Badge: Enrichment Project Anniversary

EPann_04URLThis badge program celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Enrichment Project in July 2015. Explore what has happened in the last five years and share your ideas on where I need to go next!

 

 

Steps

 

1. Short history.

Although I started in May 2010, the first information that went online was in July. I started on Blogger, but moved to WordPress when I couldn’t do what I wanted to with the blog. Look through the badges, design and changes from the past five years.

2. Social media.

The first social media site for the Enrichment Project was Yahoo! Groups. Explore this site and / or other places the Enrichment Project exists. Don’t forget to ask for the Follower badge for any of the listed sites you choose to follow:

  • Blog / larajla.com
  • Email / aWeber
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Scribd
  • Yahoo! Groups

3. Digital badges.

“Earning digital badges to expand your experiences and explore the world through free online materials” is the basis for the Enrichment Project. Review the over 200 badges available. Choose five from at least two different categories and earn them.

Categories:

  • Communication
  • Crafts
  • Education
  • Games / Sports
  • General
  • Groups
  • Hobbies
  • Holidays
  • Outdoors
  • People
  • Performing Arts
  • Personal
  • Recipe / Nutrition
  • Service
  • STEM
  • Web
  • World

4. Display badges.

You can display your badges on social media sites or even put them in your Backpack if you are part of Mozilla’s Open Badge project. Check out Open Badges to see if this is something you’d like to be a part of.

5. Badge sets.

Some of the badges are listed in sets. These badge sets are designed for you to select steps to create unique meetings and events with a theme. Look at the badge sets list. Are there any you might be interested in presenting to others?

6. More than badges.

Over the last five years, not only have supplements been part of badge programs to help you earn them, but items like Grab ‘n’ Go sheets help give you even more ideas for working with others. Look for non-badge offerings on larajla.com.

7. Suggestions.

Do you have a badge program that you’d like to recommend? Steps that need to be added to a badge program? Recommendations to create a set from presented badges?

As you look through the badge programs, keep a list and share a few suggestions with me at larajla gmail.com.

8. What’s to come?

There’s always something new, whether it’s technology or a new way of thinking. I hope you’ll stay around to see how the Enrichment Project continues to develop over the next five years . . . perhaps even longer.

 

Supplements Available

 

SUPP_EP_Badge List.pdf

  • Enrichment Project badge check list

SUPP_EP_Badge Sets.pdf

  • Enrichment Project badge set list

SUPP_EP_Visual List.pdf

  • Enrichment Project visual representation of each badge

 

Sites to Explore

 

NOTE: I am currently working to make all Enrichment Project badges, supplements, found items, etc. available on larajla.com. You will need to log in to see the download areas.

 

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_EP Anniversary

Badge: Father’s Day Crafts

FDC_04URLMaking gifts for our special male figure is a tradition for many families. Let’s explore some gifts we can make.

 

 

Steps

 

1. Cards.

Find free printable cards online, make one from a sheet of paper or start with a blank one and a sentiment that’s perfect for your dad. Make a card. Add your sentiment or find one online that conveys your feelings. Remember not to be too “sappy.”

2. Hand print art.

With kids, handprints are a great item to incorporate into your art project. A few ways to incorporate handprints include:

  • Use handprints on a t-shirt or tie
  • Plaster plaque with handprint
  • Handprint on a tile

You might want to add a name, year or sentiment. Discuss this with kids. What other ideas do they come up with? Try one or more.

3. Photo crafts.

Making dad a gift featuring a picture of his kid(s) can only be improved by giving him a picture that includes him as well! Include the picture on a card, with a magnet for a fridgie or any other way to show your love. Check out the Enrichment Project badge program “Photo Crafts” for ideas or search online.

4. Frame it.

Making or decorating a frame takes a photo from a “picture” to a “gift.” Explore ways to make a frame or decorate a purchased one

5. Crafted containers.

What kind of containers can dad use? A bowl that says “DAD” to hold his car keys? A jar for change? Find one you think your father will use and make one or decorate one.

6. What I love / like about you.

Even if you can’t find a craft that you feel is appropriate, making a list of all the great things that you appreciate about your dad can be the basis for a craft. Listing these in a card or even framing the list will allow him to enjoy it for years to come.

7. Be sweet.

Re-wrap a box or bag of candy with a printable that delivers a special message for your dad. Do a quick search for “custom candy wraps” and you’ll get quite a few ideas. You can also write a note to him on poster board, replacing words with candy. Look online for ideas and printables that feature candy as a material. Use one you find or make your own.

8. “World’s Best.”

Is your dad the best? Duh! How can you let him know that? Look through the craft ideas on this badge program or look online. This might include color sheets, cards and more!

9. Just for dad.

Draw a special picture for your dad. Perhaps when you went fishing or camping with him. Can’t afford to buy him something? Draw it and let him know how much you love him and wanted to get him the real thing, but couldn’t.

10. Coupons.

Make your own coupons for dad or find printable ones online. This might be so he can enjoy an afternoon off while you mow the yard or wash his car. Perhaps you can let him choose the movie you watch or the restaurant you go to. Brainstorm items you can “give” dad on coupons.

11. Gifts from previous years.

List the gifts dad has received over the years. Can you use one of those as a way to make a new gift? A favorite bowl for pocket items might need to be replaced or he used all his coupons and needs more!

 

 

Supplements Available

 

SUPP_Color_Best Dad.pdf

  • Color sheet with the words “World’s Best Dad”

SUPP_Color_Best Grandpa.pdf

  • Color sheet with the words “World’s Best Grandpa”

 

Sites to Explore

 

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Fathers Day Crafts

 

 

Badge: Mother’s Day Crafts

MDC_04URLMost moms love handmade gifts. It shows you’ve taken time to care. Let’s see what we might make.

