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Up in the Air: Summer Camp at Home week 7

Up in the Air: Summer Camp at Home week 7

Kids are fascinated with things that fly

What’s up? To kids, who have to literally look up to see most of the world, almost everything is up! This week for Summer Camp at Home, we are going to focus on things in the sky — and beyond. Airplanes, rockets, hot-air balloons, clouds and anything that we find fascinating is fair game for, well, further study (because each week, my plan is really just a jumping-off point for doing fun things and for learning — the plan isn’t necessarily a to-do list).

My 5-year-old starts summer camp this week, so a good bit of the day it will be just me and my 3-year-old. We have some play dates planned and hope the weather lets us swim in the pool. Other than that, here are my ideas for a fun week of learning.

- Play and learn: This one is easy: we can pretend to be airline pilots and astronauts! Dress up or not, it’s still fun. You can even build a cardboard rocket (or buy a rocket playhouse) to get into your role if you feel up to it.

- Field trip: I had planned to take my boys to the airport viewing area this week but forgot my oldest will be in summer camp — pretty far from the airport. My youngest and I will go if we can manage it. Grab some friends and go watch the planes take off and land! Find the online site for your local airport and check to see if it has a special viewing area.

- Crafts: I just know my guys will go crazy for this paper rockets craft. Color, cut and blow! (Sounds like a salon visit!) They will love it. Of course, this paper tube rocket looks like fun too. We will also have to make this hot air balloon or this hot air balloon for fun.

- Math skills: Older children might like to play space-related math games or do real math problems at the NASA site.

- Language skills: It’s been great to have stacks of library books on the family room table where the kids play. They have been looking through the books even when we aren’t sitting down and reading them together. Here are some books that we will look for at our library, as well as any other books we find on the subject: Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride by Marjorie Priceman; Sally’s Great Balloon Adventure by Stephen Huneck; Clouds (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) by Anne Rockwell; The Kids’ Book of Clouds & Sky by Frank Staub; Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton; Planes, Gliders, Helicopters: and Other Flying Machines (How Things Work) by Terry J. Jennings; Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton; and On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets (Know Your Numbers) by Michael Dahl.

- Cooking: This hot-air balloon snack is so cute and fun! So are the rocket-shaped fruit kabobs from this space party.

- Music: An oldie but a goody: Up, Up and Away by the Fifth Dimension. Also, Rocket Man by Elton John. We may listen to the Up movie soundtrack if we can get our hands on it. Any other suggestions?

- Fine motor skills: My 5-year-old is in summer camp with his occupational therapist from now until the end of the summer, so he is getting plenty of good fine motor skill practice. My 3-year-old loves to color and trace lines in the preschool readiness workbooks we have, and with the crafts we will do, I think that will be just fine for him.

- Science: I’m a big fan of clouds, so we will try this “cloud in a bottle” experiment. (There’s also a cloud-in-a-bottle video how-to on YouTube.) I’d also love to try making a paper lantern like the kind in the animated Rapunzel movie Tangled.

- More: We’ll watch the movie Up, of course!

I think it will be an adjustment for my youngest and me to not have our soon-to-be-kindergartener around. So I don’t want to plan too much, and just let things happen. Sometimes, it’s really the best thing to do rather than overthink and overplan.

Make it a great week!

  1. Great tips. Things are looking UP for sure. :-D We hope to add KSC to our Staycation list. More looking up. I love astronauts.

    • Sounds great! The Kennedy Space Center would be the perfect field trip for a week about things that float and fly. :) Have a fun staycation.


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