Summer Camp Updates- What’s Your Power, Day 1: HERO!

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We had a super awesome first day of camp yesterday!  We learned about what it means to be a HERO. We explored community heroes (Firefighter, Doctor, Baker, etc)  and discovered all the tools that our heroes need to do their jobs well.  We also recognized the heroes in our own families – including mommies, daddies, uncles, aunts, grandparents, nannies, and more!

Then we examined our own superhero qualities and created our own super hero identities!  We decorated capes and masks and started our first day of superhero training!  We practiced running in place to build our speed, we practiced laser eyes by staring at one place for a really really really long time, and we practiced being invisible by moving very slooowwwwwly and sneakily!

Summer Camp Updates- Buggie Boogie, Day 5: End of an Amazing Session!

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We ended our week on Friday with a variety of beautiful butterfly crafts!  Our BEEs decorated their own wings and became butterflies!  Our ANTs loved our spider crawl so much, we brought it back!  Also, since we still had a few more days before our caterpillars were ready to transform, together we watched this beautiful video to see the metamorphosis of a butterfly.

Overall, it was a wonderful week learning about the anatomy of insects, observing caterpillars, making slime and spin art, and more!

Did you enjoy reading about summer camp these past two weeks? We are so excited to announce that we will be opening  FALL CAMP (Nov 25, 26, & 27) and WINTER CAMP (Dec 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31, Jan 2 & 3) from 9:00am – 3:00pm!  Please keep an eye out for registration announcements!

Summer Camp Updates- Buggie Boogie, Day 4: SPIDERS!

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Yesterday, we explored our 8-legged creepy crawly friends – SPIDERS!  We learned that a spider is an Arachnid, and unlike insects, spiders have 8 legs (or 4 pairs of legs), have “very many eyes”, and have no wings and no antennae!  We made spider puppets and played lots of spider games!  Our favorite was our spider crawl through our human web!  We had to crawl through without getting caught in the sticky web!

Today we wrap up our week by revisiting all of our favorite bugs and itty bitty friends we’ve made throughout the week.

Summer Camp Updates- Buggie Boogie, Day 3: Worms + Snails!

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Yesterday, we explored WORMS + SNAILS!  Although they aren’t insects because they don’t have a head, thorax or abdomen, worms and snails are still creepy… and slimy!  So, we made slime and spaghetti worm paintings!

We also observed the swirl pattern on a snail’s shell.  We found that the swirl or spiral pattern can be found in many natural and found objects and places – like the spring in our beds that help us bounce when we jump on it, the slinky dog toy from Toy Story, and even from Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty sculpture made from rocks and water!

Today, we’re investigating an itty bitty creature with 8 legs!

Summer Camp Updates- Buggie Boogie, Day 2: Life Cycle of a Caterpillar!

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Yesterday we spent the day exploring the life cycle of a caterpillar!  We learned that a butterfly starts off as an egg, turns into a caterpillar (or spirally pasta noodle), becomes a chrysalis, and then emerges as a beautiful butterfly!  We did all sorts of butterfly and other bug themed activities, including making antennaes!  Our ANTS (4-6 year olds) also painted with bug swatters and made inkblot butterfly wings.  Together, we observed real life caterpillars!

Today, we’re going to explore some other itty bitty friends.  They aren’t quite insects, but they’re just as creepy… and slimy!

Summer Camp Updates- Buggie Boogie, Day 1: Anatomy & Ants

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We had a great first day at summer camp yesterday introducing campers to the ANATOMY of an ANT (and other insects!)!  We learned that insects, like an ant, have a head, thorax, and abdomen.

We made clay models of the anatomy of an ant, went digging for some bugs in the sand, and our ANTS (our 4-6 year old group) also built some toilet paper tunnels for our marble ants to roll through!  We call our 3’s BEEs! Today we introduce our caterpillars and more!

Summer Camp Updates- Imagine & Invent, Day 5: INVENT!

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On Friday, we ended our week with more imagining and more INVENTing… and even a little dance party!  We designed secret cardboard hideouts and invented spaceships to take flight in our wind tunnel!

Overall, it was an amazing week learning about machines, using real tools, connecting circuits, building artbots, discovering what ‘sticks’, and more!

Stay tuned for updates from this week at BUGGIE BOOGIE camp, where campers will investigate the fascinating world of our itty bitty creepy crawly friends!