Last summer we had a blast at our S'more Camping summer camp. We always try to make the classroom experience a submersive, creative and fun environment from which the little ones' imaginations can springboard.
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Beyond the beautiful environment, we crafted a thematic lesson plan that was loaded with explorative play and learning activities for little minds!
Math activities: We told math stories using our Hocus Pocus Story Boards. Our kiddos practiced grouping like materials, building numeration skills, creating patterns, while using their imaginations to listen to and tell stories. To view a video of our Hocus Pocus lessons and more visit our YouTube channel TLG4Teachers.
Literacy Activities: Our children also had a chance to learn new vocabulary through camp themed songs. As well as practice important phonemic awareness skills with games and activities. To view literacy lessons using these materials visit our YouTube channel TLG4Teachers .
Snacks: Yummy! What a fun way to practice following directions using recipes. A themed snack is always included in our lesson plans. Of course we made s'mores too, but they were too good and were gobbled up before we could snap a picture!
S'more Trail Mix Bear Bread
Art: WhooWhoo! Our little ones had a chance to create owls for for one of our art activities. They loved painting and adding the feathers to these beautiful birds. A campfire of painting using marshmallows was another hit! The kids did a fabulous job of not eating the marshmallows while they painted and it was a great connection to the book we read later "A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee,"by Chris Van Dusen. We all had a marshmallow at the end as a treat. We designed fireflies later in the week using color changing bead (glow in the dark) to represent the tails of the lightening bugs. By the end of the week all of the kids had rotated through the science station to explore forest animal prints.
Stations: Kids had a blast rotating through our discovery stations this week. We measured worms using fishing lures I purchased at Walmart's clearance section. Little ones also had fun exploring these rubbery, stretchy, colorful worms during free play time. They sorted them, counted them, and pretend to fish with them. There is always bugs in the great outdoor, so our kids became bug catchers using plastic bugs, jars, and larger tweezers to build up those small motor skills. S'more camping easy readers were in stations for our beginning readers and little ones who love to color. Part of the sensory tub experience this week was pine shavings from the pet store, woodland animals and small tree slices. But the favorite of the week was building a pretend fire, with cut tree branches, colored scarves, blocks and of course fixing for S'mores. The activity provided us time to talk a bit about fire safety. We also had a great time using our imaginations to roast and build s'mores. I used the Gymboree song "S'mores", from Gymbo's Play and Pretend Favorites to get the kids started and excited and by the end of the week we were all singing it all day! Even my husband and kids got a dose of my S'more singing in the evenings!
Here are a few of the goodies they took home from the week of S'more Camping: We glued orange tent frames on the back of inexpensive wooden frames after we used the tents as our classroom decor. They were so cute! A template is included in the FREE Printable.
Below is a video filmed during this session that shows you how to handle a multi-age, multi-level classroom. I highlighted tons of helpful tips throughout the video. Take a look!
Have you done a camping unit during the summer or school year. We would love to hear you ideas!
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