For Spring Break this year we came up with the idea of a day camp about a traditional camp. The idea was to make tents, do bird watching, bug collecting, archery, go on hikes and picnics, along with each day having some reading time and drawing time. It turned out better than I ever expected. We all had a rewarding time.
ARCHERYEach morning after doing some warm up drawings the kids settled into the tents for some story time.
After lunch we took the arrows to a park near us and did some archery by throwing our arrows through a wire hoop decorated with a cardboard center. The kids came up with a lot of other games themselves. It was such a wonderful way to get the kids to work together on the first day.
BIRDS and POSTCARDS HOME
On the 2nd day we started our birdwatching portion of camp. We made collaged birds starting with white card stock paper. After looking at images of birds the kids chose a bird or made up a bird and drew them onto the white paper. They colored them in and then added all kinds of ribbon and feathers and of course glitter.
We made binoculars from tp tubes and duct tape. The kids had a great time finding all kinds of uses for their binoculars.
In the afternoon, while waiting for our collaged birds to dry, we used printmaking to make postcards to send home. We used scratch foam for this process which is so simple to use. Ages 4 -7 all found this printing engaging.
Here are the postcards ready to go to the mailbox.
We all trekked to the mailbox to mail our cards home.
During lunch I placed the birds in trees and bushes around the neighborhood. We talked about where birds live and where we might look for them. After lunch we went on a bird watching excursion. the kids had to look for their birds hiding in the neighborhood. They used their binoculars which was amazing and some of the older kids who could read and write made check lists for each bird so they checked the birds off as they found them.
We all went on a hike through the neighborhood with flags the children had made that morning.
We hiked to a picnic lunch at the park in our tents.
After reading about and looking at all kinds of bugs each child made bugs on watercolor paper, beatles, centipedes, and a lot of butterflies.
Again during lunch we pinned the bugs to trees and placed them in bushes for the kids to find.
After we collected all the bugs the kids put them into a collection using a shoe box top.
Each morning after our initial warm- up free drawing time the kids made badges for each task they accomplished each day. They drew images onto small pieces of cotton and we strung beads onto safety pins to add something special.
The kids proudly wore them during the day.