Welcome to Wednesday MRASP! We have scavenger hunts, spelling games, spit the card game, and a special snack on the blog today. Don't forget to check out our Zoom meetups today. Hangout with Veronica and friends at 3 or if you're an Octagoner Carra is getting active at 5.
60 second Scavenger Hunts
Brought To Us By Zack
This is an at home game that requires at least two players. The way it works is, one person gives a prompt asking for an object that has a certain quality or characteristic. The other player then has 60 seconds to find an object that they think best matches the description. Once they come back they must explain why they chose that object.
Goal: This is an exciting game with many variations. It engages creative thinking, word association, and gets you moving!
Materials: Household objects, safe space to search for prompted items quickly in 60 seconds.
Search Prompt Ideas:
I’m looking for something that can be used as an instrument.
I’m looking for something that has round edges
Looking for something that is light/heavy
Looking for something that’s it long
Looking for something colorful
Something that reminds you of the beach
Something that feels cool/soft/hard
Looking for something that can be loud
Looking for something can see through
I’m looking for something you haven't played with in a while
I'm looking for something that….
The players can decide when to switch off being the prompter or the hunter. The important part is that you do your best to explain why you chose that item.
Theme: strength, speed, memory.
Purpose: spelling out words by throwing balls at the correct letter.
Type of Activity: Active/Cognitive
Location: you need an open space area near a door ( a door is required)
Number of kids: 1 individual
Sticky note or a piece of paper
Soft ball: ex. (bean bag, stuffed animal, or a pair of rolled up socks)
Take the sticky note or piece of paper and cut them into small squares.
Once you've cut the square out, you will then take a marker and write one letter on each piece of paper from the alphabet. Make sure it's big and bold. It should be all 26 letters.
Then you will take all of the sticky note/piece of paper and put it on a closed door, the letters don't have to be in order, you can scramble them around on the door. ( If the paper does stay you can use tape if needed).
Now you’ll take another blank piece of paper and write a list of words on it.
When you finish writing the list you can take that piece of paper and tape it on the wall next to the door.
Now using the tape, make a starting line a few feet away from the door.
Then we can get started: you can take a soft ball, bean bag, stuffed animal or a rolled up sock and throw it at one of the letters. Make sure to look at the list so you know what to spell.
If you miss a letter and land on another letter you'll have to start all over again until you get the letters in order to spell out the specific word.
If you'd like to make it challenging you can set a timer for 2 -3 minutes to see how many words you can get.
If timed have them try and beat there score each time ( note that you'll have to retrieve there objected when down)
“Spit” Card Game
Individual or multiple people: 2 players
Theme: A crazy card game that is all about being fast!
Materials: 2 standard 52-card decks of cards
Location: Any flat surface to play a basic card game (the floor works best because cards will go flying!).
Each player has their own deck and begins by placing the top four cards from their deck face up in front of them in a row. There should be lots of empty space in the middle of the table between the two players. Players hold the remainder of their deck in one of their hands during play. The winner is the first person to get rid of all of their cards!
There are no turns taken in this game, everyone plays at the same time. When both players are ready, one of them says "spit" and immediately each player takes the top card from their deck and plays it to the center of the table. These first cards should be far away from each other, forming two play piles between the players. Players immediately begin playing their cards from their layout onto the center piles. A card can be played only if it is one higher or one lower than the card on the top of the pile. The card's suit does not matter, and an ace can be played high or low. (Example: One could play the 9 from the layout on the 10 pile since it is one lower in sequence.)
A player may only use one hand to move a card and may only play one card at a time. Many times both players can play a card on the same pile. In that case the player who gets there first gets the play and the other player must take back their card. This race to play out the cards can get very exciting!
Cards played from the layout row may immediately be replaced by a new card from the top of the deck. Players may never exceed four cards in their layout rows.
The players continue to rapidly play cards to the center and replace cards in their rows until all players get "stuck" and cannot make a play. Often several dozen cards can be played before both players get stuck. When both players are stuck, they say "ready, spit," and again deal new starter cards to the top of each pile in the center. Play then continues as before.
When a player has played all the cards in their deck, they must continue playing using only the cards left in their layout (even though they will not have a card to “spit” with if all players get stuck). When that player “goes out” by playing the last card from their layout row, they win. If both players have run out their decks and get stuck before going out, the player with the fewest cards left wins.
Links and resources: https://bicyclecards.com/how-to-play/spit/#filter=.kids
Ham/Turkey, Egg, and Cheese Roll Ups
Cooked Up By Paul
Grade Level: K-5
Individual or multiple people: Either
Theme: Cooking with kids. Get your kids involved in the kitchen and have them help in creating meals and snacks for themselves. They will feel good about eating and enjoying their own work! Below I have provided links with directions and ingredients to some easy and tasty recipes you can try at home with your kids.
Materials: Household kitchen supplies listed in further detail within the links
10 large eggs
2 tsp. garlic powder
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. butter
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar
1 c. baby spinach
1 c. chopped tomatoes
20 slices ham or turkey
Heat broiler. In a large bowl, crack eggs. Whisk together with garlic powder and season with salt and pepper.
In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add eggs and scramble, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes.
Stir in cheddar until melted, then stir in baby spinach and tomatoes until combined.
On a cutting board, place two slices of ham/turkey. Top with a big spoonful of scrambled eggs and roll up.
Repeat with remaining ham/turkey and scrambled eggs.
Place roll-ups in a shallow baking dish and broil until ham is crispy, 5 minutes.
Further instructions or accommodations: As always, make sure to check the ingredients for any allergies! :)
We'll catch you back here tomorrow with more fun and games on the MRASP blog!