"Woah, look at that! You can do the "This is so fun!" - Abby After many dedicated attempts,
same." - Abby to Fletcher Fletcher draws a heart!
Today we glazed the clay pieces we've been working on over the past few days. Our brown and grey clay is now full of color and ready for the kiln!
Do we have white glaze? - Caleb
Unfortunately, no. - Jordan
I need white to paint my moon. - Jordan
What about yellow or blue? Could you use those colors? - Caleb
You could use yellow. Last night I stayed up and saw the moon. It was yellow. That was a full moon - Yoyo
That's a good idea. Ok, I'll use yellow. - Caleb
Outdoor Classroom Shenanigans
Today's Challenge: Get across the wall without going over or touching the ground
Cubby Bag Decorating!
While our clay is drying and we wait for the glazing and firing process, we spent the day embellishing our cubby bags! Using acrylic paint, stencils, and sponge "stamps," the children set to work making their cubby bags a beautiful expression of their creativity.
Some children, like Violet and Aida, used the stencils to write their initials or even their whole name. Others, like CC and Jack, just enjoyed painting letters for the fun of it!
We love the finished work!
Outside of the studio, we had a blast playing "Hisss," a cooperative matching game. In this game, children work together to match colors, making each snake longer and longer, before getting a head and a tail. Giggles were had by all as we discovered that two-tailed snakes just don't work! The children enjoyed supporting their friends as they searched for the right color, and then they enjoyed calling out "start a new snake!" when a match couldn't be found. In the end, we completed six snakes!
We also loved today's Sing-A-Long! Thank you for joining us on Zoom as we sang and wiggled-waggled our way through "My Dog, Rags." We also learned a new song, "The Unicorn." When suggesting that we should sing it, Nora shared, "my dad sings it to me every night!" (We're sorry we don't have a photo to share; we were just too busy singing!)
How is it possible that there's only one week left of camp?! Your children are a joy to be with each day, and we can't wait for one final, spectacular week! Until Monday, enjoy some highlights of our favorite moments from this week.
See you Monday!
Tie dye day!
Today we learned about the properties of ice while we tie-dyed our shirts! Ragnar noted that the ice was slippery in his hand, while Ramsey noticed that his ice cube had a hole in it. Ellie pointed out that the ice was cold! After creating designs on top of the ice on our shirts, we talked about how the sun would melt the ice, which would turn into water and soak through our shirts. Overall, it was a great opportunity to learn and create!
We went to check on our shirts later in the morning and saw that most of the ice has melted. Connor said that the ice turned into "green," and Soren said it turned into "green water."
Thanks to everyone who joined us at sing-along! We had a great time. Have a fun weekend and we will see you on Monday!
Today during morning meeting children were asked, has anyone used clay to make a pinch pot before?
If so, how did you do it?
Then we got to work.
Children were offered both red and white clay to choose from.
Busy hands at work! Squeezing, pinching, shaping ...
Some of us then began to express our ideas of what our pinch pots could be used for.
Here are more photos from our pinch pot making processes today!
We can't wait to see how they look after being fired in the kiln.
Today we used the sun and special sun print paper in an exciting experiment of light, shadow and color!
Sun print paper uses ultraviolet light from the sun to change the color pigments in the paper. By casting shadows from an object, like leaves, buttons or keys, we can create designs, which will, unaffected by the light, at first stay blue while the rest of the paper becomes more pale or faded. After we submerge the paper in water the first reaction is being stopped and as the paper dries, which is the development stage, the colors reverse!
How did we create our fascinating
and beautiful sun prints?
Step 1: Arrange your materials on a sheet of clear acrylic glass
"This says I love Mama!" - Soren about a small wooden heart
"I want a baby heart and a leaf." - Fay
"Open door! I got all of them. I got key. I got another key. For that door." - Connor, arranging keys on the acrylic glass
Step 2: Place the arrangement on top of the sun print paper and expose it to direct sunlight for about 5 minutes. Watch closely as the color on the paper fades!
