Wolfner :: Bi-Folkal Kits
Bi-Folkal Productions, Inc.
Here are the sights and sounds, the moods and music of the twenties. For those too young to remember, they offer the feel of the times. For those old enough to remember, they bring back memories of everyday life. Whatever your age, you won't want to miss this kit about the Jazz Age, the Era of Wonderful Nonsense. It's the bee's knees!
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. It Was 1924. Here is a lively exploration of the styles, the fads and fun, the sports heroes, the booze and business, the entertainment, and the home life of 1924.
- Cassette Tape. Sing-along songs: Ain't We Got Fun?, In My Merry Oldsmobile, Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue, Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge, and The Charleston for setting a mood or dancing.
- Booklets. The Jazz Age in large print features three sing-along songs, two poems, prices to reflect the cost of living, and a dictionary of Jazz Age slang like flapper, hooch, lounge lizard, and sheik.
- Handout. Make as many copies as you want of the campaign song Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge.
- Activity. A set of five laminated crossword puzzles from the first crossword puzzle book (published in 1924). Complete with clues and the solution.
- Jokes. Two sets of large-print jokes (on card stock) about the President, Prohibition, and those new Fords.
- Paraphernalia. Items include a yo-yo, a fad from the twenties still around today; four mah jongg tiles, an ancient Chinese game that swept the country in the twenties; a stocking; and dry martini scratch-and-sniff cards.
- Manual. Includes helpful hints, a resource list, and ideas for bringing back the Era of Wonderful Nonsense.
Remembering African American Lives
In The Substance of Things Hoped For, Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor wrote, "the lessons of the past can help to create a more promising future." This kit prompts discussion and memories of those lessons. Each piece focuses on the contributions of African Americans, so that these accomplishments can be honored by people of all ages and cultures.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. Programs can be presented using either tape narration with slides or the video tape. The first program (slides 1-70) is Aunt Shirley's Trunk and the second (slides 71-140) is entitled The Faith of Dr. Samuel Proctor.
- Cassette Tape. Includes five sing-along songs, as well as stories to encourage discussion.
- Booklets. Large print Lift Ev'ry Voice booklets include classic songs such as: Amazing Grace, We Shall Overcome, and It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing).
- Picture Set. Everyday African Americans set includes instructions and 12 pictures.
- Actiphile. Make copies of the photocopy masters for 13 different activities. There are skits, a recipe, a timeline, puzzles, postcards, and more!
- Paraphernalia. Includes paper dolls; a hand fan; campaign button; art print; greeting card; hair dressing; pomade; and a stocking.
- Manual. An instructional guide to help you develop a meaningful program of activities and discussion of African American achievements.
People don't wear aprons like they used to. But there are aprons on many of the women, and even some of the men, in our memories.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. Apronstrings. This collection of aprons and the stories that they or their owners might tell will prompt many more stories from your group, and maybe some aprons, too.
- Booklets. A four-page handout including a photograph, reminiscence, sing-along song, and sketches for discussion.
- Skits. Two conversations between a mother and a daughter: The Attic and At the Bazaar.
- Manual. Tells how to use each item in the kit and gives discussion questions, piano music, ideas and resources for more programs on aprons.
They stay with us forever, the cars of our youth. Who can't name their family's first car? Who can ever forget the car in which he or she learned to drive — its color, its bulk, its very odor? Rev up for a fast-paced discussion of cross-country trips in other decades, first cars, favorite cars, perhaps even a fender-bender. Help each person write an auto-biography! Talk about women, teenage, and mature drivers. You oughta have an auto program with your group!
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. You Oughta Have an Auto! provides a chronology of the automobile in America. It begins with the turn-of-the-century shout of "Get a Horse!" and continues to a modern rush hour traffic jam. The program closes with a look back at the very special cars in our family albums.
