October Project/Activity Themes:
Happy Spooktober! This month of October has given us some real goosebumps, inside of MAP and outside as well with the shift in weather. Our month was filled with awesome activities, projects, and creeptastic experiences!
During the month of October, MAP used STEAM
as a guide in all of our project weeks. Maddie started us off with
cience, where the kids learned the science behind slime, experimented with coke and mentos, and investigated just how and why diapers can be so absorbent.
Tom continued our STEAM month with
echnology his week. The kids had the opportunity to create their very own magic cards by navigating a computer's hard drive and learned the basics of coding by using an Ozobot; the robot moved along lines, dots, and other coding instructions drawn on a piece of paper.
Eric took on “E” for
ngineering. The kids constructed the Da Vinci bridge with pencils while learning about mechanical engineering and tinkered with a vintage portable TV radio.
Nicole’s project week was centered around the “A” in STEAM, which is Art. She used math to help with a weaving project, she also experimented with pendulum painting. The kids loved trying to figure out the paint to water ratio for a consistent flow of paint.
Leah will lead us next week with some
ath-related projects that will intrigue the kids for sure.
October's Early-Release Days
During our first half day of the month, “Viking Day”, we made beards made of yarn, viking battleships and catapults, and enjoyed delicious viking bread (also known as Scandinavia’s soda bread). On our second half-day, back from our long weekend, we had “Build It Day” where kids played castle wars and built haunted houses worthy to be put in the front yard!
1st Round of Clubs were a hit!
Leah’s “Outdoor Adventures” club on Monday:
Leah’s club had another awesome opportunity for a scavenger hunt however this time it was at the *dun dun dun* … Cemetery. The kids also took some walking adventures uptown and to Hinkley pond to find some hidden treasures.
Eric’s “Magic: The Gathering” club on Tuesday:
“Magic: The Gathering” club has been a club where kids have been able to learn and develop strategic plays. Each club they become more experienced players while playing with other MAPsters, expanding their circle of friends?
Maddie’s “How to Draw” club on Wednesday
: In these past few weeks, “How to Draw” club kids have been learning how to caricature themselves by using exaggerated or simplified features of the face. They’ve also started to learn the basics of anime, graffiti and have also worked on the positive quote wall in Dale School.
Dessire’s “Make it, Bake it” club on Thursday
: Kids in “Make it, Bake it” club are getting real hands-on experience in the kitchen. They’ve enjoyed mashing up meatloaf, skinning potatoes, and have made several tasty meals along with delicious desserts like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and hummingbird cupcakes.
Kurt’s “Haunted Forest” club on Friday
: In recent weeks, kids have been learning and rehearsing their scripts and getting into character. They ran through props and costumes ensuring their roles were perfected! Our annual Haunted “Forest” club took place in Memorial’s gym, in the form of a Haunted Maze on October 25! It was truly as success and we’d like to thank all the kids who participated as well as Eric, Maddie, and Nicole who made this spooktacular day possible! Teamwork makes the dream work!
*New* Funtastic Friday, Freaky Friday
: Our first Freaky Friday, we made creepy crafts with Dessire and Nicole. The kids made spiders made of pipe cleaners, painted wooden witch cutouts, and created watercolor webs for their spooky spiders. We then told scary stories with Tom and Maddie. And ended our segment of Freaky Friday with spooky decorated cupcakes with Leah and Eric! Our next Funtastic Friday theme will be Nerf Wars!!
New Clubs Begin Next Week:
Mondays:Tom’s “Dungeons & Dragons” Club
This year the kids will have an adventure full of monsters, kingdoms and knights. They will work together to negotiate an end to the reign of an unjust King and his minions. Through battles and puzzles the members will learn to use teamwork, math and problem solving skills to bring peace back to their kingdom!
atelyn’s “Crafty Cupcakes” Club
: Crafty Cupcakes club will focus mainly on the decorative portion of the baking experience. Kids will go head-to-head to recreate crafty and uniquely designed cupcakes. This club will require determination, patience, and most importantly teamwork!
Maddie’s “Pickleball” Club
Maddie’s Pickleball club will introduce a sport that has been picking up much popularity, being one of the fastest growing sports in America. Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis into one simple, yet awesome game! Kids will learn how to play, participate in, and excel in game that is sweeping the nation. Best yet, there’s no experience needed as the game is created for all ages and skill levels!
Thursdays: Nicole’s “Yarn” Club
Nicole’s Yarn Club will utilize common art supplies to make uncommon creations. Kids will learn techniques like weaving, embroidery, and macrame. They will also have the opportunity to work on projects using paper mache and plastic bags to create spectacular and recycled works of art.
~Nicole is asking for families to bring in your plastic shopping bags to be recycled into artwork.
Thanks in advance!
The upcoming theme is "Nerf Wars". Kids are welcome to bring in their own nerf guns and leave them at MAP for the next few weeks. Also, if there are any families looking to get rid of ones, we will gladly put them to a good cause at MAP.