Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sanaa's end-of-the-year school party

Sanaa has been out of school for about a week and a half. The day before her last day of school was her end-of-the-year party. It was a party that I said I would help with, but ended up coordinating and coming up with all the ideas. The party turned out great and the kids enjoyed it, which is all that really matters.

There were 4 other moms who said they would help and they did help some, but even though I sent out a couple of emails a week before the party trying to get some feedback on ideas and what we needed to get for the party, the other moms didn't start replying until 2 days before the party. That was quite stressful.

For the party we ended up doing some Minute To Win it games. I didn't take very many pictures since I was busy during the party but the games we ended up picking were:
A Bit Dicey - the kids had to balance dice on a popsicle stick that was in their mouth
Breakfast Scramble - they had to assemble the front of a cereal box that was cut into 16 pieces. Mrs. Wolf ended up keeping this because some of the kids really struggled with the idea of putting together a puzzle! Mrs. Wolf loved the idea of using a cereal box, so I just left the pieces with her.
Elephant March - the kids had to knock over bottles of water with a baseball hanging from panty hose worn on their head. This one was fun to watch!
Floatacious - had to stack 5 empty soda cans on a plate that floating in water (another fun one!)
Noodling Around - they had to hold a spaghetti noodle in their mouth and try to pick up penne pasta with it (this was hard!)
Snow Blower - they had to use an empty paper towel roll to blow a ball across a table and into cups taped on the other side.
Stack Attack - build a triangle out of 36 cups
There She Blows - they used a straw to blow plastic cups across a table. This was a race between two kids at a time.

We started the party by letting the kids decorate their own foam picture frames that I picked up at Michaels. While they decorated their frames, Mrs. Wolf took pictures of each of them holding Mr. Wolf (a stuffed wolf that each child got to bring home 3 times during the school year). Mrs. Wolf then uploaded the pictures to Walgreens and used the 1 hour print option and we had the pictures and the frames ready to send home with the kids at the end of the party.

After the pictures were done we started on the games. The kids rotated through 4 games and then went outside for recess. While they were out at recess, we cleaned up the first 4 games and got ready for the next round. The only games I got pictures of were Floatacious and Elephant March.

I had 6 empty soda cans that I took and no one was able to stack all 6 cans. Two kids were able to stack 5 cans, but the majority were only able to get 4 cans stacked before it fell over. The kids really seem to like this one and kept coming back to try it again.

The Elephant March was also a fun one and there was a lot of laughing and giggling as the kids tried this one.

Sanaa got to bring Mr. Wolf home one last time two days before school was out. We made sure to take a picture of Sanaa with Mr. Wolf and Tiger. Apparently, Mr. Wolf and Tiger became friends during the year and Tiger was going to miss Mr. Wolf coming to visit.

Finally, Sanaa also wrote her bus driver Bob a nice note. She said, "Dear Bob, Thank you for being my bus driver and for the candy." Bob gave each of the kids some candy a couple days before the end of school as he dropped them off. Sanaa also drew a nice picture of the bus she road on.

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