We normally have an open house every year for our families to come over and see all that the kidos are learning in that school year. The kids enjoy showing off all their work and art and we have such a great time! Usually we host the open house at Christmas time, but this year we had a very exciting surprise for the kids, so we decided it was best to have it at the end of our year.
We started out displaying all the kids work for the grandparents and family to see. Being that we are not in a "regular" schoolroom situation, it's such a good thing for them to be able to take pride in their work and be able to share it with other people.
We told the youngin's that we had planned a few games for them and started with the whole family participating in charades. THAT was fun. Here is a great shot of my brother, Brian, doing his best rendition of a monkey.
We then told the kids we were going to have a treasure hunt and handed them the following note:
All the clues had been printed out beforehand, put in envelopes, and hidden in various places.
Here is how it went.
Clue # 1 -
Sundae and Harmini have you first clue.
Go to their houses and find out what to do.
Clue #2 -
Congratulations, you've found you're first clue!
You'll need to go see Mrs. Lisa to find out next what to do!
Clue #3 -
Your journey has just begun!
Head back home and see Go-Go for more fun!
Clue #4 -
Now out you go into the backyard.
Check in Mr. Green Turtle. See? It's not hard!
Clue #5 -
Good job, our treasure hunters three!!
Time for clue number 6: Where would ice be?
Clue #6 -
BRRRRR! Thanks for saving me from the cold!
Now go open the dryer - Do what your told!
Clue #7 -
Go straight to your bathroom! I hope it's clean!
Check under the sink and look for something green!
Clue #8 -
Take this to Papaw and use it to buy your 9th clue.
You know how Papaw is. You may have to beg for a minute or two!
Clue #9 -
Instructions are held in Clue Number 10.
But you'll have to find it. It's somewhere in the den.
Clue # 10-
So for the next 20 minutes the kids and grandparents all helped put the puzzle together. The end result was this. Perri guessed that it was a mouse, but everyone was wondering why there was a big piece in the middle that was missing.
I made them look all over for the missing piece, but finally confess that we had it the whole time. After torturing them for as long as I possible could, I then laid the final piece of the puzzle in front of them.
(Insert ear piercing screaming and jumping up and down as well as Duglin's remark of "Can we eat now?" here.
Hey, Mom! We're going to Disney World!!!!!!!!! Now you know our big secret, too!