Friday, June 4, 2010

Camp Out!

This week was the beginning of our summer camp.  We take a little break after our last day of school/graduation, etc. and then start back up with camp.  Camp runs for 7 weeks and then I get a 3 week break to prepare for the new school year.  During camp we plan fun theme weeks.  I love to do theme weeks, it seems to make lesson planning easier and we can keep fun centers out a bit longer.  I may do this for our new school year.  

So, here are a few of the fun things we did this week:

Art Project #1: Go Fish!
 Materials: Rubber Worms, Dowel, String, Paint, Paper
I made Fishing Poles with "bait" tied to the ends.  The kids dipped the "bait" into paint and went to town.  It was fun...but I thought it was going to be messier.  I was disappointed in the cleanliness they left behind.

Snack #1: Go Fish (again):

Pretzel sticks, peanut butter (or cream cheese for allergies) and goldfish crackers.  Kids had a blast putting their fishing poles (pretzel sticks) into some bait (p.b./c.c.) and then try to catch some fish!  This may have been the longest snack time we've had....they had more fun with this snack then they did with art!  :)

Science Project #1: Grassy Pine cones

Materials needed: Pine cones, grass seed, bowl, water
Wet your pine cone, sprinkle seeds into the pine cone and then set it into the bowl.  Add about 2 inches of water to the bowl, check on it everyday.  We observed that the pine cones closed up overnight.  Now they are trying to figure out why. :)  Over the next several weeks, tiny sprouts of grass should find it's way out of the pine cone. 

Art Project #2: S'mores!

Materials needed: 3 in. light brown paper squares, 2 in.dark brown paper squares, shaving cream/glue mixture.
Children can glue the light brown squares down and then add the dark brown on top to resemble a graham cracker w/ a chocolate bar on top.  Now to add the marshmallow-you guessed it, shaving cream/glue mixture!  

Science Project #2: Solar Oven
Materials needed: Box, Aluminum Foil
Line the box with aluminum foil.  Set box out in the sun for about 2-3 hours.  This should make it hot.  (We are in the desert, so it probably takes more time depending on where you live). 

Snack Project #2: S'mores!

We used grahams, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows to put together our s'more.  Wrap it up in foil and place in the solar oven.  Check every 1/2 hour.  If all else fails, place in the microwave! :)  Sticky, gooey mess = YUMMY FUN!

Of course, we had many other fun games, stories, activities, songs, etc. to go along with our theme.  This entry is long enough...for you and for me! :)

1 comment:

  1. I agree, it's aggravating when things aren't as messy as you expect!

    We're totally doing the pine cone project. That looks fun.

    And I'm laughing and laughing at the idea that a solar oven could EVER get hot enough here . . . That said we did get a record breaking week of 100+ here last summer so anything's possible! =)


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