Tricounty News

Cubs Club Before and After School-Age Program

The weather has been playing some little tricks on us lately, but it's still hard to believe that we only have one month until summer is here. Hopefully the temperature keeps rising and the snow is gone for good.

Cubs Club is anxious that spring is finally here, we have been keeping busy decorating the room and playing games and of course, going outside. The children are getting to be pros at making mosaic art, which is using little pieces of paper to make a picture. The mosaic piece that we made this month is beautiful flowers that brighten up our hallway. Also, since children love sensory activities, we used paint and made handprint flowers. The children were very skirmish during this activity since we had to paint their entire arm green for the stem and even their hands! Another art project that really showed the children's creative side were bunnies. We made the entire bunny using five different heart shaped pieces and put them all together to create a cozy, loving bunny. We hung these up above the window with a cute little sign that says, "Some-bunny loves you!"

The children got to play various Easter activities this month also. Easter Jeopardy was a success. All the children got to put their knowledge to the test by answering such questions as, "What candy is eaten the most during Easter? The answer: Red jelly beans, robin's eggs and chocolate rabbits. The children also enjoyed games such as "egg match". Each child got half of an egg and the goal was to find their matching half, the first ones to match up their egg won. Pictionary was an exciting game that the children really showed their creative and competitive side, having to draw such words as spring, lily, daffodils and Easter eggs. More of a challenging game was Egg memory. Both eggs have the same design on them; the goal was to match them up on the first try. Hiding the eggs is always a favorite of the children's. Three children at a time get an egg to hide while all the other children close their eyes and wait patiently. Once the eggs were hidden, it's a race to see who can find the eggs first. The children also got to play a cleaner version of the egg toss, no yolk or whites everywhere! The children paired up into teams of two, they started out close together tossing a plastic egg back and forth. Each time they caught the egg they got to take one step back until one of them dropped the egg.

All the children got to dye their own Easter egg, but first they had to blow out the insides. We did this by poking a small hole in the top and bottom of the egg and using lots of big deep breathes. You may ask what we did with all the left over yoke, we made scrambled eggs. So along with dying our eggs we got to eat a yummy snack too! Another yummy treat that we got to make were "Hidden Surprise Easter Egg Treats". These were made by making Rice Krispies and forming them into each side of a large plastic egg. After they were formed into each side, each child got to hide some M&Ms into the middle. Once the M&Ms were inside, we put the egg together and took away the plastic outside. Then our delicious treat looked like a real Easter egg with a special surprise inside.

Just a reminder if you'd like to have child care in the summer, KidsZone will be open. This camp is open to children who are entering Kindergarten through 6th grade. Camp Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are also offering wrap around care from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for those of you that need care before and/or after camp hours. KidsZone has fun and exciting themed weeks with adventurous field trips. Come join the fun.

If you have any questions or would like to enroll your child(ren) for KidsZone contact:

Suzanne Robben, Camp Director: E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Phone: (320) 398-7700, extension 227.

Megan Kuechle: E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Phone: (320) 398-7700, extension 226.