El Al Blast from the Past Night (Kid Night) 4/4/09
Planners: Kelly Szteinbaum and Sydney Bennet
6:30 PM-6:45 PM: Arrival. Girls arrive. Events never start right away.
6:45 PM-7:00 PM: Whoonu (mixer): There are around 6 players per group and each group receives a set of cards with all kinds of words ranging from the color red, chipotle, shopping, swimming, etc. Girls take turns being “the judge.” Each player besides “the judge” gives a card to “the judge” that they think “the judge” will like best. “The judge” ranks the cards from their favorite to least favorite activity/object.
7:00 PM-7:30 PM: Stress Balls (creativity) To release the inner child in us we must release out stress. These stress balls are a fun craft and will help us all relax. This program is done outside using flour and balloons. They will be decorated with sharpies.
Supplies: Balloons, flour, funnels, sharpies
Step 1 Stretch the balloon. Using your mouth or a pump, blow air into the balloon so that it inflates and stretches. Let the air out of the balloon.
Step 2 Fill it with flour.Using your funnel fill the balloon with flour. Make sure to be holding the end of the balloon tightly to avoid a mess. Stop putting flour in the balloon when it reaches the neck. Don't fill the neck. Tie the balloon into a knot to stop the flour from getting out of the balloon.
Step 3 Avoid a disaster. Take another balloon (it may be of a different color, the final result will not be affected) and cut most of the neck of using scissors. Stretch the second balloon over the first one as a second layer. The second layer will help prevent the dispersion of flour all over the place in the event a hole would appear.
7:30 PM-7:45 PM: Havdallah and cheers.
7:45 PM-8:00PM: Song Sesh (sisterhood)
Supplies: A computer or iPod and speakers . Have a short song session with children’s songs and kids' TV show theme songs relating to friendship and sisterhood
World's Smartest Kids - Nancy At 14, Nancy Yi Fan is an international bestselling author - the youngest in Harper Collins history. Nancy first moved to the US from China and didn't speak English. Nancy learned to speak English by reading as many books as she could get her hands on. At 11, Nancy began writing fantasy/adventure and by 13 she had published her first book, Swordbird. Nancy's sequel is now also available titled Sword Quest.
World's Smartest Kids - Ethan: At 7, Ethan is a piano prodigy. While starting out on the piano at 3, Ethan began composing his own music by age 5 and now has a collection of over 200 songs to memory. Ethan described a special talent he has - reading music upside down and it only takes him "I think like 2 minutes" to memorize a new song. Ethan has a good outlook on his talents saying, "we still have to stay humble."
8:20 PM-8:50 PM: Coloring Books (community service) Photocopy and whole punch coloring pages and colored paper. Girls assemble coloring books with a front and back cover using the colored paper and put the pages in between. The books are then tied with a ribbon and girls decorate the cover.
Supplies: Colored paper coloring pages, ribbon, stickers (optional), markers or colored pencils
8:50 PM-9:10 PM: Pretzel Making (recreation)
Pre-make the dough and each girl gets to make a pretzel in any shape.
9:10 PM-9:40 PM: Traditional Foods (Jewish heritage) There is a lot more to Judaism than just prayers and the Torah. The culture is a huge aspect of our heritage. Discuss families' traditional foods for holidays while the girls are enjoying the pretzels.
Soft Pretzels1 packet active dry yeast (scant tablespoon) 1 C. warm water (115 to 120°F. -- NOT boiling) 2-3/4 C. flour 1 T. sugar 1/2 t. salt 2 T. vegetable oil or softened butter 4 C. water 2 T. baking soda 2 T. coarse salt Add yeast to warm water; let sit 5 minutes.
Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and oil in a large mixing bowl. Add yeast mixture and stir until well-combined. Add remaining 1-1/4 cups flour. Knead dough 3 minutes; form into a ball. Let sit 1 hour. Dough should double in size.
Divide dough into 12 pieces and roll each piece into a ball (dust hands with flour to prevent sticking). Place balls on a cookie sheet or lightly floured surface. Let rest 15 minutes.
Roll each ball into a 16-inch length and form into a pretzel shapes. Or, divide each ball in half and roll each half into a 3-inch stick, about 3/4-inch wide. Let rest a few minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 475°F. Grease a large cookie sheet. In a non-aluminum pot, bring remaining 4 cups water to a boil with baking soda.
Add pretzels to the boiling water in batches (do not crowd pot) and boil 1 minute, turning once. Shake off excess water. Place pretzels on cookie sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake 10 minutes, until golden brown. Best eaten right out of the oven.
Makes 12 large pretzels or 24 sticks.
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