The concept is simple....but the crafts, activities, planning, shopping, set up, snack preparing is not. I am so lucky to have had three teens help me yesterday as every minute of their assistance was needed during the program. It's a lot of work, but so worth it!
The Book Discussion:
The group always (or always tries) to read the book before the meeting and we all sit in a circle. I ask them discussion questions like, "How did the goblins' mood change once Addison got all her magical items back?" and the girls know to raise their "fairy wands" if they want to be called on. Sometimes they all have their wands up and are just about falling out of their seats to answer so we all shout the answer out at once.
This month's craft: Clothespin Fairies
I set out two fairies that I made, put out a BUNCH of supplies, and printed several pictures to give the kids ideas. There were 18 girls and only 4 adults (me and 3 teens) so my only rule was keep the supplies organized (kind of happened) and they come to us when they needed specific help (like hot glue or something cut with sharp scissors vs. hand-holding)... and use their imaginations! And they did!
Working with Teen Volunteers
The Masterpieces!! I was so impressed!
This is Sunset. Magical power: Setting the sun. Favorite colors: Red and yellow
This is Rainbow. Magical power: Making rainbows after it rains. Favorite color: Turquoise
This is Liliana. Magical power: Life cycles. Favorite color: pink and yellow
Another lovely fairy:
This is Snowy. Magical power: Making it snow. Favorite color: White
This is Rain Flower. Magical power: Blooming flowers
This is Jingles. Magical power: Growing flowers. Favorite color: Gold
This is Maddison. Magical power: Making music. Favorite color: Pink and red
This is Pinkie. Magical power: To make pink flowers bloom everywhere. Favorite color: pink
Another lovely fairy:
This is Jessica
This is Rosebend. Magical power: Making flowers bloom in Spring and Summer. Favorite color: Orange and pink
This is Rose Petal. Magical power: Making flowers bloom. Favorite color: Pink
This is Love Heart. Magical power: Spreading love. Favorite color: Pink and green
This is Wildfire. Magical power: Lighting fires. Favorite color: Orange and yellow.
Solomon really, really helped with this one!Snacks: Look at these gourmet plates Maverick assembled for each kid (they tend to have big appetites after school so I try to pre-portion healthy snacks)