Archive for April, 2011

Tic Tac Toe Waffles…a Great Game and a Good Snack!

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

picture of girl hwith long hair holding a bookOn day two of camp, the Pre-K  campers got to combine a game with snack time by playing Tic Tac Toe Waffles.

Since Maria suggested the game, Miss Sue called on her to show the campers how the game is played. Maria brought a box to the front table that had a paper plate with a tic tac toe game made out of decorated mini waffles.

Maria invited the campers to gather round the table and watch as Annie and Hector showed everyone how to play Tic Tac Toe Waffles.While Annie and Hector played Maria explained the game, saying, “To play, a camper needs to be an O or an X.  The center of the tic tac toe board is a free space for either player. To win, a player needs to eat a straight line of Os or Xs. Each child in the 2 camper team takes  turns selecting a waffle and puttinga tic tac toe board made out of edible waffles on a separate plate to be eaten after the game is won. The volunteer is responsible for marking the plate where an O or an X waffle is removed .

If, after one member of the team wins, they don’t eat their waffles, then, if the loser finishes his or her waffles, they become the winner.

Maria then asked the volunteers to divide the campers into teams with 2 campers to a team making 5 teams, with one team at a table. Then she asked  that each team have a volunteer to help play the game and keep score. Each team drew straws for who got to go first and select whether they wanted to be an O or an X.

All but one camper finished eating their waffles. She was not happy to lose her place as a winner for not finishing her waffles. But, she learned something about being a good sport and following the rules of the game Tic Tac Toe.

Pre-K Games for Spring Camp Began with Crunch and Toss

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Miss Sue asked Jay to come to the front of the room and demonstrate to the Pre-K campers how to play Crunch and Toss.

As Jay walked to the front of the room he was carrying 3 paper plates and some sheets of different colored paper.  When he got to the front of the room he placed the white paper plates on one of the  tables the campers use for crafts.

The campers saw the numbers on the three plates…10…20…30. Jay placed the plates close to one another, but not too close. Then he put down 6 sheets of paper in two different colors.

He turned to the campers and said, “Crunch and Toss is played in teams of two. Since we have 10 campers, that’s five teams. Miss Sue please help form the teams and give them each a table to play on.”

crunch and toss is a game played with paper plates, and colored paperOnce this was done, Jay gave each team, at each table, 3 paper plates with the numbers 10, 20, 30 on them and 3 sheets of one color of  paper and 3 sheets of a different color. Then Jay said, “First you take your sheets of paper and you crunch them into a ball for tossing on to the plates. Each camper gets three turns to score 50 points. The camper who scores 50 points first is the winner. If neither camper scores 50 points, on their first 3 tries, they play until one of them wins. I will keep score for the game. “

Then Jay asked Bobby and Kathy and Hector and Maria and Orrie to each take a table and a team and help the campers to play Crunch and Toss by crunching  their sheets of  paper into balls and tossing the paper balls into the plates.

At first, some of the campers had a hard time aiming and landing on the plates when they tossed their paper balls, but soon they were scoring and having fun. Before they knew it the games session of Crunch and Toss was over and it was time for the campers to move on to the next activity.

Pre-K Games for Spring Camp

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Miss Sue is the director of thev Community Center

Games are an important part of any camp, so Miss Sue went to see the “Can Do'”Kids to get ideas.“Hello boys and girls,” said Miss Sue. “I came to ask your help with games for the Pre-K group in spring camp.”

The crafts class all stopped working on their crafts class projects and listened to what Miss Sue had to say.

“Miss Hattie tells me you came up with wonderful crafts ideas for the young campers. I am hoping you can suggest some games that will be good to do with the boys and girls in the Pre-K group. There will be 10 of them.”

Jay raised his hand and when Miss Sue called on him, he said, “How about a few games of crunch and toss”?

