AUGUST IS BERRY MONTH!
Make some Berry Smoothies...
SUPER BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE
2 cups apple juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 teaspoon honey
Whirl all together in blender!
1 large serving...
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt (blueberry would be nice but any will work)
1 cup washed, stemmed blueberries
honey to taste
Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth
BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE #2
1 pint fresh blueberries or 2 cups (10 oz.) frozen blueberries, slightly thawed
1 cup pineapple, orange and strawberry juice blend or pineapple-orange juice
1 container (8 oz.) low fat vanilla yogurt
2 teaspoons sugar
In the container of an electric blender, combine blueberries, juice, yogurt and sugar. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Serve immediately in tall glasses.
Great in the morning!
1 cup fresh blueberries
4 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 to 1 cup milk
Combine the blueberries, frozen yogurt and milk in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, adding more milk if necessary. Serves 1.EASY FRESH BERRY SHAKE
1 cup milk
½ banana, sliced
¼ cup fresh berries
Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix well. Makes 4 to 6 small servings.
LOTS OF BERRIES SMOOTHIE
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup nonfat frozen yogurt
1/2 cup ice
Combine all ingredients in blender; mix until smooth and frothy.
TRIPLE RASBERRY SMOOTHIE
1 cup frozen concentrated raspberry juice
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon raspberry jam
3 ice cubes
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately with drinking straws.
1 cup orange juice
1 cup raspberry yogurt
1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 frozen banana (chunks)
1 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
Place all ingredients into a blender in the order listed. Blend at a low setting for the first minute, then the high setting until smooth.
This is cool and creamy, but light---with strawberries, coconut milk and a nice soda fizz.
1/2 cup coconut milk
4 cups frozen strawberries
3 Tbsp sugar
1 cup club soda
Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Pour into two tall glasses.
RASBERRY/STRAWBERRY/MIXED BERRY DRINKS
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 pint fresh blackberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 pint heavy whipping cream
Slice strawberries and combine in a bowl with blue and/or blackberries. Sprinkle berries with two teaspoons sugar. Whip cream until soft peaks form and sweeten with remaining sugar. Serve berries in small cups with generous spoonfuls of fresh whipped cream.
MAKE BERRY POUNDCAKE
Take a store bought pound cake and slice it long wise into three slabs. Cover the first slab with sliced strawberries (drain first). Add the second slab and cover with blueberries (drained). Top with the remaining slab and frost with either cream cheese frosting or whipped topping. If using cream cheese frosting, refrigerate. If using whipped topping, freeze. Serve immediately (allow the frozen version to thaw).
RED, WHITE & BLUE BERRY ICE CREAM
Allow vanilla ice cream to thaw somewhat--- remove ice-cream from the carton and mix in fresh strawberries and blueberries.
Optional additions: chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, etc. when all is combined- refreeze. (You’ll need a larger container that the original ice-cream container ) Serve in cones or disposal paper cups
MAKE A CHERRY-BERRY 'DUMP CAKE'!
1 can cherry pie filling
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 package white cake mix
2 sticks margarine, melted
1 cup chopped nuts
Lightly grease a 13x9-inch baking pan. Pour in the cherry pie filling. Top with the blueberries. Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the fruit, then drizzle the melted margarine over the top. Finish with the nuts. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes-or until done.
Serve alone, with whipped topping, or with vanilla ice cream
PAINT WITH BLUEBERRIES!
1. Give children blueberries to look at, touch, smell, and taste. (Good for the young)
2. After the children have observed the blueberries add a little water to them and cook them in the microwave for one minute.
3. Have children mush them up. Use the blueberry juice to paint a beautiful blue blueberry picture.
AUGUST IS NATIONAL INVENTORS MONTH
If you are back to school or work in a child care program celebrate this month--challenge the children to come up with unique and useful inventions!
1. Open up your recycled supply area and provide materials such as- pieces of wood, used CD's, milk containers, straws, tape, pipe cleaners, paper clips, yarn, string, paper, glue, poster paint, markers, crayons, elastic, fabric scraps, construction paper, pom-poms, rubber bands and safety pins.
