & solution scenario puppet shows or skits from yesterday

Construction and Science

  • Building project:  Build a bridge using items of your choice.  Who can build the longest bridge? – strongest?  – widest?  – tallest?  Which worked the best? Lego, K’nex, blocks, or _____________?

Fun With Words

  • The Plot thickens — continue your story.

Fitness Fun

  • Play football (or your favorite ball game) – work as a team; Show good sportsmanship

Solutions

Getting Started

  1. Review the Agreement Bridge and chapter 8
  2. Solutions (in science) — Solutions are groups of molecules that are mixed and evenly distributed in a system. Scientists say that solutions are homogenous systems. Everything in a solution is evenly spread out and thoroughly mixed. Heterogeneous mixtures have a little more of one thing (higher concentration) in one part of the system when compared to another.Let’s compare sugar in water (H2O) to sand in water. Sugar dissolves and is spread throughout the glass of water. The sand sinks to the bottom. The sugar-water is a homogenous mixture while the sand-water is a heterogeneous mixture. Both are mixtures, but only the sugar-water can also be called a solution.
    1. Solute – item dissolved or made to disappear in the other (solvent)
    2. Solvent – substance in which the other item is made to dissolve in
    3. Solute + solvent = solution
    4. In mixtures the items mixed can be separated (such as in a trail mix or salad)
    5. In solutions, the solvent and solute is mixed so thoroughly they aren’t recognized as separate substances. However they can be separated

Snack & Nutrition

  • Juice Mix – make a solution of water, and various juice concentrates – enjoy!
  • Lemonade Solution — use equal portions of water, sugar, and lemon juice.  Try this Lemonade recipe from Simply Recipes

Arts & Crafts (and a little science, too)

  • Mix colors of liquid paint – separate using chromatography – put a strip of paper towel or coffee filter in the cup with the solution and see the colors spread up to different heights

Science Solutions

  • Is it a solution? Mix in separate cups of water:  sand / sugar / salt / borax — use various temperatures of water – Which temperature can you blend in more salt or sugar?
  • How can you separate the solvent from the solute? Start the process  (put a string in the salt, sugar, or borax and watch for crystals while the water evaporates)

Fun With Words

  • Finish your story and share it with some friends.
  • Practice your skit or puppet show.  Be ready to share it tomorrow.

 

Puzzles

Getting Started

  • Have those who have written stories or prepared skits or puppet shows share them with the group, if they desire.   Or they can share it with a smaller group at the Fun With Words area.
  • Discuss: Puzzle and Problem solving strategies – ask kids and make a list of strategies they’ve learned over the week.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Sticks and Squares –  Here are some fun puzzles to figure out using sticks to make squares from Learning Tree or triangles from Puzzle

Art & Crafts

  • Magazine puzzles – cut out a picture from a magazine. Option A glue it to   construction paper & cut it out in large puzzle pieces with lots of turns.  Option B:  line up enough popsicle sticks side by side for the magazine picture to fit on, then glue it to the popsicle sticks.  Cut between the sticks to make a puzzle.

Construction

  • Puzzle Time — Choose a challenging puzzle to do

Fun With Words

  • Share your story with friends
  • Share your puppet show or skit

 

See more themes that follow the other chapters here.

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Catalyst or Inhibitor?

“Recognizing Sparks” is Chapter 9 of the book, What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dawn Huebner, Ph.D., which this unit is based off of.  The following activities were compiled for an after school program which I was doing at the time.  I hope your kids enjoy them as much as we did.  Unfortunately I was unable to take pictures of us doing the activities, so the videos and others’ pictures will have to suffice.

We did a slightly different topic each day of the week after reading or reviewing the chapter.  The daily topics included:

  • Is That a Spark?
  • Catalyst for Change
  • Cause & Effect
  • Investigators
  • Super Sleuth

WEEK 9 – Catalyst vs. Inhibitor

Is That a Spark?

Getting Started

  1. Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 9
  2. Discuss: What sparks your anger or other emotions?  There are some great chart ideas on pages 77, 79, and 80.  We did these as whole group discussions and gave the kids the opportunity to fill out their own charts, also.

Snack & Nutrition

  1. A slice of Apple – the oxygen in air causes oxidation in apples (it turns the slices brown) Does the knife matter?  Cut an apple with various knives – plastic, steel,…  Does the container matter?  Try copper or iron and compare to glass or plastic.  What inhibits the oxidation?  Try:  lemon juice, salt, salt water, sugar, sugar water, vinegar, …. what else?  Chart what was added and how long the apple stays white until it turns brown & show the color of brown it turned
    • Connection:  We talked about what causes anger.  We compared these causes to sparks starting the fire of our temper.  Fire needs fuel, heat and oxygen.  What causes apples to turn brown?
  2. Have apples for snack.  Spice them up by having some dipping options such as caramel, peanut butter, chocolate, cinnamon, nuts, or candy sprinkles

Art & Crafts

  • Spark and sparkle — Glitter slime (You can avoid or ignore a spark and decide to sparkle instead)  Here’s a recipe:
    • whisk together:
      • 1 bottle of sparkly glue
      • 1 bottle of water, after dumping the glue bottle into your bowl, refill it with water
    • mix separately (mix until borax is dissolved):
      • 1/2 tsp of borax
      • 1 cup warm water
    • slowly add a bit of the borax mixture to the glue mixture while stirring the glue mixture.  This is the tricky part!  Watch the video to see the magic portion.

