Reformation Day 2012

4 Apr

Well, a while back, I posted ideas for a Reformation Day party that I never got to do. So this past fall, we actually did it! Our 1st Annual Reformation Day Party!!

The weather turned out to not be so great, but some friends show up and we had a good time anyway. Note to self: if planning an outdoor party in late October, have some way to move it indoors if needed.

So here’s how it went:

As each family arrived, every family got an Operation Christmas Child shoebox to fill (I picked up mine, in installments, from a local LifeWay Christian Stores bookstore) and a party bag. I explained that some of the activity stations were marked with a special OCC sticker and some weren’t. Then as we went around and did each activity, if an OCC sticker was on the game sign the prize went in the shoebox. If it wasn’t, the prize went in their bag. Half the prizes won were for the kids to put in their shoebox i, and the other half were for them to put in their party bag.

Games: Our theme this year was around Martin Luther, and each game station had a “blurb” I wrote up giving some details, interesting facts and history about Luther’s life and work.

1) Luther’s Study — story time with a children’s book about Luther (you could have someone pretend to be Luther and tell the kids about his life. We tried to have that, but it didn’t work out).

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2) Pin the Hat on the Reformer – Martin Luther poster, hat cutouts, masking tape, blindfold. Just like “pin the tail on the donkey” game.

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3) Nail the 95 Theses — I printed out all 95 Theses, taped them to a scroll and hung it up on a door on our shed. Because the prize at this station was water, I filled a wheelbarrow with ice, taped a select number of individually cut out Theses protected in plastic baggies to mini water bottles and buried them in the ice. The kids had to dig them out, find a bottle with a baggie on it, get their Theses out, read it and put it up in the right spot. With the youngest ones, we read it for them and helped them figure out where it went.

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4) Staupitz’s Swan Race — kiddie pool filled halfway with water, solid object in the middle to travel around, ping-pong or foam balls, straws. The kids had to use the straws to blow their floating ball from a set starting point around the object in the middle and back to the starting point.

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5) Katie’s Kitchen Egg Race — I made an obstacle course of things to go around, over, through, etc. and the kids used spoons to balance an egg from start to finish. Younger kids got big spoons or even ladles, older kids got soup spoons. 🙂

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6) Sola Fishing — I used a kiddie pool, filled it with ballpit balls, and hid foam fish with rings attached to them. I also made a poster with each Reformation Sola written out and a symbol representing it. Some fish had symbols on them representing a Sola, matching the Sola poster. They had to get at least one “Sola” fish, match it to the symbol on the poster and read the Sola statement that it represented. I had pencil “fishing poles” with simple paperclip hooks attached to the end of the string.

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7) Luther Rose Bowling — We have a set of plastic kid bowling pins, so I used these, and just taped a Luther Rose onto one of them. Then they had to try to bowl and knock over the one pin with the Rose on it. I also had a poster explaining the parts of the Luther Rose and how he used them to outline the Gospel.

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8) Wheel the Wagon to Wartburg — I set up a path of traffic cones in our driveway. Taped to each one was a picture of various “foes” of Luther. The object of the game was to roll a hula hoop down through the line of cones, weaving through them without touching one “foe” and get Luther safely to “Wartburg castle”. If you touched a cone, you had to start all over again. Older kids had to go down and back again. Younger kids just had to go through one way.

[No picture, but you can kind of see it in the one above for the bowling game.]

9) The last stop was back to Luther’s Study, to pack up all the prizes in the OCC boxes, explain those a little more in detail so families knew what to do with them when they went home. And, as some of the prizes in their bags were snacks, this was the perfect chance to sit down and enjoy them. 🙂

I had actually wanted to make an “entry way” to Wittenburg town, or Lutherstadt, to welcome our guests. But that didn’t happen. The wind made it too hard to put anything up like that. And I ran out of time to create.

I had also planned for a much bigger party than what we ended up with, so I had created two rotation maps through the “Town of Wittenberg” (our game station area) for two separate groups, so no one would have to be standing around for a long time, waiting for everyone to go through. We didn’t need these at all, but it was helpful to think through the logistics of how to do something like this on a larger scale.

All in all, we had a lot of fun and wished more friends had come to brave the cold and wind with us! 🙂 We didn’t miss having a Halloween party one bit!!!! And we learned about an important figure in our Christian heritage, too.

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2 Responses to “Reformation Day 2012”

  1. Boys of Courage April 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    We had a great time! Totally blessed by learning more about Martin Luther, and your amazing creativity! Hope you can do this again… we’ll be there! ~Karen (for the family, too!)

  2. drew April 5, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    Long time no post. Glad you are back to Luther instead of recipes ☺

    You might like this link: http://www.livinglutheran.com/seeds/elca-members-halloween-and-all-saints-day.html#_login

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