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Friendship: The Fire Group Race Game

We completed the board game "The Fire Group Race Game". The objective of the game is to learn about friendly and non friendly gestures.  If you land on a friendly  space, you move ahead a certain number of spaces.  On a non-friendly space, you move backwards.  The children practiced turn taking, counting, waiting patiently and conversing with one another when playing the game.  They also presented the game to the rest of the children and taught some how to play.


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Verdi, a young python, does not want to change.  The last thing he wants his to turn from his beautiful yellow to boring green. Verdi tries to change his colour back to yellow by scrubbing his skin and then covering it with mud. Nothing works.  He notices that the sky is bright yellow just like he used to be. Verdi launches himself from the treetops certain that his flight will change him back to yellow.

How did Verdi fly through the air? What a great opportunity to learn about catapults. Elastics and popsicle sticks were the only materials need to build a catapult.  First the children, used plastic snakes to sail through the area.  It was delightful to hear the excitement and the laughter as the children made  their "Verdi" fly.

I asked the children which would travel farther; a plastic snake or a pompom.  Most of the children though the heavier item, the snake, would travel a further distance.  The children were amazed at how far and how high a pompom could move.