Investigative Science

  • Shine a Penny – put dull, oxidized pennies in 4 separate solutions each in its own non-metallic container:
    1. salt water;
    2. water;
    3. vinegar;
    4. 6T vinegar + 2 T salt (this makes hydrochloric acid).
  • Which solution works the best?  The dull film on the pennies breaks down when the oxygen atoms in it join the atoms in the acid mixture, leaving the pennies shining like new.  [Science Experiments vol. 1 by Joan Bentley and Linda Hobbs p. 55-56]
  • Check out a similar experiment plus extra ideas on Hoop-la kids’ video below:

Fun With Words

  • Journal: What sparks emotion, in me?
    • anger / joy / silliness / industriousness (hard work) …

Fitness Play

  • Cheer – spark great playing by giving an encouraging cheer

 

Catalyst for Change

Getting Started

  1. Discuss: What is it that causes you to get angry or want to throw a fit?
  2. This cause is similar to a catalyst.  What is a Catalyst?
    • A catalyst is a substance that causes a chemical reaction to happen more quickly OR a person or event that quickly causes change or action. —Webster dictionary
    • Another definition: A catalyst is a chemical that changes the rate of a chemical reaction, but does not become part of the product. (http://scienceprojectideasforkids.com/2010/catalyst/ )
      • Catalyst generally increases the rate of a chemical reaction.
      • Catalysts are not all the same, one type of catalysts cause chemicals to break apart forming two or more smaller molecules. Other types of catalysts cause two or more chemicals to combine forming one large molecule.
      • Catalysts in living organisms are called enzymes.
    • A third definition: A catalyst is like adding a bit of magic to a chemical reaction. Reactions need a certain amount of energy in order to happen. If they don’t have it, oh well, the reaction probably can’t happen. A catalyst lowers the amount of energy needed so that a reaction can happen more easily. http://www.chem4kids.com/files/react_catalyst.html
  3. Another way to explain it is:

Snack & Nutrition

  • Snack:  Pretzels — after you make them
  • Yeast reactions & Pretzels – testing for catalysts and inhibitors of yeast:
    1. Dissolve a cake active yeast, fresh in 1 cup of 85° F water. Divide the yeast solution into 3 small glasses.  Put ¼ tsp. sugar in 1st glass, ¼ tsp. sugar & ¼ tsp. salt in 2nd glass, and nothing in the 3rd glass as a control.
    2. Put the 3 glasses in a pot and add enough 90°F water so that it comes near the top of the glasses without going into any of them.
    3. Observe: Which glass has the most activity?  Which glass has the least?  Does salt inhibit yeast activity or is it a catalyst?  How can you tell?
    4. Use yeast in the glasses to make pretzels: Pour the contents of each glass into a large bowl.  Add between 4 and 4 ½ cups flour. Mix to form a stiff dough.  Knead on a floured surface for about 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
    5. Oil a large bowl and put in kneaded dough and turn it so the oiled surface is on top so that it won’t dry out. Cover the dough with a clan, damp towel.  Let rise in a warm place until double in size
    6. Punch down the dough with your fist. Grease cookie sheet.  Shape the dough into pretzels (or other shapes) and put them on the sheet.
    7. Use a pastry brush to paint each pretzed with egg yolk that has been beaten with a tablespoon of water. Sprinkle the pretzels with  coarse salt.
    8. Preheat oven to 475°. Let the pretzels rise again in a warm place until they are almost double in size.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until the pretzels are firm and golden brown. — Enjoy
      • [Science Experiments You Can Eat by Vicki Cobb p. 110-112]

Arts and Crafts

  • Catalyst model using paper (catalyst) and paperclips (2 chemicals to be combined) http://scienceprojectideasforkids.com/2010/catalyst/
    1. Note that the spotted paper clip on the left is clipped on the first two layers of the folded paper.
    2. The black paper clip on the right is clipped on the second and third layers of the folded paper.
    3. Caution: Wear eye protection. The paper clips tend to fly out if the paper is pulled quickly.
    4. Holding the two free ends of the folded paper, pull the ends  in opposite directions until the paper is stretched out.
    5. Summation: The movement of the paper results in the paper clips being joined.
    6. The folded paper represents a catalyst which increases the possibility that two chemicals (colored paper clips) will combine. The combined paper clips represent a new chemical product. The catalyst is actively involved in the chemical combination  (connection of the paper clips) but the catalyst (paper) is not a reactant or part of the product. The catalyst can be used over and over again.

Investigative Science

  • ELEPHANT TOOTHPASTE — Catalyst Yeast in hydrogen peroxide (with color and soap)
    • You, too can make elephant toothpaste, with the following ingredients:
      • 110 ml of hydrogen peroxide
      • 1 packet of dry yeast
      • 15 ml of warm water (plus more later)
      • liquid dish soap
      • a flask
      • safety goggles & gloves

 

  • Potato Enzyme, Catalase — Catalase is an enzyme in bodies and plants that breaks down hydrogen peroxide as a catalyst.  Potatoes have this enzyme so it is easy to get.  Find the following activity and the science behind it at Practical Biology.
    1. Cut up a raw potato and mash it.  Do not cook it, cooking will break down the enzyme so it won’t work
    2. Place the mashed potato in a test tube or other small container.
    3. Add hydrogen peroxide.  If there is catalase present, foam should be produced.