2. Children can work individually or in small groups; Give them plenty of time to brainstorm ideas. Challenge children to come up with unique, creative, and useful items.
3. The kids may need more than one day to complete their projects; however, when complete- share the inventions with the group.
• What is it?
• What does it do?
• What materials are used to make it?
5. SHARE IT...This is an activity that takes time and thought. Honor the children's work by inviting parents and visitors to view the display. A written description of each "invention" would also be a good idea.
This would be a nice "sharing with families time"; it could be held through-out the program afternoon or as social time after the program ends. Add punch and cookies and have a social event...
If awards are given out, be sure that each child or group recieves one--the most unique, smallest, largest, useful, fun, amusing, original, helpful, practical, handy, amusing, entertaining, most materials used, least materials used, colorful, heaviest, lightest, etc. (Look up synonyms for descriptive words)
PAPER BAG INVENTIONS
Put identical items in paper bags. Challenge the children to see what unique creations they can come up with. Items to include could be things such as: pipe cleaners, old cds, string, tape, paper clips, rubber band, etc. Children can work on there 'creation' individually or in pairs.
AUGUST IS LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL MONTH
Of course play a traditional game of baseball but think about trying...
RUNNING BASES ... ALSO CALLED 'PICKLE' (A great game for building baseball skills)
Need a 2 Bases, at least 3 players and a rubber ball or tennis ball...
There are several versions for playing this game. This one is the most basic.
1. Set up two bases on a play area about 20 to 50 feet apart.(The distance depends on the skill level of the players)
2. Two players are 'fielders'. They each stand at a base and toss the ball to each other. All other players are 'runners'. If there is more than one runner--they divide and go to the bases.
3.The object is for the runner(s) to move from base to base without being tagged as the fielders toss the ball back and forth. If a runner is touching a base, he or she is safe. If they make it to the next base without being tagged out they score a run. If they are tagged it's an out.
4. A runner cannot hug a base. He/she must run at least every second time the ball is thrown. The fielder does not have to stay on the base to catch the ball. They may go after each runner.
5. The goal of the game is to touch the bases as many times as you can without being tagged out. The runner must keep track of how many times they touch the base before a fielder tags them out. When that runner gets out, they rotate positions so that the fielders can be the runner. After everyone has ran, they compare scores. (bases touched).
WEEK #1 IS INTERNATIONAL CLOWN WEEK
MAKE ICE-CREAM CLOWNS
For the head, place a scoop of ice cream on a plate--or in a paper cupcake liner as in the drawing. For the clown's hat, place an ice cream cone upside down at the top of the ice cream face.
Have children decorate their clown faces with colorful m&m's. Use red icing gel for the mouth.
FOR FUN...Have kids come dressed as clowns! FOR A CLOWN COSTUME wear over sized clothes, add a wig or hat, wide tie and face paint
PAINT CLOWN FACES...Kids love to have their faces painted! Keep the designs simple and provide a limited number of choices so you can move lots of kids through. You can make your own face paint (At page bottom of Paint Recipes) or purchase it from a party supplier or costume shop.
HAVE A CLOWN COSTUME RELAY RACE
Divide players into equal teams.
For each team have a box containing a complete costume, each costume should have the same number of pieces (4 or 5 is fun - Shirt pants, big shoes, huge tie, clown nose, wig or mask, etc.) Anything silly that a clown might wear!
In turn --each player must put on the costume and run to a certain point where they take the costumes off and put them back in the box.
They run back to start where the next player repeats the process until one team finishes and wins.
FEEDING THE CLOWN BEAN BAG TOSS
1. This is a great activity for kids of all ages! Purchase or make bean bags suitable for tossing and draw a large picture of a clown on a piece of cardboard with its mouth wide open.
2. Draw and cut out the mouth so you have a hole large enough to toss the bean bags through.
3. Place the box about ten feet away (adjust distance for the age of your children) and give each child a chance to toss the bean bags into the clowns mouth!
DRAWING CLOWNS, PAINTING CLOWNS, CLOWN COLLAGE...
SAMPLE OF GRADE 1 CLOWN...
