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Gratitude During a Pandemic

World Gratitude Day "Keep the good vibes going" Turtles
Be on the look out in your mail for our gratitude mail outs. 💖

Every year on September 21st we celebrate World Gratitude Day. Here at Corwin, we think it’s a perfect day to reflect on what we are grateful for and spread the love to our coworkers and clients. With our current climate, we have found that the negative bombardment has us being intentionally positive. You may be wondering, “How can I celebrate World Gratitude day with my community?” Well, don’t you worry, dear reader, we have you covered!

Three Ideas to Celebrate World Gratitude Day

  1. Self-reflection: Why not write down what you are grateful for? If you’re feeling stuck or suffering from a bit of writer’s block, we have free downloadable templates below to help spark your gratefulness.
  2. Share your gratitude with others: Gratitude is best when shared! We know it’s hard to get together now – but if you’re able to socially distance – check out our Gratitude Game. It’s a great way to get to know each other and yourself.
  3. Keep the good vibes going: For every new customer that shares/emails/tags a photo with us of your community celebrating World Gratitude Day with our printouts, we will offer an annual membership for free!

HOW TO DOWNLOAD & PRINT:

Click the button below to download the PDF. Then open up the PDF on your computer and select Print. In your Print Settings, be sure “Fit to Page” is selected for a whole page (8.5×11) handout. ENJOY!


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Popsicle Stick Football Catapult

Are you ready for some football?! Make these awesome popsicle stick football catapults for your residents to have a kickoff of their own! 🏈🏈

Popsicle Stick Football Catapult
Popsicle Stick Football Catapult

You Will Need:

Making the Field Goal:

  1. To make the field goal you will need approximately 6 popsicle sticks, scissors and E6000 glue available at Wal-mart. Start by making an “X” with two popsicle sticks. Add a dab of glue to the center and allow time to fully dry.
Popsicle Sticks
Popsicle Sticks

2. Next, with your scissors, cut the rounded tip off of one end of a single popsicle stick.

Cut the rounded tip off
Cut the rounded tip off

3. With the popsicle stick you just cut, add a dab of glue to the end that’s been trimmed and attach it to the center of the “X” you glued together earlier.

Glue Popsicle stick to "X"
Glue Popsicle stick to “X”

4. Using 3 more popsicle sticks, create a “U” shape and glue together.

Make a "U" Shape and glue down
Make a “U” Shape and glue down

5. Now that we’ve made the field goal and its stand, we can finally attach them together! Using a dab of glue, attach the two pieces together.

Attach both pieces.
Attach both pieces

Making the Catapult:

  1. To make the catapult, you’ll need approximately 7 popsicle sticks, 6 rubber bands and a plastic spoon. Start by stacking 5 popsicle sticks together and securing them with a rubber band on either end.
Stack
Stack

2. Next, add a popsicle stick to the top and bottom, perpendicular to the stack of 5 popsicle sticks. Secure with two rubber bands in the middle to make an “X”.

3. Now, pinch down your two sticks on one end and secure with a rubber band.

Catapult
Catapult

4. Finally, lay your plastic spoon on top of the two sticks that are pinched together. Secure with a rubber band or two.

Catapult
Catapult

The Result:

Popsicle Stick Football Catapult
Popsicle Stick Football Catapult

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September Puzzles

Hello all! We breezed through August so we are excited for these September puzzles. We listened to the feedback you so graciously supplied, so we are now including an answer key and Spanish versions for all puzzles. It was a little silly of us not to think of it before, but we are blaming it on COVID brain. 😜

This month includes one of our favorite holidays – World Gratitude Day. We will have an awesome blog post later in the month to look out for. It includes free activities and possible free membership! Here at Corwin we are so grateful for this awesome community and we just want to celebrate! Thank you again for suggestions and thoughts, we are always grateful to hear how we can be a better help to you all! 💖

HOW TO GET FREE PUZZLE DOWNLOADS:

👉CLICK HERE👈 to enter your email and we will email you the September puzzle posters! Follow the instructions on the email to view and print the puzzles. Super easy!

September Puzzles

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Kazoos! 🎼

Toilet Paper Kazoos

What’s a great way to repurpose toilet paper rolls after all the binge buying? Homemade Kazoos! Here at Corwin, we have a bin for recycling our paper towel and toilet paper rolls so nothing goes to waste. Ready to make some music? 🎼


Kazoo Supplies

You will need:

  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Rubber Bands
  • Wax Paper
  • Toothpicks (or something sharp)
  • Markers or Paint (We also colored some Corwin coloring sheets, that you can find for free here, and taped it onto the roll for decoration.)