Fun with Words

  • Catalyst  – You be the catalyst to change a word one letter at a time.   For example:  find > fine > dine > dice > dose    You can find a dose of happiness!
  • What does yeast do – create a poster or make a journal entry

Fitness Play

  • Tag – a tag creates a change of who is it

Cause & Effect

Getting Started

  1. Discuss: What happens if you yell for something or throw a fit?  Will you get it?  What is the consequence?  What happens if you ask nicely and make plans?  Which way makes everyone happier?
  2. Discuss: Cause is = the reason why something happened.   Effect = the result (What happened?)  Check out Mrs. Warner’s ideas here.
    • Talk about it:  The reason ___ happened was because of _____.   If ____ hadn’t happened, then ____.  Due to this event ___ .  This explains why ______.
    • Key words:  so, since, this is why, outcome, if __ – then __, because, cause, lead to , due to , therefore, reason, consequently, result

Snack & Nutrition

  1. Salad:  Start with cut lettuce, add fresh apple chunks, dried cranberries, and pecans.  Serve with your favorite
  2. Experiment with your food —
    • Apple Malady — What happens if you store apples with the following food?  Try it out.  (This fine idea comes from Everything2)
      • Choose either lettuce, broccoli, bananas, cucumbers,  OR watermelon
      • Get the item (for example, lettuce)  Put half of it in one bag and the other half in a second bag along with a few slices of a raw apple.  Bag #1 is your control.  Bag #2 will show you what cut apples and their enzyme does to the given vegetable or fruit.
      • “Facts:  As an interesting (and potentially useful) side note, the browning of apples releases ethylene gas which is known to induce flowering of many plants, including pineapples, and ripening of fruits such as tomatoes, citrus, and melons.”
      • “Don’t store apples near lettuce (causes spots and wilting), broccoli, cucumbers (turns them yellow), bananas (makes them brown faster), watermelon (makes it pulpy), or leafy greens (they’ll lose their colour)”

Drama

  • Charades – with cause and effect – Each team is made up of partners who act out the item together. Such as:  seed getting watered & growing; ball pitched & kicked/batted; wet dog shaking and getting others wet; waiter trips and drops trays of food;

Investigate Science

  • Jell-O .. Oh no — Pineapple breaks down gelatin protein bonds – add fresh pineapple to Jell-O that is set up —
  • Dry tissue – put a tissue in a cup then holding it upside down, put it straight down into a bowl or bucket of water.  If the cup goes in straight, the air in the cup is kept there by the water pressure and the tissue stays dry.

Fun With Words

  • Set out cards with causes & let kids write out possible effects
  • Cause and effect matching – match cards with pictures (younger kids)
  • Read: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (or other companion book)
  • Make a poster that shows describes cause and effect

Fitness Play

  • Play your favorite ball game — Look for cause and effect when you hit, kick, or catch the ball

Investigators

Getting Started

  1. Discuss: Investigators search for clues and then test the evidence to discover the truth.
  2. Discuss: Have you Investigated what sparks anger in you?  Maybe you did some introspection or inner thinking.  Maybe you kept a journal of cause and effects.  Maybe you asked others what they have noticed.  If you haven’t, you still have time to do so.
  3. For lots of kids, it’s when they don’t get what they want. If you don’t get what you want right then, what can you do?  [Ask nicely with manners and see if there is a time that you can get it or something just as nice.  Ask if there is a way you can earn the privilege.]  Is everybody going to get everything they want all the time?  [No!  We all have times we don’t get what we want.  We might have to wait … sometimes for a very long time or we might even never get it.  Other times we have to work hard to get it.]
  4. Today we have several other challenges for you to solve.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Nutrition Investigators — Which item has more sugar?  Which one has more vitamins or is more nutritious?
    • snack bar, rice crispy bar, or brownie
    • apple sauce, apple, dried apple, (& maybe Apple Jacks)

Arts and Crafts

  • Make an investigator badge
  • Make an investigator folder
  • Color the investigator

Investigate Science

  • Expanding Capsules – In what solution will the foam capsule expand the fastest and biggest? –predict and watch —   Put a foam capsule in each of the following liquids and observe.  In which liquid does the capsule dissolve the fastest?  Liquids: ice water, warm water, vinegar, club soda
  • Hidden Ticker – find a hidden ticking clock or timer using just ears [Big Science Little Hands Super Sleuths]

Fun With Words

  • Read a story about an investigators.  Check out the top 10 by the Nerdy Book Club.
  • Write a story or comic about a mystery solved by an investigator.

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Treasure Hunt — Have kids partner up and make a treasure hunt for another team or set of partners.

Super Sleuth

Program Potpourri/Circle Time

  1. Review: Have you been a Super Sleuth?  Have you found when or what sparks your anger?
  2. For lots of kids, it’s when they don’t get what they want. If you don’t get what you want right then, what can you do?  [Ask nicely with manners and see if there is a time that you can get it or something just as nice.  Ask if there is a way you can earn the privilege.]  Is everybody going to get everything they want all the time?  [No!  We all have times we don’t get what we want.  We might have to wait … sometimes for a very long time or we might even never get it.  Sometimes we have to work hard to get it.]

