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Thursday, April 30 2020

Hey Everyone! It's Thursday and we have two new activities up on the Zoom Calendar. Zack will be hosting Show & Tell with the Octagoners and Joe will be running homework help for anyone who needs some help! We also have Charades with Tyler and Choose Your Own Adventure with Jonathan. Head over to the Zoom Calendar to sign up! Later on today we will be posting a new Pet Spotlight! Remember if you want to introduce your pet on the blog email

Today on the blog we have an indoor game, egg carton crafts, a never ending game of would you rather, and another delicious snack! Let's get started . . .

Indoor Bowling

with Maisa

Introduction: Set up a bowling alley in a hallway or room in your house with recycled materials and a ball. This game requires 2 or more people to play.

Ages: K-5

Materials: Empty plastic bottles, medium or small sized ball (a tennis ball, gator ball or something similar)


1: Set up 6 or 10 plastic bottles in a triangle, like bowling pins, in front of a wall. Fill them with a small amount of water to keep them anchored.

2: Play with traditional bowling rules, as outlined below

Game progress:

A game of bowling is made up of ten frames. Each turn for a bowler counts as one frame, and the player is only allowed to roll the ball twice in each frame. Knocking down all of the pins at once counts as a strike and the player’s turn is over. If a strike is not achieved the player gets to roll a second ball. If all of the pins are knocked over during the second roll, it is considered a spare.


Scoring is based on the number of pins knocked down per turn. Each pin knocked down is worth one point. For a spare, the bowler records just a slash mark in the small square in the upper corner of the frame played. At the next turn, the player gets 10 plus the new number of pins knocked down. If the bowler gets a strike, the small square is marked with an X and is scored with 10 plus the number of pins knocked down for the next two turns.

Extension: Personalize your new bowling set! Use paint, stickers, washy tape, or anything else you would like to create a one of a kind bowling set!

Egg Carton Pirate Ship

Sailed By Charlotte

Set sail on the high seas with this pirate ship! Add your own flags and decorations to customize your ship.


-egg carton (top and bottom)

-paint (brown or other colors)




-scrap paper

-scrap fabric

-2-5 sticks

-masking tape

Grades: k-5

Location: Set yourself up on a surface with a good amount of space such as a table, counter or desk. Cover with newspaper.


1. Using scissors and maybe the help of an adult if you need it, cut the bottom of your carton off of the top.

2. Cut the top of the carton in half or smaller than a half . This will be used as the cabin of your ship.

3. Take the smaller part of the carton and layer it on top of the bottom of the carton and reinforce with masking tape.

4. Collect sticks from outside, making sure they aren’t too wide.

5. Poke the sticks through the middle row of small holes in the bottom of the carton. If the sticks are loose and floating around, use masking tape to secure them to the carton.

6. Once the sticks are set, use the string to connect the sticks to one another and to the base of the boat. You can do this by carefully poking holes on the edge of the carton and tying the string through the holes.

7. You can make sails out of scrap pieces of paper or fabric and use glue to reinforce them around the sticks.

8. Now is time to add other details! Make a steering wheel, a ladder, extra little sails, sailors, tables, etc.

9. Finally, cover your boat in a layer of paint.

The "Would You Rather"/Trivia Jar

Brought To Us By Aurora

Grade Level: Anyone who can read (can be great for those who are learning to read as well)

Individual or multiple people: Ideally multiple people, but can be adapted for individual.


  • 1 medium to large sized jar (pasta jars work great)

  • Paper

Further instructions or accommodations:

This is a fun activity that my mom set up when I was a kid to give my brother and I something to do while she made dinner.

Setting up your jar:

First, you have to set up the jar. Technically, you can just label it "Would You Rather", fill it, and set it on the counter, but it's way more fun to decorate it first! Use any materials you have, such as washi tape, colorful Duck tape, paint, sequins, etc.

Then, make sure you put a label on it so that everyone knows what's inside. You could make it a "Would you Rather" jar, a question jar, or a trivia jar (or all of those things!).

Finally, fill it up with questions, would you rathers, and/or trivia. It's best if parents help with this so that the kids don't know what all of the pieces of paper say. If you're limited on time, there are tons of lists of questions, would you rathers, and kid-suitable trivia that you can print from online. Make sure that you fold all of your papers in half or in quarters with the writing on the inside before you put them in your jar.

Using your jar:

The rules for the jar are:

  1. Each child can only pick one thing from the jar per day.

  2. They have to pick it while dinner is being made.

  3. (Optional) They can only discuss the contents of their paper with the people in their home who are not making dinner (if the person who is making dinner is okay chatting while they do it, you don't need this rule).

Note: This can also be used as a fun conversation starter activity while everyone is eating dinner.

Banana Muffins

Cooked Up By Paul

Grade Level: All

Individual or multiple people: Either (with adult supervision)

Theme: Cooking! Make these tasty banana muffins for an easy snack or breakfast dessert.

Materials: Kitchen materials listed below

Location: In the kitchen


  • Cooking spray

  • ¾ cup all purpose flour

  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 bananas mashed

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ⅓ cup canola oil

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 16 muffin cups with cooking spray

  2. Mix all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in large bowl

  3. Mix bananas, white sugar, canola oil, brown sugar, and egg together in a separate large bowl. Fold banana mixture into flour mixture until just incorporated. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until muffins spring back when lightly tapped in the middle, 14-16 minutes


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