Camp continued as we went Off to the Carnival!
Here are a few snapshots of what happened.
From the Garden to Table/Cooking Center: The Shooting Stars facilitated campers in Table-to-Garden and cooking activities during Carnival Week. Campers got to make their own fresh squeezed lemonade with mint on Monday. On Tuesday, the children picked basil from the garden and help make fresh pesto which they ate on French bread. Finally, on Thursday the children watched popcorn pop and then got to eat it just like at the carnival: fresh and hot!
From the Science/Sensory: This week of summer camp it was off to the carnival. We made snow cones at out science and sensory station on Monday. The children got to watch ice transform into small shavings and then we poured apple juice on their individual cones. “Wow, this is really good,” some of the children said. There was lots of excitement on the yard as the children got to eat popcorn, participate in ring toss, bean bag throwing as well as song and dance. One of the books we read during the week was Ten Apples Up On Top! The kids got to practice their counting skills as they read along with the book written by Theo LeSieg.
From the Art and Construction Center: During the off to the Carnival Week, the art and construction center consisted of large recycled materials (large tubes, cardboard boxes,and foam board) that the children assembled with tape to create a large-scale carnival of their own. Children shared supplies such as scissors and tape, and came up with ideas for what the structure could be, such as: tunnels, slides, traps, stages, tents, tracks, and doors. There were many instances of collaboration and negotiation among the children, as well as creative use and manipulation of the materials. They built for two days, and unfortunately the rain took our work away. On the final day, we used small wooden blocks to test how many we can stack without losing balance.
From the Dramatic Play Center: In the dramatic play center, we had several carnival games just like at a true carnival. The children purchased and paid tickets to try their hand at balancing on a balance beam and tossing balls in the holes. If they got three balls in they got an extra shot. Also, there was a face painting station where the children chose what shapes and colors they wanted to become a clown. And on water play day, the children again paid tickets to throw rings at “gold fish” or “dunk” a teacher at the dunk booth.