Chocolate Olympics

For my end of SRC party, I ran a Chocolate Olympics program for my teens. I got all my ideas from asking on YALSA-BK

Chocolate Olympics



Supplies Needed:

Dark chocolate bars (pack of 10)

2 bags of M & M’s

1 bags of Hershey Kisses

1 box of Oreo cookies


Nilla Wafers

Cups & spoons




1. Sort

Sorted M & M’s into various bags with approximately 75 in each. Kids had to race against each other to see who could sort the colors the fastest

2. Stack

Teens compete to see who can make the tallest Oreo cookie tower

3. Chocolate Relay

I gave each teen 5 hershey kisses. The one who unwrapped the most with oven mitts on was our winner.

4. Chocolate Shuffleboard

Line covered tables and create point lines with duct tape. Teens get three tries to score points by pitching pieces of chocolate onto the table. The one with the most points wins.

5. Chocolate Pictionary

Using clues previously provided, teens have to play Pictionary. Instead of chalk and a chalkboard, they use construction paper & dark chocolate. Here’s an example of my bad drawing ability. We called it a Pacoctopus



In between the games, I had melted chocolate with strawberries, Nilla wafers, and pretzels for the teens to eat. They also ate some of the M & M’s and the mini chocolates they used for the shuffleboard game.



Yesterday, a group of 3rd-5th graders and I had some fun with gravity.

We first tested out Artificial Gravity using the craft from this site: Artificial Gravity Craft


The kids needed a bit of help cutting the paper plates, but the project was a huge success and we had fun twirling our beads around. As they were doing this, I explained the basic concept of gravity and why this particular experiment works (I found the information on the web).

I knew the craft wouldn’t take long, so at the last minute, I added a second activity. Kids Parachute


I had plenty of grocery bags from home and we used the leftover plates from the previous craft to draw our circle. It was a little tough punching the holes, so a scissor may work better than a hole puncher. We also used small toys, but they seemed a bit heavy for the parachute, so the lighter the better.


We then tossed our parachutes in the air to see how well they did. The kids had a lot of fun making this happen.

Glow Party

This is our final week for SRC, so the theme was Super Science: we planned programs using any of the themes for the entire summer.

Last night, I ran a Glow Party for 3rd-5th grade. I went to the local dollar store and bought glow bracelets, necklaces, glow sticks, and a light up ball. A co-worker also gave me foam glow sticks.

We started with light up ball hot potato. They passed the ball around until one was left. Whoever got the ball was able to take it home.

After, we created a large ring out of the necklaces and the children had to toss the bracelets into the larger hoop. We had fun making this.

When I did this next one for my teens, i bought a peg board and painted it with chalkboard paint. That seems to have disappeared, so I used poster board instead. I would definitely try to do the peg board or use foam board. I poked holes in the black poster board and we played giant light bright. We created shapes, letters, designs, you name it.

The children also used the large ring of necklaces to jump rope.

At the end, we were creating designs and other things just on the floor with the necklaces and bracelets. Each child went home with a few of each.

Measurement Art

This week’s theme is time, measurement, and shapes.

For my 3rd-5th graders, I created a Measurement Art class.

We began simple. I had different colors of construction paper cut into 1/2 inch wide strips. The children then created shapes of different sizes onto a white sheet of paper. I found the idea on Perimeter Problems

I also set up various kinds of symmetry projects for them to use with colored pencils.

I printed sheets for Reflective Symmetry from this site: Reflective Symmetry

I also printed blank ones, so they could create their own: Plane Grid

Next up was dot graph symmetry (which ended up in a fun game of boxes): Dot Grid

Lastly, we made centimeter designs. I can’t find the site for the instructions right now, but I will post them and the picture as soon as possible.


Human Body

Today’s program was all about the human body for 3rd-5th grade. I had 4 stations set up.

First station: Heartbeat

I showed the children how to find their heartbeat on their neck and wrist. We tried the marshmallow experiment from this site: EHow, but it didn’t quite work. I did show them the difference between a resting rate and a fast one by having them run in place and do jumping jacks.

Second station: Fingerprints.

I found my instructions in a book and only after did I realize I should have used tape like this site does Fingerprint Kit (we didn’t use a brush either. We just pressed our fingers into the pencil dust and onto a white piece of paper. If you had the dust thin enough, the print did show on the paper).

Third station: Testing Dominant Side

I went straight from this site Dominant Side. I didn’t have them throw or kick anything and instead of making a triangle, I just had them put their finger in the air.

Fourth station: Anatomy

I printed out a blank outline of the human body and clipart of the brain, the heart, the lungs, the liver, the kidney, and the intestines. The children had to place the organs where they thought they belonged in the body.

It was a fun program. I may have to re-try the marshmallow trick to see how it works.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This program had nothing to do with our SRC theme. We added it in to tie into the movie release this week. I started the program by telling the kids about each artist the turtles were named after and showed them some of their artwork.

I found our first activity on TMNT Party.

I bought pie tins and found a clipart picture of a sewer cover and taped them on.



