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Junior Scholars (K - 5th Grade): Amazing Sports!

This week’s school age programs and activities are centered around the theme “Amazing Sports." Run, jump, dunk, and swing into this theme as we explore different kinds of sports. You'll get to create your own basketball hoop for indoor play! Be sure to check out our virtual live program offerings this week!



READ: Sports by Dan Gutman and Jim Paillot

Sports Book Cover

  READ  

Did you know that the only sport that's been played on the moon is golf? Did you know that an NFL quarterback once threw a touchdown pass to himself?! This all-new series of nonfiction books features hundreds of hysterical facts, plus lots of photos and illustrations. Whether you're a kid who wants to know more about sports or just someone who is curious why Major League Baseball umpires have to wear black underwear, this is the book for you!

 

PLAY: Balloon Volleyball & Balloon Badminton

Balloon Volleyball

Supplies: string/yarn, 2 chairs, inflated balloon

Tie a piece of string or yarn between two chairs.

For one player: hit the balloon over the string and run to the other side to hit it back. See how many times you can do this without it falling to the floor!

For two or more players: hit the balloon to each other over the string and see how many times you can do this without it falling.

 

Balloon Badminton

Supplies: same as above, but also paper plates, tape, and wooden spoon/large popsicle stick/ruler

Make paddles by taping a wooden spoon/large popsicle stick/ruler to paper plate to make a handle.

Use the paddles to swat the balloon over the string.

 

EXPLORE: Make Your Own Basketball Hoop

DIY Basketball Hoop

Supplies: construction paper, scissors, yarn, glue

  1. Cut 2 strips of construction paper length-wise, about 1-2" wide.
  2. Cut your yarn into four long pieces. Fold each piece in half.
  3. Glue the folded side of the yarn to one strip of paper, spacing them out evenly, leaving 8 strings hanging. Glue the other strip of paper on top, sandwiching the yarn between them.
  4. About 2 inches under the paper, bring the 2nd and 3rd strings together and tie a double knot.   Move over to the next two strings and double knot again. Repeat one more time. You will have three pairs of strings tied in knots.
  5. Move down 2 more inches. Tie the 1st and 2nd strings together with the same double knot. Repeat again across the row until you've tied 4 pairs of strings. You can leave it like this or repeat step 4 to keep adding knots to your net.
  6. Take a solid piece of construction paper and glue the end of the paper strip to it in a curve, making a basketball net.
  7. Rest it against or hang it on a wall. Roll up a piece of construction paper into a ball to start scoring baskets!

 

JOIN: To continue this week’s theme exploration, join our virtual program sessions

Junior Scientists (K-2): Bouncy Science!

If your child is into science, technology, engineering and math (or if would they like to be), this is the time for them to shine. Read or talk through a STEM book with us and then we’ll do a STEM-based activity together.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 – 3 pm

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – 11 am

 

Junior Scientists (3-5): Kickball Launch Combo!

If your child is into science, technology, engineering and math (or if would they like to be), this is the time for them to shine. Read or talk through a STEM book with us and then we’ll do a STEM-based activity together.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 – 4:30 pm

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – 1 pm

 

Junior Artists (K-2): The William Hoy Story

Does your child learn best with paint, paper, popsicle sticks and glue? Add in a book and some games and you’ve got the perfect program for your little artist.

Thursday, September 17, 2020 – 3 pm

 

Junior Artists (3-5): Anybody's Game

Does your child learn best with paint, paper, popsicle sticks and glue? Add in a book and some games and you’ve got the perfect program for your little artist.

Thursday, September 17, 2020 – 4:30 pm

Saturday, September 19, 2020 – 1 pm

 

KEEP READING: Want to learn more about sports? Enjoy one of these books, there's something for everyone!

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