Wow! We can't believe summer camp is already over! It was SO fantastic getting to know you all. We hope you have a lovely rest of your summertime.
Lots of Love,
Jessica and Melanie
FINAL WATER DAY!
We had such a fun time on our last water day of the summer! We decided to stay out a little longer as everyone was enjoying the water fun, chasing, swinging, drawing and being together. It was a special time and a great way to wind down this final week.
Happy birthday, Coco!
Digging, climbing, and chasing in the rain...
a few more happy moments we found,
...and other playful moments.
Sing-a-long and Starting Sewing
It was a great day for singing with our families and summer camp friends at sing-a-long! We also started adding stitching to our fabric paintings from last week. Children took on the challenge of using their fine motor muscles and coordination to hold the needle and manipulate it through the fabric. It took concentration and cognitive functioning to comprehend the direction of sewing: up through the bottom of the fabric and then back down into the top of the fabric. It took some strength to push the needles through the fabric too as we used some introductory blunted needles. Cedar expressed the feeling of accomplishing such a challenge after successfully moving her needle through the fabric, "I did it!"
Painting in a Rain Forest
Building relationships through play
Art, Palmer, and Charlie talked on phones and responded to "emergencies."
Cozy times together...
Moving our bodies with our breath and making music...
Rain Projection and Painting
After snack, we turned on the projector in the studio and lowered the blinds to make the room feel like a rainy day. We got out the watercolor paints and continued practicing with straws to blow the paint around on the paper, making splatter shapes.
Exploring new connecting blocks, Aida and Cedar see how tall they can make their tower... Art makes a "sword" at first, then raises it over his head and says "1, 2, 3 blast off!" Other new toys today included keyboards, lincoln logs, and small bricks. Lately we've been enjoying getting out the big blanket and having a picnic in the kitchen area.
Feeling inspired by all of our talk about the thunderstorms and rain last week, as well as Palmer's rainy day painting with watercolors, we decided to explore the topic a little more. We played rain sounds in the studio today while using watercolors at the easel and at the table...with a twist! We provided straws to see if children would blow the paint on their page. Children tried this strategy and dripping paint on the paper with the straws. It was a real challenge to think about blowing out with the straw instead of in! We also read a book Water Can Be... seeing the many ways water takes form and how many we know from our own experiences: rain, water play, ice packs, and snow!
Enjoy the slideshow for more from our day!