Make & Fly Kites

Scholastic Activity: Make a Kite – Offers simple instructions for making a one
of a kind kite.

Cool Math: Kites – The properties of a kite: area, perimeter, interior angles, diagonals, length ect..

Wikipedia: Sport Kites: Info about sport kites aka stunt kites, also Kites: History of, materials, uses and more.

My Best Kites: Stunt Kites – Information for making and flying kites.

How Stuff Works: Kite Activities for KidsHow to Make a Tiny Straw Kite, and How to A Paper Kite for Kids – Make a Kite from a Lunch Bag

Skatch-Pad: Make Your Own Kite – Simple instructions for making a custom kite.

How to Make & Fly Kites – Offers instructions for 19 different kites.


NASA: Forces on Kites –  Explains aerodynamic forceKite Construction – Kite anatomy, and Kites – History of kites, types of kites, forces on a kite, and flying.

YouTube: Kite Playlist Learn how to make kites and how to fly them.
Here’s a sample video:




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Contact Juggling

Contact Juggler

HowStuffWorks: Entertainment: How Contact Juggling Works – Different
from traditional juggling, learn how contact juggling works.

WikiHow To Start Contact Juggling – Learn about ‘Shereplay’ and how it works. Tips offered as well.

Wikipedia: Contact Juggling – History, types, controversy and more. Site offers information, pictures and a short video example.


Juggling Tutorials for Beginners – Includes information about contact juggling.

Videos

Please check out my YouTube Playlist for Contact Juggling video tutorials and to watch amazingly talented contact jugglers! 
Here’s one of the great videos you can find there.


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Hoop Toss

Sometimes the simplest items can make the day more fun.
This activity requires only three items: a hula hoop, a length of yarn, and a ball.

Outdoor Play: Hang a hula hoop from a tree branch and throw balls through it. Adjust the height of the hoop to make it more challenging. Alternately, if the hoop is hung low, a beach ball can be kicked or rolled through the hoop.
If there are two players, have each player stand on the either side of the hoop and volley the ball through it.

To play inside, you will need a hula hoop, yarn, tape or a tack, and a balloon.

Indoor Play: Hang a hula hoop from a door jam with some tape or a tack and hit a balloon through the hoop.

Tips…

For an added challenge put a container on the other side of the hoop as a goal.


Use multiple hoops.

Add a scoring system.

Distance and the weight of the ball makes this game more challenging.

Hang the hoop between two trees or posts.



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Pop & Play Dart Game

Carnival games are a lot of fun to play at any skill level. This version adds a bit of a twist to it that makes it a little more entertaining.

You will need: A large thick piece of cardboard, paint, paint brush, darts, staple gun, staples, and water balloons

Optional: Paper and pen.


Set-up: Paint your cardboard panel any way you like, blow up a bunch of water balloons, tie them off, and staple them to the board. Use the darts to pop the balloons.
Optional: Think of some fun activities or actions, write them on small slips of paper, roll them up, and put one in each balloon before blowing them up. After all the balloons have been popped, gather up all the papers inside and take turns reading and doing what they stay. Below, you will find a few ideas to get you started, I encourage you to come up with more. You can decide if ever balloon needs to have an activity in it. 
Here are some activity suggestions you can add to the balloons:
  1. Do 10 Jumping Jacks.
  2. Find something that begins with a certain letter of the alphabet.
  3. Find a certain object.
  4. Act like an animal.
  5. Sing/hum a few bars of your favorite song and ask others to guess it.
  6. Name 5 things that you see in or on a tree.
  7. Throw a ball into a container.
  8. Do a silly dance.
  9. Tell a joke.
  10. Make up a riddle.
  11. Play a round of the guessing game: I Spy.
  12. Name 5 object that are a certain color.
  13. Say a shape you see in the clouds.
  14. Juggle 3 water balloons (filled with water is optional).
  15. Play a round of: I’m thinking of…

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Roll ‘N’ Score

Here’s a recycling project you can play with!