Step 3: Quickly submerge the paper in water and then let it dry in a dark place
"I want to see it change colors." - Soren
We also enjoyed the sunshine in the outdoor classroom today!
BALLOONS, BUBBLES, AND BIKES!
Today, our Connections Crew kicked off their morning with Water Day! Water balloons were a special surprise, as was a "super bubble wash" truck station.
Remy to Jack: “Soap in the sand? It’s a soap party!
"Cooking" in the outdoor/indoor classroom
Lots of our friends have expressed interest at camp with play-cooking such as making soup, cupcakes, and cookies!
(psst, we'll be doing a fun cooking/baking activity for Connections next week!)
“Good job on the bubbles.”- Fawzia
“We’re making bubble soup!”- Nora
"These are our chocolate chips!" (Elle and Remy playing with colorful gems)
Continuation with Clay
Classroom Activities & Afternoon Outdoor Time
We will see you tomorrow!
Hands on Exploration
Ada works hard at her clay tea cup.
Today we worked with an all-time favorite material: clay! From mugs, to tea cups, to bowls, to a clay penguin, Explorers created many masterpieces that are now ready to be fired in the kiln.
Fletcher enjoyed creating a lever to lift his clay planet.
"Here's a way to give my planet a lift... This is how to launch it into space." - Fletcher
"This clay is so stiff that I feel like we "It's too thick." - Dagny "Feet, look!" - Yoyo
should mix it up." - Olivia
Yoyo's Clay Penguin
Today, in addition to painting keys, we painted wooden dowels - the next step in the creation of our wind chimes.
Today several friends took to sewing, both by hand and with a sewing machine. They enjoyed experimenting with different kinds of stitches and fabrics.
Painting with chalk and watercolors
Today we experimented with color and light by painting with watercolors on the light table and by making our own chalk paint! We used mallets to crush chalk in plastic bags and then mixed it with water to create paint. We also enjoyed playing with the projector and different lenses again. Flashlights were introduced today during morning meeting, and they seemed to be a hit!
"Hammer!" - Ellie
"Too bright!" - Fay
Happy Wednesday! We'll see you tomorrow!
Today featured a variety of different activities, from sword making, to paper making, to origami, to a newly created book club! We especially had fun adding new variations to our paper making, adding glitter and new colors. We'll see you Wednesday!
"I like the design because it looks hard but not too hard. There is a snake handle to protect my hands." - Ada
"My strategy is to use the yardstick as a base for the blade." - Caleb
"I like the texture. It looks really good, Abby." - Dagny
"I make birdhouses a lot, and my grandfather is an engineer." - Ada
"Can somebody get the blender top?" - Carolina
"I can do it!" - Coco
"I can do it!" - Bela
"How about we do it together?" - Coco
Today we tried out a new color (orange!) and added glitter to the blender to give a different look to our paper!
"The glitter is going around and around in circles at the top." - Abby
"What do you think we should do?" - Carolina
"I think if we added some more water it would work." - Abby
"It almost looks like a volcano... It looks
like a geyser." - Fletcher
Introducing... Book Club!
Ada now reads to a group of friends during part of our time in the outdoor classroom.
What was your favorite part of today?
"Continuing the book club." - Ada
"I enjoyed picking out fabrics to sew a purse for Saoirse." - Tegan
Drawing from the joy we experienced making jewelry with wire, we decided to try our hand at making clay beads! Later in the week, we hope to glaze and fire our beads.
To begin the bead-making process, the children could either cut out shapes from a slab or roll out their beads. Scroll through this slideshow to see who employed each strategy.
We can't wait for all the other children to try this tomorrow!
In the rest of the classroom, construction took over. Check out the children's massive structure that stretched nearly from one end of the classroom to the other!
Outside, we discovered that several of the children have secret mermaid identities... We'll have to see what other new discoveries camp brings us tomorrow!