I have compiled a comprehensive after school club theme list using every letter of the alphabet. Stay tuned for upcoming reviews, strategies, and lesson plans for implementing these ideas! Just for fun I have placed an *asterisks next to clubs I have seen in action and **double-asterisks next to clubs that have been written about here at After School Club Ideas. Continue reading “After School Club Ideas: A to Z”
Hello everyone, Marie here! The following post is written by Guest Blogger Daniela from CreditDonkey on how to promote your after school club. Thinking of starting an after school club or already have and want to publicize it? Check out Daniela’s ideas below.
After school clubs are a lot like after school programs, but tend to be more short-term, often around 4 to 6 weeks, and are usually centered around fun themes. They help kids make friends, enjoy themselves, and stay out of trouble.
According to Safe and Smart: Making After-School Hours Work for Kids, a publication of the U.S. Department of Education, kids involved in supervised after school activities benefit in many ways. Supervised after school groups help reduce the juvenile crime rate, decrease the number of kids who smoke or take part in other risky behaviors, and cut back on the number of hours kids spend watching TV.
The Department of Education has also found that after school activities boost children’s self-confidence, grades, and social skills.
With all of these benefits, there are plenty of reasons to start an after school club in your area. But how can you promote the club in a way that draws in both kids and parents? These 5 strategies should help make your club the most popular after school hangout. Continue reading “How to Promote Your After School Club”
Have you heard of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida? This amusement park brings the experiences of the Harry Potter Book series to life! I asked a friend of mine who was able to visit about it and he absolutely loved it! Most importantly I wanted to know — what does the butterbeer taste like?? I wanted to find out if I could reproduce it.
Thanks to a little inspiration from friends and work colleagues, here is a recipe to “make your own butter beer.”
- 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup cream soda
- butterscotch syrup
Directions: Put a scoop of ice cream in a cup. Add cream soda. Drizzle with butterscotch syrup. Enjoy!
This would be a fun special event if you happen to host a Harry Potter Club or reading club. Continue reading “Adding to Harry Potter Club: Make your own butterbeer!”
Children love learning magic tricks. I can always tell when a new magic trick is being passed around at school because a handful of excited children will all show me the trick on the same day! Why not capture that magic and excitement by offering up a Magic Club?
Here are some ideas:
1) The Bubble Game, from Creative Kids at Home
What child would not want to be encased in a giant bubble? (ok even as an adult I would want to do this.) Really adorable idea!!! And very doable in the after school setting.
Supplies needed: bubble solution, hula hoop, small stool, & hula hoop
- Use the wax crayon to write secret messages on white paper.
- Use watercolor paint to reveal the secret message ~ like magic!
Supplies needed: clear wax crayons from Easter Egg Kits, white paper, watercolors, paintbrushes.
4) Special Event- Have a special visitor “magician” put on a Magic Show or demonstration for the students.
Hope you have a bippity boppity magically teriffic time with your magic club!
Each year as I am preparing for my return at the beginning of the school year I gear up for a great year. I think about all the new kids I am going to meet and what they are going to be like. Will there be more boys or girls? Will they like outside games or crafts more? What will their favorite books and hobbies be? Usually I am very well-prepared — I’ve laid out lesson plans and event ideas that are sure to keep everyone happy, safe and entertained. I have my magic sack of handy dandy, tried and true games and activity ideas that I just know the kids are going to love! Continue reading “Breathing new life into your After-School Program: Introducing an Idea-Sharing Forum”
Do you remember spending time at the pond when you were young (or something that resembled a pond)? I can recall observing the tadpoles and getting bit by mosquitoes — yikes! But I always had a ball!
Here are several ideas for hosting a Pond Life Club with your kids!
I have loved art and reading from a very young age thanks very much in part to the adult role models I had in my life. They constantly exposed me to the Arts, Music, and Literature. As an adult I have been always advocated that children to be exposed to Literature and the Arts as much as possible so that they too can develop a love for them. Many times when I seek to plan an After School Club I like to incorporate Art and Reading into the overall theme.
I have recently stumbled a wonderfully rich blog called, “Deep Space Sparkle…Out of this World Art Lessons” created by Patty. If you are looking for ideas for clubs such as Art from Around the World, Children’s Picture books, Artists, and more you should check it out.