Tuesday, March 28, 2017

J is for Jump! Letter J Preschool Day.



We had fun learning about the candy-cane-shaped letter and even ate peppermints, since taste is one of my favorite senses to learn through!



Cutting Jello Jigglers with tiny playdough cookie cutters.  This was a five star "craft" because the kids could do it all by themselves.


Jack Be Nimble Jack Be Quick, Jack Jump over the candle stick (nursery rhyme of the week)

picture from inkablinka.comJingle Jewelry

And we turned my livingroom into a jungle for toy time with blankets and jungle stuffed animals.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Code of the Wolf-Den Party




A Numbers Den Party!
I am a new den leader, but the last den leader had been giving the boys points for good behavior, uniforms, and being on time.  They had just earned their party, so we did a Numbers party from the Code of the Wolf badge.




For the gathering activity we played "Go Fish for 10's".  I had set it up with numbers 1 through 9 in my skip-bo deck.  The wilds counted for the number 5 so that we could have more matches.  It took a minute to get the hang of adding up the NUMBERS to equal ten, but was fun once we got going.  We played until everyone got all their matches since they all wanted to win.  It seemed to make everyone happy.

I bought one mini-golf set and one package of plastic golf balls at the dollar store for the next activity.  I pulled out tape, markers, tons of cups, old cardboard boxes, and some old bookshelves I had lying around and told them to make a game that used numbers for keeping score.  This was so much fun, I actually had to make them stop because they spent almost the whole hour on it and I wanted to have time for treats!  I was inspired by the EPIC Dollar Store DIY Mini Golf video on youtube.  We played epic action music for the boys while they played their games and cheered them on it was very entertaining.  I have three kids of my own at den meetings, so that is who you mostly see in the pictures.  Have plenty of paper and pencils available for them to keep score on, because if they are like my scouts, they will love adding up the NUMBERS on their games! I let each boy take home the pieces for his game and a golf ball.









 

Treats:
M&M decorated cupcakes!
Each boy sorted and counted his M&M's.  Then I quickly drew this chart with the totals for all the kid's bags put together so we could predict the NUMBERS in the last bag (I divided by 6 to help them predict).  Then we frosted and decorated cupcakes.





The next two activities are PATTERNS rather than NUMBERS:

ALPHABET CODE:
For this activity I had written in Pig Pen code something that I like to collect and they each had to decipher it.  Then I showed them what it was once they figured it out.  (It was a set of mini-figures).  Then I had each of them write something they like to collect in pig pen for me or the other leader to decipher.  They wrote: plushies, rocks, and hugs!

NATURE SHAPES:
Last we went outside to find a few shapes in nature.  I had cut out tangram shapes for the boys to make their favorite animal with and had some instructions and we ended up googling a few animals that weren't on my list as well!  We glued them on white cardstock to take home and share.


Image from Boyslife.org

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wolf Motor Away Adventure

When the boys arrived we had them experiement with buoyancy to see how many pennies it took to sink a foil boat.  Kind of like this.



Then we made juice box boats and sponge boats with popsicle sticks and kabob sticks for masts and various shapes of cardstock for sails.  An exacto knife came in handy for the juicebox boats to insert the masts.  The sponge boats were cut to a variety of shapes.  Leaders used lots of hot glue to attach sails to masts.



We tested the boats in a wrapping paper storage box on the floor surrounded by tons of towels!  We made a tin foil ramp for the boats too.  When it was time to be done I just put the lid on the water and it was out of site.  Convenient!
Indoor boat racing station:)




I pulled out my Lego box and we made spaceships while the boys arrived for the next den meeting.  Then we made paper airplanes.






The last den meeting we played the Stacking Logs game out of the den leader guide and built balloon cars.  I tried many rubberband cars, none worked, so balloon cars it was.  I found the one from here worked well: Wiki How to make a Balloon Car.  I liked the tip about lightweight cardboard.  I punched the holes in the wheels in advance and precut the cardboard.  The boys measured and cut the kabobs, and straws and taped things with very close supervision.  We used posterboard and cracker boxes.  Making cars was difficult.  We let the boys build Lego cars and then we helped just two at a time build their cars.  If we had tried to build all the cars at once (we have four boys) it would have been crazy!  We have two special needs boys who were afraid to blow up their balloons.  We found that pre-stretching them and then stretching them while the boy blew helped every scout be able to blow up their own balloon.  They were very pleased with themselves!  Maybe you could have the boys watch Disney Cars or Mater's Tall Tales or something while they wait for their turn to make a car if you don't have a gazillion Legos for the boys to keep busy with.



