General activities are great for activity boxes. How many times have you been at a loss and unable to think of something to do? If so, this badge is for you!
1. Song sheets.
Song sheets can be placed into binders. I’ve been to many trainings where the songs are crammed onto a few sheets and they’re hard to read. Putting one song on each sheet allows you to select which ones you want. You can do only action songs, animal songs or even just a collection of your favorites. Type up a couple of your favorite camp songs and slip them into sheet protectors.
2. Drama and play.
Providing props and clothing can be enough to get young minds inspired. They can act out a story they know or create their own. Brainstorm ideas that might be included in a box that encourages performance.
3. Scavenger hunt.
A scavenger hunt is a great activity. You can look for, photograph or collect items as part of a scavenger hunt. How might you create a scavenger hunt activity box? Get ideas from the badge set Photo Scavenger Hunt or look through the supplements below.
Exploring your senses, or exploring without one, can be an interesting activity. It allows your user to see the world differently. A few ideas are listed below were previously Grab ‘n’ Go sheets. Use these to start your activity boxes.
- Blind Walk
- Cloud Shapes
- Color Walk
- Find in a Bottle (plus craft to make a bottle)
- I Spy
- Scent Walk
- Silly Stories
- Would You Rather (plus one blank minibook and one with starting questions)
5. Field trips.
How many field trips have you done with your group? How many times have you heard of field trips that you would love to do, but didn’t even know existed? Create an activity box for your favorite field trip. Start with contact information and location. Include sheets for feedback that stay with the activity box. That way, subsequent people who borrow it will have an idea of what the experience will be like from others. What other information might be useful for someone contemplating doing a field trip you’ve already enjoyed.
6. Parks and playgrounds.
Sounds simple, right? However, your parks and playgrounds may have equipment you didn’t even realize. For example, one of my local playgrounds has a disc golf area. I looked at those weird things on sticks for years trying to figure out what they were before I finally asked. Knowing what is available locally can give you even more ideas for activities. If you took a group to the park, you’d want to know the rules for the game and have frizbees with you, or you wouldn’t be able to enjoy them.
Some parks also run programs. The Indiana Dunes Parks (both National and State) often have programs. Some are free, some are paid. Just knowing where to look to find information can be the difference between participating or not. Start an activity box with local parks and playgrounds in mind.
7. Open-ended activities.
Anything where you can inject your own creativity and imagination is open-ended. Studies have shown that open-ended activities help our mental health. So why not create an activity box for these. Some ideas might include:
- Box of blocks
- Box of clay / dough
- Box of LEGOs
- Creativity activity boxes
- Designing doll clothing
- Drawing prompts
- Making jewelry
- Street art
- Telling silly stories
These activities cross over with other badges in this set. We want to keep these activities open-ended so anything your user knows can be incorporated.
Doing service, or even a random act of kindness, is an activity that not only makes us feel good, but helps others. Your activity box could be a list of local non-profit organizations looking for volunteers. It could be recipes and everything except the actual ingredients to make dog treats for a local animal shelter. Perhaps you could create an activity box with directions to make fleece blankets for the homeless. Look at the service needed in your area. Create an activity box to help others.
Donations can be made to non-profit organizations, teachers, youth leaders and more. Starting a collection often starts with organizations that need items. Some have specific lists. Some are happy with whatever you donate. For example, in the “Activity Box Prizes” steps, you’ll find one about donating toys. Create an activity box that features collecting items for others.
NOTE: Food collections tend to be very popular. Did you know that most of the food collected is thrown out? When asked for food donations, most people donate items that have been sitting on their shelves that are expired or unusual so no one wants them. Including information like this in your activity box can add awareness as well.
There are too many possible activities to include here. Brainstorm your own activity list. Create an activity box for it and share!
- Would You Rather minibook, for use with the Play Fun “Would You Rather” Sheet
- Would You Rather blank minibook, for use with the Play Fun “Would You Rather” Sheet
- Avery 2” round label printable, 12 up
- Badge checklist
- Digital form to include in your digital activity box so you can get feedback from others to improve it
- Tracking resources you find online to refer to later
- Check in / out items along with notes for exceptions
- Sheet to record what needs to be updated / fixed in a specific activity box
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- Craft Fun Sheet: Find in a Bottle
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- Play Fun Sheet: Blind Walk
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- Play Fun Sheet: Cloud Shapes
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- Play Fun Sheet: Color Walk
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- Play Fun Sheet: Find in a Bottle
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- Play Fun Sheet: I Spy
- Play Fun Sheet: Rainmakers
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- Play Fun Sheet: Scent Walk
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- Play Fun Sheet: Silly Stories
- Play Fun Sheet: Telephone
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- Play Fun Sheet: Would You Rather
Sites to Explore
Get the infographic here > larajla blog post
Get the PDFs of the badge program / supplements here > Full badge PDFs