We brought a candy last year and ended up giving out about 400. Most kids took lots of candy. We had so much we weren't restricting anyone. If the item is larger, than fewer are necessary; if it's smaller and edible, then probably more. The thing is: you have stuff and when it's gone, it's gone. No biggie.
We made little sculpty brain keychains for the judges which we handed out after the competition was officially closed, so it would be viewed with the intention it was given with- a thank-you for their support and time. We're thinking what we can do this year for the judges. It's so nice of these professionals to give up their time, really take an interest in the kids activities, and offer positive feedback that helps them grow as a team. I think they deserve a give away too :)
I agree with Sonya, though, that whatever it is shouldn't be wasteful. Having
stuff that just gets thrown away is not helpful to the kids or the
landfills. That's why we went with food stuff last year, but if you're competition area prohibits it then just carefully consider it's usefulness post competition day.
On Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 3:31 PM, Sonya Shaver <[log in to unmask]>
I agree about the food allergy issue. I have kids on my team with nut, egg, etc, allergies, and I think if you choose to bring a food item, something like hard candy or a lollipop is probably better. I think bringing items to swap is fun for the kids, but to be honest, I have to say I also think that it can be kind of wasteful, all that stuff. We talked about this as a team. If there is an item that can serve the purpose of getting the kids to interact, but also be a useful item or an item with information on it, that seems to make more sense to me. For example, one year, my team made little cards (about twice the size of a business card) with information about their research project on it. They came up with it themselves, we printed it on cardstock, cut them on the paper cutter, and it was very inexpensive.
Sonya in Harrisonburg
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