Materials: 9x12" black paper, white glue, oil pastels
1. Draw the clowns on black paper with white school glue
2. Color with oil pastels; blend primary colors to create own secondary colors.
Art by a first grade student of Art teacher Michal Austin.
GRADE 2 CLOWNS
Materials: 9x12" black paper, 4 1/2"x6" tagboard, sharpie, glue, markers, scissors, oil pastels, wiggle eyes,pom poms
1. Begin by drawing clowns on tagboard with a sharpie.
2. Glue on wiggle eyes and pom pom.
3. Color with markers.
4. Cut out. Draw patterns on the black paper with oil pastels.
5. Attach clowns to black paper...Art by a Grade 2 students of At teacher Michal Austin.
ART TABLE COLLAGE...
Put out some felt, scraps of fabric, yarn, ribbon, google eys, and pom poms -- see what the kids come up with! Maybe something like this?! (I've had this sample in my files awhile--but misplaced the 'source'. If you can put a name with this collage, please send info? It's cute and I'd like to link credit to its creator! Barb)
LIFE SIZE CLOWNS--Materials: Large sheets of paper (roll paper), markers, crayons, decorations as desired.
Form partners between the children. Have them take turns tracing each others bodies onto the paper. (If children are young an adult may need to trace) Children then color and decorate their tracing as a clown. Cute all lined up around the room or down a hallway!
MAKE A CLOWN BANK
Materials: Paper towel tube, cardboard, construction paper, yarn, poster board
1. Tape or glue a round piece of cardboard to each end of a paper towel tube.
2. Cut a slot for the clown's mouth, Make it large enough for coins to go through.
3. Paint the tube white, Glue on yarn hair and features cut from the paper.
You may also be interested in some of the Circus/Carnival Theme Page ideas to enhance your "CLOWN WEEK"...
WEEK # 1 IS ALSO NATIONAL SMILE WEEK! (IT'S ALSO NATIONAL 'SMILE MONTH'!)
Make a SMILEY FACE TREAT! The ways to do this are endless...
As a base use large round cookies, unfrosted cupcakes, bagels, bread cut into round shapes, or rice cakes.
Spread the base with a variety of ingredients such as peanut butter, cream-cheese, frosting, or Nutella. Add facial features using M&M's, spice drops, raisins, banana slices and/or veggie pieces!
The image shown/made by KidActivities.net is a rice cake covered with peanut butter. M&Ms with a chocolate kiss nose complete the 'Face Theme' Snack! (Image by KidActivities.net)
PLAY...THE BIGGEST SMILE
This is not a game, but a great group activity to see who can give the biggest smile! (Prizes or not--your choice)
One at a time measure people's smiles with a ruler (or measuring tape). This is fun. You can also measure the zany faces!
You can take photos as you do this as people are smiling BIG!
PLAY THROWING THE SMILE! (Circle Game)
In this game, players are forbidden to smile, but --giggling and laughing will abound anyway.
1. Players sit in a circle, making sure they can see everyone else. One player who is "It" starts the game by smiling widely, while all the other players are somber. "It" then uses their hand to wipe the smile off their face and throw it to another player--- who has to catch the smile with their hand -- and then put it on.
2. The new "It" can wipe off the smile to throw to someone else--(though he/she will probably choose to make funny smile faces at everyone for a minute or two before relinquishing the happy role.) Meanwhile, all other players must sit stone-faced. One smirk and they're out.
The youngest players are the least successful at winning this game (they simply can't stop themselves from laughing), but they also tend to enjoy it the most.) From Cassie/Mi. Adapted from: familyfun.go.com
Promintly post this Poem...
Smiling is infectious; you catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around a corner and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled, I realized I had passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile and then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine, could travel around the earth.
So if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick and get the world infected.
WEEK #2 IS NATIONAL APPLE WEEK!
Be sure to check out the entire APPLE THEME and the connected Apple Snacks and Recipes! KidActivities also has a page on the many varieties of Apples and the type of cooking/eating for which they are appropriate...
