Twinkie Creations

I recently started a new tween group at my: TAG (Tween Activity Group… I thought TWAG sounded silly). We weren’t having a lot of luck with attendance at tween programs so I decided to sort of copy our YAC (Youth Advisory Council) and start a somewhat similar tween group. I am using former YAC programs that were proven successes to start with the hopes that it will help build momentum. For our inaugural TAG we did a truly awesome program. I didn’t make it up, so I can’t take any credit but it is so stupendous I had to share…. Twinkie Creations!!!

How this work is you provide Twinkies and lots of great supplies and let the participants get creative and make some awesome creations. Possible supplies include but are in no way limited to:

  • frosting,
  • food coloring,
  • marshmallows
  • chocolate chips
  • coconut
  • sprinkles

After everyone made their creations, we voted on random categories. I instituted the rule that no one was allowed to vote for themselves. This could really be anything but tonight I used these categories:

  • best use of supplies
  • most life-like
  • cutest creature
  • craziest creature
  • most delicious looking
  • best overall

The best part of this is really the creations themselves. Here are some awesome examples created by the TAG kids.

I really like this one. I was informed that it’s a cowboy. I think she added some pants after the picture was taken.

This one has great teeth! Very fierce!

We’ve had a bit of a debate about this one around the library. Maybe a submarine? Maybe a creepy crawly bug? Great use of supplies.

I think this one was some sort of spaceship. It also sort of reminds me of a toothache!

There were so many more (20 participants in all!) and each and every one was very creative and totally awesome!