We know that staying home during COVID19 can be a challenge. Therefore, each day schools are closed, (cool) progeny will offer easy activities to keep the the whole family engaged. If you try any of these activities, post pictures to Facebook and Instagram and tag us (#coolprogeny and @coolprogeny). After all, we’re all in this together!
Today, we’re ditching the worksheets (temporarily) and getting our summer camp on! Break out the games, the summer vibes, and the shades.
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Cool Fun at Home: Summer Camp Dreaming
Beak Out the Camp Games!
Get the kids going on a round of “Bump, Set, Spike!” or “Doggy, Doggy, Where Is Your Bone?” Go on an Alphabet Walk on a nearby trail or in the backyard. For the Alphabet Walk, they need to find something that begins with each letter of the alphabet as they walk. Have a small outside space? Think old school games like Four Square.
STEAM iCamp with IdeaLab Kids
At 1 PM EDT, Idea Lab Kids Howard County is hosting iCamp on their Facebook and Instagram pages! Join them every day through March 27th for a different project. Today’s project is to build a robotic hand. Materials for today’s project are simple: 9×12 Foam Sheet, 5 Straws, 5” length yarn, duct tape, and scissors.
Camp Song Sing-a-Long
Camp songs aren’t just fun — they can help kids with memory skill building, too! Head over to Fatherly.com and learn these fun (and easy!) camp songs together. (We love videos — so share your camp son videos and tag us!).
Postcards from Camp
Have the kids design a “postcard” from camp to send to Grandma, Grandpa, or their best friend down the street. The front should be a “picture” of camp. In the letter, tell the recipient what you have been up to while you’ve been home for the last week. Older kids can have some writing practice and younger kids can dictate the letter to parents.
Set-Up An Indoor Camp Site
Two choices here: turn your family room into an indoor camp site OR decorate your “bunk!”
- Decorate Your Bunk: Break out the craft materials to decorate your space. Come up with a fun and “campy” name for your space and make a banner or poster to claim your name.
- Create an Indoor Tent: Pop-up your tent inside or have the kids make a tent. There are lots of ways to make an indoor tent! Make a temporary pup tent using a flat sheet (because blankets can be too heavy sometimes) and clothes line, cord, or rope to help keep the sheet off the floor. Tie or attach the cord to one end of the room using a hook, doorknob, or table leg. Tie the other end of the rope to another object. Drape the sheet over the cord. use around the house items, like heavy books to help spread the sides of the sheet to make a triangular shaped opening for your tent. Add some pillows, blanket, a favorite stuffy, a battery powered lantern or twinkle lights, and some books to make a fun retreat. Using chairs to make a tent? Use a fitted sheet. Works better!
Decorate a Camp Shirt
Break out the old t-shirts and get busy decorating! Fabric markers, sharpies, fabric paint, tie dye — whatever you have lying around the house! Be sure to proudly display your camp name.
Grab the plastic eggs you have lying around (or use a ping pong or golf ball and…in a real pinch… a real egg!) and have egg and spoon races. SimplePlayIdeas.com has some great tips and egg race ideas you can use when creating your game and can be played inside or outside depending on the weather.
Nothing says summer camp like s’mores. Grab the graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows and head out to your fire pit. Don’t have a fire pit? Use the microwave for s’more fun by using this simple method shared by Kraft Foods.
CRAFT WITH FRIENDS
Make Friendship Bracelets
We know that your kids are probably missing their buddies right about now — even with daily face timing. Get out the rainbow loom, thread, and pony beads. Make some friendship letters and mail them! (Or, do a safe porch drop). Don’t forget to send them with a “note” from camp!