Summer camp week 1: Camping theme
We had our first "official" week of summer camp this week and kicked it off with a camping theme. Tents were set up and the children loved playing in them, but particularly enjoyed fishing with our fishing poles. It was such a hit that we will continue "fishing" as long as the children enjoy it. Our bread this week was cooked over an actual small fire we made from some gathered sticks and leftover fire wood. We sang "A camping we will go" to the tune of "The farmer in the dell". In the sandbox, the kids could dig for "crack-opens" which are a plaster ball with a small treasure inside. When they find one, they can hammer it open and keep the treasure. Another hammering activity is hammering out toy sea animals frozen in a block of ice. The ice is a fun toy once broken, and even more appealing than the animals!
Inside, we carried on our camping theme and the children enjoyed playing with and in their sleeping bags. One game that was fun and an excellent gross motor exercise was giving one another rides on the sleeping bags. The rider had to hang on tight, and the puller had to really pull hard! We brought out flash lights and some children had dark little hideaways in the hallway, while others cozied up in a tent set up in the living room for a reading nook. The children enjoyed painting "binoculars" this week made from toilet paper tubes, and stringing beads on the ribbon straps.