Saturday, July 11, 2015

Glow Games Lock In (Sleepover) at the Karate School

5 x 7 Glossy Invitations - Available Below
We run 2 Lock-Ins (sleepovers) a year, one near the beginning of the summer and one for New Years.  This is the lesson plan for the Summer Lock-In.

We print up 250 invitations on 5 x7 glossy card stock, professionally printed, for $75, or 30 cents each.  At staples, with that color copier made at home look, the same job costs $270, so we suggest you design and have printed your own, or order them below, with your information, and get them in 10 -14 business days, after you approve the art.

Anyway, ours runs from 7:30pm to 8:00am, and we squeeze it in between Friday night classes and Saturday morning classes, because we all teach in Sunday School

Our age range is age 5 to 17, and the attendance is generally equally split between children and teens.  We design it so that the teens generally stay up all night being social, playing video games, and helping us supervise the children after the get to sleep (Leadership training.) 

The Schedule:

Gaga Dodge Ball
7:30 - 9:00pm - Dodge Ball. Actually, we also have a Gaga Pit that we built for around $100, and we use at camp and for the annual Relay for Life, but dodge ball is dodge ball. 

We run a few standard games, then run teams against all other teams, and then something we call vampire ball, because if whomever gets you out, equal to vampire biting you, is eliminated, then every play that he/she eliminated is back in the game, until the last person is eliminated. We also take care to run more than a few with the teens teamed with the little guys, so they feel included, and we start with leadership right up front with the teens.

9:00pm to 9:30 pm - Pizza and juice, as well as socialization time.  We also open the karate floor.  Some people trick, some people sit and talk, most play dodge ball.

9:30pm to 11:30pm - Glow Games.

Tube of 100 8inch Glow Sticks
0) You will need 8" glow sticks that can be made into bracelets or necklaces. We use ones we buy at Amazon, which you can buy if you click 8" LumiStick Brand Glowsticks Glow Stick Bracelets Mixed Colors (Tube of 100) or the picture on the right. You will also need some 6" glow sticks for some of the games below, and they too can be purchased from Amazon (25 at a time) by clicking 25 Lumistick 6" Premium 15mm Industrial Grade Glowsticks - Assorted Colors  
1. Glow stick Capture the Flag: Here is an easy and fun indoor or outdoor game perfect for spring and summer. 
6" Glow Sticks - Amazon - click to order
This is capture the flag with some simple and basic changes. First, put bracelets or necklaces of the same color on each player on two teams. Second, the Flag is one of the 6" glow sticks, which must be "hidden" in such a way that it can be seen from some angle without moving anything.  We also allow the losing team to Draft any player on the winning team, to keep depression from taking over with the younger players. (This serves as a leadership drill for the teens also.) We play ours indoors if we have children and teens, for safety reasons, and out doors with teens only.  However, you need to do what is safest for your group.
2. Red Light Green Light - Red Light green light, but instead of saying red light, or green light, you Show a Red Glow Stick or a Green Glow Stick. We have played this game with children and adults with no flash back to it being "too simple."   Just make sure you illustrate how to play the game at the beginning, and whenever you need to re-energize the game.  Eliminate the other players whenever it is possible.
3. Glow Stick Ring Toss - You make the "poles" for balloon toss by taking a water bottle, dropping a 6" glow stick into it, and sealing it up.  You make the ring by taking 1, 2 or 3 (similar too Frisbee throw below) bracelet glow sticks and connecting them.  We suggest you use packing tape to seal the joints. We took 3 games for out of doors, this one, Frisbee Throw and Glow Bowling, and made three stations, and divided the group into 3 smaller groups, giving them 5 to 10 minutes at each station.  For this game, we suggested they have a minimum distance, and gave each player 6 turns, then either make it closer or further away for the entire team for their next turn.  (We left the actual play up to the Teens in each group, as a leadership experience drill.) 
4 Glow Stick Balloon Head Butt - Fill balloons (white or colored) with glow sticks for an awesome party decoration, or just as a fun past time for the kids. After your balloons are half filled with air, carefully insert a glow stick or two, and then finish blowing them up and tying them off. Next, put the balloon on the ground, turn the lights off, and have them pick the balloon up with their heads (thus the name head butt) and carry it to the other side of the room.  If you want a more complete set of rules, Click Here for Unit 7, and Sunday School lesson plan that uses this game, including a video and complete rules.)
5. Glow Stick Hula Hoop - Use the connectors on the necklace glow sticks to make one large hoop, and then connect it to your hula hoop with packing tape. Make 1 hula hoop – see who can make it go the longest.  
Frisbees, bucket and Glow Stick Lights
6. Glow Stick Frisbee Toss - Simply connect the glow sticks into circles. We made 7 Frisbees, took a blue bucket, tossed 5 or six glow sticks in the bucket for light, and put the bucket on its side, on a chair, then had the toss the Frisbee's into the bucket.  Hard. Very challenging. You could play glow basketball by putting the bucket with the opening facing up, rather than on its side.
7. GLOWSTICK HIDE & SEEK— VERSION 1 - It’s simple. One person hides all of the glowsticks in the room and the rest of the "family" finds them. 
8. GLOWSTICK HIDE & SEEK— VERSION 2 - Make glowstick necklaces to wear and play traditional hide and seek (in the dark). 
11:30 to Midnight - S'mores.  First off, we planned this part to last 30 minutes.  It lasted an hour.  
     a) We bought Campfire Roasting Forks with Coated Handles 33-inch, 4-pc Set to roast marshmallows.  We also purchased marshmallows, Hershey Bars and Graham Crackers from the local store.  We had the teens roast the marshmallows, and adults make the S'mores. We have learned over time to limit it to 1 each.
     b) We had them in a semi-circle around the fireplace shown here, trying to keep them out of the smoke. We then had them volenteer to tell jokes, starting with the teens, who we reminded to tell jokes good for kids.  We then just went around the circle.  We thought that they would run out of jokes by midnight.  We were wrong.  We had to stop them at an hour.

Midnight to 7:00am  - Sleep for children. We allow them 1 hour to burn out.  We used to, 20 years ago, bully them into sleeping, but we discovered in a moment of weakness, they ran out of energy by 1 pm, if we just asked them to keep it down, so those who wanted to sleep, could sleep.  The teens, nearly 100% of them, stayed up eating the remainder Pizza, drinking the remainder punch, and playing video games.  One of us stayed with them in a separate room.  The teens were also charged with checking on the younger children every 15 min to 30 minutes, which they took very seriously.

7:00am to 8:00am - We wake them up with the sound system cranked to speaker ripping loudness.  We then require them to pack their sleeping bags, tents if they brought them, and collect their stuff to one area of the school.  Since the teens were already up, they had already done this, so they helped the little ones. Once they were done, we had already prepared microwaved pancakes, sausage and juice, which they ate.  We put a cartoon movie one, and the little ones mostly watched it, while the older kids and teens played dodge ball. Parent's picked them up from 7:45 to 8:15am. We don't make a big deal about the time. Keep it low pressure and happy.

8:00am to 8:45am - Clean up by us.

A final note, about cost.  We don't charge much.  $35 per child, $90 per family.  You can charge whatever you feel is good for your school. We opted for more to come, and more to help, so we kept the price low.  Whatever is good for you, is good.

To order the Invitation Cards shown above, please use this paypal order form here.  Make sure to give us the required information in the notes as you order.  Also make sure to include your phone number - allow 10 to 14 business days after proof approval for delivery.

Name of Sleepover or LockIn
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