During the winter the YA department is full of teens working on homework or hanging out with friends. I try to leave out games and passive activities that they can enjoy alone or in a group. I never know what they will like so I am always rotating activities. The two that surprised me were: Making snowflakes and New Year’s Resolutions. I had a weaving project that bombed and puzzles that were ignored.
For the snowflake activity I made a very simple sign with directions on how to fold the paper. I cut some plain white paper into squares and put them in a basket with some scissors. A total easy no-brainer activity that requires very little prep.
I found snowflake folding instructions on Pinterest. Very cheesy wording!
The results- A lovely wall of beautiful snowflakes! I let them hang their creations wherever they wanted in the department.
The Resolution Board is a simple whiteboard with markers. I printed out the year and decorated the bottom with snowflake wrapping paper. Trust me, it looks better in person! I have enjoyed reading what they write.
Here are their resolutions:
- Pass the MCAT twice
- Get into Wash U
- Make it to Mordor… Dump ring! (my favorite!)
- Don’t be an idiot unless absolutely needed
- Get accepted into Hogwarts (me too!)
- Survive the games 3 times. Get happier..
- Marry Adam Levine (sorry.. he is taken!)
Have you had any passive ideas that surprised you? Some that bombed?