You probably haven’t heard of Fama Club before. I would be surprised if you had because it is a word I invented to define a unique blend of Film and Drama Club. “Drama Club” seemed too blah, and “Film Club” seemed too fancy. For Fama Club, we do a variety of drama games including charades, pop-up book, and killer handshake. After the games, we focus on a larger project like making a movie or maybe a commercial for summer reading.
The group of teens we have is great at coming up with ideas, they just need a little help finding focus and bringing their ideas into fruition. So far, we have used an extra large pad of paper to brainstorm and start working on our plot. There is one individual who has a vision about what the movie will be about. He was going to help write the script, but since he was the only one working on it, we decided to just improvise for each scene instead of working from a script. Here are some of the places we found awesome games:
killer wink, (or killer handshake: the killer taps the victim’s wrist)
Pinecone Owls are easy to make and super cute! Here is the site that inspired us. Materials we put out included felt, hot glue, markers, wing-shaped stencils, googly eyes, pipe cleaners (owl feet) and pinecones. This craft goes pretty quickly, so you may want to have another felt craft as well. Felt roses or felt creatures might pair well with the owls, or they could always make more than one owl.
This is the second time we made sweater hats. Our sweaters were donated by a local thrift store, which made it a low-cost program. I asked for sweaters that were a little on the thin side, so that I would be able run them through our sewing machine. People could make sweater hats, mittens, and/or leg warmers. The teens were responsible for selecting their materials, measuring their heads and hands, tracing their design, cutting, and embellishing. Just like last time, some folks wanted to make ninja masks, which was totally fine with me (although, I told them to be peaceful ninjas). We also had someone declare that they were a “Lettuce Head” while wearing a floppy green hat.
Sock Snowmen was a good winter activity. I had a group with a wide range of skill levels, and we were able to complete the craft and have fun. We referred to Danielle’s Place of Activities and Crafts: Sock Crafts for Kids. The directions were very helpful, and there are a lot of other sock creatures to make on the site. :)
Last year we had our first Weird Party, and it was fantastic. Naturally, we had another one this year. I always see it as a non-religious holiday party, which meets our goal to be as inclusive as possible. It can also be thought of as a stress relief party because laughing is a great stress reliever. This year, the party took place on Addie’s last day. Addie has been a great part of our team, but she is going off to finish her degree. She is also the mastermind responsible for putting together these party games: Jell-O Slurp, Cheetos Toss, Peanut Butter Ping Pong, and Q-Tip War. We played each game with two teams, instead of partners as some of the links suggest. There was team penguin (lead by Scott) and team koala (lead by Addie). In addition, we had a table full bread covered with peanut butter, not just one slice.
Since it was a Weird Party, the food was also weird. During the weird food taste test, participants were encouraged to taste three items and vote for one. They didn’t have to finish the food, but they could get more after everyone had voted. Here is a list of the snacks we made: potato chip cookies, pickles with peanut butter (remember to check for food allergies), spicy pancakes, and Cheez-its with Nutella. The Cheez-its with Nutella won, but spicy pancakes were second. We also had meat and cheese platters and pizza, and koala and penguin-themed prizes were distributed at the end of the party. It was epic!
We had fun with Snow Fairy Crowns, but they DO involve glitter. Here are two glitter rules we created: 1. Keep glitter colors separate. 2.Keep your glitter to yourself. Here is a link to the site that inspired us. For some reason micro glitter is very exciting, it was almost more exciting than making the crowns… which meant that not everyone completed their crowns, but they had fun sticking their fingers in the glitter. It is also a relatively simple craft, and the folks who did finish their crowns very pleased and had fun acting like winter royalty. We didn’t have a Silpat or parchment paper like the site recommended, but the wax-coated heat-resistant sheets from our old-fashioned laminator worked well. In retrospect, it might have been the connection to the movie Frozen that made everyone so silly, or it could have been the coming winter break. Whatever the case, this craft inspired crazy goofiness, so be prepared. :)
For our program about Russia we made sbiten and Faberge eggs. Here are some helpful links: Sbiten and Faberge Eggs. Note: You may want to buy extra eggs, so that folks can have a second chance if their egg breaks. In addition to the materials in the Faberge eggs link, we used: small beads, fake jewels, and tacky glue. You will find the sbiten to be a spicy sweet treat. Bon Appetite or хороший аппетит!