Chocolate Olympics…because life isn’t hard enough

Okay, so….I’ll blog about this program because it was a really successful one. But let me tell you here and now that it was also chaos.

Because I love Pinterest and apparently had some time to look for “fun things at the library” to do over Valentine’s, I thought that maybe I could handle holding a Chocolate Olympics Program at our library. And make no mistake, I ROCKED this program.

And then… I went home and drank. Profusely.

Here’s the lay-out. I had the help of a great colleague but this was very fast paced and rowdy…and great fun too.

 

The original link that I found through Pinterest is here:

http://fieldacquisitions.blogspot.com/2011/07/chocolate-olympics-death-by-chocolate.html

 

Here’s my poster version:

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The first thing that I will say is that preparation was absolutely key in this situation. I shopped well and truly before-hand to make sure that I got enough chocolate and additional supplies. I also sat down with my colleague to run through the challenges so that we could get our timing right. And we spent a good amount of time sorting the chocolate and prepping supplies ready to go before starting.

 

The first challenge started at the door. As I greeted the children and checked registration/ photo releases, etc, I asked the children to write their name and number on a piece of paper. Before them was a jar of mixed chocolates. They had to guess the number of chocolates in the jar to win it (the prize was given at the end of the program).

I also asked children to put their name on a paper bag so that they could store any chocolate they got into it.

 

 

As they went into the room, my colleague was doing a trivia game (and that is where everything got faster)

 

Trivia game:

When children came in the trivia game was in progress. The questions were read out. The prize was a chocolate for every correct answer. Answers could not be yelled out, a hand had to be raised (first to raise hand gets to answer). Questions were mostly chocolate trivia related and the time that this short challenge took gave me enough time to get everyone in and ready. We had about 10 questions prepped and we used them all.

chocolate-trivia

Things that we needed:

  • trivia questions
  • mini-chocolate

 

 

 

Next was….

Chopstick Chocolate:

In this game children worked alone. There were two tables and on each we’d put table cloth (the plastic disposable kind) and onto it we put a bag of chocolate drops. We separated the group into two smaller teams (one for each table), but this was only for space purposes. The task was to get as many chocolates as possible into a cup using the chopsticks.  There was no correct way to use the chopsticks for this, but children could not use their hands directly to pick up the chocolate. The prize was whatever chocolates they could pick up and they had as long as it took for the chocolate to be gone.

Things that we needed:

  • chocolate drops x 2 bags
  • 20 chopsticks
  • 20 cups
  • tablecloth

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Eventually the kids did figure out that they didn’t actually have to pick up the chocolates and could push them into the cup using the chopsticks

 

Once the chocolate was gone we moved on to:

 

 

 

Sort the Colors (group game by tables):

Children were already set for this because they were divided among tables and we gave them gloves. Each table was given a bag of M&Ms (and yes, I do mean the big bag which costs about $9). Each table also got a stack of cups. The task of the group was to be the first to have all colors correctly sorted into the cups. This meant that children had to figure out how many M&M colors there were, get the correct amount of cups, decide which color went into each cup and correctly sort the M&Ms. This was hilarious because it was chaotic and because the parents in the room had caught on to the fact that the children were going to get a major sugar high and then be sent home to them (who said Librarians are nice people???). The winners were given a mini-candy bar each.

Things that we needed:

  • gloves
  • cups
  • M&Ms
  • mini-candy bars

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Cookie to the face:

We needed to move tables out of the way and put down tarps for this. The children and parents helped no problems. While we packed away the tables and got ready for the following challenges, we did the cookie to the face.  Each child was given a cookie. Their challenge was to lie on the floor with the cookie on their forehead. The had to try to get the cookie from their forehead into their mouth without touching it with their hands. If they got to eat one, they got to go for seconds.

What we needed:

  • Cookies x2 packs
  • tarp

 

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This was hilarious because of the faces that the children made, parents really started laughing here and there were photographs taken all round!

 

 

 

The next three challenges ran back to back and got crazy (mainly because of the sugar high).

 

Eat the doughnut:

Parents helped to hold doughnuts for this one. Doughnuts had a string attached to it (in our case we used gift-wrap ribbon). Parents held up the doughnuts for the children. The game was for children to eat the doughnut off the string without dropping it and without touching it with their hands. 

What we needed:

  • doughnuts
  • ribbon
  • something/ someone to hold the string

This was the most successful game simply because children didn’t know whether to eat or laugh.

 

 

Shoot the Chocolate:

Each child got five cups / rings / bowls. They started at a line and took a step lay a cup / ring down, took another step, lay a cup down, etc, etc. We straightened the lines of cups / rings and then the challenge began. From the start line children threw the first chocolate into the first cup, then took a step to the first cup and tried for the second cup, and so on. The first person to successfully land all chocolates in their cups won a prize.

What we needed:

  • Hersheys Kisses
  • rings (ours were paper cut outs)
  • cups
  • candy bar prize
  • tape to make a line on the floor

Of all challenges this was the most hectic. I’d consider a better way to do this next time because it got very chaotic. Even so, the children had fun and that was the primary goal.

 

 

 

 

Balance with the pop sticks:

We had a table of chocolate laid out behind the children. Children put their paper bags on the other side of the room and stood behind a line drawn with tape on the floor. They were given a pop-stick and their challenge was to get as many chocolates into their bag as they could before they were gone. They were not allowed to run into anyone else, snatch chocolate from anyone else, or run. They could only do one chocolate at a time. They could load and unload the pop-stick with chocolate using their hands but they could only travel if the chocolate was on their pop-stick and the pop-stick was in their mouth. Any chocolates dropped they lost.

What we needed:

  • pop sticks
  • mixed candy
  • paper bag (which we gave each child at the beginning of the program).

 

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This game was a huge success and children were actually really cooperative in not running or bumping into each other.

 

 

Last game was:

Bust the Balloons:

All the balloons had a mini-candy in them but one had the golden ticket. The person to find it got the prize.

What we needed:

  • balloons
  • mini-chocolates
  • candy bar prize

 

 

So how’d it go?

Well, the age range was good. The challenges were age appropriate for this and the children involved were able to work together, achieve the challenges and have fun.

We lay the ground rules early in the program and discussed these before we began. They were:

  • Be kind
  • Be safe
  • You get what you get (meaning that everyone would walk away with chocolate and they was no complaining about “not fair”).

Now that we have completed the program, my colleague and I debriefed and decided to modify some of the games for next time. The main one we thought would be changed was the Shoot the Chocolate challenge. On another day, we’ll have children try to shoot chocolates into one bowl (for each child) and the one who gets the most in wins a prize.

We also discussed the number of children in this program and decided to limit the number to 14 children (an even number in case we want to incorporate teams or group games) instead of the 20 we had.

The timing of this was perfect. Our program went a few minutes over the hour and everyone left with something in their bags.

BUT- we were exhausted by the end. The biggest challenge was behavior management and getting everyone to pay attention to what we were saying before rushing to complete the games.

This program required us to walk in with a ton of energy and vivaciousness. Good job I had that one (two…three) cup of coffee before hand.

 

This is here for your use if you want it; take what you like and let me know how it goes!

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