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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


  • 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.


  • 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.



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.


  • 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)


  • 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


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.



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.


  • 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. ( )
      • 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.
  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)
    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)”


  • 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


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 ]

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)



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.




Pathfinder Explorer Honors, Updated!

Pathfinders is the Seventh-day Adventist youth group similar to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
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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




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

Christian, Grooming & Manners Requirements link



Basic Emergency Rescue

Basic Rescue Requirements link



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Get out

This theme is part 6 of a unit on Overcoming Temper Flares.  It is based on chapter 5 of the book,  What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner.   Chapter 5 introduces the first anger dousing technique, which is to take a break.

This theme is divided into 3 mini-themes:

  • Take a Break
  • Escape!
  • Extinguish

Take a Break

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 5
  2. Have a vacuum for the demonstration described in the chapter.  How close or far away can items be, but still be pulled in by the vacuum?
  3. Discuss: How can we escape the pull of angry thoughts and feelings?  Do you need to move your thoughts just a little bit or find something totally different to think about?  How can you do that?

Snack & Nutrition

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sip it

  • Slurp it up – drink milk/juice with a straw – time who can slurp it up the fastest? Can you slurp it with the straw out of the milk or juice?  Why?  How is the straw like a vacuum?

Art & Crafts

  • Take a Break — This activity is suggested on p. 35 of What to Do When Your Temper Flares — Make a poster showing 4 things you can do while taking a break. These should be easy things to do that you enjoy and that take your full attention. Title it:  Take a Break and at the bottom write your goal:  Go for 10
  • Go for 10 — This activity is suggested on p. 36 and 37 of What to Do When Your Temper Flares -– Decorate a string with beads; leave a long string so that you can tie a knot for each time you step away from the force of your anger and go do something fun or relaxing. Go for 10 knots.  Choose a way to celebrate when you achieve 10.


  • The Power of the Vacuum – spread rice, torn paper, and dry beans on an area of the hard floor – turn the vacuum on and point it towards the items, but about a foot away. How close must the vacuum be in order to suck up the rice? – torn paper? –dry beans? (How far must the item be so it won’t get sucked up?)

Math Challenge

  • 10 knots — convert to miles per hour (mph) – use calculators and the equation to figure it out — Knots is how the speed of aircraft and boats is measured. Both miles per hour and knots is a speed which is the number of units of distance that is covered for a certain amount of time.

1 knot = 1 nautical mile per hour = 6076 feet per hour
1 mph =1 mile per hour = 5280 feet per hour

If a boat is going 1 knots per hour, how many miles per hour is it going?  First we must convert the speed to feet per hour.  So 1 knot is 6076 feet per hour  1×6076=6076  Then we can divide the answer by 5280 which is how many feet per hour something that is going 1 mph is going.  So 6076 ÷ 5280 = 11.5 mph.

How many miles per hour would it be if

  • a boat was going 2 knots per hour?   2 x 6076 = ______ ÷ 5280 = ______mph
  • a plane were going 10 knots per hour? 10 x 6076 = ______ ÷ 5280 = ______mph

Fitness Play

  • Go outside and enjoy your favorite game, sport, or activity.

Escape Plan

Program Potpourri/Circle Time

  1. Discuss: Fire Safety –
    1. Smoke goes up, so get down!
    2. Get out – go quickly to the nearest exit (window or door)
    3. Is it safe? If the door is an inside door & is hot – find another way
    4. Once out – Meet – go to your meeting place
    5. Get help – go to a neighbor’s house or call on cell 9-1-1
  2. Follow-up: We talked about the importance of taking a break when you feel the spark of anger, just like we need to escape when there is smoke.  How are you doing on your way to Go for 10!  Rate yourself: High five if you are making good progress; 3 up if you are doing OK; thumb up if you need to call a tow truck to get you out of the ditch.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Salsa Taste test:  Have various flavors of salsa and chips.  Kids taste each and rate them on a chart

Art & Crafts

  • Escape Plan — from Temper Flare  — Draw a plan that shows where you might go and what you might do if you get mad at home or at school.  You might want to make a comic strip
  • Escape Plan –from a house fire —  Draw your home floor plan.  Draw arrows to show your escape plan

Engineering and Science

  • Building project: build a house and show the escape plan for if there is a fire; remember each room should have 2 ways out; show where the meeting place is
  • Build a maze using Legos on a Lego board OR blocks on a table & have a friend get a marble or other object to go through it.  This is a simple one.   Challenge kids to make tunnels with hidden exits and ramps.
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Fun With Words

  • Be safe — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week
  • Fire safety crossword and maze from

Fitness Play

  • With lights out and eyes closed, from the center of the room or the far side, crawl to the door – help each other get out safely



Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review chapter 4 and 5
    • Anger Dousing Method #1:  Take a break
    • Did taking a break work for you?
  2. Discuss ways of putting a fire out:
    • We can use:  extinguishers, water, dirt, baking soda, put lid on (stove fires);
    • Fire fighters use: water, foam, a Pulaski, helicopters & water buckets, borate bombers,
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Snack & Nutrition

  • Fun fire snack ideas
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Imagine That/Art & Crafts/Drama

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    • Fireman craft for dltk kids
    • Hat: fold on dotted line;  You could give him a black pipe-cleaner hose with tin foil nozzle; maybe make a fire hydrant out of clay


  • Build a Lego firetruck using your imagination and creativity.


  • Birthday Blow out – how many ways can you extinguish a birthday candle?
  • Put the Fire Out – use soda & vinegar to make carbon dioxide & put the fire out – see directions at

Fun With Words

  • How many words can you make using the letters that spell EXTINGUISHER
  • Be safe — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Fire Drill Game — A leader will give a directive and then everyone needs to do it quickly.  If someone doesn’t do it they are out.  Between directives participants can walk around the room or area.   The leader makes it more difficult by saying the directives in faster succession.
  • Suggested directives:
    • Ah! A Fire  (designated circle such as a hoola-hoop or circle drawn with chalk or rope) — Everyone circle around the designated circle and puts their hands up like warming them by the fire
    • Fire! Fire! Come Quick! — Everyone puts their hands on another person’s shoulder to make a long line like a fire truck and everyone makes a siren sound.
    • Extinguish!  –Everyone pretends to spray out a fire
    • Fire Drill!  Meet!  — Everyone goes to a designated wall, fence, or line.  As soon as their back or feet touch the wall they say “Here!”