Finding your Identi-Tea was a program that covered the category of career planning. For this program, ask your residents to bring a web enabled device such as a phone or laptop. A laptop/ something which a larger screen is preferred, but a phone will do. Have them take the 16 personalities test at 16personalities.com. This breaks everyone down into 16 categorized personality types and from my own experience is extremely accurate. Then, I had my residents decorate a white coffee mug with Oil Paint Sharpies. They were told to turn their mug into a collage of the various good qualities, workplace habits, and career paths that are recommended for their type. As people were finding out what type they were, they were conversing over their similarities and differences. This was a great introductory program for freshman and helped a lot of people get out of their comfort zone with talking about themselves. We also made some tea using my keurig (anything that boils water will do) and talked about the results for a while. All of the residents left with a visual reminder of all of the traits the posses and career directions they could potentially go in if they ever feel lost.
Supplies needed: White coffee mugs and Oil Paint Sharpies. You can instead use regular sharpies, but they wash off a lot easier. Keurig or something that boils water and various sorts of tea bags.
I made both of these directly before Spring break which perfectly connected with the themes of traveling and adventure. For the door decorations, I used construction paper and scrapbook paper. The headlights were made with some silver tape and the wheels were made by coloring the bottom black with a sharpie. I hand picked different quotes relating to travel and adventure for each of my residents and wrote it on the right side of the bus. Since our school is in Maine, the license plate is a Maine one with their room number as the license plate number. After I made myself a stencil and got into the routine, they didn’t take all that long to make.
For the bulletin board, I started by making a larger Volkswagen bus from the side view using a tie dye foam sheet. This one took a while. The quote at the top is from Alice in Wonderland and says, “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures”. On the board, I also wrote “What’s an adventure that’s on your Summer bucket list? Write it on a tree”. I left a marker hanging on the board and I noticed that the trees filled up with ideas pretty quickly. This was one of my most successful interactive bulletin boards.
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I had a lot of hope for this program, and used a recipe that I found on pinterest. I ordered fine play sand on Amazon that was close to $20 for a 25lb box. 25lbs was enough to make about 20 batches of the kinetic sand and still have a little leftover. I was slightly disappointed with the pinterest recipe, because it failed to mention that food dye in your kinetic sand will dye your hands if you play with it (I learned that the hard way). It also wasn’t perfectly dry and moldable like the kinetic sand you would find in a Brookstone or other store. Even though it wasn’t perfect, the residents all had a really good time making it and the fear of dyeing their hands did not keep them from going crazy with food dye.
The ingredients you will need are fine sand, cornstarch, dishsoap, water, and food coloring. I also had Styrofoam bowls for mixing, plastic containers with lids to take the sand with them, measuring utensils for the items, and a few little whisks to mix it. It definitely needs longer then 2 hours to dry, but the end product is still pretty cool.