- Cassette Tape. Sing-along songs on side 1 include: In My Merry Oldsmobile, This Land is Your Land, Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis, and California, Here I Come. Stories for discussion on side 2 include: Jalopies I Cursed and Loved by John Steinbeck and Goodbye, Old Paint by Dereck Williamson.
- Booklets. Spare Parts includes photographs, the poetry of Burma Shave, jingles, the four sing-along songs on tape 2, and activities.
- Historic Cars Photo Cards. 24 color pictures of classic cars.
- Skit. There are parts for five characters in the dramatic recreation of a hot and tired vacationer in search of a point of interest in You Can't Miss It!.
- Paraphernalia. Includes a Ford hubcap; a U.S. road map; a classic car cartoon; a "Coming Soon" advertisement; upholstery samples; and gasoline scratch-and-sniff cards.
- Manual. Includes helpful suggestions, a list of 50 additional resources, program ideas and a wealth of illustrations from a book by Jim Baker that make this manual a real page-turner.
Another birthday? Celebrate! Each candle represents a year, with all of the work and play, sadness and joy, laughter and tears that it took to live it. Each birthday offers an opportunity to reflect back on those years, and to make plans for the candle to come. So, many happy returns!
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. Celebrate! with poetry, music, international traditions, and plans for the next year. The slide box is wrapped to look like a birthday present.
- Cassette Tape. Sing-along songs on side 1: When You're Smiling, Get Up and Go,Grandfather's Clock, Turn Around, When You and I Were Young, Maggie, and The More We Get Together. On side 2, the history of birthdays and one more song.
- Video. The Joys and Surprises of Telling your Life Story. This video will help participants get started with reflecting back over their lives and preserving their memories as memoirs.
- Booklets. Many Happy Returns with six sing-along songs and three poems in large print. Illustrated with photographs and drawings.
- Handouts. According to Astrology profiles the personalities of those born under each sign of the zodiac. Printed in large print on four pages.
- Skits. Four conversations on birthday-related topics such as remembering the date, choosing a gift, celebrating, and getting older.
- Paraphernalia. Includes candle holders; a cake decorating set; cake-scented scratch-and-sniff cards; and an antique gift tag.
- Manual. Program suggestions, discussion topics, and a special section on an intergenerational program.
Whether you're planning a December Christmas celebration, or a "Christmas in July" party, this mini-kit will provide activities for shorter programs.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. Use either the videotape or the Open for Christmas cassette tape with the 80 slides to present a program–or use both! The slide box is wrapped to look like a Christmas present.
- Actiphile. 12 activity photocopy masters on 14 cards.
- Skit. Get everyone involved with the Are You Ready for Christmas? skit.
- Manual. Help your program participants remember Christmas past, or get ready for Christmas future.
Remembering County Fairs
There was a time in a more rural America when the fair offered the opportunity for days off from work to show off a year's work of raising animals, sewing, crafting, preserving, and baking. It was a time to learn about new things, to play games, to see friends and neighbors. Recapture that time. Consider working on a project for next year's fair. Plan a field trip. With this kit, everyone can go to the fair!
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. Step Right Up... to a Blue Ribbon Fair takes a stroll through a recent county fair, visiting the animal and commercial exhibits, the projects, the rides and games, and special events, with special attention given to the fair food.
- Cassette Tape. Sing-along songs on side 1: Our State Fair, Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis (at the 1904 World's Fair) and Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be? (Johnny's so long at the fair). On side 2 is merry-go-round music for the young at heart.
- Booklets. The Fair Booklet in large print includes pictures, photographs, poems, quotes, and three songs.
- Scented Cards and Script. An Aromatic Adventure at the Fair uses a script and scratch-and-sniff cards to help participants imagine following their noses through a county fair. Scents include: flowers, strawberry, peach, lemon and pickle scents.
- Paraphernalia. Includes a bumper sticker to advertise the fair; an art print of Pieter Brueghel's The Fair depicting a 17th century fair; ribbons embossed with First Place through Fourth Place and Judge; and a poster of shiny foil.
