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Wednesday, June 10 2020

Hey MRASP-ers, we have some fun activities going on today! On Zoom we have Newton Amazing Race, Veronica's Hangout, Solve A Case, Werewolf, Drawing Games, and Get Active. Head over to the Zoom calendar to sign up!

Don't forget to checkout the Newton Amazing Race blog post here:

Today on the blog we have races, building challenges, interior designs, and a recipe! Let's get started . . .

The Great Potato Race!

By Brendan

Grade Level: K-5

Individual or multiple people: 1+ people

Theme: Active, Race, Game


1 potato per person

A bucket

Masking tape/sidewalk chalk (whether you’re playing indoors or outdoors, you’ll need to mark the starting line!)

Location: A medium to large space with enough room to race (preferably outside!)

Instructions: Decide where your starting line will be. Then, place the bucket around 10 feet ahead of the starting line. This will be where you drop your potatoes. Line up on the starting line and let the races begin! The goal is to get to the bucket from the starting line as fast as you can, but there’s a catch - you MUST hold the potato in between your knees for the whole length of the race! If the potato falls onto the ground, you have to go back to the starting line and try again. See how quickly you can make it to the bucket and drop the potato in it with your knees!

Further instructions or accommodations: This race can be played with any amount of people - if you’re only playing with one person, time yourself with a stopwatch or a smartphone and see how quickly you can complete the race, then try and beat your time! If you’re playing with more than one person, see who can get their potato in the bucket first. Have fun!

Spaghetti Building Challenge

Built By Aurora

Grade Level: Any

Individual or multiple people: Either

Theme: STEM, Engineering


  • 20 strands of uncooked spaghetti per team or individual

  • 1 jumbo marshmallow per group/individual (a cork can work as a replacement if needed)

  • Up to 3 feet of masking tape per group/individual

  • Ruler or measuring tape

Location: Large Flat Space

Further instructions or accommodations:

Your goal with this activity is to use your 20 pieces of uncooked spaghetti and masking tape to create a structure that is as tall as you can make it while still being able to support the weight of a jumbo marshmallow (or cork) for at least fifteen seconds!

If you are doing this as an individual or cooperative activity, you can take as much time as you need to make the structure and to improve it until it is the best you can make it.

If you are doing this as a competitive activity, set a timer for twenty minutes. Once the twenty minutes is up, everyone has to stop what they’re doing and test their structures. First, measure the height of the structures to see which is taller. Then, set a jumbo marshmallow on top of each structure and time it for fifteen seconds. The winner is the person whose structure was the tallest one that could hold the marshmallow for the whole time.

To make this more challenging, you can reduce the amount of spaghetti or tape that you can use, or you can require that the structure holds two or three marshmallows.

Interior Design Drawing Challenge

Drawn Up By Charlotte

Who/what is an interior designer? An interior designer is someone who plans, researches, and finally creates rooms and spaces. Their process always starts with sketching and making bird’s eye view* maps, called blueprints, of what the space is going to look like. Our challenge is going to be pretending we were the interior designer of our own home and make a map similar to how they would have!

*Bird’s eye view is a general view from up above.

Grade Level: K-5 (might be challenging for K-2 grade levels, but a good challenge!)

Individual or multiple people: Individual



-any sort of drawing materials (pencil, marker, crayon, paint)

Location: Any flat work surface. Access to walk around and explore living space.


  1. Get an understanding of the layout of your house! Walk around, take notes, and take mental pictures of where furniture and rooms are located.

  2. With a pencil of other drawing material, start by making the outline of the entire outside of your house. Feel free to include parts of the yard, sidewalk, neighboring houses, etc.

  3. Next, go in and map out where all the rooms are. If it’s easiest to stick with one floor, just focus on the main floor. If your home has more than one floor, you can map out another floor on the back of your paper.

  4. Time to add details! Get some furniture in there. Where’s the fridge? Which wall is your bed closest to? How many carpets are there? The more details, the better!

  5. When you have finished the full outline of your home, you can add color or even people moving around or sitting in the rooms!

Let’s get designing!

Here are a few samples made by designers:

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Cooked Up By Courtney

As always make sure to check the ingredients for allergens.

Grade Level: K-5

Individual or multiple people: Either!

Theme: Cooking

Total: 1 hr 15 min


Cooking spray

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter (or any nutbutter/sunbutter)

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon canola oil

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups rolled oats

2 cups crisp brown rice cereal

1/4 cup toasted wheat germ

1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts ( could use other nuts, shredded coconut, or skip)

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1/2 cup chopped dried figs

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Spray a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, peanut butter, maple syrup, canola oil, brown sugar, cinnamon. Stir and cook until mixture just begins to bubble, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

In a large bowl, combine oats, rice cereal, wheat germ, peanuts, apricots, figs and salt.

Pour peanut butter mixture over oatmeal mixture and stir gently with a spatula until well combined. Transfer to a baking dish, cover with parchment paper and press firmly into dish. Allow to cool completely (will cool faster in the refrigerator). Cut into squares or bars.


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