The kids and I spent a day at Hudson Gardens near Denver last weekend. If you’re local, you absolutely should go! They have beautiful theme gardens (my favorite: The Chocolate Garden) and an electric train and that contraption you see above — a kaleidoscope focused on the flowers. A lovely, well-done space for kids and adults.
Since admission was free (I mentioned that, right? The best part? Free, free, free!), we splurged and rented a $5 Family Explorer Pack, which had cards, games and maps for the kids. I intend to steal two of the games to use with our Brownie troop this year, and to mentally file away for whenever I need them (ok, actually, that’s why I have this blog. Because I’m never going to remember them and I’m going to have to come back here to see what it was I was supposed to remember that I forgot.)
1.) The Mystery Bag Game: We were given three “mystery bags” and each person got a small chalkboard, piece of chalk and sponge eraser. We had to reach a hand into the bag, feel the object, and write what we thought it was on our boards. We all compared answers and then dumped each object out to see if we were right. Even my nine-year old son who is beginning to hate things (sigh) was having fun.
2.) Film Canister Sounds: We were given six film canisters and our job was to find the three sets that made matching sounds when shook. We checked ourselves by looking at the bottom of the canister to see if the stickers matched.
|Two greens! I win!|
This game could be switched up for older kids by making them match more than three sets…or by eliminating the matching entirely and just making them guess at what’s inside.