- Manual. Suggestions for using all of the kit pieces, scripts, piano accompaniments, ideas for other fair programs using local resources, and a list of related resources.
Remembering the Depression
This kit is unique because it fosters a sense of importance for the plight of the individual in the Depression, it encourages the viewer to be a living historian, and it does not compromise on quality of depth by trying for a simplistic presentation.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. Voices from the Depression describes in story and folk song how people made it through hard times. The 29-minute narration is divided into five sections, each followed by a question and an invitation to share experiences.
- Cassette Tape. The taped narration for the 140-slide show is on two separate cassettes. Tape 1, side 1 has the narration with inaudible signals for automatic advance on side 1, and on side 2, sing-along performance of So Long, It's Been Good to Know You. Tape 2, side 2 has the narration with audible signals to change the slides, plus a half-hour program called Remembering Depression Radio, with excerpts from six shows.
- Booklets. Words from the Depression contains lyrics to the songs in the slide show:Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, Beans, Bacon and Gravy, Seven-Cent Cotton, Union Woman, Franklin D. Roosevelt's Back Again, So Long, It's Been Good to Know You, and a commentary on the times by Will Rogers.
- Handout. Large-print lists of New Deal Alphabet Agencies to decode and remember.
- Activity. Ten copies of a column from Colliers' National Weekly where five shapes were offered for readers to use in designing a silhouette, called a Colliergraph. Set of black tagboard shapes, plus a guide page for cutting out your own shapes, and five white pencils for tracing.
- Skit & Props. Apple Seller meets Pencil Pusher on a city sidewalk in The Merger. Includes a plastic apple, tin cup and pencils to use for skit props.
- Paraphernalia. Includes a sample of flour-sack fabric and a laminated color print called American Gothic by Grant Wood
- Manual. Helpful hints and suggested resources, plus an outline for a series of five programs on the slide/tape sections.
"Remembering fall frost you say? You ask me whether I had any frost to my place this mornin'?" So begins an irresistible invitation to remember autumns past--the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and taste treats. The first part of the media is an entertaining nine-minute monologue. After the narrator tells his story, your group members will want to tell theirs. Who can help but notice how getting ready for winter has changed over the years? It's a cool and refreshing program topic for a hot summer afternoon.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. In Frost, You Say?, words and pictures illustrate the autumn morning activities of an independent farmer as he thinks about getting his place ready for winter.
- Cassette Tape. Four sing-along songs on side 1 include: Button Up Your Overcoat,Lullaby of the Leaves, Shine On Harvest Moon, and Come, Ye Thankful People, Come. Fall piano music for easy listening on side 2 includes: Autumn Leaves, Autumn Nocturne, Indian Summer, and Autumn in New York.
- Booklets. Fall offers two poems: October's Bright Blue Weather, When the Frost is on the Punkin', and four sing-along songs. All are in large print.
- Picture Set. Includes a map of first "killing frost" dates, best fall color areas, new fall styles from the 1927 Sears catalog, a Halloween poem by Ogden Nash, and pictures of football, a hunting camp, and an old-fashioned kitchen on Thanksgiving morning.
- Skit. In Ready or Not, Here Comes Winter! a couple bickers about the work that has to be done around their house to get ready for winter.
- Paraphernalia. Includes shotgun shells; acorns; laminated leaves in fall colors; a college football pennant; and fall cotton and wool fabric swatches.
- Manual. Includes helpful hints, plans for a series of five fall programs based on this kit, and a list of resources for programs on the season and its related topics.
Remembering Farm Days
It has been said that nothing in the American scene has changed so much in the last half-century as country life. This kit offers the opportunity to explore the sights, sounds, aromas, sweat, tears, work, and laughter that have gone into the farms when today's adults were children. This kit is for those who remember another pace of life and for those who wish they did.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. Morning Chores and Other Times Remembered by Hadley Read is put to music and illustrated with slides. The times remembered are threshing, being part of a family, going to town on Saturday night, and enjoying a winter wash day, all as a young boy growing up on an Iowa farm during the Depression.
