My grandchildren enjoyed another wonderful program at the Commerce Township Community Library. This time the theme was a Hawaiian Luau! I never would have thought to include Hula Hoops! They enjoyed some Hawaiian music and tried out some Hula moves. They had a chance to try out a few traditional instruments too!
The Palm tree bowling was a big hit. The pins were large soda bottles filled with crumpled blue tissue paper, with laminated palm trees taped on the front. They used small inflated beach balls to try to knock them down.
They made leis by stringing pre-cut foam flowers alternating with small pieces of pre-cut colored straws. Great practice making a pattern!
These cute fish were preassembled, but many children could cut the triangle and glue it onto the back independently. The library program has limited time and lots of fun activities so some projects are often pre-cut. The children used markers, stickers, bingo markers and glue on jewels to decorate their fish. They could also cut out shiny scales – just like Rainbow Fish!
There were large beach towels on the floor to play Beach Blanket Bingo, but my kids chose to stand at the table. I loved the colored shells they used as markers – I am guessing you could color them by shaking them in a baggie with a bit of food color and alcohol. They were set out in small buckets – so cute and fun! The high school helper pulled a picture out of her container. I liked how this game showed some things that are special about Hawaii – birds, flowers, hula, surfing, etc. The prize for the game was a candy bar – everybody played until they won!
I found some free clipart online in case anyone wanted to make their own bingo boards.
The kids loved using a plastic stylus to scratch designs in these black shapes. As they drew with them, pretty colors showed up. There was string if the children wanted to hang these up.
Of course they loved the special snack of Hawaiian Punch (what else?) and pretzels mixed with colored Goldfish crackers.
They set out a few books based on Hawaii – Owen was anxious to check one out!
It was a great evening. Just for fun I looked up a few Hawaiian terms that would be fun to use with children.
Mahalo Commerce Library! It was such a fun evening!