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Monday, April 13 2020

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the wonderful weather this weekend. Looks like another rainy day for us here so we have put together some great indoor activities perfect to keep you busy! An old school active, snacks, music making, and cards are all on the blog today.

Hacky Sack

Kicked Off By Aurora

Grade Level: K-5

Individual or multiple people: Either

Theme: Games that can be played alone or in a pair/group, games to build body awareness and dexterity


  • One hacky sack (store bought or handmade - instructions below)

If making your own hacky sack:

  • Filling (rice, dry beans, or sand)

  • Covering (can be made of an old sock, fabric, balloons, or yarn, if you know how to crochet/knit)

Location: Outdoor space (or in a room with no breakables) with enough room for all players to make a circle.

Links and resources:

4 Ways to Make a Hacky Sack:

Further instructions or accommodations:

The goal of the game is simple: to keep the hacky sack from touching the ground while also not touching it with your hands. Mostly you’ll want to use the inside of your foot or your knee, but you can use other parts of your body as well. If you are playing with friends then make sure you are passing the hacky sack around the circle so that everyone gets a chance.

A good tip is to aim to keep the hacky sack upright and close to you, rather than kicking it high and far. This will be difficult at first, but it will get easier over time. Take a look at the quick (1 minute) “How to Play Hackysack” video to see hacky sack in action and get some ideas for good ways to play hacky sack.

If you don’t have a hacky sack, it is relatively easy to make one, though you may need a parent’s help. WikiHow has a great article, “4 Ways to Make a Hacky Sack”, that can help you make your very own hacky sack!

At Home Cooking Fun!

Cooked Up By Paul

Grade Level: K-5

Individual or multiple people: Either

Theme: Cooking with kids. Get your kids involved in the kitchen and have them help in creating meals and snacks for themselves. They will feel good about eating and enjoying their own work!

Materials: Household kitchen supplies listed in further detail within the links

Location: Kitchen

Links and resources:


  • 12 oz. cream cheese, softened, cut into thirds

  • 2 tsp. honey, divided

  • 1/2 c. melted chocolate

  • 2 drops pink food coloring

  • 3 apples

  • Assorted sprinkles, for decorating


  1. Divide cream cheese among three small bowls.

  2. In one bowl, add 1 teaspoon honey. In another bowl, add melted chocolate. In the last bowl, add remaining 1 teaspoon honey and pink food coloring.

  3. Stir each bowl together until combined.

  4. Slice apples and use a biscuit or cookie cutter to hollow out centers.

  5. Spread mixtures on apple slices and top with sprinkles.

Making a Den-den Daiko Drum

Brought To Us By Chloe

Grade Level: 2-5

Individual or multiple people: Individual or Multiple

Theme: Music


• Empty ribbon spools (3.25 inches in diameter or larger)

• Paper straw or unsharpened pencil

• Card stock

• Decorative washi tape

• Ribbon or twine

• Wood beads

• Hot-glue gun or craft glue

Location: At a table that can be used for crafting

Further instructions or accommodations:

  1. Make a hole on the bottom of the cardboard spool (this is where the paper-straw handle will go). Next, make a hole on both sides of the spool, right in the center (this is where the beads will be attached).

  2. Slide the paper straw into the bottom opening and secure with hot glue.

  3. Cut two six-inch-long pieces of ribbon (or twine). Using a hot-glue gun or craft glue, affix one ribbon to the side of the spool. Repeat steps for the other side.

  4. Measure and cut 3.25-inch circles from card stock (larger if your ribbon spool is larger).

  5. Have each child decorate two card stock circles with washi tape or markers.

  6. Glue the decorated circles onto the ribbon spools.

  7. Have the kids pick two beads each. Help them thread the beads through the ribbon/twine and tie a knot. Secure the bead in place with glue.

  8. Now make some music!

Card Game: War

With Meg

Grade Level: K-5

Individual or multiple people: 2 people

Theme: Card game


  • Standard 52-card deck

Location: Ideally a table

Further Instructions:

  • Goal: To win all of the cards

  • Shuffle the deck and give each player 26 cards

  • Keep cards in front of you face down

  • Each player now turns over a card at the same time-the higher card wins the pair (FYI: An ace is a high card, 2 is a low card)

  • If there's a tie (for example each player places down a 3), then there is a “war”

  • When there is a war, each player puts down 3 cards in the middle of the table and then turns a 4th card over

  • The player with the higher 4th card takes all of the cards from the war

  • The game continues with each player turning over a card at the same time until a player ends up with all the cards

Come back tomorrow for more fun games, activities, and recipes. Don't forget to check our Zoom Schedule on the website to see all the fun meetups we have scheduled for the week!

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