- Cassette Tape. Sing-along songs on side 1: Skip to My Lou, The Farmer is the Man,The Old Oaken Bucket, and Little Brown Jug. On side 2, there is ten minutes of toe-tapping barn dance tunes from Wisconsin's state champion fiddle player.
- Booklets. Farm Rhythm includes two poems (one marked for choral reading) and four sing-along songs.
- Picture Set. Twelve photographs depicting Midwestern farm life through four seasons, with discussion questions.
- Jokes. Four jokes in which the farmer has the last word.
- Paraphernalia. Includes an issue of the Farmer's Almanac; a cowbell; a bandana; a handful each of five different kinds of field seeds; and a book Morning Chores and Other Times Remembered by Hadley Read.
- Manual. Ways to use all of the kit pieces, program suggestions, and an extensive list of resources.
Remembering the Fashion
This is a topic of perpetual interest, because fashion is, after all, an endless replay. What is in fashion now has been "in" before and will be "out" and then "in" again. Each generation chooses its own fashions and rejects another's. Hair, swimwear, shoes, and that one unforgettable outfit are all great topics for women and men to remember and talk about.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. The Agony & Ecstasy program offers reflections on fashion as fashion offers reflections on our lives.
- Cassette Tape. Seven sing-along songs on side 1: Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet,Where Did You Get That Hat?, Alice Blue Gown, Second Hand Rose, Itsy Bitsy . . . Bikini, To Look Sharp, and Brylcreem, A Little Dab'll Do Ya. Five stories for discussion on side 2: three in prose and two in song.
- Booklets. Notes & Notions includes the seven sing-along songs on Tape 1. Notions about fashion are found in famous quotations, illustrations, and a list of fashionable terms.
- Movie Star Photo Cards. 24 black-and-white pictures of famous film celebrities, the ultimate fashion-setters of any time.
- Activity. Five photocopy masters will make masks featuring hats to be decorated, worn and discussed.
- Skits. Two skits each with two characters: Tall and Slim and Suited for a Party.
- Paraphernalia. Includes a sachet with potpourri; a sheet with two paper doll fashions; a man's hosiery garter; and four pages with fabric samples, a ribbon, and a shoelace.
- Manual. Suggests ways to use all of the kit pieces, lists additional resources, and offers a wide variety of related program topics and ideas. It features a special section on using kit graphics to enhance your program.
Remembering the Fifties
Go back in time to the decade that brought us the Korean War, Elvis, McDonald's, Tupperware, and Joe McCarthy.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. News and family photos bring back memories.
- Cassette Tape. Recorded sing-along songs to accompany your group, along with recorded stories.
- Booklets. The collection of five sing-along songs in the Hi-Fi Hits booklets include: It's Howdy Doody Time, Rock Around the Clock, Good Night, Irene, Happy Trails to You, and lyrics to She'll be Comin' Round the Mountain When She Comes.
- Picture Set. Fads and Fashions includes twelve historical pictures to prompt memories of weddings, vacations, games, hula hoops, and Tupperware parties.
- Actiphile. Photocopy masters for a number of activities, from skits to a paint-by-number.
- Paraphernalia. Includes a 45 rpm record; baseball cards; paper dolls; catalog pages; a slinky; The Connoisseur art print; and a paint-by-number.
- Program Manual. Includes suggestions and instructions for presenting Remembering the Fifties.
Perfect for any season, this mini-kit collection of mouthwatering images and activities is sure to inspire memories of food.
- Slides. Enjoy twenty Joy of Food slides.
- Picture Set. There's no better way to start talking about food than by looking through this collection.
- Actiphile. Photocopy masters for 13 activities are included in a red and green peppers folder. Add some things to touch, and turn this mini-kit into your own unique program!
