Masks–we found these at Oriental Trading–a really great find!
Minecraft Bingo–I found this amazing free printable on Life with Squeaker. I printed out these free bookmarks on cardstock and gave them out as prizes.
Finally, we used our trusty bluetooth speaker/party lights to play Minecraft parody songs, plus we used the screen and projector to show Minecraft parody videos. We did the songs from iTunes so that we didn’t hear the commercials on Youtube.
Thanks to Angie and Sara for the inspiration for this program!
The first station of the training camp was an obstacle course. Our ninjas were supposed to avoid the lava (red squares) and fire-breathing dragons, walk across the bridge (masking tape), then pass through the tunnel to complete the course. As you can see, my goofy dragons kept falling over, but it was still fun.
For the next station, Banish the Bad Guys, I did some quick research on Ninjago bad guys, printed them out and taped them to plastic cups. Originally, I was going to make ninja stars to throw at the targets, but I must sheepishly admit that my origami skills are not that strong. In the end, I decided that beanbags would work just fine. I think the kids agreed, because this was a pretty popular station.
The Dexterity Check station consisted of my beloved Lakeshore Learning trays, some linking cubes, and “chopsticks” (easy grip tweezers). The object was to move the cubes from one tray to the other using the tweezers as quickly as possible. I saw some pretty heated contests on this activity.
Your Ninja Identity–For this station, I printed out a ninja name worksheet and printed a Ninjago head on yellow cardstock. The ninjas were to use the code on the sheet to translate their name into a cool new ninja name. Then, they decorated a mask, cut it out, and affixed it to construction paper strips for the headband.
Finally, we had to have a Lego gadget building station. No surprise, this was the most popular station. There’s just something about building with Legos that never gets old.
Opening Song: Hands are clapping
Opening Game: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes (3 times, faster each time)
Book: My Nose, Your Nose, by Melanie Walsh (available through PINES)
Book: I Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes! by Linda Davick. (E HUMAN BODY DAVI)
Rhyme: Open them, shut them
Rhyme: Eye Winker, Tom Tinker
Song: Hokey Pokey
Book: From Head to Toe, by Eric Carle (E CARLE).
Closing Game: Animal Action cube
Closing rhyme: My Hands Say Thank You
Activity: body tracing–parents/caregivers traced their child on a large sheet of paper, then the kids colored them in. This was a great activity! It was fun to see the kids and their adults talking about what they needed to add to their drawings.