One of my favourite parts of the cottage might be putting together some fun activities for all of the resort kids. I've found that having something organized helps my kids make friends more quickly with the other kids and let's be honest - it's pretty fun to watch the kids run all over the place looking for clues.
This year we had three main activities:
"Mr Bear's Treasure Hunt": I've done a few of these now, hiding clues that lead to a piñata. This year I didn't make the clues into a puzzle map and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the kids. Lesson learned: don't mess with tradition. Luckily the piñata lasted through all the kids and there was sufficient candy to satisfy all. Amelia had her own fan club.
Week 2 Scavenger hunt: I'm always amazed with what kids bring back when you ask for "a rainbow" (something for each colour of the rainbow). I took a risk in asking for something belonging to an animal - was not expecting the eggs, ham or yogurt! We ended up with a tie-breaker that was supposed to be whoever brought back the most different kinds of pine cones, but the kids interpreted as whoever could bring back the most pine cones. Fun times.
Elephant Birthday Party: Elizabeth's elephant is one of those stuffies that came with a birthday noted on the tag. Said birthday happened while we were at the cottage, so I promised to bake a cake and we took it down to the beach to share.