I’ve had lots of people asking what I’m planning for my Hunger Games party, & as I think I’ve pretty much got it figured out, I feel that I can finally share! In the past, all my movie premiere parties have been more hangouts with games, crafts, & food, but this is something very different. I’m planning more of a competition-style program, in keeping with the theme of the Hunger Games, & I think that the kids are not only going to have a blast, but they’re going to learn quite a lot, too.
I’ll be splitting the teens into teams of no more than 3, but they’ll have to at least partner up. To start, there will be white drawstring backpacks in the center of the room, & a la the Cornucopia, they’ll have to grab a pack & begin the Hunger Games.
Tucked inside each pack they’ll find ten challenges, as well as their food for the night. As in the book, some packs will have things like apples or trail mix, while others will have crackers or something similar – I suppose what they consider “good” will probably vary from what I think is good, but that’s part of the fun! I’ll also include water bottles & juice boxes.
The challenges are going to vary among the packs, but everyone will have to complete ten of them. I’m hoping to have about 20 challenges to pick & choose from, but here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
- Get picture taken as team (we’ll print these out before the end of the night)
- Create team logo/symbol on backpack (which is why they’re white)
- Leaf rubbing/tree identification
- Plant identification*, ie: you come across these berries! Can you eat them?
- Animal track ID*
- Reference desk question
- Put books in order
- Toilet paper unwrap
- Dart gun target practice
- Archery practice
- Bean bag toss (a la corn hole)
- Lacing challenge
- Knot tying
- Ninja stars (Wii game)
- Decode message using Navajo
- Hunger Games trivia (ten questions)
- First Aid
There will be some sort of narrative to go along with the challenges, in the same vein as the plant identification challenge, but I’m still working on that. Some of these will be completed by everyone, but some will just be luck of the draw. Each challenge will be worth ten points, so there will be a total of 100 points possible with a time bonus for the first three to complete the entire game. For anything they choose incorrectly, they’ll lose points, just as they’d be in a rather bad place if they chose to eat poisonous berries.
While we tally up the points, I’ll have a Mockingjay pin craft for them to complete. Should be a fun night!
*There are some cool apps out there for those of you with iPads!
What do you have planned?