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Wednesday, May 27 2020

Hey everyone, welcome back to the MRASP LFH Blog!


Today on Zoom we are offering two new activities. If you love solving mysteries join Jonathan and his group of detectives at 3 for Solve-A-Case. At 4 Chloe is bringing an MRASP favorite to the digital world. Join her and your friends for a Zoom version of Werewolf. We also have Veronica's Hangout, Drawing Games with Charlotte, and Get Active with Carra. Head over to the Zoom calendar to sign up!



On the blog we have Bocce Frisbee, Kings Corner Card Game, Nature Art, and DIY Chalk Paint. Let's get started . . .


Bocce Frisbee

By Aurora


Grade Level: Any


Individual or multiple people: 1-4 people


Materials:

  • 1 baseball or similarly sized ball

  • 1 differently-colored frisbee per person (can be played with a single frisbee - see directions for modification)

Location: Outdoors (backyards are great for this)


Further instructions or accommodations:


For playing alone:

  1. Toss the baseball away from yourself so that it is around 30 feet away (if space allows).

  2. Throw your frisbee from the same place that you threw the ball from. Try to land your frisbee as close to the ball as you can, or even on top of it! Keep track of how many throws it took you for the frisbee to touch the ball. The next time you play the game, try to get the frisbee on the ball in fewer and fewer throws.

For playing with others:

  1. Play rock-paper-scissors to determine who gets to toss the ball. The person who tosses the ball should toss it at least 30 feet away (if space allows), or close to the other end of the space that you have.

  2. Each person takes turns trying to toss their frisbee as close to the ball as they can, starting with someone who did not get to toss the ball. Everyone throws their frisbee from the same spot the person threw the ball from. The person whose frisbee landed the closest to the ball gets a point, and a new round starts with a new ball toss. The game ends when one person has earned five points.

Note: If you only have one frisbee and multiple people are playing, have the person who threw the frisbee retrieve it and leave some sort of marker (a flag or cone) where it landed.


Kings Corner Card Game

Dealt By Brendan


Grade Level: 3-5


Individual or multiple people: 2-4


Theme: A basic card game that is like solitaire, but played with more than one person!


Materials: 1 standard 52-card deck of cards


Location: Any flat surface to play a basic card game.


Instructions:

  1. The purpose of this game is for players to try and get rid of their cards by playing them in a solitaire-like layout of eight piles, built of alternate red and black cards in descending order. The rank of cards is: K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A (Ace Low).

  2. Deal seven cards to each player. Place the remaining cards in the middle of the table as a stockpile. Then turn the four top cards over, placing one on each of the four sides of the deck — to the north, south, east, and west. These will be the foundation piles. The cards on the table should make the shape of a cross.

  3. The player to the left of the dealer begins by drawing one card from the center stockpile. The player may make as many valid plays as are possible during their turn to get rid of as many cards as possible from their hand. Once there are no more valid moves, it’s the next player’s turn. Each player begins their turn by drawing a card from the center stockpile and making as many valid moves as they can.

  4. Valid moves are:

  • Playing a card (or sequence of cards) on a foundation pile in the cross. To play cards on a foundation pile, the card played must be immediately below the foundation card in rank and of the opposite color (red or black). For example, if a 9 of hearts is on the foundation pile, then the next card face played must be an 8 of clubs or an 8 of spades. A sequence of cards may also be played, but all the cards in the sequence must obey the lower rank and opposite color rules. Aces are always the lowest cards.

  • Playing a “King in the corner”. Kings are the only cards that can be played in the corner spaces created by the cross. Once a King is played, players may then lay off cards on that pile like any other foundation pile.

  • Move an entire foundation pile onto another pile, if the bottom card of that recipient pile and the top card of the moving pile creates a valid sequence. This is often possible when the cards are first dealt.

  • Play any card or sequence of cards on an empty foundation pile.

  • The first player to lay down all of their cards wins!


