The Youth Summer Reading Club beats the heat!

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Today was the first meeting of the Youth Summer Reading Club (a book group for kids in grades 3-8).  Today marks the second day of hot weather in these parts (in the high 80s).  To beat the heat, we stayed inside and did an informal book discussion, played games, and ate popsicles.

To change it up a little, we created a yarn web during our book discussion:

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Each kid rolled the yarn ball to someone in the circle and then asked them a question (drawn from a hat) about the book they were reading (some questions were just for fun, like “if you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?”)  We followed this up with a game of “picture telephone”:

DSC03200For this game, the person sitting at the end of the line (farthest to the right) draws a simple picture (like a sun or a house) on a piece of paper.  Then the artist outlines the drawing with his/her finger on the next person’s back, and so on down the line until the last person in line.  That person draws what they feel on a piece of paper.  The group then examines both drawings to see the differences.  We came close one time, but most of the final pictures looked like a “pancake face: (a lopsided circle with two lines).

We then moved on to word clouds.  Instead of using a computer to create these groupings of related words, we each picked a word for a theme (Minecraft was a popular choice) and used cutout words from magazines to describe it.  The results were great!

What’s your favorite way to beat the heat?

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