On the 8th Day of Holiday Fun…

Squeeze up some SLIME! 

The After the Bell crew have a few favorite ways to make slime; one safe way is this glue recipe: 

  • 1/2 TBSP of Baking Soda
  • 1 TBSP of Contact Solution
  • 4 fl oz Elmer’s White school glue (We have used clear glue too to give different effects)
  • Your choice of food coloring plus you can add glitter, foam bits, etc
  1. Find a bowl, cup, or plate to mix your slime in.
  2. Pour out the entire contents of a 4oz of Elmer’s school glue into the bowl.
  3. Add ½ TBSP of baking soda and mix.
  4. After mixing, add your choice of food coloring.
  5. Mix and/or add more food coloring until you get the color you want.
  6. Add 1 TBSP of Contact solution. 
  7. Mix until slime forms and it begins to get harder to mix.
  8. Take the slime out and begin kneading with both of your hands.
  9. If needed, add ¼ TBSP Contact solution to make the slime less sticky.

Each day from December 12 – 24, Yarmouth Recreation will share an activity through our website, Facebook pageInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.  Join in on your favorite channel.  For every comment about the activity, we will put your name in a draw for a family fun prize pack valued at $100. If you share/tag us in an image of you and your family doing an activity, you will get 5 prize entries that day! Enter as often as you wish and for as many days as you can! Contest closes December 31st at midnight.

On the 7th Day of Holiday Fun…

Go sliding!

We have many great spots around to hit the slopes. Where is your favorite place? Do you add moguls or curves when there is enough snow? What is your choice of vehicle? Let us know and enter to win!

Each day from December 12 – 24, Yarmouth Recreation will share an activity through our website, Facebook pageInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.  Join in on your favorite channel.  For every comment about the activity, we will put your name in a draw for a family fun prize pack valued at $100. If you share/tag us in an image of you and your family doing an activity, you will get 5 prize entries that day! Enter as often as you wish and for as many days as you can! Contest closes December 31st at midnight.

On the 6th Day of Holiday Fun…

Build snow sculptures! Use your creativity and make something large or small (depending on snowfall amounts 😉 ) Make sure to tag us in your photos!

Each day from December 12 – 24, Yarmouth Recreation will share an activity through our website, Facebook pageInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.  Join in on your favorite channel.  For every comment about the activity, we will put your name in a draw for a family fun prize pack valued at $100. If you share/tag us in an image of you and your family doing an activity, you will get 5 prize entries that day! Enter as often as you wish and for as many days as you can! Contest closes December 31st at midnight.

On the 5th Day of Holiday Fun…

Try a new sport! Just like the 5th day of the old song speaks of 5 golden rings, explore the 5 Olympic Rings and try a new sport or activity!

Have you ever tried curling? Do you like to skate? What about skiing? When you are sliding down a hill do you imagine you are on a luge or bobsled?

There are lots of ways to try activities for the first time – just contact a local organization to get started. A great place to start is South Shore Connect. You can search the recreation database for lots of active living fun in your area!

Each day from December 12 – 24, Yarmouth Recreation will share an activity through our website, Facebook pageInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.  Join in on your favorite channel.  For every comment about the activity, we will put your name in a draw for a family fun prize pack valued at $100. If you share/tag us in an image of you and your family doing an activity, you will get 5 prize entries that day! Enter as often as you wish and for as many days as you can! Contest closes December 31st at midnight.

On the 4th Day of Holiday Fun…

Call 4 birds with beautiful bird feeders!

Collect pine cones and make a yarn hanger. Spread peanut butter or lard over entire cone before rolling in bird seed. Hang from tree branches.

Stale bread can be cut in shapes using cookie cutters and then spread with PB or lard. Press bird seed into the coating and hang outside. If you are feeling particularly creative, use different bird seed to make designs and use Christmas cookie cutters for a variety of shapes.

Oranges are delicious snacking this time of year and you can use your leftover orange to make a great feeder. Use half a scooped out orange peel and pierce with a needle to run a yarn hanger through before filling with seed and hanging.

With these ideas and more, you can decorate an outside tree for the holidays and give the birds a beautiful gift!

Each day from December 12 – 24, Yarmouth Recreation will share an activity through our website, Facebook pageInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.  Join in on your favorite channel.  For every comment about the activity, we will put your name in a draw for a family fun prize pack valued at $100. If you share/tag us in an image of you and your family doing an activity, you will get 5 prize entries that day! Enter as often as you wish and for as many days as you can!

On the 3rd Day of Holiday Fun…

Discover 3 games from around the world!

Nigeria: CLAPPING GAME

Also known as Ten Ten. Players stand facing each other ,clapping their hands and moving their legs to a rhythm. They must ensure they don’t raise a leg directly facing the other opponent – which means it is OK for a player to raise a left leg when the other raises a right leg. Once a girl or boy raises the wrong leg, the other girl scores a point. Other hand-clapping games are also popular in Nigerian playgrounds – watch this group of children demonstrate one here.

Greece: Statues

Canadian children may not be familiar with the classic Discus Thrower, but Greek children have access to some amazing marble statues that date to ancient times. After a trip to the museum, it’s only natural that they would incorporate some of these awe-inspiring characters into an imaginative game.

Players: Four or more; ages 4 and up

How to Play: Choose one player to be “It” and have her stand, eyes covered, in the center of a large, open playing field. She starts to count, at least to 10, but she can go higher. The point is that there’s no set ending number; only “It” knows when she’ll stop and open her eyes. While “It” is counting, the others scatter around, never sure when she’ll yell “Agalmata!” (That’s “statue” in Greek. Tell kids to yell it to be authentic, or to just say “statue” if that’s easier.) On this cue, players freeze, taking on poses that mimic famous statues. They can pull from any statue they’ve ever seen a photo of — a javelin thrower, The Thinker, even the Statue of Liberty. Kids are allowed to use found items, such as sticks, a ball, or a Frisbee, to add a touch of realism. “It” tags any statues that are moving — they’re out — then tries to make the steady ones laugh or move. The last player remaining composed is the winner and becomes the new “It.” This game is great for practicing balance.

Malaysia: Turtle’s Nest

One player is chosen to be the TURTLE and guards the “eggs” (stones).  The other players try to snatch the stones before the TURTLE tags them.  The first person to get tagged must become the next TURTLE.  The “eggs” that are taken, are then hidden in different places for the TURTLE to find.

Each day from December 12 – 24, Yarmouth Recreation will share an activity through our website, Facebook pageInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.  Join in on your favorite channel.  For every comment about the activity, we will put your name in a draw for a family fun prize pack valued at $100. If you share/tag us in an image of you and your family doing an activity, you will get 5 prize entries that day! Enter as often as you wish and for as many days as you can!