Snack & Nutrition

  • Super Sleuth Snack — Oh no! The snack is gone!  Where is it?  Find and follow the clues.
  • Suggested snack: bananas, snack bar, and pudding
  • Preparation: On the snack table place a tray that is empty except a sticker from the banana, a pudding lid, and snack bar crumbs. Hide the snack.  Place the following clues on a “path” from the snack table to where the snack is hidden.
    • banana peel
    • snack bar wrapper
    • snack bar crumbs
    • a smudge of pudding on a note
    • a spoon that obviously had pudding licked off of it.

Imagine That/Art & Crafts/Drama

  • Glitzy Crime – 3-5 different types of glitter (Purchase the same color glitter in different shapes and sizes from a local craft store. SciGirls recommends Tulip Fashion Glitter in silver fine jewel, silver fine hologram and silver medium hologram and Creatology Glitter in sterling and silver.) — The suspect spilled glitter while taking off with the jewels.  A glitter trail can determine who the suspect is.  Closely observe the glitter samples and determine who the suspect is. Set up four to six stations, each containing a shallow dish with a small sample of glitter. Label one station as the crime scene, and the rest with suspects’ names. Make sure that one of the suspect glitter samples matches the crime scene glitter! [from vo.llnwd.net/o26/scigirls/activities/Super_Sleuths.pdf ]

Investigate Science

  • Who left their finger prints on the window?
    • Preparation:  have someone (or yourself) put fingerprints on the window or a glass.  Check out CSI Science: Get the Prints for an easy way to make fingerprints using pencil graphite and easy way to discover them with powder or cocoa.
    • Have a finger print identification chart available.
    • Have everyone make an identification card.  Each person will have a 3×5 card.  On their card they should write their name and place a fingerprint of each of their fingers.
    • The Super Sleuths should compare the finger print cards with the fingerprints on the window (or glass)

Game Time

  • Game Day – Choose a game to play — such as Sorry!  Uno!  Dominoes, Life, or any others which are available. – Think about what your strategy will be, along the way practice good sportsmanship: follow the rules, take your turn, congratulate the winner and know it is OK to not win.

Fitness Play

 

See more chapters from this unit on Managing Temper Flares here

 


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Chill or Thrill

Chapter 7:  Anger-Dousing Method #3:  Release Anger Safely

Something happens and we coil up and spring into action.  That action is often a anger and is a reaction to whatever happened.  What actions will release the pent up emotions without hurting ourselves or others?  This theme is based on chapter 7 of Dawn Huebner’s book, “What to Do When Your Temper Flares.”   This chapter’s theme is divided into the following sub-themes:

  • Quick Release
  • Go Fast!
  • Relax….
  • Hobbies and Fun Times
  • Pure Enjoyment

 

Quick Release

Getting Started

  • Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 7
  • Discuss: Active things you like to do.  Sedentary things you like to do.   Write 1 of each on a 3×5 card to be used later for the charades activity.

Art & Crafts

  • Charades – use 3×5 cards that kids made of their active and sedentary things they like to do – 1 person draws a card, acts out the activity given and others guess it
  • Hot Potato – Practice a quick release by playing this fun traditional game.  Players sit in a circle and pass a bean bag (or warm rice bag or potato) around the circle while music plays. The person who has the bag when the music stops is out (optional:  on their first turn out, they may turn off music).  Winner gets prize.

Engineering & Science Investigation

  • Quick Release Knot — Tie a quick release knot (used for tying horses to a rail)
    1. Put the end of the rope through the tie ring or around the post.
    2. Wrap the loose end once around the rope, creating a circle and then wrap it a couple more times
    3. Fold the loose end into a loop, and pull it through the circle.
  • Rubber release – shoot rubber bands at a designated target – not at people or in their direction.  This is best done in a corner where there is no cross traffic.  Place the target in the corner.  Have the participant shoot several rubber bands and then go retrieve them and give the next participant a turn.

Fun With Words

  • Play a game where speed is the name of the game.  Some examples are:
    • Blurt!
    • Outburst!
    • Speed (card game)

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Ultimate Frisbee – can not run with the Frisbee – catch it and throw it to a team mate; try to throw into the end zone

 

Go Fast!

Getting Started

  • Discuss: One way to release anger is to get moving!  What ways can you ‘get moving? — Brainstorm
  • Read or review pages 51-53
  • Choose 4 volunteers to act out their favorite active activity and others guess it

Snack & Nutrition

  • What do you eat when you are on the move and need a quick bite?
    • Try different snack bars and graph which ones your group likes best
    • Make a Trail Mix — Set out various ingredients such as:  Chex cereal, little crackers,  raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, M&M’s, etc.

Art & Crafts

  • Choose a sport craft.  There are many ideas online.
    • sports ball cartoons — start with a basket ball (or your favorite sport ball) add eyes, mouth, arms and legs.
    • jersey — cut out a shirt stencil and decorate it like your favorite team or design one for your fantasy team
    • pennant – make a flag for your team

Fitness Play

  • Minute Challenges – How many can you do in 1 minute – jump rope in place, sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks, toe ups (stand on toes then feet on ground and back to toes…), one foot hops (must stay in a 2’ square area), stationary ball dribble (must stay in 3’ square area)

 

Relax….

Getting Started

  • Review Chapter 7 and how getting active can help us release anger safely.
  • Discuss: Another way to release anger safely is to relax!  What are some ways you can relax – review & practice those from the book:  breathe deeply, stretch, squeeze and gentle taps
  • Read or review pages 54-61

Snack & Nutrition

  • By scent – close eyes & take a deep whiff of the food items presented – What is it?  This activity is a great way to practice breathing deeply and enjoying the smells.