Links and resources: https://bicyclecards.com/how-to-play/kings-corner/#filter=.solitaire.kids




Nature Process Art

Crafted By Meg


Grade Level: All Ages, but younger kids may need assistance with the hammer


Individual or multiple people: Either!


Materials:

  • Paper-cardstock or watercolor paper works best if you have it

  • A variety of flowers or leaves

  • A towel

  • Wax paper

  • Hammer-ask for help if you need it!

  • Optional: watercolors, salt, glue

Location: Outside


Links and resources: https://barleyandbirch.com/2018/05/make-hammered-nature-art/


Further instructions or accommodations:

  • Go on a nature walk or a nice stroll in your backyard and look for leaves or flowers you can collect. Look for as many colors as you can. (Reminder: Always ask your parents before you pick the flowers, and if you’re on a nature walk, be sure to grab flowers that are already on the ground!)

  • Once you’ve gathered all of your materials, lay them out on a piece of paper. Arrange them any way you’d like! Get creative. Once everything is arranged, carefully flip over the paper so they’re face down.

  • Now, cover with wax paper. Using your hammer, pound the paper so that the leaves and flowers get flattened. Be careful!

  • When you’re done hammering, carefully pull off the wax paper and check out your cool prints.

  • Optional next step: Continue being creative and add watercolors to your paper and sprinkle with salt for a cool effect. Make as many prints as you want! A cool idea is to then cut up your prints and make a collage.

  • Have fun and enjoy the outdoors!




Making Your Own Sidewalk Paint

By Lexus


Grade Level: K-5


Individual or multiple people: Both


Theme: Creativity, Paints, Design


Materials:

  1. 1 cup of flour

  2. 1 cup of water

  3. ½ cup of shaving cream

  4. Food coloring

  5. Gallon freezer bag/ ziploc bag

  6. Plastic squirt bottle, if you don't have one of those you could take a regular size empty water bottle and have an adult poke a hole in the cap with a pencil or scissors

Location: On an even surface outside (sidewalk or walkway)

Further instructions or accommodations:

  1. Inside a gallon-sized freezer bag or ziploc bag, mix the flour and water together and make sure there are no clumps.

  2. Add 10 drops of food coloring and ½ cup of shaving cream into the bag, close the bag and mix well by massaging your hands on the outside of the bag.

  3. Make a small cut at the corner (bottom) of the bag and pipe mixture into the bottle. Don't cut the end too large or it will be difficult to get it into the bottle.

  4. Secure lid and squeeze onto sidewalk to draw with. You may need a toothpick nearby in case the tip of the bottle gets clogged with a clump of flour (it happens but is easy to fix). *If you do not have a bottle you can use the ziploc bags as a distributor for the liquid chalk



Frozen Yogurt Dots

Cooked Up By Courtney


How can something so tiny have so much flavor? Thanks to fresh fruit and Greek yogurt these little frozen treats are packed with sweetness!

As always make sure to check the ingredients for allergens.


Grade Level: K-5


Individual or multiple people: Either!


Theme: Cooking


Total: 2 hr 10 min (includes freezing time)


Ingredients:

1/2 cup cubed ripe mango or raspberries

2/3 cup 2 percent vanilla Greek yogurt


Directions:

Special equipment: an immersion blender with a blender cup; a squeeze bottle. If you don't have an immersion blender you can use a blender/food processor, if you don't have a squeeze bottle put your blended mixture into a plastic bag and spip of the corner to pipe your mixture onto the baking sheet.


Line a baking sheet with parchment. Puree the mango or raspberries with an immersion blender in the blender cup until smooth. Add the yogurt and mix gently with a spoon, just to combine. Transfer to a squeeze bottle.


Squeeze thumbnail-size swirls of yogurt onto the prepared baking sheet in rows, about 50 dots in all. Put the baking sheet in the freezer until the dots are frozen, about 2 hours and up to 24 hours.


After the dots are frozen, they can be served immediately or transferred quickly to a small freezer-safe container and kept for later serving. The dots can be kept in an airtight freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 1 month.


Have a great day everyone!

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