As much as we love the sunny weather outside, our Rocket Club kids love playing in the gym! This week, I introduced the kids to a twisted version of the classic game - Tic Tac Toe. In the version we played, the kids had to hop from one paper to the next, following the exact same direction the feet were pointed. If the kids messed up on one foot pattern, they had to go back to the start line and try all over again! If they completed the foot patterns, they were able to place one of their team colored balls into the hoola hoops, making our tic tac toe bracket. Although this was a super simple game to play, the kids really enjoyed it! They all showed great team work and sportsmanship.
In December, many kids came to an activity where they were able to produce their very own gingerbread stuffed animal! When making the stuffies, we opted to use hot glue to secure our felt pieces together...which made our stuffies not last as long as we'd hoped. This week, kids learned basic sewing techniques! We cut up a blanket, sewed two equal sized squares together, filled it with rice, and called it our boo boo bags! The kids had a fun time learning different sewing techniques.
The very next day, we had our Stuffy Club. The theme for our activity was donuts! Unlike the last time, kids were asked to cut out their own pieces of felt, and had the option to sew their stuffies or utilize the hot glue again. This craft worked great for our third through fifth grade students! But nonetheless, all grades were welcomed and our older kids took a leading role in helping the kinders! Check out our awesome creations below!
- Ms. Crystal
With all the rain pouring down this week, many of our kiddos have opted to stay inside and enjoy our various planned activities! This week, kids were able to partake in bubble gum taste testing, plate decorating, jewelry making...and so much more! While we all love our planned activities at club, our kids also enjoy sitting quietly and coloring. This is one of my favorite things to do with the kids! We all just sit around a table and draw whatever we feel like, and talk about whatever is on our minds! It's a great way to decompress.
- Ms. Crystal
During this week's Pokemon Club, we played a classic game of memory, but with a Pokemon twist. To make a match, you had to find a Pokemon and its matching energy type, or find two Pokemon who share the same energy type. The kids were challenged to work cooperatively to clear the table of all tokens. With so many possible combinations it was imperative they work together to meet their goal, and that is exactly what they did.
Early into the game the students began to naturally take on roles to help accomplish the challenge. Some were in charge of memorizing certain quadrants and the Pokemon within them. Some were more familiar with the Pokemon types and would call them out as each Pokemon was revealed. While the challenge proved to be too great, seeing the kids come together on their own and cooperate to reach a goal was the most rewarding part. But as a real reward, the kids received tickets for the prize wall for each match they made.
- Mr. Rakim