- Its IN the Bag Cookbook. This ingenious book includes only recipes that can be combined and mixed in zip-lock bags, simplifying clean-up and eliminating bowls and spoons. All needed equipment and ingredients are conveniently listed, making these yummy dishes perfect for preparation in group-activities.
- Scented Cards. Get your participants' noses into the fun with these food-scented scratch-and-sniff cards.
- Manual. Shorter program ideas help you fit a new activity into your busy schedule, or present the program a number of times before your due date.
Long-ago and faraway friends are with us in our hearts and memories. This mini-kit will help bring them back and keep them close. It will also provide a warm environment for discovering new friends. This is just the thing for your volunteer recognition event!
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. An Album of Friends as either a slide show presentation with cassette tape narration or a six minute video tape serves as an introduction to a discussion of all kinds of friends-old friends, newly-discovered friends, casual friends, and understanding friends.
- I Hear Memories! Cassette Tape and Discussion Guide. Side one of the tape contains "sounds of yesteryear," which should prompt reminiscing and story-telling; for example, participants listen for one minute to sounds of a train to get their memories flowing, then respond to discussion questions such as, "Did train tracks run through your hometown?" Side two is full of mystery sounds: participants listen to an effect twice, then try to guess what it is. These activities are bound to prompt tangible memories, which are usually tied to certain friends or family members.
- Booklets. Includes 25 copies of the Remember Me When This You See handout that has songs, poetry, quotations, and autographs-all designed to prompt friendly discussion.
- Chicken Soup for the Soul Conversation Cards. This simple card game is guaranteed to get participants talking and remembering together, the best way to forge new friendships. Each card condenses a story from the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series, then poses a discussion question.
- Skits. Get people involved with large print scripts, including: Telephone Calls Among Friends, The Friendly Neighbor, The Day After, and The Loan.
- Manual. Activities, suggestions, piano music, and resources that can be used to prompt memories and discussion.
Remembering Fun and Games
Any number can play. Everyone can win. All you have to do is join in. You have to be willing to forget all your cares and troubles for a while and let the most important thing be the game itself.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. Start your program with The Games of Life presentation in either slides or video.
- Booklets. Browse through these Your Turn! booklets to help participants remember the games of their childhood.
- Activities. Instructions and five photocopy masters provide writing exercises to share.
- The "Game of Games." A real game board, instructions, tokens, cards, dice, a timer, and other game pieces give this kit a hands-on activity. The game is for 2-6 individual players, or any number in teams.
- Skits. Examine the origins of Monopoly and remember childhood games.
- Manual. Learn how to play the "Game of Games" with your participants and find activities for more discussion.
What is at the "heart of home" for each of us? What would your dream home look like? This kit helps people examine those questions. Oftentimes, a favorite item, photograph, texture, sound, scent, or taste may come from the past to make someone feel more at home in the present. We all need a place where we feel comfortable, where we feel "at home." Hopefully, your group members will remember those places for themselves and develop those feelings in the places where they are.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. Get the conversation going with a presentation about home.
- Booklets. Home Keys booklets help discover what there is about our dream homes that may be transferred to the places where we are now.
- Picture Set. The Home Work set of 12 photos will prompt memories of housework, yard work, and homework. Who doesn't have an opinion about who should perform which household tasks?
- Skits. These six skits will get everyone involved.
- Paraphernalia. Includes clothespins; a canning jar gasket; seed packets; a crocheted doily a foam paintbrush; catalog pages; wallpaper; and a dream-home game.
- Manual. Full of ideas and activities to present this program.
Remembering the Home Front
Three generations of Americans now living have been directly affected by World War II: the veterans of the war and the home front, their parents, and their baby boom children. Now is the time to share and compare experiences, insights, and attitudes about that war, and war in general.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. The Stars on the Home Front during World War II shows how people did war work, saved fuel and rubber, read newspapers and listened to the radio while they waited for (and worried about) their loved ones overseas.