I also took one of our trash cans and created slime using fadeless paper.


The goal of the game was to throw the “sewer lids” into the container of “ooze.” The kids had a great time playing this.

Next up, I found a fun game on Oriental Trading. It’s pin the pizza in the turtle’s mouth:


After the games, I taught them some basic “ninja” moves. We learned to punch, cross, hook, uppercut, front kick, back kick, and side kick (I guess all the Kenpo, Tae Bo, and Kickboxing DVDs I do come in handy).

Last but not least: Origami. The goal was to make throwing ninja stars, but they didn’t come out quite right, so I let the children make whatever they wanted. Here’s a pic of two boats with “trash” in them.


I had five kids come, but they all had a great time celebrating all things Ninja Turtle!


We’re at week 6 of our SRC. Our theme is the human body & senses.

Every since I say this post on Bryce Don’t Play Illusionology, I wanted to do this program. This was the perfect time  for it.

I began the program by sharing some cool trivia:

Magic & Magician Trivia

The most dangerous trick:

The effect known as the Bullet Catch has claimed the lives of at least 15 magicians who were killed in connection with this potentially lethal trick.

In this effect, a bullet is fired directly at the performer, and he (or she) catches the bullet in the teeth. There are a number of ways to perform this trick, and those that perform it are definitely inviting disaster.

The most famous bullet-catching death was that of Chung Ling Soo (William Robinson), shot on stage in 1918. Rumors persisted that his death was not an accident caused by equipment malfunction, but was a murder motivated by jealousy.

Magicians successfully performing the trick have included Philip Astley (also credited with creating the first circus as we know it today), John Henry Anderson, Robert-Houdin, Alexander Herrmann, Adelaide Herrmann, Ted Annemann, Rooklyn, Jean Hugard, Milbourne Christopher, Paul Fogel, Dorothy Dietrich and Paul Daniels.

Magician Trivia

Houdini served as president of the Society of American Magicians from 1917 until his death in 1926; no other person has served for more than one year to this day.

Eliaser Bamberg, Holland’s court magician and great-great grandfather of Theo Bamberg, was considered to be a most incredible magician, performing seemingly impossible miracles. The truth was that he had lost a leg in a war, and had his artificial limb fitted with secret compartments, allowing him to perform amazing magic effects.

Pulling a rabbit from a hat is a classic symbol of magic, yet in truth has rarely been a part of any magician’s show. By some accounts, the idea of pulling a rabbit from a hat was part of a publicity stunt. Created by a British magician, the effect capitalized on the public’s interest in a woman who claimed to have given birth to a litter of rabbits.

Magic World Records

Highest Paid Magical Performer – David Copperfield

Fastest Magician – Eldon D. Wigton (“Dr. Eldoonie”)Performed 225 different tricks in 2 minutes in Kilbourne, OH on April 21, 1991

Most Rabbits Pulled Out of a Hat- Walter Rolfo and Piero Ustignani (aka Jabba) 300 rabbits in 30 minutes, May 17, 2008 at the Magic Congress in Aosta, Italy

Largest Card Fan – Ralf Laue                                                                                        Held 326 standard playing cards in a fan in one hand, so that the value and color of each one was visible, in Leipzig, Germany, on March 18, 1994

Farthest Card Toss – Rick Smith                                                                                  Threw a standard playing card 216 feet, 4 inches at Cleveland State Convocation Center, Cleveland OH on March 21, 2002

Tallest House of Cards – Bryan Berg                                                                         Built a card house 120 stories high (each story being the length of one card) in Las Vegas

Longest Memorized Card Sequence – Dominic O’ Brien                           Memorized with a single sighting a random sequence of 40 separate decks of cards (2080 cards in all) that had been shuffled together, with only one mistake, at the BBC studios, Elstree, England on November 26, 1993

Longest Memorized Card Sequence- US Record – Frost McKee               Memorized with a single sighting a random sequence of 36 separate decks of cards (1872 cards in all) that had been shuffled together, with only eight mistakes, at the Ramada Inn, Georgetown, TX on October 17-18, 1992

Fastest Deck Memorization – Tom Groves                                                            Memorized the order of single deck of cards in 42.01 seconds, Jesus College, Cambridge, England, On November 3rd, 1994

Most Expensive Deck of Cards – The highest price paid for a deck of cards is $143,352 purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City at Sotheby’s in London, on December 6, 1983. The cards, circa 1470-85, are believed to be the oldest known complete hand-painted deck.

Most Expensive Single Playing Card – The highest price paid for a single card is $7450 for a card dated 1717, which was used as currency in Canada. It was sold by dealer Yasha Beresiner to Lars Karlson (Sweden) in October 1990.

After that, I used two of the projects from Bryce’s program. We started with the Clock trick which can be found in the book of the same name.

It was on to card tricks next. I showed them three very basic card tricks they can show to their friends and family.

Lastly, I brought down various optical illusion books and after looking at some, they made their own optical illusions. I did have something from a book on how to do it, but I let the kids make their own.

They had a great time doing the tricks and were planning on trying them out on family after they left.