Au Pair Sis

As a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair, I am constantly trying to improve the cultural childcare experience for my Au Pairs and Host Families. I was approached by an Au Pair in my cluster who wanted a way to connect with other Au Pairs and learn more about the American culture. I approached Go Au Pair about this and after months of preparation, we released the Au Pair Sis program. This is an interactive online community that offers support and guidance during the Au Pairs stay in America and beyond. I was fortunate enough to be selected as the Au Pair Sis! Each week, I post blogs and videos about Cultural Differences, recipes, crafts, games and we even have a book club and a weekly Ask Au Pair Sis; where Au Pairs can ask questions to other LARs and headquarters.  Learn more about the Au Pair Sis program here http://www.goaupair.com/meet-au-pair-sis.aspx.

If you want to check out our interactive online community, we are on Facebook: www.facebook.com/goaupair, Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoAuPair and Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/goaupair/.

It has been so much fun working with a company that actually cares! I look forward to connecting with you in our online community!

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Car Race Game

  • I used 2 pieces of black construction paper and cut them into 8 rectangles.
  • I used a white crayon to draw the street lines down the middle of each of them.
  • I used yellow construction paper to cut out the lines, and used double stick tape to stick them on the roads, creating squares out of the roads.
  • I used clear contact paper to “laminate” the roads so they wouldn’t get bent in our game.

The game is simply to get from one end of the road to the other. We used toy cars for our game pieces and a big yellow toy dice. The funnest part is that since the 8 road rectangles are not connected, we can change the game-board each time we play!
AND it’s great to practice counting & numbers too!

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Red Light, Green Light

This Outdoor Game for Kids can be played just about anywhere and is always enjoyed:

With enough room, this game can easily be played inside. One person is the traffic light at one end, and the other players are at the other end. When the traffic light faces the group, he or she says, “Red light!” and everyone must freeze. The traffic light then turns his or her back and says, “Green light!” while the group tries to get as close to the traffic light as possible. The traffic light turns around quickly, again saying, “Red light!”, and if anyone is spotted moving, they have to go back to the starting place. The first person to tag the traffic light wins and gets to be the next traffic light.
Number of Players: A small group.
Equipment: None. (red and green pins pictured are optional)

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Horse: A Basketball Game of Shooting Skill

Horse is a great game for young and old since it requires shooting skill rather than stamina and athleticism.

Ages

Any child who is old enough to sink a basket can play.

Equipment Needed

One basketball goal and a basketball are required.

Where to Play

You can play wherever there is a basketball goal.

How to Play

Players line up. The first player announces what shot he is going to make and takes his shot. If he misses, he goes to the end of the line. If he makes the basket, the next player must make the same shot. If the second player misses, he gets an “H,” and it is the next player’s turn to announce a shot and try to make it. Each time a player fails to make a shot that his predecessor made, he gets another letter until someone has spelled “horse.” At that point the player is out. The other players continue play until only one player is left.

Variations

If there are large differences in height, you may want to outlaw the dunk shot. Some players allow the player who has received the “E” one more shot to try to stay in the game. If longer or shorter games are desired, different words can be spelled.

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Barnyard

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Moos and oinks fill the air as players race to find their fellow animals in this hilariously noisy menagerie matchup.

Great for: All ages

Number of players: 6 or more

What You Need
Index cards
Pen or marker

Instructions
Choose one person to be the farmer. Her job is to think of two to four types of farm animals, then whisper one to each player. (To help younger kids remember their assignments, write or draw the animals on index cards.)
At “Go,” each player belts out his or her animal’s sound (a goat’s bleat or a chicken’s squawk, for example) and runs to find other players making the same noise. The first group to herd itself together and sit down wins.
Variations:
After a few rounds, mix it up with animals found in a zoo, jungle, or pet shop so that players can make different sounds.

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Jug Catch

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Materials

Utility knife
One gallon-size plastic jug per player
Duct tape (optional)
One tennis ball or beanbag per player

Directions

Use a utility knife to cut a one-gallon plastic jug in half horizontally.
Recycle the bottom half of the jug, but save the top half (the half with the handle).
If you like, cover the cut edge of the jug with duct tape.
Two or more children playing together can use the jugs to toss a tennis ball or beanbag back and forth without touching it with their hands.
child playing alone can toss a ball or beanbag in the air and catch it in his jug, seeing how many successful catches he can make in a row.

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Crab Soccer

Split up into two teams.  Each team lines up on one side of a small soccer field, with goals at either end.  The goals can be proper goals or two chairs; The field can be any size – it depends on the size of your group but it can be half the size of a basketball court.
Players on both teams are assigned a number, starting at “1” on each team.
Put the soccer ball in the very middle of the field, then have the umpire call out a number.  The team members who have been assigned the number crab walk to the centre and try and kick the soccer ball through for a goal.
When a goal is scored, return the ball to the centre and start again.  If the ball gets stuck or kids are taking too long, call another number and the original pair return to the line.

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