Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Just a month ago we were celebrating Valentine's Day and enjoying the end of winter. Now as the temperature rises and the snow melts we have been celebrating St. Patrick during the month of March. The St. Patrick's Day party was a blast! We had approximately
30 children that joined us for delicious snacks and themed games. The children got to enjoy guessing how many mini M&Ms were inside the jar. There were 761 candies in case you were wondering. There was a tie between two children, Jaden Weisman and Jolee Randall. They were off by one number and they both guessed 760 candies. The children were delighted to each receive shamrock cookies that they decorated in green frosting (of course) and mini M&Ms. After the cookies were devoured, the children got to try and solve a St. Patrick's Day riddle by filling in the numbers with the corresponding letter. The riddle read "Many people wear green on St. Patrick's Day." That riddle surely was true, because everybody was wearing green. Once students finished the riddle, they got their faces decorated in colorful St. Patrick items such as leprechauns, pots of gold and rainbows. The coin-drop race was a favorite amongst the children. The object of the game was to run from the start line down to the finish line where there was a bowl full of pennies. Once you passed the finish line you grabbed one penny and tried to drop it into an egg carton. It was tricky because you couldn't bend down to drop the penny and it was hard to get the penny to land into the egg carton. Once everybody on the team went, we counted up all the pennies. Whoever had the most won that round. Before the party ended, the children got to enjoy classic games such as St. Patrick Jeopardy and Pin the Gold onto the Pot.
Besides all the St. Patrick's Day fun, we have been engaged in doing themed games and art projects. The children showed off their creativity by making their own leprechaun out of construction paper. Also, they got to make a rainbow using paint and their fingers. Puffy shamrocks were also a hit. The children loved putting tissue paper onto their shamrocks to give them a 3D effect. Some of the games the children enjoyed were "Find the Coin." This is where one child was selected as the leprechaun and the leprechaun had to decide which one of the children was holding the gold coin. Another activity that the children loved was a classic twist on "Hide 'n Seek." Instead of the children hiding, four children were chosen to hide a shamrock within the classroom. "Heave Ho" is a version of the classic hay stack toss, except instead of using pitch-forks and hay; we used spatulas and newspaper and tried to toss it over the clothesline.
Instead of Cubs Club being open this summer, we have a new program called KidZone. KidZone is a day camp for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Each week is a themed week with lots of activities and field trips that will be filled with fun. Some of the themed weeks are: Community Helpers, Stars & Stripes, The Great Outdoors, Wet 'n Wild, Nature's Kitchen and much more. KidZone's Day Camp hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We offer wrap-around care from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4-6 p.m.
If you have any questions or would like to register for KidZone, contact Camp Director, Suzanne Robben. E-mail
. Phone (320) 398-5425, extension 227.
Megan Kuechle can be reached at e-mail
, or phone (320) 398-5425, extension 226.