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What’s in the Stockpile of a Killer Kids Club?

Keep ideas and supplies ready for great Kids Club events

  • Ask parents to fill out paperwork, most importantly the photo release form!
  • WKF has tons of resources for your Kids Club, found here
  • Lots of activities make for great Kids Clubs – crafts, scavenger hunts, cooking classes

Keep a Stash

Kids Club can be easy to plan with a stash of supplies and few ideas stockpiled! Kids Club basics include:

  • Nametags
  • Paper towels
  • Cups and napkins for snacks
  • Tablecloths or sheets for easy clean up

Getting Started

When families arrive, ask parents to complete a photo release form and any other paperwork you may have. If you wish, snap a simple picture of kids to attach to their paperwork for future reference. Give kids colored nametags to indicate those with photo approvals and those without – this makes sorting event photos much easier!

It may be necessary to set an age limit, and it also has to be decided if families need to sign up for their kids to attend Kids Club. While crafts are a popular way to spend Kids Club time, consider other activities as well:

Follow a Schedule

In general, it’s a good idea to structure your Whole Kids Club similarly each week, no matter the activity. This way, everyone knows what to expect when they come to Kids Club. Jennifer Collins at Park Lane follows this schedule:

  1. Settle down and start with a small snack (small water bottles, juice, fresh fruit, cheese sticks, and crackers are all good options)
  2. Cover basic info such as restroom location, expected parent involvement, and upcoming events
  3. Discuss what this week’s activity is all about
  4. Complete activities in steps, so that no one rushes ahead of everyone else – for example, at craft time pass out scissors and paper, and as kids are finishing up their cutting, pass out the next piece of paper and glue sticks, while also collecting scissors
  5. Make sure all kids get recognized for their positive, unique contributions to Kids Club (“Awesome color choice!” or “Love your answer!”)

Story Time

WKF introduces a new Kids Book Club book every month, covering topics that help start the healthy eating conversation with kids! Our books are available at:

Arts & Crafts

Upcycle your store’s old marketing posters and other recyclables with ScrapKins Eco Art or search the internet to find recycled craft ideas that will fit any Kids Club theme imaginable. Follow WKF on Twitter and Pinterest for new projects to try at Kids Club.

Most crafts require only simple supplies that are easy to keep on hand.

  • Best craft supplies
    • Markers, crayons, colored pencils, pencil sharpener
    • Colorful construction paper
    • Paints, paintbrushes, small plastic containers for water
    • Glue or glue sticks
    • Scissors, both big and small
    • Single-hole punch
  • Better craft supplies
    • Tissue paper
    • Cotton balls
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Beans, pasta, and other bulk items
    • Paper plates
    • Sea shells
    • Stickers
  • Good craft supplies – recycled items from your store that help keep costs low
    • Toilet paper rolls
    • Magazines
    • Egg cartons
    • Milk cartons
    • Cardboard
    • Bottle caps
    • Washed chop sticks
    • Old posters and Whole Deal covers

Cooking with Kids

Get kids cooking at Kids Club! Good ideas are easy to find: