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.