Miss Sue looked puzzled and said, “I don’t know that game.” Jay said it was a beginner throwing game for points. It was safe to play indoors. Miss Sue asked Jay to bring in a sample of what was needed to play the game and give a demonstration. Jay agreed, saying, ” I’ll have it ready for our next crafts session. You can come by and see how it is played.”

Miss Sue thanked Jay and said, “Does anyone else have any suggestions”?

Maria raised her hand and said, “How about a few games of TIC TAC TOE Waffles? You’ve got to eat them to win”!

The class laughed and Miss Sue smiled and said, “That sounds wonderful Maria! Please bring in a sample and we can all see what it takes to play TIC TAC TOE Waffles.”

Just then the bell rang and crafts class was over.

Miss Sue said, ” Thank you for your ideas. I am looking forward to seeing you in your next class and learning how to play the games you talked about today. “

Bear Face Waffle Craft…Make and Eat

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

bear face craft made from different size waffles, cream cheese and pieces of fruitAnnie was all excited as she took her craft to the front of the room to show the class what she made.

As she held it up the craft for all to see she said,  “This is a bear face that I made out of two mini waffles and one regular waffle. I decorated my craft project with strawberry cream cheese and made eyes out of blueberries and a nose out of the tip of the strawberry and the mouth out of a strip of strawberry.”

Before she could say anything else, Willie yelled out,You could have done a better job spreading the cream cheese on the waffles.” Annie’s face turned red and she stared at him, saying, ” Willie Hunt, I did that on purpose. This is a little kids craft. If  I make it perfect looking, they will feel bad if they can’t make the craft to look as good as mine. ”

Miss Hattie smiled at Annie and said, That’s very thoughtful of you Annie! Why don’t you continue with what you were saying before Willie yelled out at you”? Annie gave Willie a look , smiled at Miss Hattie and said, ” After the children make this craft, they can eat is as a snack!

All you need to make this craft  with 10 children is one box of frozen waffles, one box of frozen mini waffles, one tub of strawberry cream cheese, a small container of fresh blueberries, a small container of fresh strawberries, paper plates and one package of plastic knives.”

Miss Hattie thanked Annie  and all the “Can Do” Kids that come up with a craft idea for spring camp. Then she said, You gave me so many good craft ideas that Miss Sue wants to talk to you all about games the Pre-K group can play in spring camp.”

Name Card Crafts

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Eulyn raised her hand and when Miss Hattie called on her she said, “I have a project for the preschool crafts class that is both practical and fun.

I brought a sample with me to show you and the class. May I tell you about it and show you the sample”?

Miss Hattie smiled and answered saying, “Of course Eulyn, we would all like to hear and see what you brought in as a project for my crafts class”  Eulyn beamed and said, “This is a craft for the first day of camp that will help the teachers and the volunteers quickly get to know the children’s names without having to ask them all the time.

I’m talking about name tags that the children can make in crafts class and wear in all their other classes and activities.”

the crafts class will make decorated name tagsEulyn held up a name tag that was decorated all around the edges with small stickers and had a space in the middle for a child’s name. She said, “In the first crafts class on the Monday of Spring Camp, each child would be given 5 name tags, the kind that you wear right on your clothes; a nontoxic magic marker, and enough small stickers to decorate 5 cards. Those boys and girls who already print can put their names in the middle of their cards.  Volunteers will help those boys and girls who don’t, as yet, print to write their names on their cards.

Doing five cards will keep the boys and girls busy for the whole crafts class and they will each have a new name card for every day of camp.” Eulyn smiled and sat down.

The class clapped and Miss Hattie said, “I like your idea Eulyn. You’re right, it is practical and the children will be very proud to wear the tags. It will definitely make things a lot easier for the teachers. Now they don’t have to keep looking up a child’s name on the attendance sheet”!

Just then Annie raised her hand and said, “Miss Hattie, I have a craft that is fun to make and then you can eat it.” Miss Hattie looked pleased and answered, ” Sounds good, Annie, but you will need to wait to tell us about it until the next crafts class because we are almost out of time.

See you all in our next crafts class.”