What a party! Yesterday was so much fun. We had our Book Exchange in the morning, then finished up our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie with (crock pot) hot chocolate. We had a couple of minutes before lunch, so I pulled out a quick time filler and the kids played the toilet paper snowman game. Each group of 5 were given a roll of toilet paper, and only 10 minutes to create a snow person. They got so into it, and took it very seriously. Accessories were used, toilet paper was flying into designs, and the kids were showing some major teamwork.
After lunch we made our sugar cube missions. I've done them in past years too - it's just my thing I love to do (instead of gingerbread houses). We are right in the middle of studying about missions, and it just ties it all together. I ask for sugar cube and white frosting donations, and from there the kids create their buildings. They decorate them with our candy box candy, spice drops (for the bells), and lasagna noodles for the clay roofs. At the very end the kids do an earthquake challenge, and walk their mission on an obstacle course. If they can complete the walk without it falling down the mission would have withstood the natural disasters. :P The kids get a kick out of it.
I love my home traditions, but also love the traditions that I have at school. It means a lot to me to share these activities with the kids - to have fun with them after half of year of pushing them constantly. I recently ran into one of my past students - that I had over 10 years ago - and she still remembered some of the fun moments. It does make a difference. I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing break!