Today was "Field Day" for Lucas and Josh. "Field Day" is sort of a loose term for an end-of-the-year party that is usually held outside. There were no long jumps or foot races, like you might remember from a Field Day in your past.
I was asked to do a game for both parties. Which I love. I've been at this Room-Mom thing for seven years and I still think elementary school parties are a blast. I would throw one every month if they let me.
They each combined the whole grade, so I had to come up with a game that would work for about 100 kids to rotate through. This year, shaving cream was our medium of choice.
For Josh's class I filled about 150 balloons with shaving cream. This is about as difficult as filling water balloons: not too bad. It took me about an hour. One can of shaving cream fills from 15-18 balloons. And shaving cream is about $1, so not too bad.
We played shaving cream balloon tag by attaching the balloons to their waist with a safety pin. Kind of like flag football, but the object of the game is to pop everyone's balloon. One person is "it" and everyone whose balloon gets popped is then also "it." Josh and I came up with this game together: as far as I know it's an original invention. It's definitely an outdoor game and it was a blast.
The kids were utterly, completely enthralled with the balloons Almost every kid came over to fondle them before the games even started. By 6th grade, the kids are pretty jaded (been there, done that -itis) so I consider that a great success itself.
They had a great time playing tag and then getting a little bit messy with the popped shaving cream.
For Lucas' class I needed something a little more low-key. I thought second grade girls might start crying if their shaving cream balloon was popped, but we wanted to stick with the shaving cream.
I found an idea online to cover someone's head with shaving cream and then throw Cheetos at them to see how many would stick. Clearly. I wasn't interested in washing that many heads, so we covered hats instead: one fireman's hat and one yellow construction hat.
We had groups of 10 which I split in half. Two of the kids sat in chairs. I taped off a line about three feet away from the seated kids and put the hats, covered with shaving cream, on their heads. The other kids lined up to take turns throwing three marshmallows at the hats. I almost brought sunglasses for eye protection, but it wasn't necessary. The marshmallows were nice and soft and the kids enjoyed munching on them while waiting for their turn. The team with the most marshmallows stuck to the hat was the winner. I only needed one can of shaving cream, but we used about 7 bags of mini marshmallows.
It was a great day (in spite of the sprinkling rain) but I am wiped! Every time I spend the day doing parties I wonder how on earth elementary school teachers make it through the day. My voice is tired, by back is sore, my feet hurt.
After school we picked up Lucas' glasses! They are adorable. He looks smart and charming. I'll try to get a picture up tomorrow (or just check out Randy's facebook post).
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