Our last week of camp flew by! We had so much fun in our final week together. Throughout the week we read folktales from around the world. On Monday we read How The Zebra Got Its Stripes from Namibia and used watercolors to paint illustrations of the different animals we heard described in the story. Later in the week we read Momotaro, the story of a Japanese boy who came from a peach and defeated some mean ogres. We looked at different illustrations of the story and noticed how different artists chose to show the story. We also learned a fun song to sing about Momotaro-San!
Outdoors we enjoyed some cooler weather. Along with lots of tree climbing, tag, and mud making we also had several witches brewing up some potions with eyeballs (acorns) and other witchy ingredients. The potions turned some friends into squirrels, sparkly unicorns, and one frog.
Without a caterpillar to be found we did more work hunting. Some friends noticed that the worms did not do well when we handled them too much so they built a worm refuge. The refuge had a soft muddy area with a water reservoir next to it that kiddos took turns replenishing with fresh water.
Theda introduces us to a new game, mud ball! This variation on tag was a favorite played for the entire week! All you need to play is a mud ball and several giggling children!!!
On Thursday we had our field trip to Zucker Natural Playground! Many kiddos were embroiled in an epic territory battle between two royal families. Others worked hard in the sand area to build a giant volcano. Some kiddos were nervous about poison ivy so we figured out how to identify it and walked around searching for it. We didn’t find any!
On Friday we closed out our last day by digging for worms, extending the rivers to make them bend, and pretending to be bees. We created greeting cards to say farewell, or any other special message we wanted to give to a camp mate or family/friend outside of camp.
Thank you for entrusting your lovely young ones with us. We had so much fun with them!
What a wonderful week to end the summer! This week the Sprouts talked about favorite fruits and vegetables, where food comes from, and different jobs on a farm. A favorite art project this week was printing with vegetables-- we cut up carrots, celery, potatoes and peppers to create beautiful textures and shapes. We also learned how to sing "I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas" in sign language and played our all time favorite game-- Moon Flowers! We will miss this fabulous group of Sprouts but hope that everyone has a fantastic school year!
This week the Sprouts continued to explore weather and had a great time talking, reading and singing about rainbows, rain and sunshine. We painted colorful skies with pompom clouds, decorated a giant rainbow and even made our own little umbrellas! We also learned more about bees, as we have been noticing them in McGolrick Park, and discussed ways to stay safe from stings. We can’t wait for one final fun-filled week of camp!
We had such a fun week of making memories with old and new friends. Making muddy rivers, climbing trees, and searching for bugs is always a big hit. We also did color mixing and painting projects as a group. We got some new dress up stuff this week which has been fun for imaginary play.
One of the most special things about wBees Forest Camp is the kind and generous natures of our campers. Something about caring for and holding small things in awe really brings out the heart in all of our campers. This was evident throughout the week and we are grateful we got to spend another week with you all!