All set up and ready to play. The Rainy Day Event, planned and set up by two of our senior students Chelsea Ronek and Jaymee Yamanoha, was a huge success. The room emptied of most furniture, other than tables, was then filled with a blanket fort, tons of boxes, and tables of fun and creative ways to engage children using basic materials you would find at home.
As our parents and children came in, we simply told them what materials were available, and to have fun figuring out what to do with them all! I was so amazed at some of the creations created by families and friends working together. Parents REALLY got into these projects and helped their children bring their visions to life. Our boxes turned into "flyboats" (is that right girls?), spaceships, clubhouses, and cars. Parents, siblings and friends all worked together throughout the night, making this the most popular station of all.
Other projects for the night included painting on foil, creating marble rolls out of cereal boxes, playdough in a baggie, cotton round and coffee filter art, grocery bag skating (which actully never really happened because the boxes took over the room!), a "My Little Pony" toy scavenger hunt, and a "No Paint Brushes Allowed" station in the hallway. We took tons of wonderful pictures, and it really was a fun evening. We had Little Jags families, present and future, here as well as some staff members. Thanks to all who participated and helped make this senior project a success.
Alia Laack is a high school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher who runs the Early Childhood Education program at Century High School, including the Little Jags Preschool.