Art & Crafts

  • Hug! Make a hug craft.  Check out these online ideas.  Add a label “I love me” “I’m OK”
    • Hugger — Make a construction paper or card stock person.  Cut out a square or shirt shape.  Add a circle for the head and draw a face.  You might want to glue on some yarn for hair.  Add 2 long rectangles for arms.  On a separate piece of paper draw around your hands, cut them out and add them to the arms.  Fold the arms into a hug.  Add a message on the front of the T-shirt.
    • Make a hug pop-out card

Science Investigation

  • Deep Breathing –
    • Measure air exhaled

 

Fun With Words

  • Write a list of ways you personally can relax
  • Make an acrostic poem using the word RELAX or REST
    • Relax
    • Expression reflections – funny faces in the mirror
    • Stretch then Squeeze – that’s a hug for me
    • Tap my own shoulders as I give myself a gentle hug

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Tai Chi – Practice body and breathing control

Hobbies and fun times

Getting Started

  • Discuss: What are your hobbies?  What does your family enjoy doing for fun?  What do you enjoy doing for fun?  Our hobbies might be things that we have fun doing actively or they might be quiet relaxing things.  Getting active and relaxing are two ways we can safely release anger and other pent up emotions.
  • Invite kids to bring something tomorrow that shows what their hobby is

Snack & Nutrition

Art & Crafts

  • Collage – cut and paste pictures of hobbies and fun activities from magazines onto a large poster; can draw pictures and add them to the poster also
  • Paint a picture that shows what your hobby is
  • Hobby:  Art — What kind of art do you like to do?  Do it!  You can draw, paint, color, make something with construction paper or whatever you like to do!

The Nature of It/Construction/Science

  • Build something that represents what your hobby is (i.e. what you like to do for fun)
  • Hobby:  Building — What do you like to build with?  Get it and start building!  You can build with K’nex, Lego, Lincoln Logs, magnets, or whatever you like to build with!

Fun With Words

  • Hobby:  Reading — What do you like to read?  Read it!
  • Hobby:  Writing — What do you like to write?  Write it!  You can write a story, poem, comic strip or whatever you like to write!

Fitness Play

  • Hobby:  Play time!  Go outside and enjoy playing your favorite games or try some new ones.  Here’s some ideas from Wired or Buzzfeed.
  • Hobby:  Sports — What is your favorite sport?  Gather together some friends and your family and have fun playing your favorite sport!

Pure enjoyment

Getting Started

  • Talk about keeping an enjoyable environment by being cooperative, having a good attitude, and showing respect.  Practice sharing, taking turns, solving problems with calm discussions by role playing.  See how from this great article from Mind Tools.  Try out some of these online ideas.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Enjoy what you made yesterday or make something new.

Art & Crafts

  • Play dough — Try out these great play dough recipes.  Working with dough is very relaxing.

Building Fun

  • Build It! Build what you want to and have fun!

Fitness Play

  • Go outside for free choice play

Check out other themes and chapters on the way to managing temper flares.

 


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Sometimes He Calms the StormMUSICAL DRAMATIZATION

This dramatization involves 3 actors and 6 minor actors.  It is written to go with the following song:

Music by:  Scott Krippayne

Dramatization by Janelle Clendenon

 

On stage have a sail boat and long light blue, medium blue, and white cloth or plastic laid out the length of the stage, as desired.  Stage hands (minor actors) will be stationed on either side of each length of color.  When indicated by the color described, they will lift that color length and move it up and down to demonstrate the action of the waves described.  Jesus figure is wearing white.  Child figure is wearing a color that stands out such as red, green, or purple.  Dark figure wears black.

 

All who sail the sea of faith find out before too long

Light blue lifted up like sky (top corner held high, bottom corners touching floor or hanging down)

 

How quickly blue skies can grow dark and gentle winds grow strong

Light blue lowered, all corners held, flapped like waves.  And darker blue held up like sky (top corner held high, bottom corners touching floor or hanging down)

 

Suddenly fear is like white water pounding on the soul

Add white, a little higher than the light blue, all corners held tight and flapped furiously like white cap waves


Still we sail on knowing that our Lord is in control

            Jesus figure enters scene and stands behind boat

 

Sometimes He calms the storm with a whispered peace be still

Jesus figure holds up hands. White and light blue stop flapping and lower to floor. Darker blue settles to floor.


He can settle any sea but it doesn’t mean He will

            Lt blue, white and dark blue raised and ready

 

Sometimes He holds us close and lets the wind and waves go wild

Lt blue, white, and dark blue, all corners held tightly, flapped vigorously like waves


Sometimes He calms the storm and other times He calms His child

Child figure enters.  Jesus figures opens arms, inviting a hug.  They hug.  Meanwhile waves of all colors continue to flap.

Sometimes He calms His child

Pathfinders present musical drama

Nothing can snatch you from His hand

Click here to download a pdf of the Full script.

Click here to download PowerPoint cue slides for Sometimes He Calms the Storm MusicalDramaCUES.


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Pathfinder Bible Experience

 

Pathfinder Bible Experience encourages young people to read the Bible and place it deep in their hearts.  Find out more about it here.

