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CUSTOMER CHATTER

Our Customers share with us the creative and inspiring ideas they are
implementing in their programs with S&S Products.
Want to share your ideas with us on activities and projects with our products?
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july customer chatter

Idea: Around the World & Teaching Diversity through Puzzles

I will use the “Children Around the World” floor puzzles to sensitize children to the diversity among the world's children. I then will encourage children to virtually travel to places on and beyond the Earth. And finally, I will have children cooperatively explore world and solar system map floor puzzles and to align their discoveries with non fiction literature and crossword puzzles about maps.

 

Lesson: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Etl51HHlFYfT2vdNY3rMmxVbplM0UvC7?usp=sharing

 

- Charles

 

 

Idea: Creative Mosaic Tables

I'm working on 4 patio tables. One is a bistro type table and I did it in broken china. One I'm doing with a log cabin pattern. One will be a tree of life. The other I haven't decided. Love your tiles. They are reasonably priced and shipped promptly.

 

- Debra

 

 

Idea: Totally Gross Science

The first week of camp is themed "Totally Gross Science." We will be using the pom-poms and wiggly eyes to make fuzzy little germ models. The empty squeeze bottles we will be using to make bird poop paintings!

 

- Danielle / Middletown Recreation

 

 

Idea: Axe Throwing Game

We run an Axe throwing venue Bury The Hatchet we use the minature version of Chutes and ladders as a game with the Axe throwing. For our company picnic at the venue we will play the large version as an axe throwing game for adutls.


- Bury the Hatchet

 

 

 

Idea: Flexible Classroom Seating

My daughter teaches 4th grade and plans to use them in her classroom. She will allow a few kids to choose to sit on the floor to do their schoolwork and use these as little desks.

 

- Vicki

 

 

Idea: Games for All

I am planning a workshop for librarians about using games in intergenerational programming. The games I ordered are great examples of the kinds of games all ages can play together.

 

- Denise / Central Plains Library System

 

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Idea: Color Coded Recess

We plan on using the equipment for our classrooms. Students will use them for recess. We've ordered them in the past and students love the different colors so we can have each classroom have one color.


- Ontario Christian Schools

 

 

 

Idea: Learn How to Draw Animals

Author/Illustrator will be using this paper and showing 50-60 Summer Camp kids ages 5-12 how to draw wildlife and then using markers color them in.

 

- Angela / Elizabethtown Library

 

Idea: Skill Development for Special Needs

All of the items ordered will be used with my special needs students. The balls will be used to reinforce balance skills. The bowling increases flexibility and accuracy

 

- Beverly

 

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Idea: Rosarie Beads

We are going to attempting to make Rosaries for missionaries. The color changing lamp is for a sensory room.

 

- Michele

 

 

Idea: Dream Catchers

I will use my metal rings to make dream catchers.

 

- SkyAnne / Prairie Willow

 

 

 

 

Idea: Therapy for Stroke

I am using the balls for my occupational therapy To recover from a stroke I. Which I lost use of my left hand

 

- Sandra

Idea: Action Art Event

The paint will be used for an upcoming "action art" program where we will be painting outdoors with unconventional "brushes". The paint and clay finger printers caught my eye and I immediately thought of a few things we can do with them. Firstly they will be used at the action art program, we also want to do programs with various types of playdoughs s they will be coming out them. I also thought of using the printers to make BINGO and matching games, they may also find their way into the touch box we use for senses science programs.

 

- Julie/ Thomas Crane Public Library

 

 

 

june customer chatter

 

Idea: Golden Whistle

I work at a specialized youth camp, and I will spray paint these Gold, and give them to the campers who are chosen to be on my staff as a "Thank You" for being my helpers at the end of the sessions.


- Sgt. Pepper

 

 

 

Idea: Typing Tiles 

Yes making a computer keyboard in my class to show students hand placement when typing. Wanted color coded keys

 

- Donna

Idea: 90's Party Theme

I ordered fanny packs and sun visors for my granddaughter’s “90’s Theme” 13th birthday party. I received them in less than a week and they are just what she wanted.

 

- Susan

 

 
Idea: School Spirit Flags

The students use the white flags to create spirit banners for the Lower School Spirit Night (home varsity football game -- we are a K-12 school.)


- Lauren/American Heritage School

 

 

 

Idea: VBS Noah's Ark 

V B S program. Our lesson is on Noah's Ark.

 

- Piney Grove United Baptist Church

 

Idea: 21st Century STEM

We have a 21st Century Program at our school for grades 1&2 and providing STEM activities is a priority. These science activities will enhance lessons

 

- Lenore/Farm Hill Elementary

 

 

Idea: "Build a Better World"

We are using the birdhouses for our summer reading program. This years theme is "Build A Better World". We want to show the kids that building a better world means: a better world for all, even birds.

- Boulder Community Library

 

 

 

Idea: Bubble Station 

I will have a bubble station at a children's outdoor event June 10 to support a proposed park in our area! Hope the wands make it here by Friday June 9!

