Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Megan Kuechle, lead teacher
Wow, the year has flown by! It's hard to believe that there is only about one week of school left until summer! We have all been anticipating the nice warm weather and finally enjoying being outdoors to make things more exciting! Some of the things we have done this month include team-building games and art projects.
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, we got to make attractive sombreros. We made these by using only a paper plate and styrofoam cup. We took the cup and glued it in the middle of the plate. After it dried, the children got to make it more vibrant! They added such things as foam shapes and pom-pom balls. The sombrero wouldn't be complete unless you could wear it, so each child got measured and we attached string to both sides so that way they could show them off. As we all know, Sunday, May 8, was Mother's day, so Cubs Club spent two days preparing gifts for these special ladies. Cubs Club decided to make pen/pencil holders for our gift. Each child received a small green flower pot which they then got to decorate. They got to choose from a variety of different objects to decorate; sequins, foam shapes, string and ribbon. After the pots were all jazzed up, we then filled the inside with kidney and lima beans. The pen holder was then topped off by adding a colorful straw and decorative flower to complete the look. The children had so much fun doing these and they looked amazing.
Another project that the children were eager to complete was making a paper plate bird's nest. This was achieved by taking (of course) a paper plate, some green plastic string, and construction paper. We glued on the green plastic string at the bottom of the plate so that way it looked like the bird's nest. After the glue was dry, the children got to add a branch and a bird that they made out of construction paper. Some children even added little bird eggs into the nest. One child got really creative and used our mosaic (little pieces of paper to make a picture) art lesson to incorporate into the picture. The child made a mosaic bird which was extremely creative.
Team-building activities for outside are in full-swing now that the weather is finally staying consistently nice. "Pass the Can" was one of the favorite activities this month. The children had to use lots of team-work to pass an ice cream bucket around in a circle to all of their friends, but there was a trick to it. You could only use your feet. The children worked together and encouraged each other to take their time, since it was very much needed. Another game we learned to play was "Crab-Soccer." All the children made a circle and on each half of the circle was a team. Each team member received a number 1 through 3. When their number was called, they got to go inside the circle and try to get the soccer ball passed to the outside circle of the opposite team. You may ask, "Why is it "Crab-Soccer" then?" Well, the answer is, during this entire activity you could only remain in the "crab-position". This game was kind of tricky and challenging but at the end, both of the teams ended up in a tie. Another game the children partook in was a game called "Name-It Ball." In this game, children form a circle and one child receives the ball. The first person gets to pick a category such as "candy bars" and then they toss the ball to another child within the circle. Whoever gets the ball after the category is chosen, has to name a type from the category, such as "Snickers". If a child holds onto the ball too long or can't think of an item they are out.
Another exciting event was planning and planting our school garden. We have a variety of vegetables and two fruits. First, we had to decide where to put all of our items in the garden. The children each got to make their own garden plan and then altogether we got to decide what items were placed where. We ended up putting the veined items together such as watermelon, zucchini, peas and cucumbers. Then in rows we planted green peppers, onions, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and green beans. This was a long process but the children were happy to help. We worked together grabbing and planting the seeds, along with taking turns putting the markers in. The children are very excited to see the garden grow. The children in KidZone will be helping maintain the garden by watering, weeding, and picking. Then of course we get to enjoy all the yummy eats.
If you are still interested in signing up for KidZone Summer Camp, there is still time to register. You can register for the full summer or whatever days you need. We can accommodate any schedule. If you have any questions, concerns or need information, please contact:
Suzanne Robben, Camp Director, e-mail suzanne.robben@
kimball.k12.mn.us, Phone (320) 398-5425 extension 227
Megan Kuechle, e-mail:
, Phone (320) 398-5425 extension 226
Have a great summer!