Out of respect for campers that did not wish their photos to be shared I tried to exclude photos of them. In a few cases where they are present I have 'smudged' them, as well as any pictures that may have included names of the children. I just wanted you to have a heads up if you wondered about those funny looking smudges in the photos!!
Day 1: Mammals
I love how the campers are always so shy and quiet when they first arrive...and all it takes is one round of the name game and POOF...shyness is kicked to the curb, and their true colours begin to shine!!!!
To introduce classification the campers were challenged to sort lego animals.
To introduce each animal group I set up scavenger hunts. Today they hunted for mammal facts. As they found their cards they were excited to share their information with each other!!
We talked about the characteristics of mammals and looked at some 'tricky' ones (some lay eggs, some live in the ocean, some fly, etc.). To reinforce the concept that not ALL mammals follow the rules, we made 'flying' bats.
Game time. We played mammals vs non-mammals.
Our project for the week was to create pizza box classification board games. Today we brainstormed ideas and decided on a name for our games. Then we got to decorate our boxes.
Next up, a game of animal capture to reinforce the concepts. Each camper chose an animal. They had to run whenever a characteristic was called that they possessed. The caller chose characteristics such as warm-blooded, vertebrate, fur, drink milk from their mother, lays eggs, etc. If the animal catcher caught them they switched places.
A little characteristic hop scotch!!
We added a few more details to our board games before heading home.
Day 2: Reptiles
Our morning 'waiting for everyone to arrive' activities.
As we talked about reptile characteristics, we explored various types of body coverings. We had a few 'animal volunteers' help us out.
Time for a break!
Getting crafty with reptiles...making ssssnakes!!! We took some time to look at photos of different kinds of snakes as inspiration for our creations.
As they finished up with their snakes, they did a bit of work on their board games.
In keeping with the snake theme, we played "I like ssssssandwiches".
And then we shed some skin!
Now that our base coats were dry, we added details to our snakes.
Those that were done were able to have some time on their game designs.
The campers chose their favourite reptiles and made popsicle stick puzzles.
Day 3: Amphibians
Going on our amphibian scavenger hunt.
Today we took a quick minute to finish up our snakes with some eyes and tongues.
Next up we created games from a wooden tray. The campers had the choice of making 'Amphibian Pond Hop' or a classification game that one camper named 'Snatch Animals'.
Some board game time was next...they are really starting to look great!!!
For craft time we made frog bookmarks.
Then we got a head start on our bird craft. Today we moulded the clay and set them out to dry.
The campers finished the day by designing an outdoor board game where they were the pieces, and they had to answer questions in order to proceed.
Day 4: Fish
Starting out with some fish activity sheets.
Then on to our fish hunt.
Today's craft was creating a game called 'Don't Wake the Shark'. We got set up, and started designing their storage bags.
To complete our craft/game we made play dough fish to stamp out our game pieces. I love how they turned out!
Next we put a base coat on our bird pieces so that they would be dry for the next day.
We played 'Gone Fishing'.
An edible fish craft was up next...jello fish bowls!!!
After a quick break we got to work on finishing up our board games. Almost done!!!
Day 5: Birds
Some colouring to get the day started. They initiated great discussions about the colour differences between males and females, camouflage and bird 'habits'.
Time for a bird hunt!!
Our discussion about bird characteristics lead to feathers and flying. It's neat to see the reactions from kids that have seen lots of feathers before, but now take the time to actually LOOK at feathers!!
All birds have feathers!! But...what about penguins??? Yes, they have feathers too!!! Our bird craft was to create a Bird-Tac-Toe game with owls and penguins. They were really cute!! They even designed their own storage bags.
We added the final touches to our board games.
We set up our gym with board game stations. Each camper presented their games and we talked a bit out the expectations for the afternoon.
Our jello fish tanks were ready, and what I thought was going to be a special treat for the kids, was a flop!! Apparently sweedish fish soaked in jello has a 'not so pleasant' texture. Sorry kiddos!! It's the thought that counts...right!?!
GAME TIME!!! They spent the next little while playing each other's games. They switched up partners as they went along and had lots of fun!! (Little did they know, they were applying all of the knowledge they had learned this week!!)
A few rounds of 'Bird Knockers' to have an active break from the board games.
Another two rounds of game playing before they headed outside. The games were terrific and they had tons of fun!!
We ended with a bit of outdoor play before heading home!