Thanks to Kathy Larson for this guest post!
Every Wednesday afterschool, the school age kids descend upon the library:
I have developed a rotating schedule of events to keep things hopping. The first Wednesday is an early release day and we set up the Wii for four players on the big screen. The second Wednesday is LEGO club. The third Wednesday is Movies & Munchies. The fourth Wednesday is Crafternoon (we do crafts). In January there was an extra Wednesday so I declared the fifth Wednesdays in a month as party days.
I found a Valentine’s Minute to Win It post by Sassy Sites and loved the idea. I used several of the games: the Heart a Stack, a game they called Heart Pick Up but I renamed it Heart Transplant (because I love a good play on words for kids), Cookie Face (which I have done in the past) and Candy Corn stick up. I found another cookie game called Unicorn Horn at the Teaching Reef
I looked online for stopwatches and somehow found a real Minute To Win It timer on YouTube. This was awesome! The kids LOVED helping countdown to the start and the finish!
We started out with Heart a Stack. I gave each kid 15 conversation hearts and a plate. The kids had a minute to stack their hearts and at the end I counted how many were left standing. Then we did Heart Transplant 1 in which the kids had to transfer the hearts from the table to their plate using chopsticks (we used Valentine’s pencils that they got to keep). Then I passed out straws for Heart Transplant 2 and the kids had to use the straw to suck up the heart and move it to the plate. Both heart transplants were scored by the number of hearts they had transferred from the table to the plate in one minute.
We re-used the straw for their FAVORITE game called Cupid’s Arrow that I tweaked a bit so they could shoot their “arrows” through hanging heart shapes. Their was one kid to hold the heart so it didn’t turn, one who was the cupid and the next two in line were the judges counting the arrows that went through the heart. It worked out great because I had four kids counting!
Another popular game: Unicorn Horn with cookies. I had three people holding a plate of ten cookies. The kids had a minute to stack as many as they could on their forehead. The highest unicorn horn was 9 cookies high!
The next game was Cookie Face this was a do or die game. They put a cookie on their forehead and had to get it into their mouth without using their hands. They got a new cookie to eat if theirs had dropped on the ground.
I tried to reuse stuff in different challenges as much as possible to keep the flow moving and the cost down. I ended up spending $30 dollars on supplies at Walmart for this party (I probably didn’t have to buy the pencils, the Qtips or the straws, but I found pink Qtips and red and purple straws and just HAD to get them!)