A…a…Apple! C…c…Calendar!

This Apple Calendar was designed for AOK, a German health insurance company. Brilliant!

The calendar isn’t available in stores, so let’s figure out how to make it.

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1. Get a loooong clear plastic tube, one that can hold different apple sizes (those Fuji apples can be huge, you know).

2. Mark off numbers from 1 to 31. Hang the tube at a slant on the wall, and put something at the end to keep the apples from rolling out.

3. Run to your favorite apple-producing place and buy enough apples to fill up the tube. (Be smart: buy a few more apples for random munching.)

4. Pile in the apples up to the correct date, then stand back and admire your work!

5. Worried about apple freshness after a month? Cut the tube in half and work 2 weeks at a time!

That blueberry bag

I’ll pack the muffin mix in my other bag and then come over to your house to make blueberry muffins, ok?

Check out more entertaining food clothing and accessories! (Note: some of the items are non-vegetarian. Just so you know.)

Button! Quack quack. Neigh!

This activity works well with your unit on animals!

1. Before everyone arrives, hide a happy pile of buttons around the area.

2. Then, divide into 2 or 3 groups and choose a leader for each group.

3. Either assign or let each group choose an animal sound to make. Allow a few seconds to practice the sound (whales, anyone?).

4. Set the teams loose to find the buttons. When a team finds a button, it says, “neigh neigh” (or whatever its animal sound is). The other team says, “quack quack” when it finds a button.

5. Remember the team leaders? They’re the only ones allowed to pick up the button!

6. Set a time limit, and after 5 minutes or so, find out which team has the most buttons!

Want to play again? Of course you do! Choose new leaders and new animal sounds, and off you go!

(A dog says, “bow-wow”, yes? What does a turtle say???)

PTTT – People Tic-Tac-Toe

Five minutes to fill? Push the desks to the side, find 9 chairs and 10 players, and play People Tic-Tac-Toe!


1. Set up nine chairs in 3 rows with 3 chairs in each row.

2. Divide your group into 2 equal teams, ideally with at least 5 players on each team. Then have the teams stand on opposite sides of the chairs.

3. Each player on a team gets a number (or color or animal or food or musical instrument). Give those same numbers to the other team players. There should be, for example, two 1’s, two 2’s, two 3’s, etc., one from each team.

4. Ready? Call out a number.

5. The two players with that number quickly sit down in any available seat. After they’ve found a seat, call out another number. Those two students quickly sit down in available seats.

6. Repeat, calling out numbers, until three teammates are sitting three-in-a-row diagonally, horizontally, or vertically. It’s a tie if neither team sits three-in-a-row.


a) Help distinguish the teams. All players from one team must do a silly gesture when they sit down. The other team must do a different gesture.

b) Instead of chairs, tape a tic-tac-toe grid on the floor. Players stand on the open squares.

c) If two players want to sit in the same seat, a quick round of Rock, Scissors, Paper will decide the winner.

For homework, ask all your international friends what they call tic-tac-toe in their country. The Dutch call it Boter, Kaas en Eieren (butter, cheese, and eggs).

That cork and water experiment

Oh this is a must-try little experiment!

First, tell your bright students that if you put a piece of cork in the middle of a glass of water, it will not stay there. The cork will float off to the edge of the glass. (Smart cork. I would hurry to find the edge of the water, too….)

Your bright students won’t believe you, so spend a few minutes demonstrating.

Now, just before the bell rings, tell your bright students that they can go home as soon as they figure out how to keep that cork in the middle of the glass of water.

Go on.

Er…well, wait a second. You want to go home soon, yes? This might take a while. Okay, assign it for homework and discuss in the next lesson.



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Yes-No Riddles

My cousins, sister, and I used to spend hours solving yes-no riddles.

One person or team tells the riddle. The others can ask only yes/no questions (as many as needed)  to fill in the missing information and solve the riddle.

Best done with older learners, a big bowl of popcorn, and lots of curious patience.


A man lives on the 50th floor of an apartment building. Each day he takes the elevator down to the 1st floor, and goes to work. When he comes home he takes the elevator to the 25th floor, and walks up the stairs the rest of the way, unless it’s a rainy day, in which case he takes the elevator all the way to the 50th floor.

That’s the riddle. I know the answer, and you can only ask me yes/no questions for as long as you need to.

There’s a huge collection of these riddles on Neil/Fred’s list of riddles page, but no answers, so check out the book links at the top of the page.

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