Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Games Double Bill

 Tonight we decided to focus on games.

Most evenings we start with a few games, to get everyone moving and thinking. Tonight was no different, a few rounds of ball games, then a quieter game of Three Step Tag.

On person is blindfolded, the rest of the group then take 4 or 5 steps away. Once everyone is quiet the game begins. The aim is for the blindfolded person to make their way around the room, and try to tag another player. The rest of the players can move away, but they are only allowed to take three steps for the whole of the rest of the game. Once their steps are taken they can duck and dodge but must keep their feet still.

After a break for a drink and to catch up with what everyone had been doing over the week we used our craft time to make some more games equipment, and see how many ways we could use it.

First, some paper darts which are shot off the end of a straw. They were great fun but quite delicate. It took a bit of practice to be able to thread them back on the straw for another go.

We had a go at some target practice, and seeing how high and how far people could shoot them.

The second activity was making our own bats for a game of balloon tennis. The children came up with a  whole range of games using the bats and balloons. Both tennis and table tennis worked well. We had a group challenge of how long we could keep all the balloons in the air, several balloon and spoon races.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Welcome back

What a busy news circle, it sounds like everyone had lots of fun over the holiday.

This week we played a bit of a gusssing game, using only our sense of touch to try and work out what each object was. Do you think you could have worked them out?

Most people got them right, even working out what might be inside the tin.

We also had a go at making our own slime to play with. When it works you get a stretchy squishy ball a bit like silly putty.  There are lots of recipes on the internet, you can even add colour and glitter for even more fun. We stuck to a basic mix of glue and laundry liquid. A bit of research shows that Aldi's own brand has the right mix of chemicals to make the slime work.

We learned that it really needs PVA glue to work though, the test batch with PVA worked really well but the new bottle of white glue never quite set in the same way.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Glow Sticks in the woods.

Our last session of 2014 was a great one. Despite the rain during the day it held off for a few hours so we could really enjoy the woods. It was still damp and chilly though and the hot chocolate to warm up between games was defiantly appreciated.

The glow sticks were great fun and we used them in different ways in each game. We used the different colours to show our teams in some games, in others we had to sneak up on the base so it was extra important to hide your glow stick.

And now it's time to look forward to all the events which are being planned for 2015.