 

- Nancy/South Wake Park Project

 

may customer chatter
Idea: Summer Reading Geodes

We plan to use these geodes for our summer reading program welcome. We will talk about the state rock of Iowa and send each child home with a geode to crack and keep the fun going at home.


- Iowa Summer Program

 

 

 

Idea: Sunday Afternoon Memory Care 

The Rememory game will be used to help with our Life Stories we do on Sunday Afternoon with our Residents

 

- Rhonda/ Holiday Retirement

 

Idea: 4th of July Party 

These are going to be used at a Senior Retirement Center during a 4th of July Party. We are thinking that we will have a contest to see who can ply their plane the furthest from a set point. Of course prizes will have to be paid to the winners!!.


- KOPRC

 

 

 

Idea: Garden Markers

I plan to use them as garden markers. Excited to give them a try.

 

- Mary

 

Idea: History Camp

We have a history camp for kids in the summer and plan to use these sunprints as part of our study of the history of photography.


- Lorain County Historical Society

 

 

 

Idea: Wiggly Balancing 

The balance boards will be used in our Extended Day Care Program by wiggly, giggly elementary kids!

 

- Suzanne/Cornerstone Christian School

 

 

Idea: Popcorn Poppin'

We are using it as a game for a school carnival. We've built a 24 inch tall popcorn box that swivels and wobbles on a spring. Kids have to toss the popcorn balls into the box without making it tip over, spilling all of the popcorn balls out!


- Barrels of Fun Amusements

 

 

 

Idea: Fishin' for Safety

We ordered safety cones to use at our Cub Scout Day Camp. We are hoping they will remind the children which area of the lake they can fish in.

 

- Boy Scouts of America

 

Idea: Mini Golf Course

We are using the golf accessories for setting up our own mini golf course - either in our open area in our building or in a park. We have painted the wooden lath's different colors - so that we know which sticks belong with each hole and the obstacles we have for that hole.

 

- Simple Life, Inc.

 

 

Idea: Hat Designing

I am the activity director at work an plan on having a number of seniors working in a group gathering to be creative in designing there own hats as they like. There is a group with about 10 people that enjoy creating an doing different crafts together. So now we will see just how much they enjoy this one with the hats an small vases.

 

- Kathleen (Ketchikan Rendezvous Day Center)

 

 

april customer chatter

Idea: Art Studio Time

We have what we call "Art Studio" every other Friday afternoon, where our sisters come to do art projects. We will have several projects laid out for them to pick from. They really enjoy this time to come together and be creative. We will use the mini velvet art posters to make homemade cards. And the sisters will use some of the other completed projects to decorate their rooms. 

 

- Mary Stover - Assisi House

 

 

Idea: Horse Camp Craft

These horse shoes (with the center star removed) will be decorated by campers at a horse camp. It will then be used as picture frames of each camper and their lesson horse.


- Pinewood Stable

 

 

 

 

Idea: Game On - VBS

We are using the "Game On" VBS material this year and S&S had the 12" plastic beach ball and Megaphones that will work great for ages 4 & 5. The children will use the stickers to decorate their crafts with. Great quality for your $$.

 

- Sue/Victor Baptist Church

 

Idea: 6th Grade Ancient Civilization

I teach Ancient Civilizations History in 6th grade. Children never really understand the process of making cloth and clothes, so I decided to try our own weaving using your cardboard hand looms.


- Miss Ferrara, Emery School

 

 

 

 

Idea: Cross Canvas

I volunteer at Boston Children's Hospital, and give kids these toys. They are good for putting a smile on the face of a really sick and depressed kid. It helps take their mind off of how sick they are. I tell them that whenever they're feeling down, shake the giggle stick. They love them.

 

- Joel Ginsberg / Child Life - Solid Organ Transplant Division

 

Idea: Cinco De Mayo

We plan on using the maracas in our Cinco de Mayo celebration ( 21st Century After School Program with Grades 1&2) when we have parents come and join their children in festivities. Painting he maracas is one activity planned for this celebration! The Maracas will be used to dance with as well! Students will take their decorated maracas home.


- Lenore Farm Hill Elementary School

 

Idea: Hoop Obstacle Course

Our program is doing a Sports Science and American Ninja theme this summer and the hula hoop stands will be used for a series of obstacle courses that we will be setting up for our children to participate in.

 

- Brigitte - Bainbridge Island Child Care

 

Idea: Memory Care

The Dolls will be comfort items for residents living with Alzheimer's/Dementia. Some may choose to dress them and/or feed them and that would be cognitive activity for them. The other two items will be fidget/cognitive type items.

 

- Debi/Christopher House

 

 

Idea: Parachute Surprise

We will be using the parachutes to cover and "unveil" our brand new mobile rec/art truck. then we will be using them at playgrounds around the city.


- Tracy/ City of Rock Hill Parks Recreation Tourism

 

Idea: Daddy Donut Day

Our school will use this product at our annual "Daddy Donut Day." Fathers and their children come together to spend time making a craft together and eating donuts.

