For Emma’s class end of the year party my friend Jen and I put together quite a party. Our theme was Survivor and we made different colored flags for the different groups. We had different challenges for the groups to complete. The first outdoor challenge was the hula-hoop race. Each group had to hold hands in a circle and pass the hula-hoop around the circle. There were lots of laughs with this one. Then we came back inside and had a trivia challenge with questions all about their teacher, Mrs. Pedersen. Each team had an adult representative who wrote their answers on small white boards. The kids knew many of the answers about their teacher but some were surprised by some of the answers. The next challenge was the food challenge. A few volunteers in the group were given a cup with a particular flavor of baby food and had to eat it before the next person in the group could eat theirs. The team to eat all the baby food won. There were some hilarious faces during this challenge. Then we moved on to the big puzzle challenge. Each team got a giant puzzle and had to put it together the fastest. Afterwards we headed back outside to do the marble in a tube race. Two team members held the ends of a PVC pipe without covering the ends and placed a marble inside. They had to race to the end of the grassy area and back without dropping the marble. If they dropped the marble they had to start over. This challenge was definitely harder than we anticipated. Then the kids headed over to the big field to play a capture the flag type of game. Every kid on each team got a number. The teams sat across from each other and a flag was thrown in the middle between the teams. Then we called out a number and the kids from each team with those numbers ran to the middle to try and grab the flag. Then they had to run it to their end zone. The kids were so hilarious and very competitive. Finally, we had a push up challenge. Emma was so determined to win this won. I couldn’t believe how long she lasted. It was only her and another boy at the end. Eventually her little arms gave out but everyone cheered for her because of how many “real” push-ups she did. After all the challenges were over we came back inside the classroom for a wonderful lunch spread of croissant sandwiches, jello cups, gold fish, yogurt covered pretzels, fruit kabobs, and Izzy soda drinks. It was the coolest class party ever.