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2011 Gross Out Olympics 
 
Sep. 3, 2011 2:36 pm 
Updated: Sep. 8, 2011 11:29 am
Do you ever find yourself telling the kids “Stop playing with your food!”?  Well I just discovered a way to let them get it all out of their system.
Recently, our county Parks & Recreation held the Gross Out Olympics for kids age 3 and up.  It was the last one of three for this summer but the event will be back, just as gross, next summer.
My daughter saw an article on Gig Harbor Patch about it and asked me to sign her up for it.  I was a little surprised that my “girlie-girl” would be interested but then I remembered:  this is the little girl who would go out in the rain, dig in the mud for worms, and then try fishing with them in the river behind my Aunts house.  All while wearing a dress and tiara.
We weren’t entirely sure what it was going to be like so we discussed it during the drive to the Recreational Center where they are held.  What would happen at something titled “Gross Out Olympics?”
Some tables were set up in a large grassy area outside the Rec Center.  Shortly after we arrive, they jump right into the first event.  The kids were handed a paper plate with four lumps of brightly colored pudding (blue, yellow, green & red) and sheets of paper.  They were instructed to find a spot in the grass and finger paint.  Of course, within the first five minutes the kids had moved beyond the paper and were painting themselves and each other.
Everyone was sent to run through a strategically placed sprinkler which, as the day went on, I came to see as a critical part of the competition.
The next events were as follows:
  • Snake Pit Relay:  the kids divided into 4 teams and, relay style, raced down one by one to a large tub filled with marshmallows and water.  And rubber snakes and bugs.  They had to reach in and pull out one snake, not a bug, then race back and add it to their teams pile of snakes until all the snakes are found.  The slimy marshmallow water was the perfect medium for this game.
  • Human Cheese Puff Toss:  Teams of two sit facing each other.  One members face is coated in whipped cream while the other is given a handful of cheese puffs to throw and stick to the whipped cream.  Before long it all falls off, whipped cream and all, and that participant is sent over for a quick wash in the sprinkler then the whole process is repeated but the kids switch sides.
  • Bubblegum Bubble Blowing:  The gum was distributed and it was almost completely silent for this event.  Was this a clever move on the part of the activity director to get a mini-break during the middle of the games?  I don’t know if that was an active decision on their part but I am going to remember this the next time I have a rowdy bunch of kids and I need a few minutes of peace and quiet.
  • The Jello Toss:  The kids are divided into teams of two and given an individual serving size cup of Jello.  They carefully remove it from the cup and start to toss it back in forth, in the spirit of the egg or water balloon toss.  In a not entirely surprising turn of events, this gentle tossing quickly escalated into a minor Jello war.
  • Scrambled Eggs and Banana Splits:  Participants navigate through a simple maze of cones on the ground and walk through the sprinkler, all while holding either a raw egg or a peeled banana that has been soaking in water for an hour under their chin.  They continue through the course until the egg breaks or the banana disintegrates.
  • The finale – The Chocolate Syrup Plate:  a paper plate with a simple shape drawn on it is coated in a thick layer of chocolate syrup and placed in front of a participant.  With their hands behind their back, they have to use only their face to push, drink, slurp or in any way move the chocolate to figure out the design underneath the syrup.
It was pretty gross to watch but the kids had good clean fun by getting dirty.  Kate and I are looking forward to the event next year.  And this gave us an idea.  What a great activity for summer parties with a large group of children to keep occupied. 
Just make sure you have a sprinkler handy!
The chocolate syrup plate
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Pudding finger painting
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The snake pit
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Comments
Sep. 3, 2011 2:57 pm
Michelle - I love that! I'm going to suggest it to our HOA. And may just do it with my 4 grands. They'd eat it up. Har!
 
Sep. 3, 2011 3:28 pm
Geez that made me chuckle, what a great idea. I can't wait for grandkids, their parents will hate me...
 
Sep. 3, 2011 5:41 pm
lucylove, hope your HOA takes up the idea. It's so much fun. The kids just love the idea of doing something that's usually forbidden!
 
Sep. 3, 2011 5:42 pm
Raedwulf, it's a great idea for the grandkids! I know a few adults who would love to do it too!
 
Sep. 3, 2011 6:16 pm
You have a gift of Kids... this is right up my talented nieces alley! check out her blog!http://crittersandcrayons.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/our-first-cake-pops/ I love her I know you will too!
 
Sep. 3, 2011 11:53 pm
Thank you, Terry! And thank you for the link to your nieces blog. I love it! She's funny and informative. And you can tell she's a great mom, too. I'm subscribing to her blog so I can get updates.
 
Sep. 4, 2011 10:03 am
Your very welcome!
 
Sep. 4, 2011 5:19 pm
great read! my wife a former gifted teacher read it and said it was cute. big complimenent from her! i loved it! the great northwest truly does rock!
 
Sep. 5, 2011 9:40 pm
Thank you for the wonderful compliment, gderr. That means a lot. My (step) mom was one of those wonderful, wonderful teachers that every child should have. A true teacher to the core. She is retired but loves substituting. Overworked, underpaid & underappreciated. We need to figure out a way to keep and reward the great teachers and the help new teachers become great teachers. Quit losing the great ones to the private sector. I'll stop now...or maybe make a blog post about this subject!! :-) Thanks!
 
 
 
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About Me
I am the mother of 3 - 22 & 19 yr old boys and a 10 yr old girl. We have a pyrotechnics company and get to experience fun events all over the state and country. After a lifetime of rarely leaving Washington State, I love experiencing new foods during our travels.
My favorite things to cook
Just about anything except baking. I like to "wing it" when I am cooking which isn't good for baking. And it's also a problem when everyone loves something I made. It can be difficult to come up with the same thing twice. We dine at restaurants the majority of the time but I love being able to make a home-cooked meal for my family.
My cooking tragedies
When I was about 10, my sister and I tried to make a recipe for Shepherds Pie that used instant mashed potatoes but we neglected to prepare the potatoes before adding them on top. It turned out glue-like but the adults did a great job of eating some of it and telling us it was "just fine". But there was a lot of water consummed with that meal!!!
 
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