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July 26, 2013

Summer Camp Recap: Dancin’ with the Plants and Fairytale Forest

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, Dancin’ with the Plants, is a dance and movement-based camp for campers 4-5 years of age. The second, Fairytale Forest, is a fairytale-based camp for campers the same age. Both camps are full of crafts, games, stories, songs, and lots of fun!

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Dancin’ with the Plants 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 and decorated T-shirts with animal tracks. Throughout the week, campers learned about pollination, plant life cycles, weather and composting. They loved dancing with scarves and hunting for insects all week long!

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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.

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 photos were taken by our photography intern, Cory Doman.

July 26, 2013

Summer Camp Recap: A Bug’s World and Shutterbugs

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 morning camps. The first, Shutterbugs, is a photography-based camp from campers 6-7 years of age. The second, A Bug’s World, is an insect-themed camp for campers 4-5 years of age. Both camps are full of crafts, games, stories, songs, and lots of fun!

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Shutterbugs uses digital photography to give campers a new way to look at the world around them. Campers learned about perspective, lighting, framing and composition, practicing their skills as they toured the Conservatory. Every day, they viewed at their best photos from the previous day to look for different photographic elements. Campers also colored in black and white photos, created photo props for group pictures and even made their own pin-hole cameras! They loved seeing their skill improve every day.

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A Bug’s World takes campers on a journey into the world of arthropods. Campers learned about butterflies, honeybees, ladybugs, grasshoppers, worms and other garden friends. They even got to meet a beekeeper and try on her hat and gloves. Campers went bug hunting every day, finding such neat bugs as a preying mantis, milkweed beetle and loads of potato bugs! Campers loved acting out the lifecycles and singing songs all about each featured critter.

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 photos were taken by Amanda Joy, Christie Lawry and Hanna Mosca.

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