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Summer Camp at Home week 2: Fantasy creatures

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Summer Camp at Home week 2: Fantasy creatures
Can an animated movie about monsters in college help your kids learn? Yes!

Can an animated movie about monsters in college help your kids learn? Yes! Check out a week's worth of summer activities based on Monsters University and Epic.

The long-awaited sequel to Monsters Inc. — one of my favorite animated movies because of its creativity — is coming out this week! Monsters University will be in cinemas June 21, and my family is looking forward to seeing it.

The epic movie based on children's author William Joyce's writing is a great jumping-off point for learning this summer

The epic movie based on children's author William Joyce's writing is a great jumping-off point for learning this summer

Over Memorial Day weekend, the animated movie Epicbased on children’s author William Joyce’s writing, came out. We haven’t seen that movie yet because I wanted to save that for the summer.

These two movies deal with fantasy creatures, and I thought that would be a fun theme for a week of Summer Camp at Home. This week, we will use our imagination! Learning to use the imagination and develop creativity helps kids to be problem solvers, which is an important life skill.

Older children may enjoy making real-life “monsters” a special project this week. Let them learn all about the Yeti, Loch Ness Monster, El Chupacabra, Everglades Skunk Ape, etc. and then write about them or make a movie about the monsters.

Field Trips

The Monsters University and Epic movie show times are on our radar! That’s good for two outings.

We will also visit a nature park and look for Leaf Men.

Language Skills

The Leaf Men and other books by William Joyce will be good choices to get imaginations going for a summer camp week about fantasy creatures

The Leaf Men and other books by William Joyce will be good choices to get imaginations going for a summer camp week about fantasy creatures

We have read The Leaf Men by William Joyce as well as other books written by him. We will read the book again.

In addition, your kids might have favorite stories featuring other made-up creatures that would be great for this week.

I plan to visit the library each week and let the kids pick out their own books. Last week‘s visit was successful, and my soon-to-be-first-grader got his own library card.

We are going to make our own stories this week, too! If you fold a piece of office paper in half, then in half again, you have the makings of a simple book. Just use scissors to cut the edges and free up more pages, then staple the “spine.” You can even staple or glue a cover to the front and back that kids can make out of construction paper or from gift wrap. Then let the kids write and draw their stories on the inner pages.

For a high-tech way to make your own story, check out Storybird. Your kids (and you!) will have fun with that. And if you want a real work of art to hold in your hands (on paper or on a tablet device), check out Blurb.

Play and Learn

I like to give my boys a chance to play games each day for a block of time — both board games and digital games. There are games on the Epic site and games on the Monsters University site as well as the fun Monsters University Storybook Deluxe app. Check out the Epic Activity Sheet Matching Game.

I’m sure after they see the movies, my boys will want to act out their favorite parts. This is fun, and it also helps kids with story comprehension.

Crafting and Art

Disney’s Spoonful site has lots of activities and crafts based on Monsters Inc.

This Epic origami printable hummingbird is a fun craft — and perfect for your own racers!

Also, we will have fun creating our own monsters or other fantasy creatures on paper, with play dough, Legos or other items.

Pinned It

Saturday is the Great American Backyard Campout, when families will be camping in their backyards. So that reminds me of this pin from this site full of great family camping tips and ideas. Even if you don’t camp on Saturday night, pin or bookmark these ideas for later!

Make it a great week!

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