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July 12, 2013

Summer Camp Recap: Groovin’ in the Garden and Plant Your Plate

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 first, Plant Your Plate, is food-based camp for campers 6-7 years of age. The second, Groovin’ in the Garden, is a dance and movement-based camp for campers the same age. Both camps are full of crafts, games, stories, songs, and lots of fun!

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Plant Your Plate is a fun way to look at botany through the lens of food. Where does our food come from? How do seeds turn into cucumbers and then how do those cucumbers turn into pickles? Campers learned how to turn whole foods into salsa, smoothies and even pickles. They sprouted beans in a jar, made tea sandwiches and built their own raised bed from scratch. Throughout the week, campers painted T-shirts, made chef hats and decorated aprons. They loved chopping, pickling and cooking their way through camp!

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Groovin’ in the Garden teaches about nature through movement. Through simple breathing exercises, pantomime and dance, campers learned about plant life cycles, birds, amphibians, insects, mammals, weather and rainbows. They made bird masks, bug antennas and butterfly wings to wear as they danced. They also made bird feeders, decorated pots and toad homes to nurture the critters that live in their backyards. Throughout the week, campers learned about pollination, plant life cycles, weather and composting. They loved dancing with scarves hunting for insects all week long!

Check out the slide show below for more images from the 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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