We really love to laugh here at IMS and one of the ways we do that is by practicing our Improv skills! I find myself laughing so hard at times from something the kids have said or something random they do that I thought to myself, I bet we could channel this into something really great! Having a love and passion for Improv myself before I came to work for Before and After School Care, I decided that we should try an Improv club. Little did I know that it would catch on so fast! We started Improv club last year and it has grown this year to include new 6th graders and we still have some of our eighth graders from last year come back to play with us! It has really created a sense of community and safety. Those who participate keep coming back to learn and play more and those who aren't quite as comfortable yet getting up on stage come to watch! It's a great opportunity to laugh and just let loose and be silly! They loved it so much that when we voted on our monthly field trip the top vote was to go down into Seattle and see a professional show! The best part was that some of our kids even got to go up on stage with the pros and perform! I think we have some future stars on our hands! A big thanks to Comedy Sportz for having us out and to all the kids that come and play with us during Improv club! Check in every week for Ms. Nikki's blogs to see what else we have going on! Have a Happy Thanksgiving and lets keep the laughs coming!
Alright! Let's get cooking again! =D
There was no cooking today.
Today, we sliced and diced in a completely different manner.
We sliced paper.
"Why?" You ask.
To make stencils!
Our goal: to make a stencil from cardstock which we would then use to spray
our design onto a black t-shirt with bleach! :D
Never leading this activity, I called in to the expert: Jayson! I'm so glad he stopped in to help us out! He was a huge help! With his help, we guided students in proper handling of exacto knife blades, what to look for when wanting to make a stencil, what can and can't work, and the two different styles of stencils: Spray-through and spray-arounds.
We had a good amount of kids for this one and I was very excited for this one personally!
First, we told them the two different techniques they can do, and showed them some cool examples of both.
Second, we told them what makes a stencil and what to look for.
Not any picture will work!
Third, we set them off to the technology to find the images they wanted, when they found it, we printed it out and laminated it! Laminating isn't a required step, but it helps your stencil be sturdier and last longer.
Lastly, once they'd gotten their image they went to cutting them out!
This is the longest part of the process, but it's so satisfying when it's finished! I have several students who spent a lot of effort and time to make theirs look amazing! I'm really proud of them for their dedication, perseverance, and patience. ^_^
By Nikki Bjorklund
What is, "Man's Best Friend?" Many of you would immediately respond with, "Dogs!", and you would not be wrong because that is how the phrase goes!
In honor of this beloved saying, or more accurately, in honor of our dogs whom we love so much, today we ventured to make Apple and Oat Dog Treats!
For those of you out there who are not dog lovers, or perhaps like dogs but a different animal more, "man's best friend", for you, is entirely different.
Not surprisingly, this was the case for several of our students today! However, rather than be deterred by the fact we were making dog treats, they stuck around with their fellow dog lovers determined to make the dog treats into cat treats! ;D
We doubled the recipe to make sure we would have enough treats for them to take home, and I'm pretty sure as we kept making treat after treat we all felt a little bit like the dough would never end, haha. Despite that! By the time we finished making them into shapes, baked them, and then divided them up between everyone, it was quite clear we had made the right decision! Woo!
A specials shout out to Bridget who stuck around long enough to egg wash almost every single dog treat! Thank you, Bridget! The ones that have the egg wash look the best! =D
All in all, a fun, messy, twisty, pretzely event! I hope we get to make some kitty cat treats next! =D
Fun fact! All the treats are perfect acceptable to be eaten by a person!
by Nikki Bjorklund
Today. TODAY! We were super stressed.
In a gooood way!
"How is that possible, you ask?"
Ha ha, well let me tell you all about the game: Stress
Stress is a speed card game where you try and group all of your card piles into four of a kind before your opponents. This is accomplished by picking up one pile, containing four cards, and looking at it.
If you see a card in the middle you want, you take one card from your hand and put it into the middle, then grab the card you wanted!
You can do this multiple times while holding the same four cards or none at all if there are no middle cards you want for that hand! As soon as you determine there are no middle cards for you, you set down that pile and pick up your other pile to repeat the process!
Here's where things get stressful. ):]
All players are grabbing and switching cards at the same time.
Observant and strategic players will also try and take notice of cards other players are taking, so that they don't place them down, or, if the're really snarky, snatch them up before the player searching for them can , bwahahaha! ):D
And yes. We were definitely snarky.
We had a fantastic time in our competition! We had 10 kids battling it off against each other! That's 3 different Stress games going at once! Losses were had! Wins were taken through sheer speed, determination, and yelling! Tickets were rewarded! Double if they could beat me!!!!
Which several were able to do! :D
All and all, a definite, "Must do again!"
by Nikki Bjorklund