May 3, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Cool clubs for kids

Top Ten {Tuesday} 
This year we have spent a lot of time participating in clubs, overall they've been a great addition to our home school routine.   Over the past month or so, I've heard of a few more clubs that I think might be a great fit for one or more of my children, so here's our list of 10 Cool Clubs for Kids (homeschooled or not).

1.  4-H - we really enjoy the social aspect of our 4-H Club - we also get the chance to go on fun tours, participate in science experiments, and participate with projects in the county fair.  I also like that I can tie our projects into our learning objectives for the year - win/win.

2. Invention Club - this is a club that a fellow home schooling mom put together for our home school network - and it has been so fun.  We meet once a month and have a science challenge, that we build on-site.  We've built catapults, marble mazes, bridges, and soon will make cardboard boats.  (I'm really looking forward to that one!)

3.  Around the World Cooking Club - this is a club that I created to encourage healthy eating, fun cooking and a bit of geography as well as world cuisine.  Although, it's been fun, I'm not sure if we'll continue this next year.  Still pending.

4.  First Lego League / Jr. First Lego League - this is one we are considering adding to our life next school year.  We're trying an introductory Robotics course in a week and we'll see what we think after that.  It sounds and looks awesome, but definitely a little more expensive than other clubs we've participated in.

5.  Review Club - this was a club we participated in this year aimed toward older kids/teens.  Each child reviews something - a book, a movie, a video game, food, etc - and then shares their review with the group.  It's been fun, and all the kids have improved over time.  We meet once a month.

6.  Girl Scouts - Great organization for girls.  Do I need to say more?  I was a girl scout for a few years, and now both of my girls are.  Overall, we love girl scouts.

7.  Boy Scouts - My son is in his first few months with Boy Scouts although he was a Cub Scout since 1st grade.  He absolutely loves Boy Scouts - I still feel a little overwhelmed with all the information.  It's a great organization for boys and young men.

8.  Destination Imagination - Creative problem-solving, teamwork and fun.  This is another club we are thinking about adding for next school year.  All three kids could be on the same team, and we'd be improving our communication skills and teamwork skills.  We'll see what happens.  It's on my wishlist though (now I just have to get the kiddos on-board.)

9.  American Girl Club - this is a club idea I'm rolling with.  I found a few books at the library with American Girl cooking, crafts and more.  I think it would be really fun for my youngest.  Not sure if I'll be able to fit it in, but I think it would be a fun idea for all girls aged 7 - 12, or so.

10.  Lego Club - play with Legos with other Lego fans.  Fun and easy to organize.  My son has been to a few small group Lego clubs over the past year, he loves it.  It's fun to see what Legos other people own.

So, there you have it, ten cool clubs for kids.  Have any other ones to recommend?  Feel free, we're always looking for more.

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ohAmanda said...

How fun is that?! I love all those ideas! I wanna be in some of those clubs myself. ;)

LucidLotus said...

I cannot wait for my son to be old enough for groups like these so I can play too!