 

Steps

 

1. Cards.

You can find free printable cards online, make your own from a sheet of paper or purchase blank ones. Make a card for mom. Write your own sentiment or find one online that conveys your feelings.

2. Handprint art.

With kids, handprints are a great item to incorporate into your art project. A few ways include:

  • Use handprints for “petals” on a large paper flower or as a flower
  • Use handprints on a t-shirt or quilt square
  • Plaster plaque with handprint
  • Handprint on a tile
  • Heart made of two handprints

You might want to add a name, year or sentiment. Discuss this with kids. What other ideas do they come up with? Try one or more.

3. Photo crafts.

Adding a photo to a bookmark, drawing or anything else not only makes a great gift for mom, it is also an item that will keep memories alive. Explore the Enrichment Project badge program “Photo Crafts” for ideas or search online. Make a photo crafted item for your mom.

4. Frame it.

The easiest way to give a photo is to frame it. Make a frame for your photo out of popsicle sticks, fusible beads, scrapbook paper or decorate a purchased flat frame. If none of these sound like a good idea, search online for other frame ideas to try.

5. Recycled crafts.

Recycling items into your gift allows kids to express themselves with items around their home. Not only that, the gift will be truly from the hand and heart of the giver. Start with simple items like paper plates, toilet paper rolls and magazines. Look around your house. What do you have that you can recycle / reuse to make a gift?

6. So many flowers.

Flowers are a traditional gift, whether purchased, picked or handmade. Explore the Enrichment Project badge program “Paper Flowers” or explore different ways to make flowers with paper, fabric, foam or other materials.

7. Flower holders.

Don’t stop at the flowers. A handful of wildflowers in a specially decorated (and recycled) bottle or jar is a great gift. The holder can be used for a long time. Explore different ways you can make a flower holder. Try one.

8. Hearts go with flowers.

Another traditional gift for Mother’s Day is a heart, symbolizing the love you have for your mother. Explore different ways to make and share hearts with your favorite mom.

9. Living gifts.

If you plan on giving a gift of a living plant, be sure to have enough time to allow it to grow. For a large group, purchasing seeds can be an economical gift. Explore different plants you can grow for Mother’s Day. Are you too late for this year? Put a note to yourself in your calendar to remind you next year with enough time to do this . . . or use this idea for a “just because I love you” gift.

10. Wearable art.

From paper crowns to necklaces, wearable art is a way to personalize a gift for mom with her favorite color, to compliment her wardrobe, etc. Brainstorm things you can make mom that she will wear.

11. “World’s Best.”

Of course, your mom is the best! From coloring sheets to cards, there are slews of ways to let her know. Look through the ideas presented in this badge program. Can you incorporate this idea in your handmade gift?

12. Just for mom.

Drawing a picture for mom is a great gift. Try your hand at drawing a picture for your mom.

13. Coupons.

Make your own coupons for mom or find printable ones online. This might be so she can collect kisses, ask you to do jobs, etc.

14. Gifts from previous years.

List the gifts mom has received over the years. Can you use one of those as a way to make a new gift? For example, I’ve seen a lot of photos where the adults have duplicated the photos from when they were younger with how they look now.

 

Supplements Available

 

SUPP_Color_Best Mom.pdf

  • Coloring sheet with wording “World’s Best Mom”

SUPP_Color_Best Grandma.pdf

  • Coloring sheet with wording “World’s Best Grandma”

SUPP_Kisses Coupons.pdf

  • Printable coupon book to put “kisses” on

 

Sites to Explore

 

 

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Mothers Day Crafts

Badge: Seuss Science

SScience_04_URLAs Seuss’ books deal with everything from the environment to pollution, creating science activities around a Seuss theme can add even more to your event.

 

 

Steps

 

1. Oobleck.

www.food.com/recipe/dr-seuss-oobleck-289923

Make oobleck according to the recipe in the link above or use your own. Explore the properties of the oobleck. For comparison, make glurch so you can compare properties of two different non-newtonian fluids.

2. Corn plastic.

www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Biodegradable-Plastic

Make biodegradable plastic out of corn. How might you be able to use this in art and craft projects? What other uses might it have?

3. Eggs.

All birds lay eggs. Who else does? Explore animals and their eggs.

4. Beyond human.

Make an outline of a general person on a chalkboard, whiteboard or large sheet of paper. Allow others to add features to create their own creature. Discuss body parts that might be included — human, cryptid, fantastic or real animals.

6. Let it rain.

Design or recreate an experiment where you can show how raindrops form. You can also measure rainfall for a period of time or even show the path water takes after it falls to the ground through the water cycle. Depending on the age of your kids, you may be able to discuss aquaculture as well.

7. Trees.

In “The Lorax”, we learn about Truffula trees. Look at trees around your location. How can you measure, compare and identify them in a way that others can duplicate as a scientific activity?

8. Earth Day.

Incorporate science activities from Earth Day into your Seuss science activities. Be sure to give it a Seuss-twist so it will be fun!

9. Recycling.

Does your state, city or community have recycling guidelines? If so, using everyday items, review how each would be recycled and ways you can communicate this knowledge to others in a fun way.

10. Shadows.

Explore shadows. How do shadows outside move during the day? Can you tell time with your shadow? Learn how to make your own shadow puppets with your hands.

11. Math activities.

Many math activities can supplement or even work as science activities. Skills such as counting, sorting and measuring are used in both areas. Find math activities that you can use with your science activities.

12. Explore online.

There are so many resources online that they can’t all be mentioned here. Explore STEM activities that can be incorporated with a Seuss theme.

 

 

Supplements Available

 

SUPP_Science Recipes.pdf

  • Recipe cards for oobleck, glurch and corn plastic

 

Sites to Explore

 

 

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Seuss Science