My daughter made this car for a camp activity.  It has a sail on top and they did blow dryer races.  Anyway, I show this because if you don't have tons of bottle lids lying around for wheels, pipe cleaners and life savers can work.  The kids cut the pipe cleaners and stuck them through the TP rolls on their own, I like that there was no hot glue needed.

Valentines We Made This Year!

These random creations with Hi-Chews were designed by my second grader, he wanted "eyeball" valentines. 
My preschooler wanted to make ninja stars with starburst, but he
saw these candy wrappers on Pinterest and had to have these instead.
My fourth grader chose these, I think we
were all craving chocolate and toasted marshmallows.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Germs Alive

Cub Scouts Germs Alive! Badge


Den Meeting #1 Confetti Bombs, Glitter Trails, and Green Popcorn.
The boys that arrived right on time got to do a "when to wash your hands" penny toss.  They had ten pennies at a time and we called it a fortune teller.  Whichever box on the chart had the most pennies landed on we said was the one they needed to remember the most!



Activity 1: Hand Washing song.  It is in the book, I also talked about "wash the tips of your fingers and inbetween, front and back and then you're clean!"
Activity 2: Sneeze Experiment, I used washable marker on a white sheet to make our bulls eye and it washed right out in the laundry.  I had no confetti, so I used dots from our hole punch that were green and purple.  We called them viruses and bacteria.  I had no regular balloons, but water balloons worked great, they pop so easily and I could make one for each boy.  I used the end of a food thermometer for them to easily pop the baloons, they loved having a "popper".  We used straws to push the paper dots into the balloons through a little plastic funnel, they liked having a "pusher" too.  Here is one of my honorary cubs popping a balloon.  


Activity 3: We had translucent glitter left over from snow globes at christmas, even though it wasn't bright, it worked great.  We didn't worry about making a mess,  just went for it and then vacuumed the carpet after.  


Snack: Green Popcorn Recipe (Zombie Boogers)
Now that we are talking about germs, what do you think green popcorn looks like?
I had leftover neon green food coloring from halloween and it made great green popcorn.  Also leftover from halloween (zombie boogers).  I should have let them eat it before mentioning boogers, because it scared a few boys off and they just had regular microwave popcorn.  Oh well!
"Marshmallows make this caramel popcorn stay soft and grand!  And 

the whole recipe is very fast.

Ingredients

  • 12 large marshmallows (1/3 of a mini marshmallow bag, 3.6 ounces)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs light corn syrup (Karo syrup)
  • several drops green food coloring (neon green is best, or yellow-green)

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 packages microwave popcorn, popped (8-9 cups)

Directions


  1. Cook and stir the marshmallows, sugar, food coloring, corn syrup, butter, and vanilla extract together in a pot over medium-low heat until the marshmallows are almost completely melted, the longer you cook the harder the finished product.

  2. Put the popcorn in a large bowl; pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and gently stir with a big spoon to coat.  Roll into a popcorn ball for each serving or spread out on a cookie sheet to dry or until ready to eat.


Den Meeting #2 Gross Box Game, Germ Sweep Relay, Moldy Bread, and Job Charts
On time activity was Ned's Head, using another halloween activity we had the boys grab things out of Ned's head to see who could finish finding all their items first.  You could use any box with a hole if you don't have Ned's Head.  We had them talk about which items would have the most germs!


We put a plate of items in ziplocs with a bit of water sprayed on them for the mold experiment.  I would also write on the bags MOLD GROWING EXPERIMENT. 
Mold 3 weeks later


We made job charts.  Then we had them do the germ sweep away relay.  We made "germs" out of weighted water bottles and they swept them back and forth with brooms.  I thanked them for "cleaning" the germs out of my house!


pulling faces at the mold
Germ Sweep Relay from the Den Leader Guide


Snack: regular, non-slimed popcorn this time!

Den Meeting #3  Slime 

On time activity was making germ monster pictures for pack meeting.  They were cute.

We played germ tag and then we made slime.  The recipe in the book was confusing and the "updated" one online was the same confusing thing, so I just used the one we did in my daughter's school class from a mommy blog.  I wrote the recipe down on strips and had the boys pick one or two so they each had a job to do.

1. combine 1/2 tsp borax and 1/4 cup warm water
2. pour a small 4oz bottle of glue in a separate bowl
3. fill empty glue bottle with warm water, put the lid back on, shake it, pour it in with the glue
4. stir the glue and water 10 times (have someone else stir more if needed)
5. leader: add a few squirts of bright green food coloring
6. pour the borax into the glue and stir ten times (if you can!)
7. leader: pour the almost slime into a freezer ziplock
8. squeeze the ziploc 10 times each until it really is slime.
9. put slime on a plate and do the mucous demonstration with glitter.
10. divide the slime into baggies for the boys to take home.