Night of a Million Nuts
This is an event your kids will never forget. ItÕs outreach-friendly, so make sure kids bring the friends. HereÕs how you pull it off.
Tell the kids youÕre going to host ÒThe Peanut Butter Night.Ó To promote the event, have students make a video about peanut butter. (Tell them the subject and make sure you view it before you show the group.) The funnier, the better!
Also, before the event, download music that talks about peanuts and peanut butter. (iTunes is a great place to find these.) Then play the music as kids come in. You can also play these songs while you are playing all of the games below.
Split the group into two teams. Jiff vs. Skippy
Have two big bowls of peanuts on one end of the room and then have two bowls on the other end. Have students form a line behind their bowl of peanuts. Give them a plastic spoon and tell them they are to run down to the full bowl and scoop out some peanuts, and then run back to the empty bowl and put them in it. Only one person can run at once for each team. First team to fill their empty bowl wins.
Grab two volunteers from each team. Give all four of them another plastic spoon apiece. They must get a spoonful of peanut butter and put it on the roof of their mouth. The leader then whispers the title of a song into their ear that they must sing as a duet. Their group then tries to guess the name of the song. Repeat the process for the other Òduet.Ó The winner is the group who correctly guessed their song in the shortest amount of time.
Before hand have the leaders or extra volunteers put peanut butter on pieces of bread. Then have the students line up about ten feet away from a bulls eye (painted on a piece of plywood) and toss the open faced piece of bread and peanut butter at the target. If thrown right it will stick to the target.
Simply put: who can toss a peanut butter and jelly sandwich the farthest. Points go to the longest toss in the ÒgirlsÕ divisionÓ and ÒguysÕ division.Ó
Guess The Peanut
Have a jar full of peanuts and have the students guess how many are in the jar. The team with the closest guess wins points.
If you want to keep the event peanut-centered, you can even serve peanut-based foods. Circus peanuts, PB&J sandwiches, Snickers candy bars, Nutrageous candy bars, ReeseÕs Peanut Butter Cups, etc. (Make sure you notify kids with peanut allergies ahead of time!)
Idea by Jonathan C.
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Bullying Breakthrough; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.