On Monday, December 14 the teens gathered at the library for our annual Christmas party. We like to spoil our Teen Council at Christmas in the form of food, because every teen seems to like to eat (a lot) and Alicia had a meat/cheese/cracker platters set up for them as well as a hot cocoa station.
After the Library Crash in April following a Teen Council meeting, this front room has been completely in disrepair or under construction. This was the first time any of us had used the front room for anything at all. Alicia worked hard to make sure the floors were mopped and the room ready for the teens party.
We started the afternoon off with snacks and cocoa before beginning our first game. The teens played this last year and it was so fun we had to try it again. Two boys volunteered to be “snowmen” and then chose their teams to decorate them.
Each team was given four toilet paper rolls, tape, scissors and construction paper to make any snowman they thought would win in a 15 minute time span.
Due to basketball and a rather icky flu bug going around, fourth grader Abe volunteered to be a snowman. We told him he couldn’t talk when the toilet paper went around his mouth. It was the longest we have ever heard him be quiet!
Some teens arrived a little later and jumped into teams according to who needed the extra helper. Miss Denise ran back and forth getting photos of the snowmen in progress but not giving away any hints over who was doing a better job.
It’s so much fun to see the different teams creativity using the same materials for each snowman. Each team was VERY particular about the other team not even getting so much as a glimpse of the other team.
Team A was done first and posed for a photo before time was called. The funniest thing about this for the snowmen is that they can’t see thanks to their eyes being covered in toilet paper so they have no idea how they look.
Team H worked until the very last moment. Miss Nan was called upon to judge between the two snowmen for a winner. There was a lot of giggling as we waited for the final word to be said.
Miss Nan chose Team H for the winning snowman. Team A wandered blindly into the front room and was placed next to Team H for a photo of the snowmen side by side.
As soon as they were given the okay, the boys tore out of the toilet paper. Who knew toilet paper worked to keep one so warm? There was a lot of laughter and Abe immediately began telling everyone the play by play of the process becoming a snowman.
While the snowmen ran outside to cool off, the teens quickly cleaned up the mess (after being told there would be no Mountain Dew at the next Teen Council if the mess was not taken care of 🙂 ) and we moved on to a new game we found on the internet with this link – http://happyhomefairy.com/2011/12/07/a-super-fun-christmas-game/
No one was very thrilled at the idea that Miss Denise was taking their picture. It’s hard not to look a bit silly with a plate being held on your head.
The teens were given instructions of what to draw – a Christmas tree, a fire place, a mantel, a present under the tree – and when the last instruction was given, points were added up according to how they did following the instructions.
The winner was given chocolate and showed off her masterpiece. It was funny to watch their concentration of drawing and how messed up their drawing really was.
After all that fun, it was time to eat again so Miss Denise pulled out some home made Christmas cookies and the teens decorated them with frosting and sprinkles before gobbling them up.
It was a VERY fun Teen Council and it was a great way to use the front room for the first time since April. We may not have Christmas Snow this year (the temps were mild and we had rain!) but we sure felt some Christmas joy that day.