Snow

Brrrr, it’s cold outside so I wanted to bring snow inside. This program was all about the magic of snow and ice.

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Our first activity was to do crystal painting. I took regular construction in dark blue, purple, and black and had the kids paint on them with a solution of super-saturated epsom salt water. After about 10-15 minutes it dries and forms crystals similar to the frost on the windows. I think painting projects are great and the kids could probably just do this for an hour straight, but my big problem is I run out of places for the pictures to go while they are drying.

While we were letting the pages dry I walked around and showed the kids a few pictures of real snowflakes photographed by Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley.

Then we moved to our next activity – creating indoor snow. I saw a recipe online for indoor play snow that was cornstarch mixed with cheap hair conditioner. It feels cold, it smells good, and vacuums up pretty easily. I generally try to let the kids do the mixing and combining as much as possible so I did walk around to check on people while they were making their indoor snow, but that was it. Once we had our play snow made we made some snowmen and before you knew it the program was over and it was time to go.
Attendance: 22
Activity: Crystal Painting
Show: Snowflake Bentley Photographs
Activity: Play Snow

Noon Years Eve 2015

Some days I think I am pretty darn good at my job and others I think it was a miracle that I got hired. For our Noon Years Eve Party the boss asked me to help her think of dance music to put on a playlist for the kids. My (apparently not good enough) responses were:
1. Uh, the Macarena?
2. Oh… not the electric slide I could never figure out how to do that…
3. Uh, I know there is a kids version of the time warp….

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Needless to say none of the music I picked made it onto the playlist. Sorry, I don’t listen to much music at all and the stuff I do like is 70s/80s rock. So we set out what felt like every table we own and 800 chairs and prepared for a bunch of little kids waiting to ring in the new year.

As the kids came in we gave them a blank, old-fashioned spinner toy to color and decorate. When they finished that we had a limbo stick set up and played the party music while all of the kids did the limbo. One or two parents were even brave enough to try. Then as we counted down to noon we passed out bubble wrap to pop and released a bunch of balloons. Of course the kids went crazy and two of them collided and one got a bloody lip and cried for a minute, but then there were more balloons and everyone way happy again. Yay, balloons.

Attendance: 22
Activity 1: Spinner Toy
Activity 2: Limbo
Activity 3: Bubble Wrap & Balloon Drop