Pathfinder Bible Experience or PBE in 2017 quizzes Pathfinders on six of Paul’s books or letters.  We encourage you to read these books and see how much you remember by opening the PowerPoint quizzes.

After you open the PowerPoint, be sure to go to  the “Slide Show” tab and click “From beginning” to show the slide show.  Click to progress through the slides and to start the timer.  The answer pops up when the timer is done.

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Paul Wrote many letters

Galatians — A letter to the Christians at Galatia explores the roles of grace and obedience to rules and traditions.

Ephesians — A letter from Paul to the Christians in Ephesus reminds us that Jesus Christ cleans us from the inside out.  We become a new person in thought and action because of His love, grace, and Holy Spirit.

Philippians — A letter from Paul to the Christians in Philippi encourages us to be content in whatever circumstance.  The joy God gives fills us despite whatever storm we may be in at the time, because God IS with us.

Colossians — Paul writes to the Christians in Colosse to remind them that Jesus is the VIP.  He is the Creator, Sustainer, Son of God, and Savior of the World.

1 Timothy — Paul writes to the new young pastor, Timothy to teach him how to set up the new church and be a great pastor.  He reminds all young people that they are capable of doing great things for God, because God has gifted them with talents and enables them to minister to His people.

2Timothy — Paul writes again to Timothy to encourage him to persevere and be faithful.  We too can be faithful workers who please God.

 

 


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Pathfinder Explorer Honors, Updated!

Pathfinders is the Seventh-day Adventist youth group similar to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Check it out at http://www.pathfindersonline.org/

Here is a resource when you teach the following honors that go with the Explorer Class Requirements.  These power points answer all the questions in the honor.  They include suggested You Tube videos explaining the different concepts and may include videos that instruct how to make hands-on projects, too.   Another resource which is available are the Pathfinder Honor Worksheets link

NOTE:  The Power Point presentations open up in the edit format.  You will first need to “enable content” and then select “Slide Show” and either “From Beginning” or “From Current Slide” in order to actually see all the content.  You Tube is no longer allowing flash play embedding so you will need to simply click on the video as stated on the link and it will go to You Tube and show on your browser.

 

Stars honor  Star Honor Power Point Presentation

Star Honor Requirements link

 

 

 

Stars Advanced honorAdvanced Stars Power Point Presentation

Advanced Star Honor Requirements link

Advanced star honor QUIZ

 

 

weather honor

Weather Honor Power Point Presentation

Weather Honor Requirements link

 

 

 

Weather Advanced honorAdvanced Weather Honor Power Point Presentation

Advanced Weather Honor Requirements link

weather chart

 

 

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Christian Manners & Grooming Power Point Presentation  — Do a section at a time

Christian, Grooming & Manners Requirements link

 

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Basic Emergency Rescue

Basic Rescue Requirements link

 

 


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Cool Off

Cool Off is based on chapter 6 of the book, What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner.  This chapter introduces the second anger-dousing method which is to think cool thoughts.  Cool thoughts help cool yourself down so that you can think and solve the problem.  “I can deal with this” and “This isn’t worth getting angry about” are examples of cool thoughts.

This theme has 5 mini-themes:

  • Cool thoughts
  • Staying Cool
  • Ice is Nice
  • Water, Water everywhere
  • Change it Around

Cool Thoughts

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 6
  2. Discuss: Cool thoughts vs. Hot Thoughts – make chart (with situations p. 40-41 and 44)  NOTE:  45 – giving an angry person a cool thought usually makes matters worse.  Instead note that it looks like they are thinking hot thoughts and ask them what cool thoughts they can think of.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Freeze some fruit such as fresh peaches or berries to eat tomorrow.  Wash and dry the fruit.  Lay them on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer.  Optional:  Save some of the fruit to eat fresh now.
  • Make a fruit salad with a mixture of canned, fresh, and frozen fruit or berries.  Pour off the juice from the canned fruit and mix it with a 3 oz. box of instant vanilla pudding.  Mix that and the rest of the fruit and berries together.  Recipe here.

Art & Crafts

  • cooloffpicframeCool thought plaques – using Popsicle sticks make a frame for a cool picture (cut a picture from a magazine of something cool like ice-cream/Popsicle/swimming pool & add eyes and mouth to personify the object OR of a person or two) – add a cool thought bubbles (see page 42-43)
  • Popsicle craft  — Make paper Popsicles.   Decorate them with fruit stickers, glitter sprinkles or paper shapes.  Add real Popsicle sticks.
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Science

  • Cool it down — How many ice-cubes does it take to cool down boiling or hot water?
    • Supplies:  food stick thermometer & a bag of ice-cubes
    • Directions:  Adult — heat 2 cups water to boiling (or another temp., like 100°) then pour water into a bowl;
    • Kid carefully put thermometer end in water and check temperature of water.  Do not touch hot water!
    • Add ice-cubes to bowl one at a time.  Keep an eye on the thermometer.   How many ice cubes does it take to bring boiling water down to 40°?  Can you bring it to 32°?
    • Talk point:  If you’re really hot (angry), might you have to say a cool thought more than once before you start to cool down?

Fun With Words

  • Cool thought chart — add cool thoughts and hot thoughts to the chart which was started during the overview time.
  • Do the activities on pages 40 and 44 of the book

Fitness Play

  • Cool off Challenge — You will need enough ice cubes so every participant has one.  The challenge is to see who can get their ice cube to melt first.  They can either choose to rub it on their arms and legs or hold it in their hands.