- Cassette Tape. Sing-along songs include: Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me, You're in the Army Now, For Me and My Gal, and It's Been A Long, Long Time. On side 2: A 1944 Your Hit Parade radio show that surveyed the top songs based on phonograph and sheet music sales.
- Booklets. The V-Book includes ration stamps and facts, a list of contemporary bestsellers, cartoons, excerpts from a wartime edition of the Sears, Roebuck catalog, and the four sing-along songs.
- Skit. Listen in on a wartime conversation between two friends in Don'tcha Know There's a War On?
- Paraphernalia. Includes scented cards of rationed items: cake, chocolate, and gasoline; a toy soldier; a military insignia; a bandage roll; a sample of knitting; and a ball of foil.
- Manual. Program suggestions and resources, more discussion topics, and specific information about wartime America.
You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy these images of Jewish holidays and history, family scenes, culture, and entertainment.
- Slides & Cassette Tape. A 30-minute taped narration and collection of 93 slides provides reminiscences and music to prompt memories and discussion.
- Menorah. Add your own "things to touch" with the Menorah to stir up memories.
- Manual. The Facilitator's Handbook includes discussion questions for each slide and a list of resources to further expand this program.
Music is the universal language. It can say for us what we can't say for ourselves. Without saying a word, music can remind us of important occasions of our lives. George Sand wrote, "It is extraordinary how music sends one back into memories of the past." Come, share your musical memories.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. In Keeping Time, we see how music provides the rhythm for our lives--for our memories, for our moods, and for the future, if we pass on our musical traditions.
- Cassette Tape. On side 1, five sing-along songs: I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing,The Band Played On, I Whistle a Happy Tune, A Place in the Choir, and Music in My Mother's House from the slide show. On side 2: a 20-minute program called The Music of the Earth. Professor Emeritus Francis Hole uses his violin and his imagination to present the music of the soil, the wind, and the trees.
- Booklets. Chorus Lines includes: a poem, photos, quotable quotes, and songs. The last two pages accompany the special program on side 2 of tape 2.
- Activity. A large-print quiz to test knowledge of states, cities, countries and streets that appear in popular songs is titled How's Your Musical Geography?
- Skits. Three skits, each for two performers. Humorous conversations about a budding musical career, a musical shopping list, and the evils of dance.
- Paraphernalia. Music Talk conversation-card game; a player-piano roll; a music box; and a dance card with pencil.
- Manual. Helpful hints for using each of the kit pieces and resources and ideas for a whole series of music programs.
Here is a warm and fuzzy reminder of the animals who have found a place in our homes and hearts. But even those who don't love animals usually have stories about why they don't. Dog and cat owners like to debate the relative merits of their pets. Music, skits, pictures, and readings are all designed to prompt lively conversation.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. The program is in seven sections: Our Family Pets,How We Got Our Pets, Pets and Children are Good for Each Other, Pets are Not for Children Only, Pets are Good Medicine, Lives of Pet Owners are Not Completely Carefree, and Everyone's Own Pet is Best.
- Cassette Tape. The sing-along session on side 1 has gone to the dogs with (How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window, Old Dog Tray, Oh, Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?, BINGO, I Have a Little Dog, and Yuk! Cats! Side 2 offers equal time for cats, with three "Cat Tales" (actually, a poem, a story and an essay) to prompt memories and discussion.
- Booklets. Reigning Cats and Dogs contains the melody lines and lyrics for six sing-along songs plus a choral reading, some poems, and quotable quotes for discussion and fun. Everything is in large, easy-to-read type.
- Picture Set. Paws for Pictures historical photos in black-and-white to look at, discuss, or display. Large-type questions accompany each picture.
- Skits & Masks. Conversations between a cat and owner, and between a dog and a cat. Includes dog and cat masks to use for the skits.
- Paraphernalia. Includes a squeaky toy; a curry comb; imitation Dalmatian and lamb fur; a catnip toy; and an Animal Talk conversation-card game.
