As many summer camps are closed due to the pandemic, here are activity ideas for creating your own summer camp for your children.
When creating a plan for the summer camp, set the hours and structure days around a set of activities. It’s important to have consistency for camp hours and snack and meal times. You may also choose to include times for academic work, reading to your children, and free time for children to choose what activity they’d like to do. It is also important to enforce hygiene practices. These include washing hands before and after activities, and wearing facial coverings when outside in public areas (e.g. when going on a walk, at the park, and at the playground)
– Nature Hunt: This activity can take place in a local park or right in your backyard. Bring coloring materials, pencils, and paper to help your child make observations about the nature they see. You may also choose to bring a container with holes poked in the lid to collect bits of nature, such as leaves, twigs, and pebbles. Trail Mix for the walk can be made with snacks found at home, using foods such as dried berries, nuts, pretzels, and small candies.
– Rock “Pets”: Children can paint on small stones to create a pet and express their artistic skills. Some may draw an animal face on the rock or just make it colorful.
– Ice Cream Sundaes: As ice cream shops may be closed due to the pandemic, bring the excitement home by making ice cream sundaes at home. This can also be more cost-effective!. Buy some ice cream and an assortment of toppings, such as sprinkles, candies, and fruit. Feel free to make your own toppings, such as by crushing cookies or chocolate. Cones and waffle bowls optional!
– Backyard Obstacle Course: Using a variety of items found at home create a fun obstacle course right in your own backyard. Items may include hula hoops, water sprinklers, water balloons, small balls, balloons, bubbles, chalk, and buckets. Items can be incorporated into various tasks, such as jumping, tossing, throwing, skipping, and bouncing. The obstacle course should be adapted to match the child’s capabilities. This is a great activity for children to have fun and work on coordination.
– Bracelet making: This activity is better for older children for those who will not attempt to ingest the beads. Children could choose and line up the beads and parents can assist in stringing them. Older children may want to create woven bracelets using various colors of string.
– Origami: This activity is better for older children. Using a square piece of paper, a wide variety of figures can be folded, such as paper cranes, boxes, airplanes, and boats.
Backyard Camp is an online resource that contains many more ideas and activities to entertain and keep children busy this summer.
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