Describe the project/activity and the inspiration for it. This is where you get people jazzed up about it and tell them what to expect. How long might it take? Will they need any special tools or materials or do they likely have everything they need already? Will they need to gather materials in advance? Keep in mind that a lot of homes don't have ready supplies of everything on hand, including cardboard or paperboard. (You can mention the specific materials in the next step)
The facilitator template has you list learning goals at the beginning. You can include some here too if you like. It's nice to let kids know what they'll be learning/exploring.
STEP 1 - Gather Your Materials
- What are things that are absolutely needed, and what are good alternatives if families/kids reading don't have them on hand? Where might they find things if they don't have them already?
- Include useful but not strictly necessary materials
- When possible, mention the purpose of the objects they will need and give examples, such as "A long stick-type object, like a skewer, a pencil, or a tightly rolled up piece of paper," or "A way to add color, like markers, paint, or colorful unwanted junk mail." This allows them to think creatively when they're hunting for materials.
STEP 2 - Does it Need a Planning Step?
STEP 3 through whatever - Break It Down
For Open-Ended Activities
For Adult Helpers
One option, depending on how young the activity guide is directed toward, is to give tips to adults who are assisting. Let them know what parts might need help, and when they should let the kids try it on their own for a bit before jumping in to do it for them. If there are any guiding questions you haven't included elsewhere, this is a good place for it. Perhaps suggest a way that the adults can share a relevant experience of their own.
Activity guides for Facilitators and teachers are a different ball of wax. They include a lot more about prepping and running the activity, especially for a group. They might include a list of the Standards they incorporate. Those have a different activity guide template.