WEEK #3 is NATIONAL AVIATION WEEK
HAVE A PAPER-AIRPLANE DAY!
Create and decorate paper-airplanes. Come up with categories for the fun.
Who's can go the farthest? Straightest? Highest?
Can anyone fly it through a hula hoop? Do loops?
Make a 'bull's-eye' similar to what you would use for playing darts; can anyone hit the bulls eye...or the outer circles?
WEEK #4 is
BE KIND TO HUMANDKIND WEEK
ACTS OF KINDNESS IDEAS FOR ADULTS...
The best example to children in the meaning of kindness and altruism -- is for adults in their lives to demonstrate generousity of spirit, good deeds and acts of service...
• Stop negative comments by changing the subject when someone starts talking in a negative, bad way.
• When you meet someone, learn their name and one personal thing about them. This shows people 'we care'.
• When you have good service somewhere, write a letter to the company and that person's manager, telling them about their outstanding employee.
• Put something you no longer need on craigslist.com for free.
• Put change in a vending machine.
• Listen to someone who needs to talk. Just listen to them.
• Do something nice for someone when they are ill --wash their dishes, cook a meal or tidy up their house.
• Buy a phone card and give it to a homeless shelter for them to give to someone.
• Bake cookies and take them to someone who is homebound.
• Leave a book you have already finished somewhere for someone else to read. Leave a note in it for them to pass it on.
• Buy a meal for a homeless person.
• Send a card to someone in the military overseas.
• Locate a family that is struggling financially and buy each member several small gifts then have it delivered while you remain anonymous.
• If you're tall and see someone trying to get something on a super market/store shelf--that is out of reach--get it for them.
• When shooping--let someone go ahead of you in the checkout line.
• Compliment a stranger, especially if they seem as if they're having a bad day...
Read to a child.....Make a wish come true.....Rake someone's yard.....Smile at a stranger.....Be a courteous driver.....Help Special Olympics.....Sing a song.....Pick up litter.....Train Seeing Eye dogs.....Tutor immigrants......Be a pen pal.....Hold a door open.....Change a tire.....Adopt-a-Highway.....Organize a neighborhood watch.....Teach peer mediation.....Tell a joke.....Sub for Santa.....Start a community garden......Be a Crisis-Line volunteer......Send a thank you note.....Give clothes at a shelter.....Tend abused children.....Wash a car.....Visit a lemonade stand.....Plant a tree.....Recycle.....Visit a sick neighbor.....Give a tip.....Volunteer.
IDEAS TO GET KIDS Started...
• Plant produce --Donate the harvest to a local food bank.
• Plant seeds. Sell the flowers or plants and donate the proceeds to a local organization in need.
• Make treats for a local senior home.
• Improve the school grounds.
• Develop and maintain a recycling program at school.
• Collect food, warm clothing, toys, or personal care items for the needy. Deliver to shelters. Remember shelters are in need of supplies all year long!
• Hold a Teddy Bear and Friends (Stuffed Animals) Drive. Donate the collected animals to a Homeless Shelter for new arrivals. Also...check with your local police station or fire station. Many are happy to take Teddy and Friends; a teddy bear can be a comfort to children in times of distress.
• Collect unused make-up, perfume and other cosmetics for a center for abused women.
• Make center pieces, holiday cards, birthday cards, and notes for assisted living facilities, children hospital wards, or meals on wheels.
• Donate old eye glasses to an organization or place that recycles them for the needy.
• Collect old stuffed animals and dolls, clean them up, repair and then donate them.
• Collect old clothes and donate them for a dress-up area at a daycare or family shelter.
• Write letters to service men/women.
• Put together a care-package for service men/women.
• Establish a PEN PAL PROJECT with senior citizens in a nursing home; children in a local hospital, or children in another country.
Here's a 'cool' summer/warm weather service idea!
PENNIES FOR POPSICLES...
Collect pennies and then provide popsicles for a kids' homeless shelter. They'll love it! One program collected 19,447 pennies. A lot of popsicles!
→ CHECK OUT OTHER IDEAS in the KINDNESS CATEGORY and in the COMMUNITY SERVICE PAGES...
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