Friday, May 4, 2012
At-Home Angry Birds
The school Spring Fair is coming up. As room parent, it's my job to pick a "booth" or rather, a game, that kids can play at the fair. I had the idea that I would set up an Angry Bird table. There's actually a wealth of information on the web about how to make your own Angry Bird live action game. Some of it is helpful - some, not so much. One guy built a HUGE Angry Bird set in his backyard with, like a 5 ft slingshot. Crazy!
I already had blocks. But that was about it.
I looked at the plastic Angry Bird games that they had at Target and they seemed a little too flimsy for an outdoors game. (The wind would blow them over, yanno.) Plus, I was trying to spend as little as possible.
I got lucky and found 2 hackey sacks at a tag sale for 25 cents. Can't beat that! So I painted them. I used little blue squares to paint the piggie faces on. And Magoo and I went out to the park to search for a branch that would make a good slingshot.
You should have seen me out in the back yard with my hatchet, chopping the extra pieces off the wood. Then I got my grandfather's fishing knife and peeled the bark off it. Oh - I was quite the pioneer woman! Magoo and I went out shopping for rubber bands and other stretchy materials - because the stretch is very important. I made a cup out of felt, tried out several different widths and lengths of elastic until I came up with something that worked pretty well.
I could shoot it. I could knock all the blocks down in two shots. Oh - the pride.
Problem was ... Magoo could not. The slingshot is too big for him. Also, it takes a certain amount of coordination to hold it steady with one arm, aim with the other, and release the ball without your fingers getting in the way. And if Magoo - a coordinated third grader - was having problems, the kindergarteners were never gonna be able to do it.
So, the plan this weekend is to make a catapult. I've been gathering supplies around the house and we're going to try to make it a family weekend project. I'll update here on Monday.
Have a great weekend, everyone!