This baking activity could be suitable for any age group and is egg and dairy free (if you use a dairy free margarine such as Pure or Vitalite).
With the Anchors this can be performed with help and the Company Section can manage this independently. Even those with severe learning difficulties can manage this recipe with little assistance, it really is easy. The quantities in this recipe make approximately 12 biscuits, so its great for working in pairs.
Hope you love these simple biscuits as much as we do!
Here’s a quick idea for a Scavenger Hunt which could be used outside or inside with Juniors or Company. Perfect for using with pairs or small teams. All each team needs is a sheet, a plastic bag and a pen. For an added twist rules can be added e.g.. All members must be connected to each other at all times.
We have downloaded the song ‘Everything is Awesome’, which is 99p from the iTunes store and we are looking at the theme of teamwork. The lyrics have lots of ideas for a discussion with the Juniors and the Anchors can talk about helping each other. We are going to build tall towers out of Lego to illustrate this point. Have a look here at the lyrics: everthing is awesome
Here is a wordsearch for the Juniors to enjoy using the key words from the film. Lego_Movie
For the younger members here are some colouring pictures. These are not mine but a collection I found on the Internet. lego
1. Start by playing suitable music such as The Beatles ‘She loves me’, The Housemartins ‘Caravan of Love’ or Elton John ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’
2. Start with an introduction to words and why countries have multiple words for things that are important to them, i.e. numerous words for sand in Arabic, reindeer in Finnish etc.
3. The next section looks at Greek and the fact that there are 4 words for love in Greek. You could show the words and ask them to guess the language etc.
4. There is then a description of each of the different types of love used in Greek. You can use local examples to make this more ‘real’.
5. Finally we will read 1 Corinthians 13 as a description of love in the form of agápe or storge
6. The final part involves writing 2 messages to members of the company saying something lovely. We wrote on the hearts below printed on to pink paper. We collected them in a distributed one to each person at the end of the night. To ensure that everyone got one message I asked them to write one to someone they considered a close friend and one to someone who they didn’t think would get one. They were ‘checked’ and distributed at the end of the evening. hearts_craft
The Anchors are making toast with strawberry jam but with a love feel. We have a number of toasters and first they are going to use the toast stamp which we purchased for £1 from Cooperative Food Stores and then toast the bread. This is a great opportunity to learn a little about safety and also learn the skill of spreading butter (margarine) and jam. Vitalite is dairy free if you have youngsters with a dairy allergy and most supermarkets do a good selection of gluten free bread if this is needed.
For the Juniors we are making 3D hearts. A template sheet is below. Each child needs 4 heart and I copied them on to pink paper.
Cut out the hearts and fold each vertically. They are then attached to each other at right angles in order to make a 3D shape. These can then be hung from a piece of string or similar. We then wrote on people that we loved or cared for (one on each side).
Here is a half completed heart so that you can see the 3D effect
Yes, the porcelain pens are expensive but last ages, even stored in a BB cupboard and can be used for other craft projects too. Baked in the oven after completion (remember to take out the rubber bungs before baking) the completed money boxes are tough and shiny – Perfect! Here are a few of ours completed by school years 4 to 9.
Remember to cover your surfaces and watch clothes, the porcelain pens do stain!
Hope your members love doing these as much as ours did!
To link into the Samson theme we made chocolate dumbbells with the Anchors and Juniors. We used mini Matchmakers and chocolate buttons joined together with icing. Very messy as it was warm and they melted but they loved eating them after they had made them.
A cheap quick craft as the matchmakers were £1 per bag and about 60 sticks in a bag. The chocolate buttons were three bags for a £1 from ASDA and each contained about 60 chocolate buttons too. Cheap, quick and cheerful (well the Anchors and Juniors were after a craft involving eating chocolate!)
Last week we planted cress seeds on cotton wool in egg boxes (we drew a face on them and added stick on eyes) to make our very own Samson to take home complete with growing hair. We did this with both Anchors and Juniors and they loved it!
This week we are making sweet dumbbells to remind us of Samson’s strength so watch this space for the pictures!