Campers Celebrate the Beauty of Autumn!

by Melissa Harding

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Kicking off our Celebrate! series of seasonal camps was a fun look at autumn in Celebrate! Fall Harvest. Campers  learned about the seasonal cycle of deciduous trees, created delicious fall snacks, and collected treasures from the garden to make beautiful crafts.

To begin, campers used fallen leaved to make “leaf creatures”, a craft based on the book Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. They glued leaves together to create animals, people and scenes from nature, using markers to embellish their designs. Next, campers learned why trees lose their leaves and that different trees turn different colors based on the pigments inside of their leaves. They also talked about how trees can store food in their roots to help them through their winter hibernation. Campers then read Fall, Leaves, Fall! by Zoe Hall and talked about the beautiful colors of the season.

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By this time, everyone was hungry for a healthy snack! Campers made a yummy pumpkin dip out of yogurt, canned pumpkin and cinnamon to eat with apple slices. They also air popped popcorn; campers loved to watch the popped kernels tumble out of the machine and enjoyed being able to add fistfuls of seeds to the popper. When it was done, campers sprinkled cinnamon and salt on their popcorn to make a seasonal treat.

After snack, campers took a walk through the outdoor gardens, gathering fall treasures from the ground in a basket. They heaped it full of leaves, sticks, pinecones, flowers, and seeds! They also used color matchers to observe the variety of colors in the garden. When the basket was too full to hold anymore, campers headed back into the classroom to weave their treasures into beautiful nature weavings. Finally, the day was completed with a final story, The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall, and the Goodbye Song.

To learn how to make nature weavings at home, check out this how-to Home Connections post!

To learn how to make color matchers and other observation tools, check out this post!

If you missed this program and would like to join us next month for Celebrate! Fitness, please contact Sarah Bertovich at (412)-441-4442 ext. 3925. For a complete list of all our spring programs, please visit our website.

The above photos were taken by Allaire Temen.

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