Phase 2 of the Rube Goldberg Event: Planning & Organization

Does the planning process seem too daunting? While the idea of planning for a Rube Goldberg Engineering Event might seem daunting, I hope this post will encourage you to take on this challenge. Additionally, in this post, I will break down the planning process and outline some manageable phases so that you will feel comfortable…

Personal Shield ~ A Journal Entry

Overview The Personal Shield is an illustrative symbol that helps participants recognize components of their inner selves.  Creating a personal shield can be theraputic, a concious way to organize feelings and experiences. As the Thomas fires continue to burn around us here in Ventura, this kind of activity may be helpful as we process the…

Cultivating Imagination ~ Fantasy Flutes

Overview Sometimes, activities are spontaneously created by children themselves. Ventura’s New Parent Resource Center tells new mothers that children need nothing more than a piece of string to stimulate their imaginations and entertain themselves for hours. Travelling families, who live for months in foreign countries, often bring a soccer ball with them so their children…

Gordian Knot

Overview The Gordian Knot is a group challenge requiring participants to work together to solve a puzzle and to be physically close.  Both demands of this exercise are tricky for any group.  A group leader will naturally emerge, and participants will learn that, for the group to be successful, they will need to be patient,…

Packing List for Car Camping with a Child

Packing List for Car Camping with a Child Are you a last minute packer, or a pack-ahead kind of camper?  I like to pack ahead, generally over-pack, then spend days trying to take things out of the pile so I will travel lighter.  Regardless, using a packing list is helpful for guidance.  I have been…

Camouflage

Oveview This activity is a new take on Hide & Go Seek, and a favorite with all ages.  The game of Camouflage teaches participants about the predator/prey relationship and highlights how animals make themselves invisible to predators and how bright colors, or movement, can give them away.  This activity was my go-to when I worked…

Worms + Compost Box

Overview Teachings kids about worms & composting complements lessons on soil science, animal habitat, and environmental studies.  Composting with worms is called vermicomposting. Worms will break down plant materials as they eat it, pass it through their body, and turn it into rich soil for a garden.  This process provides nutrients for other plants, and…

Around the Corner Adventures: After Dinner Bike Ride

I ran into this couple the other day who had spent six years on a sailboat cruising around the globe with their eleven and fourteen-year-old daughters. They had fantastic tales to tell and I was all ears to listen. At the end of our conversation, however, they ended with the idea that they were hungry…

Travel Journaling

My grandmother wrote travel journals on international trips to Mexico, Egypt, Russia, Africa.  These journals are still around, dating back to the 1960’s, and contain accounts of her day, meals, and impressions of the culture, along with tips on the best seat choice for flying in a 747, notes about respecting people’s differences, and packing…