|Black and white, baby!|
Somewhere along the way, perhaps whilst perusing an Oriental Trading catalog, we stumbled upon the idea of a carnival. You know when something just *feels* right? Well, this was one of those moments. We started out calling paintball venues and ended up with a carnival. Whoda guessed?!
|Oh yes: PLINKO! We bought two.|
we quickly switched gears from meaningful-literary-connections to good old fashioned fun. Instead of selecting stations for each faction ahead of time, we decided on a Free-For-All. All stations would be open to all factions; let 'em run around for an hour with their friends and collect tickets and just be kids. What a liberating concept!
|Our darling Amity kiddos, seated in a circle.|
Dauntless Target Practice - throwing a beanbag at a clown/net/thing.
Candor's Balancing Act - walk a circuit with a wooden egg balanced on your head
Amity's Duck Pond - play Duck Duck Goose. Winners get to pick a duck from the pond.
Abnegation's Break Time at the Food Pantry - throw a ball to knock down cans
Candor Lets the Chips Fall Where They May - Plinko!
Erudite's Potential to Kinetic Energy Transfer - ring toss
Abnegation Tunic Trot - sack race
Erudite's Food Chain Fling - use a rubber frog to shoot down foam apples
Dauntless Exploding Muffin - balloon darts
Around the Amity Campfire - sing songs with your friends!
|Pick a winner at the Amity duck pond.|
|"Every year, we're doing a sack race."|
The kids took the attendance. (Dauntless wouldn't sit still long enough to allow their 8th grade representative to get an accurate headcount. Amity seated themselves in a circle while a sweet little 6th grade girl calmly led the roll call.) The kids tallied their tickets. (Dauntless asked for a calculator while struggling to add their points together. Erudite presented Erin with their total and had already factored their percentage, down to two decimal points. We kid you not.)
We were absolutely overwhelmed by the teachers who came to help. A few teachers made it a family event by bringing their elementary aged children in to play. Our collective CRL heart melted when again we had a dozen high schoolers return to HMMS - this time surprising their teachers with costume changes! - eager to take over Initiation games. Every single station was manned by a staff volunteer so we were free to just take it all in...laugh out loud at the sheer joy of kids jumping in sacks (on Friday we decided no matter what book we do, we will always have a sack race), offering suggestions for egg balancing to those with slippery hair, cheering on the girls who just would not give up until they'd popped that darn balloon!
We did get just a little punchy when deciding point values for the activities. Mary is still laughing about putting a 2 on the bottom of each and every duck in the pond.
Everyone is a winner, get it? Amity doesn't have competition!
|Loving the chaos on Initiation Afternoon|
Shameless Plug: We'd love for you to join us this Thursday night, 3/13/14, at 8:00pm for a Twitter discussion about student engagement and motivation with book clubs #IRAchat
-Mary and Erin