You will need: A clean milk or juice carton or a box, craft knife, craft supplies, scissors, marbles or small bouncy balls
Optional: Packing tape, a chopstick or unsharpened pencil, and pencil and paper to keep score

What to do: Cut off one side panel and decorate the rest of the carton or box. You will be making 3-5 openings in one side and adding a scoring system. Make sure your openings allow your marble or ball to roll through it.

Tip: If you don’t like the shape of the milk carton, cut off the top and tape the side panel that you cut off there before decorating it.

How to play: Roll or shoot marbles, or small balls, into each opening and record the score you get after each turn. Play on a smooth surface.



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Bottle Roll Bullseye


This open-ended game can be played indoors or out and encourages players to make up their own rules and scoring system.

You will need: An old sheet or an inexpensive white tablecloth (any shape), acrylic paint and a paint brush, recycled water bottles, water, and food coloring or paint
Optional: Chalk or sidewalk paint, paint markers, paper, pencil and a clipboard


Set-Up: Fill recycled water bottles halfway with water and food dye and decorate the outside with paint markers if you like.
Turn the old sheet or white tablecloth into a unique target by painting on it with acrylic paint and allow it to dry. The sheet can be cut into a circle, square or another shape.
Alternately, a target can be drawn on the sidewalk with chalk or sidewalk paint.

Make up a point system.

How to Play: Roll bottles onto the target, one at a time, and keep track of your points on paper.



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Hula Hoop Stop & Go

Here’s a fun family game you can play with a hula hoop and music. There are two ways to play:

Version #1: Multiple Hoops – Give every player a hoop. Put on some music and ask everyone to use the hoop in some fun and safe way while the music is playing. As soon as it stops, players must hold their hoops and freeze in motion. The person still hooping or moving after the music stops is out for the rest of that round.

Version #2: One or Two Hoops – If you only have one or two hoops, players can toss them back and forth to each other while the music is playing. The person holding the hoop when the music stops has to do something fun with it: A little dance, twist it around a body part, jump with it, etc.. The game ends when the players are ready.

Feel free to make up your own rules!


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Card Flipping Challenge

Today’s challenge will include a deck of cards, and can be played alone, or with multiple players.

What to do: Stand up, hold a card in your hand at waist height, and flip it onto the floor. Do your best to match the flip with other card.

Tips and Suggestions 

There are a few different ways to flip the cards, find one that works well for you.

Start with 6 cards and match them 3 for 3, then add more.

Challenge yourself to match 12 or more cards.

Play with other players and have the winner collect the cards at the end of each round. The person with the most cards wins.

Make up your own fun version of a card flipping game.

Add a scoring element to the game to see who collects the most cards.


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Ramp ‘N’ Roll

This is a fun game inside or out. Here’s what you’ll need….

Outside Version: A flat plank of wood, a rock or two or a log, a playground ball and a target, such a box or a bucket.

Inside Version: A strong piece of cardboard, books, a ball that can be used indoors (an inflatable ball will work), and a target, such as a laundry basket.

No matter your supplies, make a ramp with the plank of wood or cardboard and use it to get the ball into the target.

Tips and Suggestions


Create a point system for players.

When the game gets too easy, make some changes to keep it interesting:

Change the length of the ramp.

Change the size of the target.



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Stacking Cup Challenge

Today’s challenge includes:
Stacking cups, paper, pencil and a timer

Challenge: Stack as many cups as you can in a pyramid, circle, and/or square. Next, time yourself to see how long it takes to do it. Beat your own time for each pattern chosen. Keep track of your results.
Once you feel you have achieved your best time, stack your cups, then put them back in one single stack as quickly as you can. Beat your own time.
If you can, play a challenge round with someone else.


Here are the rules…

Use any size unbreakable cups you have on hand: Recycled yogurt cups, small bathroom cups, large plastic cups, etc.. You will need 30+ cups per player.


Do the best you can, then try to do better. Keep track of your results on paper.

If you play along with another player, be encouraging, and practice good sportsmanship.

Add more cups if the challenge is too easy.




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