- Manual. A gold mine of information for planning programs around pets: discussion questions, piano music, ideas and resources for pet projects, plus how to use each kit piece.
Remembering School Days
Plan on sharing memories of one-room schoolhouses, spelling bees, ink wells, school pageants, and lessons in the 3 "Rs".
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. The Great Slate Escape explores the memories of the narrator's grandmother, who started school in a one-room schoolhouse, went to a city high school and college, remembers Chautauquas, and continues to learn.
- Cassette Tape. On side 1, five sing-along songs: America, Auld Lang Syne, The Quilting Party, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Now the Day is Over, and School Days. On side 2, wonderful reminiscences from three generations of school children, and a story, too.
- Booklets. Remembering Schoolbooks has lessons in arithmetic, reading, spelling, cursive, and music—all enlarged from old schoolbooks.
- Handouts. Two poems in large print for reading and reflection.
- Scented Cards and Script. A script, School Days Aren't What They Used to Be, Or Are They?, and scratch-and-sniff cards lead participants through a comparison of school days past and present.
- Skit & Prop. The teacher struggles with Jones, the Unwilling Student. Includes a baseball cap for "Jones" to wear.
- Paraphernalia. Includes a mortarboard and tassel; a bag of marbles and jacks; a pen holder and tip; and a slate pencil.
- Manual. Program suggestions, and resources, discussion topics, and additional ideas.
Every year, just when we've had enough winter, spring arrives. The season officially begins on a day in March when the night and day are of equal length. Then according to old songs and legends, wonderful things happen very suddenly. The birds return in the northern regions, the flowers burst into view, and young men and young women fall in love automatically. That's according to old songs and legends. You'll have to check with the people in your groups to find out the truth.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. The narration for the media presentation is made up of quotations about spring accompanied by current and historical photos.
- Cassette Tape. Side 1 contains sing-along songs: Spring Carol; When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along; I'll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time; When It's Springtime in the Rockies; Sweet Violets and The Ash Grove. Side 2 features four stories for discussion: Discarded Oilcloths Told Tales, First Kiss, Mysteries of Spring, and Chocolate City Man.
- Booklets. Spring Swings contains six sing-along songs, two poems and some stories, all in large print.
- Picture Set. The Spring Things pictures include everything from tree-climbing to puddle-jumping to a fashion show and a graduation from kindergarten. Twelve large-format photographs on card stock with discussion questions. A page of program tips is included.
- Actiphile. Here are photocopy masters for a dozen activities, with instructions for use on the back of each page.
- Paraphernalia. Includes a small kite; a set of two masks (lion and lamb to accompany the skit in the Actiphile); two laminated catalog pages from old spring catalogs; a wrist corsage; a rubber worm; seven fabric samples; and maple and lilac scratch-and-sniff cards.
- Manual. Here are 130 pages of program tips, information about each kit piece, piano music, resource list, additional ideas, tons of discussion questions, and a section on using the kit in schools and with other intergenerational groups.
Conjure up home remedies for common summer ailments such as sunburn, poison ivy, bee stings and insect bites. Trace summer vacation routes on a map. Get some lemons and make real old-fashioned lemonade.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. Summer is the slam of a screen door, the slap of a fly swatter, the clink of ice cubes in a glass and all of the other sights and sounds in this montage.
- Cassette Tape. On side 1, five sing-along songs: In the Good Old Summertime, Daisy Bell, Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer, The Sidewalks of New York, and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. On side 2, three really great stories: Let the Screen Door Slam, Fourth of July, and The Summer I Learned to See.
- Booklets. A Summer Album holds six photographs, the recipe for Haymaker's Switchel, a poem, and five songs, all in large print.
- Handouts. A list of inventions designed to make the season more comfortable and convenient; here to prompt discussions of when they were new for summer.
- Skit. Our happy couple is enjoying each other's company at a state park campsite in The Vacation.
