Week of May 25, 2020
Y KIDS NEWS
When 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!
THIS WEEK'S THEME:
Arrgh Maties! Yo-ho-ho we've got some Pirate news for you this week! While we are land-locked — we be using our sea legs to navigate through some fun activities and games, and shiver me timbers, we might discover a yummy treasure!
WHAT KIND OF PIRATE ARE YOU?
HOLD YOUR PLANK!
This is a fun challenge for your whole crew! Set a timer and see how long your fellow pirate can hold a plank. For a bonus challenge, add a shoulder tap while holding plank.
- Swabby: Modified plank — start on your knees and lean forward with arms stacked under your shoulders.
- Peg Leg: Full plank with arms bent at 90-degree angle
- Sea Wolf: Full plank — extending your arms underneath shoulders.
WILL YOU FLINCH?
Tabatha V. from McGrath Family YMCA teaches you how to play "Flinch" — an easy game you can do outside with your friends or family. Watch this video to learn the game, and submit your video for a chance to be featured on our social channels!
PIRATE SHIP APPLE SNACKS
- Sliced apples (Please ask parents to slice)
- Cheddar cheese squares
- Wash your apples.
- Ask a parent to cut apple into eighths.
- Scoop out seeds
- Cut sliced cheddar cheese into fourths
- Use toothpick to go through cheddar cheese (this is your flag) and use end of the toothpick to go into the center of the sliced apple. (The apple is your sail ship.)
PIRATE AND PARROT
Create the perfect matey to join your crew with this fun project!
- Toilet rolls
- Plain white paper/ colored construction paper.
- Glue stick and/or white glue
- Clear tape
- Paper clips
- Optional: stickers
- Make sure roll is free of debris.
- Use various colors of construction paper to customize your pirate’s outfit. (Parents might need to help you cut these.) If you do not have colored paper, you can color white paper to create your own design.
- Glue or tape your pirate's new clothes so they are ready to take on the seas! (If you are using glue, use a paper clip to secure your clothes to the tube – set and let dry).
- For your parrot, cut your paper tube in half. (Parents might need to help cutting.)
- Use markers or paper to color in your parrot.
- Follow steps above on how to decorate your parrot.
BE THE ENTERTAINER
- Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet?
- Why was the pirate good at basketball?
- How much did the pirate pay for his hook and peg leg?
- What instrument did the pirate play in his band?
See answers below
- Pirates DID wear eye patches. It’s been said that pirates wore eye patches to help keep one eye adjusted to night vision for seeing below deck.
- Pirates did not always bury their treasure. Some pirates did not bury their treasure right away because they wanted their share of the loot beforehand. In addition, a pirate’s treasure did not always include gold or silver; most of it was food, lumber, cloth, and animal hides.
ARE YE SEAWORTHY MATEY?
A prepared pirate needs to be a strong swimmer because you never know when you'll hear, "Abandon ship, mateys!"
Seriously, though, knowing how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important skills a person can learn. May is National Water Safety Month, and you can practice your skills at home using the YMCA's guide to swim activities at home.
MORE PIRATE FUN
- See how many words you can find in this pirate word search.
- Find your way to Bony Badlands and Serpent's Crossing on this map you can color.
- Play "Would Your Rather" pirate style!
FAMILY WORD WORKOUTS
Our Y families are staying active and having fun with Family Word Workouts. Each letter of the alphabet represents a different exercise! This week, we're challenging you to a pirate workout every day:
- Monday: PLANK
- Tuesday: PARROT
- Wednesday: TREASURE
- Thursday: PIRATE
- Friday: MATEY
Also, check our social channels (@YMCASANDIEGO) throughout the week for more get-you-moving words. Download your alphabet workout sheet.
FLIP FOR GYMNASTICS!
Y 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.
- They spend years at C.
- He had a great hook shot.
- An arm and a leg
- The guitarrrrr
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