Kazoo Beginning

To Begin:

Kazoos
Final craft!
  1. Gather your rubber band, wax paper, markers or paint and toilet paper roll for some kazoo fun.
  2. Decorate your roll how you wish. Some of us colored a coloring sheet and wrapped it around the roll instead of free painting.
  3. Next, cut the wax paper small enough to fit over the opening of one end of the roll.
  4. Fold the wax paper over and secure with the rubber band. (Shown in the image to the right.)
  5. Finally, poke holes in the paper with toothpicks so you can have that classic kazoo sound! 🎤

We recorded ourselves playing a cannon rendition of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” for your viewing pleasure. We hope the video sparks creativity with you and your community! 😂


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Tissue Paper Flowers

Learn to make these tissue paper flowers with your residents!

You Will Need:

  • Tissue Paper (Assorted Colors)
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Skewers
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Vase

To Begin:

  1. Start with a single sheet of tissue paper. Cut this sheet of paper into at least 4 sections of equal length and width.
  2. Neatly stack your small sheets of tissue paper one on top of the other.
  3. Fold the shortest side about an inch to two inches in. Accordion fold the tissue paper.
  4. Depending on how large you want your flower you can either cut the paper in half (as shown in the video), leave it as-is, or trim it to make it the perfect size.
  5. Once your accordion paper is the perfect length, you’ll want to staple it in the middle.
  6. Using your scissors, round the edges of the paper, make them pointy, or even shred the ends. (example below)

7. Begin separating the sheets of tissue paper and ruffling up the petals of your flower.

8. Next, grab a skewer. Using your hot glue gun, add a dab of glue to the sharp end. Stick this end at the bottom of your flower. (I also recommend using green plant tape to wrap around the skewer to make it look like an actual stem.)

9. With your vase handy, fill with flowers! If your vase is transparent try adding rocks, marbles, or even a brown paper bag to hide the stems.

10. You’re Finished! Decorate your countertops with vases of flowers from your residents!

Tissue Paper Flowers
Tissue Paper Flowers

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Let’s totally just stab Caesar!

We should totally just stab caesar gif from Mean Girls movie.
One of our favorite scenes from the movie Mean Girls. 😂

Hello August! We are so happy that we are just one month closer to summer being over. The heat has been a little unbearable here in Tampa (and as thankful as we are for a calm hurricane season) we are ready for a reprieve. Granted, our summer isn’t over until October… but we like to dream! 🌴

Did you know who July and August are named after?

We didn’t; well, at least not with 100% certainty. July was named after Julius Caesar – you know – the “Et tu, Brutus?” one.🔪 August was named after Rome’s Emperor Augustus. (Julius Caesar was Augustus’ Great-Uncle.) So as much as July has dragged on, we are thankful to wave goodbye and greet August! 👋


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HOW TO DOWNLOAD & PRINT:

👉CLICK HERE👈 to enter your email and we will send you the posters! Once you receive the email – download the zip file, right-click on the image, select “Save Image As.” Then, open up the image on your computer and select “Print.” In your print settings, choose “Fit to Page” for a whole page (8.5×11) handout. ENJOY!

August Puzzles

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Make Slime!

Playing with slime is a sensory play activity allowing adults and children to utilize and understand all five senses. 👁👃👂👅🖐

So when several senses are stimulated at once, creativity and learning are built through this exploration. Also, sensory play also encourages development of coordination and fine motor skills. Making your own slime is easy – we recommend making some with all of your residents! 😊

You Will Need:

  • Elmer’s Slime Kit (available at Walmart)
    • This will include Glitter Glue and “Magic Solution”
  • Extra Glitter ✨
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Stirring Stick

To Begin:

  1. Begin by dumping the entire bottle of glitter glue into your mixing bowl.
  2. Next, add extra glitter if you wish (who doesn’t want extra glitter though.) ✨ Stir your concoction throughly.
  3. Now add the “Magic Solution.” If you can’t find the slime kit with the included “magic solution”, contact cleaning solution works just the same!
  4. Mix it well again.
  5. Know that it will need 5-10 minutes to set – it’ll be extremely sticky and hard to manipulate if you try to play with it right away.
  6. Store your slime in a small Ziploc container or bag to enjoy at any moment!

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Rainbow Magnets

You Will Need:

  • Pipe Cleaners in every color
  • Cotton Balls
  • White Foam Sheet
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Magnets
  • Scissors

To Begin:

  1. Start by cutting out two circles from your white foam sheet. You can do this by folding your foam sheet in half, tracing and cutting out a circle.
  2. Layout your pipe cleaners in order from red, to orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Add a line of hot glue to one of your foam circles, and lay your pipe cleaners in the glue. Allow a few seconds to dry.
  3. Next, curve your pipe cleaners to make an upside-down U-shape.
  4. Trim any excess pipe cleaners with your scissors.
  5. Add another line of glue to the other foam circle and lay the other end of the pipe cleaners in it. Allow a few seconds to dry.
  6. Next, add dots of glue all over the foam circles – cover in cotton balls.
  7. Flip your rainbow over. Add a dot of glue in the center of the foam circles and press a magnet in the center of each circle. Allow time to dry completely.
  8. Hang your rainbow on any magnetic surface!

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