 

- Lois - PS62

 

Idea: How to Save

We will be using the ceramic piggy banks this summer in a youth program designed to teach children the importance of saving and managing their money.


- Debbie/SLC 4-H

 

Idea: PE Central Challenge Rewards

To reward the students who earned the Gold Pin for completing all 6 of the challenges with the PE Central Challenge. I already have what was needed for those earning a Silver or Bronze pin or a Participant Certificate.

 

- James River Day School

 

Idea: Modified Putt Putt

The noodle connectors I will use for a PE class. I will put them at the bottom of another noodle and use it like a putter for a modified game of putt putt. The timers will be for students who get in trouble and have minutes off.


- Chris/PE teacher

 

Idea: Libraries "Rock"

Summer Reading program "Libraries Rock" craft sessions on painting of maracas.

 

- Mary/Littleton Public Library

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Idea: Stress Reduction

I use this product as a stress ball as a behavior modification intervention with children. They are encouraged to squeeze or throw it against an appropriate wall to reduce stress.


- Mind-Body RecTherapy

 

 

 

 

Idea: Cross Canvas

Our plan for the paint is to put painter’s tape on a canvas (8” x 12”) to make a cross. Next you paint over the tape covering the entire canvas with paint. When dry, you remove the painter’s tape & you have an Easter cross. My daughter-in-law, 6 grandkids & I go to a nursing home once a month to do crafts with the seniors.

 

- Charlotte

 

Idea: Learn to Juggle

I will be teaching approximately 30 classes of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders how to juggle!


- Joleen - Temecula Valley Unified School District

 

 

 

 

Idea: Spring is Coming

We will use the Bird Sun Catchers in our Dining Room windows to remind us that spring is coming!

 

- Wakonda Heritage Manor

 

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Idea: Kite Day

The Greene Optimist Club in Beavercreek OH, along with the Beavercreek Parks, Recreation and Culture, stages a Kite Day in April for kids in our area. The kids visit a number of exhibits and vendors offering summer activities - if they visit all the stops (getting stickers as they go along) then we give them a kite. The children love decorating the blank kites then flying them alongside dozens of other decorated kites.


- Dan - Greene Optimist Club

 

 

 

 

Idea: A Felt Dinner Preparation

They will be used to "prepare" felt diner food in an exhibit replicating an ice cream counter at the Douglass Community Center from the early 1950s. The Douglass Community Center started as a place for African American soldiers to relax on leave from the war when Kalamazoo was still very much segregated.

 

- Annette Hoppenworth/Kalamazoo Valley Museum

 

 

Idea: Superhero Capes

I love the smart-fab and I use it to make superhero capes and utility belts. I would be happy to send you pictures. I am an author of a series of superhero books and use art activities to enhance the lessons. The students decorate the capes and have so much fun becoming superheroes.


- Janet S. Lifshin, The HaHa Lady

 

 

 

 

Idea: Loopers Project Book

I’m putting together a craft book of projects made from loopers using the finger weaving technique and woven potholders. Being able tonight y loopers in bulk from your company has been helpful. My students from grades 1-5 will be making projects.

 

- Jacalyn Bak

 

Idea: Buck Hunter Funsraiser

Our school has a fundraiser called the Country Fair Jamboree. The $$ goes toward our students with intellectual and developmental differences. The deer will be part of a shooting gallery booth.


- North Florida School of Special Education

 

 

 

 

Idea: Indoor Park Theme

My company provides onsite childcare programs during business meetings, conferences, conventions... all around the country. The Wacky Flyers are always a big hit, we use them at most of our programs to go along with our "Indoor Park" theme.

 

- Erica McBurney / Plus One Meetings

 

Idea: Support Tools for Special Needs

I am an Elementary PE teacher. 1/3 of our population is Special needs. Using colorful visual markers will assist them with directions and color recognition. Many of these students have low muscle tone, motor and perceptual challenges, utilizing the parachute in various activities helps strengthen these areas.

 

- Nancy Adams/Madison Elementary

 

 

 

 

Idea: Color Therapy

I work in a psych. hospital with adult patients. The coloring sheets help with relaxation among our clients


- Sally Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health

 

 

 

 

Idea: February Fun Day Olympic Theme

Each February we have what we call "February Fun Day." It takes place on the Wednesday of school vacation week. Somewhat like at VBS day, starting with breakfast and ending with afternoon snacks before pick-up. Our theme is "Olympic" this year and instead of awarding individual medals for different places we decided that everyone will receive a medal because they are all special and participate so well.

 

- Vineyard Church

 

Idea: Fun Room DEcor

We cover the walls inside of our recreation room with the rolls of paper.


- Abigail, Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District

 

 

 

 

Idea: February Fun Day Olympic Theme

Each February we have what we call "February Fun Day." It takes place on the Wednesday of school vacation week. Somewhat like at VBS day, starting with breakfast and ending with afternoon snacks before pick-up. Our theme is "Olympic" this year and instead of awarding individual medals for different places we decided that everyone will receive a medal because they are all special and participate so well.

 

- Vineyard Church

 

 

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