Today we have a guest blogger; Kelsey Nicholls, Supervisor at the Deer Park After School Program:
At the Jericho After School Program located at Deer Park we value Jericho’s Mission Statement and stay true to it. The children and staff enjoy the enthusiastic company and engage in meaningful conversations as well as exciting activities.
In a recent gym activity, the program participated in a fort challenge which ultimately was a team building exercise. It involved cooperation, valuing each other’s ideas, sharing and safety. The materials included gym mats, 3 chairs for each team, and sheets. The participants were divided into two teams and were given 20 minutes to create the best fort to their ability. The only rule was that it had to include one room!
After both teams finished they were invited to enjoy one another’s forts. This then extended into one big fort in the middle of the gym where the children were put to the test. They all had to work together in a set time limit to create the best fort they could including multiple rooms. Again the children came out on top as they created a fort with multiple rooms and had it last for more than 2 minutes before the walls fell over! All and all it was a total success!
On another date we recently did a science experiment and created a cloud! It started with one participant and quickly turned into multiple participants! All we needed was a jar, boiling water, ice and hairspray. Previously we had created ice decorations, which came in handy since we had left over ones.
Here’s how we created it:
With an adult, boil the kettle. Pour about 2cm of boiled water into a heat proof jar. Carefully swirl the hot water in the jar so that it heats up the sides of the jar. Then Turn the lid of the jar upside down and use it as a small container to put a few cubes of ice into. Rest it on top of the jar for a few seconds.
This is where we put our ice decorations since they fit so perfectly. Take off the lid and quickly squirt in some hairspray. Put the lid, with the ice resting in it, back on top of the jar.
Watch the cloud form inside the jar.
When it is fully formed, take the lid off and watch the cloud escape. From this activity the children were given the chance to learn
multiple science facts.
They learned that in the atmosphere there needs to be three things in order to create a cloud:
1. warm, moist air
3. cloud condensation
The science experiment worked out so well, the children of Deer Park After School Program will revisit the experience.
Kelsey Nicholls, Supervisor