Staying Cool

Getting Started — An Overview

  1. Discuss: How many of you thought a cool thought during a hot situation yesterday or today?  We want to make cool thinking a habit.  You can think cool thoughts before you get hot. –
  2. Review cool thought chart made yesterday as suggested on pages 40-43

Snack & Nutrition

  • Make Popsicle to eat tomorrow or (about 6 hours) later:  Pour juice or pop into a Popsicle mold or Dixie cup.  Place a Popsicle handle, popsicle stick, or plastic spoon into it and place it in the freezer to freeze overnight.  For a fun variation, drop in a dollop of sherbet ice-cream before freezing it.  Level up with a gourmet versions using whizzed up fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt and juice as in recipes shown in the video below:

Art & Crafts

  • Water bottle cover — These covers help you identify your water bottle,  make it easy to carry a water bottle, and helps them stay cool.  You can add foam stickers.
    • https://activityarray.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/f4c27-done.jpg?w=126&h=136  See directions by Amanda here
    • Variation:  Instead of sewing the seam or using lacing, use your choice of the fancy duct tape now available.  Duct tape the seam.  Extend the duct tape over the top of the holder in a high arc to make a handle, then tape the other side of the holder, opposite of the seam.  Finish your handle by folding  the edges towards the center of the duct tape so that the sticky part of the duct tape is covered up.
  • Fan craft — Either use a piece of pretty scrapbook paper, a page from a magazine, or decorate a plain white piece of paper.   Next fold the paper like an accordion (see the video below).   You can put several fans together to make it more full.

Engineering and Science

  • Water park — Design and draw a water park.  Features might include a water slide, pool, wave pool, water rides, spray park, large

    marble track

    water guns, and more.

  • Water slide demo — Using a marble track, make a ‘water’ slide.  A marble track uses the same physic principles of a water slide.  How can you keep the marble going?  How do you need to build the slide?  Level up:  If this were a real water slide, people would need to get up to the top.  How will you get them there?  Design a ramp, stairs, or other way and make it using blocks, Lego’s, K’nex or other building system.

Health

  • Heat Exhaustion — If a person is in extreme heat too long without adequate water they can get heat exhaustion.  This is serious!  What can you do to help?  You need to get them cooled off inside and out by getting them to a cool place and giving them water and sports drink to drink and sponging them with water.
    • Role-play:  Person 1 acts as if they are suffering from heat exhaustion (hot, exhausted, feeling faint).  Person 2 comes to their aid with something to drink and then gets wet towels for their forehead and neck.
  • Heat Stroke — If a person had exhaustion, but didn’t cool off they may get a heat stroke.  Signs of a heat stroke are:  a temperature of 104 degrees, low blood pressure, high heart rate, a confused and agitated state of mind.   They need medical attention and to be cooled off quickly!  Immerse them in water and give them water & sports drink to drink.  Fan them and put ice packs on their neck and under their arm pits.

Fun with Words

  • How many words can you write that rhyme with “cool”?   Bonus:  Make a poem using some of the words.
  • Write a story about your experience in a water park, pool, or doing another ‘cooling off’ activity.

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Water play — Get cool with some water play!  Here are some suggestions:
    • Have a water fight using cups of water, water balloons, hoses, water gun, or whatever you want to allow
    • Run thru some sprinklers
    • Go swimming
    • Slip and slide on either a purchased slip and slide or a long piece of plastic that is covered in water.  Make sure water is running on the plastic so that it stays slippery.

Ice is Nice

resource:  Ice theme activities by Jean Warren:

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Discuss: science investigations –
    1. What kind of questions do scientist ask? –
      • Why?
      • Do all…?
      • What if?
      • What is…?
      • How..?
    2. How do scientists find out the answers? They do an experiment and test their theory.  They have a control and then test 1 variable in each sample.
    3. They write down their questions, experiments, and results These may lead to other experiments.
  2. Introduce ice science experiment.
    1. Note that the activities for the day require ADVANCED PREPARATION:  Freeze colored water for ice painting and Freeze water balloons for ice balloon experiment.  See the activities for detailed instructions

Snack & Nutrition

  • Eat a Popsicle made yesterday

Art & Crafts

  • Ice painting –
    • Preparation:  Fill a Dixie cup (for each desired color) 2/3 full.  Add in a Tablespoon of liquid paint.  Insert a Popsicle sticks or plastic spoon for a handle.  Place in the freezer the day before doing the activity.  NOTE:  Write on the cups:  This is paint.  Do NOT eat!
    • When Ice painting is frozen.  Hold the cup upside down under warm water to warm the edges and make it easier to remove.  Take the ice painting out of the cup and your ready to start painting!
    • Provide paper to paint on and a place to put the ice painting pops when they are not being used.

Engineering and Science

  • Ice balloons
    • Preparation:  Fill water balloons and place them in the freezer.  Freeze a couple days so that they are completely frozen.
    • cool investigations – see activity print out and video by exploratorium
      • Place salt/food coloring on ice.  What happens?
      • Place ice in a container of water.  What does it do?
  • Ice Racing — make a ramp and have ice cube races (idea by Jean Warren) – measure which cube went the furthest

Fun With Words

  • Write out a possible experiment using the questions you came up with from the ice balloon activity
  • Ice is Nice — What rhymes with “ice”?  Make a list.   The person  with the most words (or everyone with x# of words) gets an extra Popsicle.

