In the beginning of each semester our club does a planning meeting to plan all of our clubs. One of the keys to quality brainstorming is to not rule out an ideas (initially). We vote and then I add some input to make a final call. So, when we had our planning meeting in January and “Kentucky Derby Club” was suggested by one of our awesome junior leaders I wrote it on the white board and moved on. Then they votes and, to my surprise it had a lot of votes. I tried to suggest I didn’t think it would produce a lot of excitement among students and was pretty random, at least for our community.
A few weeks ago we had a lot of fun with mom club. Several people came dressed up like a mom, no offense to you moms out there. We also had some cookies when kids showed up. You could have some milk too to make it special. When kids were arriving we played the song “Stacy’s Mom” in the background. That might have been a little sketchy but YOLO, jk. I am trying to use YOLO for the next 48 hours before it is “sooo 48 hours ago”.
We started off club with the pregnant balloon pop mixer. For our game we pulled up a few boys and some young ladies and told them it was a kissing contest, the boys would be blindfolded and then they would need to describe, in detail, the kiss. After the guys were blindfolded we brought in their moms. They kissed their moms and described it. We picked kids (and moms) that we thought would have fun with it but wouldn’t get too silly with it. Obviously we had to arrange this a few days early with the moms, but the guys had no idea. It was a ton of fun, lots of laughs, and kids were talking about it for days at school. It also gave us a good opportunity to have a few moms come and check out club.
This is an easy one to ask kids to get into: scarves, beanies, flannel, thick-rimmed glasses, fixies, yes I know I am describing probably the majority of the people reading this blog right now so you won’t even have to dress up!
Here is a video for inspiration:
Here is the club plan:
Here is the video we pretty much copied for the skit:
Last, but not least:
I’ll keep this short and sweet. Post It Note club will stick with the kids for a long time. If you got the pun in there then you would probably like most of my jokes because they are almost all like that, really punny.
The mixers was a Words with Friends type game. Everyone got a label with a letter and point value, put it on their forehead and then the guys played the girls by making a word, lining up and grabbing a knee. To do the game you will need this file I made with letters and points, print it out on standard address labels.
Then once again we used the wonderful Polleverywhere web site to do live polling via text message. We did:
Get your neon gear and leg warmers out… it is time for 80’s workout club! It worked out pretty good (get it?). The only challenge was calming the kids down due to all the energetic events. We could have used another song or two before the talk that were a little more chill to help transition the students so they were more ready to listen. Other than that it worked out just fine (get it?).
Here is the club we are doing tonight. We will have different kinds of cereal out when kids can arrive to make their own bowl of cereal. Kids are dressing up in PJs. We also might have on some cartoons. We’ll see how it goes!
Ever since I saw the commercials for the new show Minute To Win It on NBC, I knew it would be great for YL ideas. My friend Dan made a great discovery… Over 70 clips are available on Hulu.com that explain the games. Only problem… I don’t have time to review 70 clips. So I thought I’d embed them a few at a time and let you all make comments to help morph these into club games.
So have at it… watch the clips and try to come up with a detailed game that could work in club, complete with supplies needed, how many people are needed, how to explain, how to win, etc. Read the rest of this entry »
OK my Sun Devils got snubbed and missed out on the big dance. I know they were a bubble team but oh well. At least they are a #1 seed in the NIT. Did I mention that our arch-rivals at the University of Arizona missed the tournament for the first time 25 years… and didn’t even get invited to the NIT. They got invited to some tournament lower then that and then turned it down. That makes me feel a little better.