We’ve been doing camping activities for a couple of weeks. We were supposed to go to Glacier National Park on a camping trip this year, but our plans didn’t work out. So, we’ve been having fun at home instead.
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We did a craft involving straw painting, where you blow paint across the paper using a straw. I provided yellow, orange, and red paint and showed Curly how to drop it onto the paper using the straw. Then I showed her how to use the straw. I had mixed the paint to be pretty runny so it wasn’t too hard for her to blow around. Next, I had her paint some popsicle sticks brown and set those aside to dry.
Then it was time to add stars – we used glitter glue in squeeze bottles. I had silver, blue, and gold.
Once she was done adding the stars, I helped her glue the popsicle sticks underneath the ‘flames’ and ta-da! A campfire craft.
Curly was very proud of her starry-night campfire.
We did an unrelated art project too. Curly wanted to glue something, so we did an impromptu mosaic.
Here she is putting glue down and placing random paper pieces she’s cut up.
The finished mosaic. She chose what color background she wanted to use and she chose all the paper scraps.
We talked a lot about fire safety this week. We learned the Stop, Drop, and Roll, which we practiced. I would bring it up randomly throughout the week. Unsurprisingly, Curly found it super fun to suddenly drop to the floor and roll around. What kid wouldn’t?
You can’t have camping week without singing campfire songs. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is the favorite around here.
We had to have some pretend play. My plan was to have a fire in the backyard, but it’s been so warm here that no one wanted to. Can’t say I blame them! So we just built a fort and made a pile of sticks that was the ‘fire’.
For science we did the next experiment in our science set. We soaked pennies in different liquids to see which liquid would clean pennies better. Lemon juice won out. We talked about how lemon juice has acid in it, and how acids will eat away at things, like grime on pennies.
Curly always enjoys using the tweezers and beakers.
We also spent some time vising family in Minnesota , and we went out to pick blueberries, something that Curly has been begging to do ever since we read Blueberries for Sal. She acted a lot like Sal – she plopped down in a patch and ate all she could. The ones that ended up in her pail didn’t stay there long!
Many people told us there probably wouldn’t be many berries left, but in half an hour we picked quite a bit! The ground was covered with blueberry plants. It was a beautiful day for it too!
For fine motor skills we continued with the Kumon workbooks.
For literacy skills we continued working on the letters in her name, mostly tracing.
For math we continued on in her logic workbook, Beginning Thinking Skills. She is surprising me with how well she did on some things that I thought would be too hard!
I will post our book list as soon I can; for the 2 weeks we’ve been doing this camping theme we’ve had a lot of books! Also, stay tuned for Camping theme part 2. Part 2 will include fishing and hiking activities.