Sometimes you need to take the “Can Dos” on a field trip thought Miss Sue, the recreation center director.
The “Can Dos” were bored, bored, bored! It was the first day of winter recess; it was too cold to play outside. The snow and ice piles behind the recreation center were taller than them and were blocking them from riding their sleds down the best hill for sledding in all of “Can Do” Street. The ice skating rink was covered with snow and off limits.
They were tired of playing games in the recreation center gym. Even Annie was tired of shooting baskets! They had been having play dates with each other since Thursday, and they were starting to squabble with one another.
Miss Sue was running out of ideas on how to keep them busy. When she saw Grandpa Dooley in the music room, she went in and asked for his advice. “The Can Dos” are feeling all cooped up. They are not interested in any more board games, or playing basketball or volleyball in the gym tomorrow. How about a field trip, but where to go in winter?”
“Hmmm,” said Grandpa Dooley. “How much money do we have in the budget for a field trip?” Miss Sue answered, “We canceled a trip because of the weather so far. We can afford a field trip. What do you have in mind?” Grandpa smiled, “Just leave it to me,” he said. “You call the parents and get their permission for the trip. Tell them we have a field trip planned for tomorrow, and it’s a surprise. Ask them to hide their Can Do’s bathing suit and a towel in his or her bag”.
The next day dawned cold and clear. It was perfect weather for a field trip. When the “Can Dos” arrived at the rec center they were told to keep their coats and hats on and line up outside for a surprise field trip. Hector wanted to know where they were going. Kathy called out, “What are we going to do?”
When the bus pulled out, and the rec center faded from view, Grandpa Dooley announced their destination. They were spending the day at the Boy Scout Camp in the next town. Some of their parents would meet the bus there to help with the day’s activities.
The “Can Dos” looked at each other and then exploded with questions. The first question Grandpa Dooley heard, over all the yelling, was from Hector. “What’s so good about going on a field trip where we have to be indoors at the Boy Scout Camp?”
Grandpa chuckled. How does a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods, followed by swimming in a heated pool, followed by lunch around the fireplace with storytelling sound to you?”
First there was silence and looks of amazement, and then the “Can Dos” broke out with a roar of cheering about the field trip.
It was riddle contest day at “Can Do” Street school. The “Can Do” Kids were bursting with riddles to share with each other.
Miss Pat called the class to order and announced that the riddle contest would we held right after lunch. The”Can Dos” could hardly wait!
Wendy was the first to say a riddle: I keep things safe. I have a hole in my middle. A key will open me. What am I?
Then Bobby went: I know the numbers 1 through 12. I have two hands. My hands move all day long. What am I?
It was Orrie’s turn next: My name is the same as what I do. People try to swat me. What am I?
Annie shared a riddle that went like this: I lay around all the time. People step on me, but it doesn’t hurt. Dogs like to sleep on me. What am I?
Hector had a good one too: I’m round. I’m made of metal. I have a picture of George Washington on me. Kids save me in a piggy bank. What am I?
Nellie shared her riddle: I am made out of wood or plastic. I am straight. Kids use me to measure things. What am I?
Which riddle do you like the best? Which riddle was the hardest? Did yo get all the riddles right?
The “Can Do” Kids woke up to see lots and lots of of snow. It had snowed very heavily during the night.
Was it enough snow to close school for the day, but not too much snow to keep them indoors, unable to enjoy the snow? Was it snowman snow, or sledding snow? Was it good packing for snowballs and building snow forts?
The good news…school was closed. The bad news…too much snow to get around easily. The streets needed to be plowed, so no play dates that the moms needed to drive the “Can Dos” to in the neighborhood. Walking was the way to get around until the streets and sidewalks were cleared.
At first, Willie was excited about a snow day, but he lived so far away from his friends; he couldn’t just walk to anyone’s house. Nellie, his sister, was the only one around to play with, and while he loved his sister, she wasn’t very good at building a snow fort or packing snow balls. Hector had the same situation at his house; no friends nearby and only his sister Maria to play with outside.
Things were better at Grandma Maureen’s and Grandpa John’s where Kathy, Annie, Bobby, Arthur Jay and Orrie had spent a sleep over night. They all had each other to play with in the snow.
Well, Orrie was a challenge, but Grandpa John had a surprise for him…he had built him a sled that could hold him and his wheelchair safely. Oh, it was a beautiful sled, red with high sides all around. Everyone gathered in the garage to watch how the new sled would work.
Grandpa pulled the sled out of the garage and into the snow, then put a portable ramp on to the back of the sled and rolled Orrie on to the sled. He took the ramp away, put the back guard rail in place and Orrie was ready to try out his new sled. Billy, the next door neighbor was a weight lifter, and he volunteered to pull the sled into the driveway where Orrie could join in the fun.
Just then Grandma Maureen came into the garage and said, “Good news, Grandpa Dooley put a snow plow on the front of his truck and is going to bring Willie and Nellie over to play in the snow. He will pick up Hector and Maria on his way.”
A big cheer went up. Most of the “Can Dos” would have the best kind of play date…a snow play date with snowballs and a snow fort and a snow man and warm up sessions in the house to dry out wet mittens and drink hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows!
Miss Pat wanted to see if the class could name objects that can be seen around and in school.
So, she created a matching game called school things for the children to play on their computers.
How about playing along and see how you do with School Things?
Just go to the “Can Do” Street Club House and choose games. Then choose School Things and you are ready to play the two new matching games.
Good Luck with School Things!