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Friday, April 24 2020

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

Happy Friday Everyone! I can't believe how FAST the week went by. Today on the Zoom Calendar we have Pokemon Adventure with Josh and Chill&Chat with Charlotte and Chloe. Go to the sign up and we'll see you there! We have some fun indoor activities and a special NFL combine activity.

At home NFL Draft Combine

With Paul

Grade Level: 3rd-5th graders (but all are open to participating)

Individual or multiple people: Either

Theme: Testing your NFL abilities through various workouts/drills while getting some good exercise

Materials: Football, cones or any household items to use as markers, tape measure, stopwatch

Location: Outdoors

Further instructions or accommodations:

In honor of the NFL Draft, I have decided to make a modified at home version of the NFL Combine for everyone to try out and see where they measure up compared to the pros. These workouts and drills can be done either outside or indoors. If it is nice out and you have some good yard space, I would recommend going outside and trying these out. Besides, the fresh air will help you through these drills. You won’t need too much to complete these workouts/drills and you can modify them if you don’t have the right supplies.

1. 40 yard dash- This drill is used to determine a player's explosiveness and speed. Set up 2 cones 40 yards apart. Start at one end and run to the other as fast as you can. Have someone time your run to see how fast you are. The NFL record for the 40 yard dash is 4.22 seconds! If you don’t have enough space to run 40 yards, you can modify it to the space you have and try to run whatever distance it is as fast as you can.

2. Push ups- This drill is used to determine a player’s strength. For this drill test how many pushups you can do in a row without stopping for a break. I once did 50 pushups in a row (humble brag).

3. Vertical Jump- This drill is used to determine a player’s lower body explosiveness and power in how high they can jump. For this drill you will need a wall to stand next to. You should stand flat footed with one arm raised and jump to reach your hand as high as you can on the wall. Mark where you touched the wall and measure to find out your vertical jump. You can hold a post-it or sticker in your hand and try to place it as high as you can on the wall. The record for the vertical jump is 45.5 inches!

4. Broad jump- This drill is used to determine a player’s lower body explosiveness, lower body strength, and balance. For this drill you will need to stand in a balanced stance and then jump out as far out as you can. Almost like a frog leap. Try your best to land without moving and keeping your balance, like the pros. Mark where you landed and measure to see how far you leaped. The record for the broad jump is 12 feet, 3 inches!

5. 3 Cone drill- This drill is used to test a player’s ability to change directions at a high speed. For this drill you will need 3 cones and someone to time you. Set up the cones 5 yards apart from each other in an L shape and run the route pictured below from start to finish as fast as you can. The record for the 3 cone drill is 6.28 seconds!

After completing these drills, take your shot at the punt, pass, and catch challenge!

1. Punt: You have 3 attempts to try to punt a football as far as you can.

2. Pass: You have 3 attempts to try and throw a football as far as you can.

3. Catch: If you can, have someone be your QB. Stand 10 yards apart from each other and try to catch as many passes as you can in 1 minute. Afterwards you can try it by standing further apart from each other.


MRASP Newton Crossword Puzzle

By Meg

Right click the image to save and print!

Tissue Box Monsters

with Aurora

Grade Level: K-5

Individual or multiple people: Individual, with some assistance from an adult

Theme: Recycle Crafts


-Tissue box


-Newspaper (to cover your paint area)

-White cardstock

-Googly eyes (you can make paper eyes or draw on eyes if you don’t have any)

-Pom poms (these make the monster’s hair/fur, so you can use alternative materials such as yarn or felt)

Location: Any flat, stable location where painting is allowed.

Further instructions or accommodations:

  1. Pull any plastic liner out of the tissue box.

  2. (Optional) Paint the whole box white to prime it. This will keep the tissue box design from showing through the paint later. Let dry.

  3. Paint the outside and inside of the box in the colors of your choice. Bright, contrasting colors are especially monstrous.

  4. Use marker to outline the mouth in black to make it stand out more.

  5. Use cardstock, googly eyes, pom poms, markers and any other supplies that you have and want to use to turn your tissue box into a monster!

Try to come up with other materials that you can reuse to make your monster even more special. How can you incorporate toilet paper rolls? A water bottle? Can you make a monster out of an old gallon jug or a pizza box? Be creative!

Apple Granola Stackers

Cooked Up By Courtney

As always check the ingredient list for allergens!

Grade Level: K-5

Individual or multiple people: Either!

Theme: Cooking

Location: Kitchen:

Level: Easy

Total: 10 min


1 Granny Smith apple, skin on, cored and sliced crosswise

1 red apple skin on, cored and sliced crosswise (see Cook's Note)

1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)

1/2 cup granola

1 tablespoon Cinnamon Sugar, recipe follows

Cinnamon Sugar:

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix sugar and cinnamon together until blended.


Spread all the apple slices except the top slice with peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice).

Sprinkle granola and cinnamon sugar over the peanut butter.

Stack the apples, alternating between red and green slices.

Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to eat.

See you back here on Monday!

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