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Today on the Blog we have a Viking Game, Sidewalk Art, a Box Craft, and a tasty snack with a silly name. Let's get started . . .
Thrown Together By Chloe
Kubb is said to be a game played by the Vikings. Now, it is a very popular lawn game in Sweden. It is similar to Bocce but with more strategy!
Grade Level: 2-5
Individual or multiple people: Multiple
Theme: Outdoors, Active
Six stakes or cones (or shoes) to mark the field and center line
10 recycled soda or water bottles filled with water
1 slightly larger bottle filled with water (King piece)
12 x Foot long heavy stick or baton (6 per team)
Location: Outside on a lawn or in the driveway
Links and resources: https://vimeo.com/90462459
Kubb is very flexible with the number of players per side. It is a very social game, and plays best when there are about two to three per side. One-on-one play is also popular for casual play.
The goal of Kubb is to be the first side to eliminate all the opponent’s kubbs before successfully knocking down the king to win the game.
If the king is knocked down at any time during the game, the opponents immediately win.
Set up the Field
The dimensions of a regulation Kubb field are 5 meters (16 feet) wide by 8 meters (26 feet) long. Mark a center line directly in the middle.
Stand five kubbs (water bottles) on the outside of the shortest boundary lines at either side of the field
Make sure that the kubbs are spread out evenly
These five kubbs create the baseline for each team. After placing the king in the middle of the centerline, the game is ready to start.
One player from each side stands behind his baseline and tosses a baton underhand in an attempt to come as close as possible to the king without knocking it over.
The team whose player lands the baton closest to the king decides which side will throw first.
The team going first distributes the six batons among their teammates in such a way that each member of the team has at least one.
The active player then stands behind his baseline and throws the baton at the opponents’ baseline kubbs trying to knock as many as possible over.
A legal throw in Kubb requires a player to:
Throw underhand and ensure the baton rotates end-over-end and never side-to-side.
Have both feet behind his baseline and not further left or right than the sidelines.
Throw only once before giving another player on his team a chance to throw.
Players can throw in any order they choose, but a single player cannot throw twice in a row.
Teams do not need to maintain the same order throughout the entire game, but every player needs to throw at least one baton per round.
After Team A throws all six of their Batons, any Kubbs that they knocked down on the baseline are thrown back into Team A’s side of the field by Team B. If the kubb doesn’t land within the other team’s side of the field, the kubb may be thrown again.
Team A stands them upright where they lay. These are now called “Field Kubbs”.
It is now Team B’s chance to throw their 6 batons. All the field kubbs on Team A’s side of the field must be knocked down by Team B before they are allowed to take out the baseline kubbs, and eventually the king.
If a baseline kubb is knocked over before all the field kubbs are down, it is a foul. The baseline kubb is reset, and the throwing team’s turn is over.
If your opponent fails to knock down all the field kubbs from the previous round, the field kubb closest to the king marks the new baseline, and everyone on your team can throw from any inbounds position behind it.
Winning the Game:
According to kubb rules, there are two ways to win the game.
The quickest way is if your opponent makes a huge mistake and knocks over the king at any time. (This is like sinking the black ball too early in Pool).
Barring that, to win, a team needs to knock over all the field kubbs, the baseline kubbs, and the king in that order, and in one turn.
Geometric Sidewalk Chalk “Stained Glass”
Drawn Up By Brendan
Grade Level: K-5
Individual or multiple people: Individual or multiple people
Theme: Using sidewalk chalk outside in a new way to make unique designs!
Location: Outside, on pavement or concrete
Instructions: Start by taping off a large rectangle or square on the ground with painter’s tape. Then, make as many straight lines they want in any direction you want with the painter’s tape inside the taped off area. The result should look something like the picture shown above, but be creative and do whatever designs you want! Then, with as many different colors of sidewalk chalk as possible, color in each shape however you want. Finally, rip all of the tape off of the ground and you should have an amazing geometric design like the picture shown below, just like a stained glass window!
Duct Tape Boxes
Crafted By Jonathan
With families ordering many items online and filling their recycling bins with shipping boxes of all shapes and sizes, here’s a simple activity to turn those boxes into useful and decorative household items!
Any cardboard box
Duct tape (various colors and designs)
Other decorative items like stickers, foam letters etc (optional)
Pick a shipping box that is the right size for your purpose. You may want a smaller box to hold items like jewelry or action figures, or a bigger one to hold books, clothes, or larger toys. Test out if your box fits where you want it; a shelf, closet, or under your bed are good options.
Have an adult cut off all four top flaps of your box. Take the box and carefully cover the outside of it with duct tape of your choice, one strip at a time. Take it slow and be as creative as you want with this step. With some basic planning, you can make some great designs with just a couple of different colors. If you have some decorative duct tape with fancy patterns, try to use it for added effect. Avoid making wrinkles in your covering by cutting each strip of duct tape to its needed length first and then pulling it tight between your hands while taping it to your box.
For extra style points, when taping around the opening of the box, leave yourself some extra duct tape so you can fold it over the top and into the inside of the box.
Once you’re done with the first layer of duct tape, feel free to add more things on it! Using scissors, you can make all kinds of shapes out of duct tape (even letters) and stick those on. You can add some stickers or use Sharpie pens to draw designs or write some words.
When you’re done you’ll have a custom-decorated box that you can use for all kind of things - you can even use it to store your favorite after school craft projects!
Cooked Up By Courtney
This cowboy caviar is a colorful and hearty dip that's loaded with beans, avocado and veggies, all tossed in a zesty homemade sauce. It's the perfect make-ahead snack to have after a long day of awesome activities!
*As always remeber to check infredients for allergens!
1 can black beans rinsed and drained
1 can black eyed peas rinsed and drained
1 cup tomatoes seeded and finely diced
1 jalapeno seeded and finely diced
1 cup corn can be fresh, canned or thawed from frozen
1 avocado chopped
3/4 cup red and/or orange bell pepper seeded and finely diced
1/2 cup red onion finely diced
1/3 cup cilantro leaves chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
Place the beans, black eyed peas, tomatoes, jalapeno, corn, avocado, bell pepper, onion and cilantro in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, honey, chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper.
Pour the dressing over the bean mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve as a salad or with chips.
Enjoy this sunny day and we will see you back here tomorrow!