Summer Camp Recap: Fairy Tale Forest and Backyard Art

by Melissa Harding

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Summer Camp Recap is our Friday seasonal segment featuring our summer camp programs. This is the place for camp parents to find pictures of their campers in action and see all the fun things we did all week. It’s also a great place for educators to pick up craft, story and lesson ideas for their own early childhood programs!

This week, we had two camps, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning camp, Backyard Art, is a nature-based art camp for campers 4-5 years of age. The afternoon camp, Fairytale Forest, is a camp for the same age that looks at plants through the lens of fairytales. Both camps are full of crafts, games, stories and lots of fun!

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Fairytale Forest is a whimsical camp that teaches basic botany in a multidisciplinary manner. This camp is so popular that we run it twice a summer! Every day, campers read a different fairytale and learn about its featured plant through games, activites and exploration. The camp featured: Cinderella and her pumpkin, Stone Soup and vegetable gardens, The Princess and the Pea (and peas!), The Little Red Hen and her wheat, and Jack and the Beanstalk and different seeds. Campers made fairy crowns, party hats to attend Cinderella’s ball and magic wands. They also searched for missing slippers in the garden and planted their very own pumpkins and beanstalks. Campers loved to hear their favorite stories read aloud and enjoyed playing in the gardens, pretending to be princes and princesses.

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Backyard Art turns traditional art camps on their heads by focusing on the plants and materials that make the art, rather than the art itself. Campers learned why using recycled materials in art projects is important, how the plants they pick for their projects grow and why storytelling is a great way to share what you learn. Throughout the week, campers made puppets, nature weavings and decorated T-shirts. They created art journals and used them to sketch plants in the Conservatory, study bugs, and complete observation exercises. They also played a lot of games and read tons of stories. Campers loved putting on puppet shows and gathering flowers in the gardens.

Check out the slideshow below for more images from our week!

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For more pictures from Summer Camp, check out our Flickr page!

The above pictures were taken by our photography intern, Cory Doman.

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