1) Check ahead of time about food allergies if doing Face the Cookie. One girl did have a small potential allergen issue, but her mom cleared one of the brands of cookies we had as OK, so she could still participate. Next time we will check ahead of time. We didn't pick the actual games we would be using until the week of the program so I didn't even think about this. Bad librarian! This was the kids' favorite game, by the way.
2) Have a better system for picking which kids go first at which games. I'm thinking next time I will put colored dots on the kids' name tags and we will split them into somewhat equal groups by random colors. So the red group will go first at one game, the green group will go first at another, etc. Kids always want to be the first to try a game!
The kids loved this program and it was a lot of fun for the staff to put on. They left begging to know when the next one is, so I'm thinking that will be around May. I think in addition to regular Minute to Win It programming, these types of games would be an awesome way to fill out a non-game program. They could be a book club ice breaker, or a time filler for another type of program. Would love to hear readers' ideas!
Sorry for new pictures this time! Set up was pretty straightforward for this one though--2 tables for each game, 2 kids at each table per round generally (except Breakfast Scramble which was 4 and we played a couple rounds of Face the Cookie with more kids, since they only used the table for holding the unused cookies). We were able to get through all 4 games in almost exactly one hour. Don't Blow the Joker sets up very fast but the other ones took longer in between rounds.