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Animal Instincts: Inch around like a caterpillar. How quickly do you get places this way? Remember though, in time you become a butterfly. What’s it like to suddenly be able to fly? Theater
Anybody There?: Walk like a ninja. Remember, you must be quick and silent as if you’re invisible! How long can you go undetected? Theater
Be a Star!: Pretend you’re a character from your favorite book. Eat dinner as the character. Can your family guess who you are? Theater
Be a Star!: Pretend you’re a character from your favorite movie. Do your homework as the character. Are they as good a student as you? Theater
Bird Brain: Act like an eagle. Soar. Swoop. Nest. What other activities do you do in your typical eagle day? Theater
Body Beats: Snap your fingers. What kind of noises can you make? Create a beat. Try adding some words to make a song. Music
Book Nook: What’s your favorite book? Draw a new cover for it. How does it compare to the original cover? Visual Arts
Brow Beat: Look in a mirror. Move your eyebrows around. Using only your brows, can you move them so you look surprised? Angry? What about curious? Theater
Carrot Cabin: Make a log cabin out of carrot sticks. How high can yours go? Have fun but don’t waste food. Eat your veggies! Visual Arts
Casting Call: You’re starring in a movie as a French chef. Get into character by describing what’s in your refrigerator. Remember your accent! Theater
Catch Me: Pretend you’re a frog, chasing a fly. Listen as it buzzes by your ear and watch as it flies around. Now try and catch it. How long does it take? Theater
Changing Channels: Change the dial on your car’s FM radio and find a song you’ve never heard before. Take a listen. Dance in your seat to an unfamiliar tune. Music
Chilly Toes: Pretend you’re walking on ice cubes with bare feet. Brrr! Are you moving fast or slow? Careful not to slip! Theater
Chow Call: Create a cheer about your favorite dessert. Add some dance steps and arm movements. How many different dessert cheers can you compose? Music
Color Check: Count all the different colors you see in your cafeteria. How many shades of blue can you find? Red? Green? Yellow? What color do you see the most? Visual Arts
Color Check: Count all the different colors you see on your way to school. How many shades of blue can you find? Red? Green? Yellow? What color do you see the most? Visual Arts
Comic Genius: Knock knock. Who’s there? Make up the rest of the joke. Literary Arts
Do a Little Dance: It’s hot. It’s summer. It’s time to water the grass. Be a human sprinkler. Get into a rhythm. It’s the sprinkler dance! Make sure to cover the whole lawn! Dance
Do You Tweet?: Listen to a bird. Imitate the sounds it makes. Can you convince it you are a fellow bird? Acting
Explorer File: You’ve discovered a new planet. Congratulations! What will you name it? What’s it like there? Draw a picture of it. Visual Arts
Foot Art: Trace the outline of your foot on a piece of paper. Remove foot. Now what can you do with the shape that’s left? Use the outline to draw something entirely new! Visual Arts
Foot Fun: Stick a crayon between your toes and draw a picture of a fruit or vegetable. Can a friend guess what it is? Visual Arts
Hand Art: Trace the outline of your hand on a piece of paper. Remove hand. Now what can you do with the shape that’s left? Use the outline to draw something entirely new! Visual Arts
Hand Jive: Sing your favorite song a cappella, or without instrumental music. Clap the beat in the background. Music
Heavy Hand: Draw a picture of a ballerina without picking your pen or pencil off the paper. Is it easy or hard to do? What else can you draw like this? Visual Arts
Here Ye…: Talk like William Shakespeare. (Hint: a good place to start is by using “thou” in place of “you.”) What dost thou think? ‘Tis easy! Your turn. Theater
Hot Hot Hot!: Pretend you’re walking on hot coals with bare feet. Yikes! How fast do you go to keep from burning your feet? Theater
Howdy Partner!: Walk like a rodeo cowboy or cowgirl. To get it right, how do you move your feet? Legs? Arms? Now try riding an imaginary horse. Theater
If Animals Could Talk: Talk like an alligator. What do you sound like? What do you talk about? See if a friend or family member can guess what animal you are. Music
JELL-O Wiggle: Pretend you’re dancing on JELL-O. How well do you wiggle in JELL-O? Is it easy or hard to keep your balance? Dance
Jock Jams: Choose a song and use moves or actions from a sport to dance along? What sport did you choose? Now try another. Can you teach someone else the dance? Dance
Laughing Matters: Laugh out loud. Can you make your laugh sound goofy? How many different goofy laughs can you create? Theater
Long Legs: Perform a grand jeté, or leap, like a ballet dancer. Measure the distance you go. Does it help to have a running start? Dance
Magic Musings: You’re a wizard. What’s your favorite spell? How does it go? Draw a picture of yourself in your wizard’s outfit. Visual Arts
Mail Call: Waddle like a duck on your way to pick up the mail. To get it right, how do you move your feet? Legs? Hips? Theater
Makin’ Moves: Create a new dance move. What kind of music does it go with? What do you call it? Dance
Money Matters: Design your own dollar bill. What color or colors is it? What do you put on the front side? On the back side? Visual Arts
Music Muscles: Walk like you’re the drum majorette, or leader, of a marching band. Is it easy or hard? Remember to stand up straight, lift your knees, and strike up the band. Music
Mute Button: Without talking, show you’re annoyed by the people talking behind you in the movie theater. Can someone guess what you’re acting out? Theater
Myth Maker: Ever heard the superstition that opening an umbrella indoors brings bad luck? What about the one that says finding a penny brings good luck? Make up a new superstition. See if anyone believes it. Literary Arts
Noodle Stroll: Pretend you’re walking on spaghetti with bare feet. Is it easy or hard to get around? How many noodles get stuck between your toes? Theater
On the Prowl: Act like a wolf. Run. Dig. Howl. What other activities do you do in your typical wolf day? Theater
Orange You Glad…: Divide an orange into four sections. Cover your teeth with the peel from one wedge. Sing “Happy Birthday.” Easy or hard? Music
Patriotic Puzzler: Time to update an old classic. For fun, write a new Pledge of Allegiance. Recite your version out loud for a friend or family member. How would yours sound at the beginning of each school day? Literary Arts
Picture Perfect: Make a sentence using pictures instead of words. Show it to your friends or family. Can they tell what the sentence is based on your drawings? Visual Arts
Q & A: When someone asks you a question at home today, respond in your very best robot voice. Can people understand your answers? Theater
Rhyme Time: How many words can you rhyme with dance? Use your list to write a short poem. Read it to a friend or family member. Literary Arts
Rock Out: Turn up your favorite tunes and play the air guitar. Music
Safari Stretch: Act like a giraffe. Eat leaves. Stop for a drink. Enjoy the view. What other activities do you do in your typical giraffe day? Theater
Sea Legs: Walk like a pirate on his ship during a storm. How do you move your feet? Legs? Remember, the waves are rocky and you need to keep your balance! Theater
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