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Tuesday, April 28 2020

Welcome back MRASP LFH Blog readers! We're offering some awesome activities VIA Zoom today! We have the Hut and 4th grade hangouts, K-1 chat, Musical Jeopardy, a Virtual Field Trip, and Choose Your Own Adventure! Head over to the calendar to sign up!


Garbage ball

By Aurora


Grade Level: Any


Individual or multiple people: At least 2 people


Theme: Games for siblings/families


Materials:

  • Something to create a centerline, such as rope

  • An assortment of random soft objects (sizes can range from tennis ball sized to dodgeball sized)

Location: Outdoors, or a cleared out area indoors


Further instructions or accommodations:

This is a game that K-1 has played with MRASP, but it can easily be adapted for at-home play. All you need are two or more participants, a center line (marked with rope, painter's tape, or whatever else you have on hand), and an assortment of medium-small, soft objects such as stuffed animals, bean bags, stress balls, or even dodgeballs.

To set up the game, make your center line across the middle of your play area. Set your objects out so that half of them are spread out on each side of the center line.

There will be two teams, one on each side of the line with equal numbers of people (if possible). The end goal is to have the lowest number of items on your side of the line at the end of five minutes. When the game starts, both sides start tossing objects over to the other side. Participants shouldn't be aiming to hit each other, just to move objects away from their side. At the end of five minutes, count up how many items each side has. The side with fewer items wins!


Note: If you want to play another round, make sure to redistribute the items so that there are equal numbers on both sides when you start again.



Paper Plate Creatures

Cut Up By Tyler


Grade Level: K-5


Individual or multiple people: The more the merrier!


Materials:

  • Paper Plates

  • Paint, markers, crayons, colored pencils

  • Glue

  • Tape

  • Pipecleaners

  • Any other arts and crafts supplies around the house

  • Scissors

  • Pencil


Location: A large, flat work station


Further instructions or accommodations:

  • Here’s an opportunity to make some funky creations out of paper plates and other supplies you have at home.

  • Begin with a paper plate as your starting point. You may either cut holes in it for eyes or simply paint/ draw the facial features right on it. Let your imagination run wild and create a wide range of creatures. Will they be realistic? Will they be scary? Will it be your dog?

  • I tend to steer towards spooky faces but use the material at your disposal to create whatever you wish. Will it be Frankenstein or will it be your brother? Only you can decide!



Egg Drop Challenge

Brought To Us By Jonathan


This has been one of the most popular activities at the Hut. Kids have to use limited materials to build a device (or shell) that can keep a raw chicken egg from breaking when dropped from a height.


Grade Level: K-5


Invidividual or multiple people: Either!


Theme: STEM


Suggested materials:

- 1 raw egg per team

- Tape of any kind (masking tape is great if you have it)

- Scissors

- Recyclables like paper, smaller pieces of cardboard, plastic bags, sponges, packing peanuts, paper cups & plates, straws, and anything else you can find around your home


Optional materials:

- Cotton balls or polyfill stuffing

- String or yarn


Instructions:

Depending on how many people are participating in the activity, you can split up into teams of two or three, or have everyone work together to make one device. It is best for parents to limit the amount of supplies available to each team - having unlimited supplies might make this too easy depending on the age of the participants! Giving a reasonable time-limit can also add to the challenge. At the Hut, we give teams about 40 minutes of building time.


Once the devices are ready, pick a safe place for an adult to drop them from - a window on an upper floor is fine, especially if the landing spot is a paved driveway or a wooden surface. Make sure to cover the landing spot with some plastic or newspaper in case things get messy!


Drop each device one at a time (after a countdown for dramatic effect) and see if any of them succeeded in keeping their egg intact!




Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Cups

Cooked Up By Meg


Grade Level: All ages-younger kids may need help with the oven, etc.


Individual or multiple people: Either!


Theme: Cooking


Ingredients: Make sure to check ingredient list for allergies!

  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 1 egg

  • 6 tablespoons milk

  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted

  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips or regular chocolate chips (optional)

  • Mixing bowl

  • Mixing spoon

  • Muffin or cupcake tin

  • Non-stick cooking spray


Location: Kitchen


Links and resources: https://www.persnicketyplates.com/baked-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-breakfast-cups/


Further instructions or accommodations:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray your baking tin with non-stick cooking spray.

  • In a large bowl, combine your oats, baking powder, and salt-stir together.

  • Add your honey (FYI-if you spray the measuring cup with non-stick spray, the honey will slide right out). Stir to combine.

  • Add your egg, milk, and melted butter. Stir everything together until it’s fully combined.

  • Add your chocolate chips in-stir.

  • Divide your batter evenly among the baking tin.

  • If you’re using chocolate chips, feel free to add more to the top of the batter!

  • Cook for 25-30 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Let cool and then enjoy!



We'll catch you back here tomorrow with more activities!

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