Take a break from schoolwork and get crafty with a Great Wolf favorite! Creative living expert Lynn Lilly walks us through another awesome activity for when the kids need a break. There are a lot of steps to this DIY craft, so we recommend breaking up into separate activities throughout the week.
Kick off the first recess of the week with a rock gathering exercise. Get out into the fresh air and collect ten super specimens. Remember, a little outdoor playtime can go a long way in helping improve academic performance in children. Both fresh air and physical exercise are thought to nourish attention, concentration and overall performance.
On day two, you can begin the arts-and-crafts portion of the project. Let the kids pick out their favorite colors to paint their rocks. They should be dry by next day’s recess! That’s also when you can also begin making your board. Grab a ruler and ask the kids to measure geometrical squares across the paper. Who says you can’t pepper a little math into a recess break?
By the time day four rolls around, it will finally be time to play! See who wins first. You can even up the stakes by incorporating small rewards. Whoever gets 3-in-a-row first gets an additional 5 minutes of recess! Check out the instructions below to get started.
- Red Paint
- Yellow Paint
- Black Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Blue Construction Paper
- Green Construction Paper
- Glue Stick
Time to Craft: 30 minutes
Step 1: Divide the rocks into two equal teams. Lynn Lilly uses five rocks for each team. Paint one team of rocks red and the other team of rocks yellow.
Step 2: Paint a paw print on the red rocks.
Step 3: Paint arrows on the yellow rocks. See how Lynn Lilly styles the design below.
Step 4: While the paint is drying, glue the green construction paper to the cardboard.
Step 5: Use your ruler to measure ½ inch on the blue construction paper. Cut ½ strips of blue construction paper.
Step 6: Glue the blue construction paper strips into a hashtag shape onto the green construction paper to create the game board
Step 7: Now you’re ready to play a fun game of tic-tac-toe with your own original art! During your next school break, enjoy playing with your family!
We hope you had a blast making your very own tic-tac-toe game! Visit us again soon for more ideas from Lynn Lilly on how to have fun at home with the family during your eLearning recess break. If you’re curious about visiting Great Wolf Lodge, be sure to read our Paw Pledge. We’re committed to keeping your family safe while you play!