Fun with Gnomes

Week 4 of Summer Reading was all about Gnomes & Fairies. For the school age group we decided to have a gnome party! We did relay races, games, origami, and had a snack!



Gnome History: We started out the program by discussing folklore of gnomes. I found a website that described the history and types of gnomes. I put up pictures on a PowerPoint of the different gnomes so the group could actually see the difference. The kids thought this was pretty interesting because they only knew about garden gnomes.

History of Gnomes & Types of Gnomes

Credit: eHow

Book: The Hidden Folk: Stories of Fairies, Dwarves, Selkies, and Other Secret Beings by Lise Lunge-Larsen
This book has great folktales about fairies and gnomes! The tale about the gnome is a great story to read to a school age group.


The group really wanted to do games this week so I came up with some gnome relay races. I got my inspiration from minute-to-win-it games! I picked some of the activities and then themed the games to gnomes 🙂

Flying Gnome Hats: The object of this game is to blow the gnomes hat off the table using only a straw! The gnome hats are made out of plastic cups with felt on top to make the pointy hat. I had them do this as a relay race. Once the hat was blown all the way down the table and off the edge they had to set it back up at the beginning for the next person in line. This was a lot of fun!


Gnome Beards: I had volunteers cut out a gnome beard for each team. The teams then designated one person to be “the gnome”. The gnomes held their beards up (we taped popsicle sticks to the back) while the other team members glued on cotton balls! They had to glue as many as they could in 3 minutes. Afterwards we counted the cotton balls to determine the winner. The team that had the best strategy glued 56 onto the beard! This was too fun!

Gnome Puzzle: For this game, I made my own version of a gnome puzzle! Using Paint, I colored in a gnome coloring sheet and then printed it out on cardstock. Each puzzle was cut in the same amount of pieces at the same spots.

Gnome Puzzle: Gnome Picture

Credit: Picgifs


Toadstool Origami: I thought learning to do origami  would be too difficult but they were better at it than me! I had a YouTube video playing that gave great instructions and showed how to do each step. After we finished, the group colored their mushrooms with glitter crayons 🙂  They turned out great.

Credit & Instructional Video:



Leah made some amazing Toadstool Cupcakes for the program … but they were gobbled up before we could take a picture.   Cupcakes Wishes and Birthday Dreams has made some very cute ones – with pictures!

Toadstool Cupcakes: 

  1. Bake cupcakes according to instructions and allow to cool.
  2. Ice cupcakes with white icing.
  3. Dip cupcakes in red sugar crystals. (This is much easier than trying to dye icing red!)
  4. Press 3-5 inverted white chocolate chips into the icing for dots.

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