Game of the Week: Blob Tag

Group Size: Large group (10 or more) Age Group: 1st -5th grades Length of Activity: 10 minutes or more Developmental Goal: To develop eye-foot coordination and cooperation. Skills Practiced: Running, physical awareness, and decision making Equipment Needed: None Set Up: … Continue reading

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Lettuce Bloom

“Yuck! Bug! Someone squish it!” We have all heard children and adults shouting out like this in our classrooms, backyards and even our homes. But when it comes to our gardens it is important that we know which bugs to … Continue reading

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Grow an Easy Sensory Garden with Herbs

Herbs are the easiest “sensory” plant to grow in a garden. Children are amazed these plants can smell so good (or bad!) and impart flavor to our food.  Many enjoy chewing chives or mint sprigs, touching fuzzy sage and frilly … Continue reading

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Game of the Week: Four Corners

Group Size: Any Size Age Group: 1st -5th grades Length of Activity: 5-20 minutes Developmental Goal: To develop decision making capabilities and teach silent movement and strategy Skills Practiced: Running, physical awareness, decision making and non-verbal communication. Equipment Needed: None … Continue reading

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Game of the Week: Mouse Trap

Group Size: 5-20 Age Group: K4-5th grades Length of Activity: 5-10 minutes Developmental Goal: To develop cooperation, teamwork and strategic thinking Skills Practiced: Spatial awareness, agility and reflexes Equipment Needed: None Set-Up: None Before You Start: Choose 2 people to … Continue reading

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Get Outdoors and Learn: How to Grow an Outdoor Classroom

As outdoor classrooms, school gardens offer countless opportunities for experiential learning.  Creating one doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process.  Here are some tips to help get your school garden growing: 1. Enlist Advocates Pull together a group of like-minded … Continue reading

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Game of the Week: Ro-Sham-Bo Relay

Group Size: Any size Age Group: Pre K – 8th Length of Activity: 10 minutes or more Developmental Goal: To build community, develop teamwork and introduce Ro-Sham-Bo (Rock-Paper-Scissors) as a conflict resolution tool. Equipment Needed: None (may need cones to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Feeding Eden

My beautiful, smart, complicated son was born 9 and a half years ago.  Right away, he developed severe eczema.  Then came breathing problems, eventually leading to a diagnosis of asthma.  Then we discovered that he had multiple food allergies. In … Continue reading

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The Learning and Growing Garden

Bell School is already a buzz with dreams of spring! The beautiful, built in 2008 by Teich Garden Systems, will soon thaw out and be ready for planting. The first plant to go in will be peas. This week students … Continue reading

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Game of the Week: Grump Island

Coach David from Brown Street Academy in Milwaukee brings us the game Grump Island. Group Size: 10-30 Age Group: K-5th Length of Activity: 10-15 minutes Developmental Goal: To develop teamwork and cooperation Skills Practiced: Running, safe tagging*, evasion, spatial awareness … Continue reading

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