Field Trip to the Future for Kids

kid scientist

Have you ever asked a kid what they wanted to be when they grow up? A typical answer to this question may be a veterinarian, fireman, doctor, or astronaut. How about asking a kid to share their ideas for new inventions or ways to solve problems? A child may have an idea to make their chores easier by inventing an automatic bathroom cleaner.

When a child answers these questions, why not take a FIELD TRIP TO THE FUTURE! For the child who is interested in animals, schedule a field trip to the zoo and meet a zoologist. Ask your local veterinarian if your child can visit with them for a moment. Another idea is to take a nature walk and make observations about animals.

The child who wants to invent the automatic bathroom cleaner will have to work in smaller steps. They may begin by observing the janitor at their school. Cleaning a bathroom can be a big task, so maybe they can start by creating the automatic toilet cleaner. The next step may be for the child to draw their invention on paper and decide what materials are needed. Afterwards, take the child to a hardware store to decide, view, and purchase materials needed to make a prototype of their idea.

Another way to stimulate a child’s imagination is to visit the local library to read about someone who shares your child’s interest. An Internet search is also very helpful!

The point is to expose your child to real life examples that match their interests! It can be fun and is a way to keep your child’s brain active.

Happy Learning!



Teaching Kids Market Research on the Go!


In our “Start ‘Em Up Business” Program, we teach students about Market Research. One form of Market Research is getting people’s opinions about your product. Typically, research is conducted on potential customers who may buy your product in the future.

If you view the “Start ‘Em Up Business” video on our website, you will see students who have created a t-shirt business. One part of the process was to conduct market research at the local library.  We held our class and sold the t-shirts at the library as well. These students made $130 and took home $13 each!

Your after-school program students can do a similar activity. You can enhance this activity by making a field trip out of it.

Take your students on a field trip where there are potential customers. For example, if your youth decide to create a jewelry business, take them places where people dress up like a theater (where plays are performed) or outside a business district.

Below is how to execute this activity:

  1. Have students create a product for the class business.
  2. Based on the product, decide where Market Research should be held.
  3. Prepare Market Research questions such as:
    • What do you like about our product?
    • What do you dislike about our product?
    • Do you have color preferences?
    • How can this product be improved?
    • What would you be willing to pay for this product?
  4. Go on the field trip.
  5. Group students in pairs to conduct research.
  6. Discuss what was found during research.
  7. Adjust the product accordingly.

Note: If you can’t take a field trip, you can always conduct research at your after-school site with teachers, parents, and the nearby community.

Happy researching!

Dining Etiquette Field Trip for Kids

dining etiquette

I remember the summer before my freshman year of college, I went to a Scholarship Dinner. I was excited about the dinner until I saw multiple forks, knives, plates, and spoons. I remember thinking to myself, “Why do I have so many utensils in front of me?”

Thank goodness for my older brother! He secretly guided me through which utensils to use at the appropriate time.

It was then, that I made a decision to teach my children or any group of kids I work with, about dining etiquette.  A field trip to a restaurant is a wonderful way to teach this concept.

I took a group of children to a restaurant to learn about dining etiquette and the American vs. European table settings. I had a volunteer consultant come to teach the class. If you can’t find a consultant, below is how you can execute this task!

  1. Plan a trip to a restaurant.
  2. Call ahead and tell them you would like your students to learn dining etiquette.
    • Call to inquire about the restaurant setting up an American or European table setting.
    • If not, you can educate your students about the table settings before and after they have eaten.
    • You can search images of the American vs. European table settings on the Internet.
  3. Before eating, review basic dining etiquette rules such as…
    • If dining out, place your napkin in your lap.
    • Keep the napkin in your lap until you are finished eating.
    • If dining out, wait until everyone in the group has been served before picking up your utensils.
    • With American and European table settings, start with the utensils that’s farthest from your plate and work your way inside.
    • Dishes should be passed counter-clockwise.
    • Please do not reach across the table for anything.
    • Do not use a toothpick or floss at the table.
    • Keep elbows off the table.
    • Do not talk with food in your mouth.
  4. After the meal, debrief with students…
    • What did you think of the dining etiquette rules?
    • Do you practice any of these rules in your home?
    • Which rule was the most difficult to follow?
    • Why do you think Dining Etiquette is important?



Field Trip Teaching Kids to Have Effective Meetings

boy meeting

Adults usually attend many meetings in the workplace and/or in the community. We have meetings to solve problems, to plan events, to get an update, etc. Sometimes meetings can be too long and unnecessary. Some supervisors in the workplace have meetings at the same day and time each week. These meetings can occur even if there is nothing on the agenda.

Meetings can occur in various places such as in the office, at someone’s home, or in a restaurant.