Fitness Play

  • Ice hockey – place block around the edge of a table.  On opposite ends make goals by putting an arch block in front of the other blocks or by putting blocks on either side of a space in the middle.  2 players play each other, each with a plastic spoon as a hockey stick.  The puck is an ice-cube.  Game plays like air-hockey

Water, water everywhere

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Watch the Water cycle (precipitation, water run-off in streams to ocean; evaporation; condensation in clouds; precipitation).
  1. Where can we find water?  Why do we need water?
  2. Discuss:  the benefit of water to good health: (See more at webmd here)
    1. maintain balance of body fluids to aid digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintain body temperature
    2. helps control calories – when substituted for higher calorie drink
    3. energize muscles
    4. keep skin looking good
    5. help your kidneys cleanse your body
    6. maintain normal bowel function

Snack & Nutrition

  • Hydrate – drink water!
    • Taste Test:  Which do you like better (have the following options available):  cold water (from fridge), water with ice in it, water at room temperature, or hot water.
    • How much water did you drink today?
    • Water Chart:  Draw a picture of a cup with 8 ice cubes or 8 horizontal lines.  Color a cube or a space each time you drink a cup of water.

Art & Crafts

  • Swim craft: choose own ‘swimmer’ to put onto stick: duck, dolphin, child, etc.
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    • Draw a circle and cut it out or use a paper plate.
    • Cover the circle with blue construction paper or you could paint or color it blue.
    • Optional:  add decoration to make the setting — such as:  reeds & lily pads for a pond or diving board & buoy string for a pool.
    • Choose what you want to be the swimmer (duck, frog, child, or whatever you wish).  You could choose to draw your swimmer, cut out a picture you printed from online, trace it from a stencil, or use a sticker.
    • Glue your swimmer to a Popsicle stick.
    • Cut a 1 inch slit in the pool or pond to insert the Popsicle stick in.  Another option would be to cut a longer slit so that you can make your swimmer puppet ‘swim’ from one end of the slit to the other.
  • water paint — paint a water scene using water color paints.  You might paint a picture of a lake, ocean, river, pool, rainy day, or other water scene.

Science

  • Draw a water cycle picture
  • Water Cycle in a jar
    • Put about an inch of water in a glass jar
    • Microwave it for 1 minute
    • Fill a small bowl with ice
    • Place the bowl of ice over the glass jar with hot water
    • Watch what happens.  Do you see….
      • evaporation (you may need to remove the bowl for a bit)
      • condensation in or on the jar or bowl?
      • drops of water falling from the bowl? These are raindrops.
  • Water movement – using a cup of water and clear tubing and gravity, can you make the water go from the full cup to another empty cup without tipping either cup? Try putting the full cup at different heights.  Try putting the one end of the tubing in one cup and the other in the other cup.  Try putting a finger over the end of the tube in the empty cup in a tapping motions – on off on off (this may ‘prime the pump’ so that water flows from one to the other)

Fun With Words

  • Write a story, poem, rap or song about water

Fitness Play

  • Water relay – For each team have a full bucket of water, a cup or sponge, and an empty bucket. The team lines up behind the full bucket.  The empty bucket is placed a good running distance away (20-30 feet).  Each member of the team takes a turn using the cup or sponge to transfer water from the full bucket to the empty bucket.  The team with the most water in their ‘empty’ bucket at the end of the time limit is the winner.

Change it Around

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review Cool Thoughts and assess how kids did; congratulate goal achievements.  Were you able to change your ‘hot’ thoughts to ‘cool’ thoughts?  Today we are going to experiment with making changes and being change detectives.
  2. Change Game – from iSixSigma —  See more here.
    1. Cross arms as if bored – change arms so that other one is on top
    2. Change your seat – do you feel comfortable sitting in a new place?
    3. Change your looks – get in partners; person A & B look at each other then turn back to back; person A makes 5 (or other #) changes; face each other; person B tries to point out all 5 (or other #) changes; then trade roles. — variation: have 1 person come up for viewing then go to another room and change something about their looks and return to front of room; others guess what they changed

Snack & Nutrition

  • Change it around – finger food must be eaten with a spoon/fork; food usually eaten with a spoon/fork must be eaten with the handle of the spoon or fork

Art & Crafts

  • Milk rainbows – pour milk in a plate with sides so that it just covers the bottom of the plate; drop food coloring (1-3 drops) in the middle of the milk so that each color is separate but close like the four leaves of a clover; dip a Q-tip in the middle of the drops of color; take it out and put a drop of dawn dish soap on the Q-tip and dip it again in the middle of the color drops; watch; dip the Q-tip in various places and watch the results — video at:

Science

  • Magnets – Experiment putting magnets together.  Do they always stick or attract?  Do they ever push each other away or repel?
    • Think about it:  How do we attract others? — repel others?

 

Fun With Words

  • Cool it — change the word BOIL to COOL by changing 1 letter at a time. Each letter change needs to make a word — boil > coil > cool  Option 2  Change the word FIRE to COOL – fire > fore > fort > foot > fool > cool (write clues for each word);

Fitness Play

  • About face!  That is the command given to face the opposite direction when a soldier is standing still at attention.  If the soldier is marching, the command, “to the rear, march”  tells the soldier to turn around and march the opposite way.  Learn marching commands:  left face, right face, about face, forward march, to the rear march