Week of August 10, 2020


Archaeology ToolWhen school’s out, the Y is in! We hope you enjoy this edition of Y Kids News, a newsletter with games and activities you can do from home!



In this week's newsletter, we are going to dig into our past! Join us in discovering artifacts, making fossil cookies, and doing an archaeology-themed work out.

healthy challenges


Healthy Challenge

Our Y families are staying active and having fun with Family Word Workouts. Each letter of the alphabet represents a different exercise! This week, our workout words are all about archaeology. Using the alphabet workout sheet and words below, participate in a new workout each day!

  • Monday: FOSSIL
  • Tuesday: PREHISTORIC
  • Wednesday: PYRAMID
  • Thursday: ARTIFACT
  • Friday: HISTORY

Also, check our social channels (@YMCASANDIEGO) throughout the week for more get-you-moving words.


fossil cookiesIngredients:

  • 2-¼ cup flour
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of walnuts (optional)
  • Salt


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Pulse walnuts in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer to a bowl, and whisk in flour and ½ teaspoon salt.
  • Beat butter, sugar and vanilla with a mixer on high speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Gradually beat in walnut mixture.
  • Divide dough into 1-½-inch balls, and press into irregular stone shapes using the palm of your hand; transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Dust food-safe plastic insects with flour to coat; press into dough to make fossil impressions. Freeze until dough is very firm, 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Bake until golden brown and firm in center, 25 to 28 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack, and let cool.



cave artLet's create our own piece of cave art! Most cave art is made of red or black colors and was used to record history and tell stories. Cave art has been found all over the world, and we are still finding more today!

Items needed:

  • Blank paper
  • Pencil
  • Crayons/markers/paint


  • Crumple up your paper so it looks textured
  • Use a pencil to draw a scene – this could be your family, pet or favorite stuffed animal

jokes and trivia



  • What do you call a very, very, very, very, very old joke?
  • Why did the archaeologist go bankrupt?
  • What do you get in a 5-star pyramid?
  • Did you hear about the angry mummy?

See answers below


  • There are several different kinds of archaeology, but there are two main types – prehistoric and historic archaeology.
  • Archaeology is basically digging up people's cultural artifacts; people's everyday items.
  • Archaeologists always dig square holes. It's true! They dig neat, organized, square holes on a grid system. Being super organized helps them keep records of where they make each find.

more to explore


Tabatha, Brooke and Kevin from McGrath Family YMCA will lead us in a game of "Stack 'Em." You will need string, a rubber band and cups. This team activity is great for you and the family to play!

Watch this video to learn the game, and submit your video for a chance to be featured on our social channels!




gymnasticsY Kids are having fun learning gymnastics tricks and practicing skills with coaches from our branches through our new YMCA of San Diego Gymnastics Facebook group. You can get in on the fun, too! Note: A Facebook account is required to participate in this private group.


  • Pre-hysterical!
  • Because his career was in ruins
  • Tomb with a view
  • He flipped his lid

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