- Paraphernalia. Includes scratch-and-sniff cards scented with summertime treats; baseball cards, a flag like the ones sold along the Fourth of July parade route; the new labor-saving strawberry huller; a swimmer's nose clip; a hand-held fan; Band-Aids; and samples of window screen and mosquito netting.
- Manual. Every aspect of conducting a successful program is covered thoroughly in the well-organized, nicely illustrated manual. There are wonderful additional ideas for programming, and descriptions of real-audience reactions.
Remembering Train Rides
Not too long ago, trains crisscrossed this country, whizzing passengers to their destinations. Now one songwriter worries about the day his young son will ask him, "Daddy, what's a train?" Ideal for intergenerational study of train rides themselves or the myriad topics that branch out like railways from it.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. Punctuated with music, sound effects, and interview quotes, All Aboard! takes viewers on a whistle-stop tour of train rides. This one goes from Chicago to Minneapolis in 1977. Visuals of scenery, depots, and train cars-inside and out-evoke the feelings of anticipation, friendliness, and pleasure that many people associate with railroad travel.
- Cassette Tape. Four sing-along songs: Wabash Cannonball, Casey Jones, I've Been Working on the Railroad, and On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe. Six railroad ballads on side 2.
- Booklets. "Pull a Lung!" is slang for "to pull a drawbar to uncouple cars" and it's the title of the large print booklet in this kit. Inside are three poems, a menu from the diner on the 1937 Super Chief, four sing-along songs, and ten more examples of authentic "train talk" - with definitions.
- Jokes. Two sets of large-print jokes with a narrative to allow them to be done as a club routine.
- Skit & Props. There are parts here for three characters, and two of them want to know When is the Train Due? The third character is the station agent, reading lines from behind a large print newspaper. Includes a hat for the female passenger and an engineer's cap for the station agent
- Paraphernalia. Includes a current train schedule; an Amtrak menu; a copy of the 1937 Super Chief menu; and a map of national rail lines.
- Manual. Includes general and specific program information, a suggested list of books and media, and fun program ideas like how to serve a dinner in the diner.
Remembering Valentine's Day
Affectionate greetings are too good to be saved for only one day a year! While reminiscing about holidays past, participants are encouraged to share their warm feelings with others all year long.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. The Be True slideshow is a pictorial walk through the history of Valentine's Day symbols and gifts.
- Actiphile. Fourteen activities are ready to pick up and use: nametags, crafts, sentence starts, and cards, plus famous lovers to match up, historical events of February 14th, and rebus valentines. Complete with instructions for using each activity.
- Manual. The script for the slides, discussion questions, program ideas, and additional resources.
Remembering Work Life
Most of us have spent the majority of our lives working. Use this kit to gather the stories of paid jobs and work done at home or on the farm. Individually, our work experiences are an important part of each of our lives. Taken together, they provide a perspective on the work life of a nation.
- Slides & Cassette Tape/ Video. Many Hands begins with the call to work, compares work days present and past, and considers the reasons why we work. Talk about work history from that first job to retirement and beyond.
- Cassette Tape. Sing-along songs: Sixteen Tons, The Housewife's Lament, Aragon Mill, and Hush, Little Baby. On side 2, stories for discussion on accounts of three turn-of-the-century workdays.
- Booklets. Lines of Work includes photographs, poetry, a wage table for various occupations through the decades, sketches of old tools, and four songs. All in large print.
- Timeline. Four pages to put end-to-end listing events and inventions since 1880 with space for adding the work histories of program participants.
- Skits. Three conversations about work: At the Travel Agency, At the Gas Station, and At Home.
- Paraphernalia. Includes scented cards: soap, pine, baby powder and lemonade; business card reproductions; a wooden bobbin; a carpenter's pencil; a coin purse; a key; and a swatch of denim.
- Manual. Helpful hints for using the kit pieces; an extensive list of books, films and tapes, and program ideas that focus on the past and present world of work.