Why not teach our students how to have “EFFECTIVE” meetings that actually get things done? Try this activity below and see if your students can accomplish their goals in a meeting.

  1. Plan a field trip to a restaurant where students can hold their meeting.
    • This activity can also be done in a classroom.
  2. If easier, you can divide students into small groups.
  3. Give your students a task to accomplish in their meeting.
    • It could be planning a class field trip or picnic
    • Solving a class or school problem
  4. Give students the following tips to conduct an effective meeting.
    • Have an agenda set before the meeting.
    • Send agenda to attendees at least 30 minutes before meeting.
    • Have action items already outlined in agenda.
    • Give those who want to speak a time limit. (optional)
    • Set a time for the meeting (don’t go over meeting time).
  5. Observe and debrief how students conducted themselves in the meeting.
    • Did students accomplish their meeting goals?
    • Did everyone who spoke add value to the meeting?
    • Did students find the meeting helpful?
    • Did students find being in a restaurant distracting?
    • What did students learn during this activity?



A “Schmoozy” Business Field Trip for Youth

kids golfing


Many business deals are made through networking on the golf course. Entrepreneurs use golfing to develop relationships in order to close future business deals.

Golfing is a great way to display a person’s intelligence, abilities, and social skills. Business professionals usually do business with people they like.

Let create this experience for our students! We will show you how below…

  1. Download the Networking Lesson from the Sample Lessons option on our website.
  2. Plan a field trip to a Miniature golfing facility.
  3. While golfing, students will execute the Networking lesson.
  4. Use the debriefing questions from the Networking lesson, to evaluate what the students experienced!
  5. Have fun learning!

Field Trips: Teaching Financial Literacy Everyday – Part 2

Money and black girl(money moves cover)

Financial transactions at financial institutions

On your next trip to the bank, allow your child to make the deposit or withdrawal with the teller.  Instruct the child to tell the teller that they would like to make a deposit or withdrawal in/from the checking or savings account.  The teller will be very impressed with your little financial guru as they process the deposit and gives the child the transaction receipt. Let the child know the teller will ask, “Is there anything else I can help you with today?” The child should respond to the teller’s question and also say thank you.

Financial Life Lessons & Teachable Moments

Take your child to open a custodial bank account. Discuss what it means to have a custodial bank account and the opportunity you are providing them by having their own account. Allow the child to make deposits and withdrawals, as appropriate, at the bank on a regular basis.  This will help your child develop the confidence and the responsibility of transacting business with financial professionals.

As a parent, teacher or guardian you should always look for opportunities to make everyday activities educational experiences to increase your child’s financial literacy.  Don’t let your child be a passive participant in life until they are 18 before they begin making financial and business decisions without 13 or more years of previous experience.

Linsey Mills

Callinz Group

Managing Director




Field Trips: Teaching Financial Literacy Everyday – Part 1

girl and money

As a financial consultant and creator of interactive financial education experiences, I enjoy the learning that takes place when children experience financial concepts, terminology, and strategies first hand.  You don’t have to be a financial professional to begin teaching your children financial literacy.  In fact, you are your child’s first financial advisor and educator. The financial transactions your child observes you making can greatly influence your child’s financial future.

Look for opportunities during your daily routines to engage children in financial and business transactions.  Below are some examples that you can use to create memorable experiences.  Some of these I still remember from my childhood:

Financial transactions during meals… when ordering a meal at a restaurant with a cashier, give the child cash to make their meal purchase. Make sure they have more cash than the cost of the meal. Allow them to approach the counter alone and interact with the cashier by ordering their meal, exchanging their cash for their order, and receiving change.  After receiving their meal, ask if they got what they ordered.

A few tips to prepare the child for making their meal purchase:

  • Discuss what the child wants to order and make sure they identify the total cost for their meal (drink, dessert, etc.)
  • Ask them how many dollars is needed to buy their meal.
  • Remind them to wait for their change after giving their money to the cashier.
  • Do a practice run allowing the child to tell you what they plan to order.


Financial Life Lessons & Teachable Moments

There may be an occasion when the child does not receive the correct change.  In this instance, discuss with the child the correct change due. Then, instruct the child to go back to the counter and inform the cashier that they did not receive the correct change and ask for the correct amount. Be there to support the child, but allow the child to talk with the cashier directly to correct the issue.

During the first experience, you and the child will both be nervous but after a few attempts your child will feel very confident communicating with adults and handling everyday basic financial transactions when making a purchase.

In another scenario, you can set a limit the child can spend that requires them to make a decision about what items they can afford with the money you’ve provided.  For example, the child may have to order the free cup of water rather than a non-free drink to fit within their budget.

Try these suggestions with your students or children! Let’s continue the financial life lessons and teachable moments!

Linsey Mills

Callinz Group

Managing Director