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Summer Camp at Home week 4: Heroes and Personal Achievement

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Summer Camp at Home week 4: Heroes and Personal Achievement
Summer Camp at Home week 4: Personal Heroes and Personal Achievement

Let Gru from Despicable Me and Superman lead your kids to set goals for themselves this week of Summer Camp at Home: Personal Heroes and Personal Achievement

We’ve reached the fun part of summer — the Fourth of July! Independence Day is Thursday, and my kids can’t wait for the fireworks. We hope to plan a fun family day.

Another fun thing this week: The release of Despicable Me 2. I thought it would be fun to use the good vs. evil theme and use that for a Summer Camp at Home theme this week. My kids have seen trailers and commercials featuring the Minions, and they are excited to see what they will do next.

(Older kids may also want to see Man of Steel, the Superman movie that opened June 14, if they haven’t already.)

Thinking about good vs. evil, it’s a perfect time to do some good deeds around the community. I have some donations for Goodwill and will ask the kids to each find three things of theirs to donate. (We have more than enough toys!) We might also get some gloves and pick up trash at a local park. If you have other service project ideas for kids, please share them.

Coupled with Independence Day, this is a great week to focus on personal heroes and personal achievement. This is the week to ask kids to set some goals — small or big — and think how they can achieve them. I might also ask them to think about what kind of person they want to be. I plan to start on Monday morning, asking my sons to think about something they would like to accomplish, and show them how to break down that goal into little do-able steps, then set a realistic end date. I don’t know what they will say when I ask about their goals. Should be interesting.

I will also share with them some of my goals and what I do (or need to do better at) to achieve them. I’m sure one thing I will mention is my goal of running my first race, the Disney Princess Half Marathon, which I did in February and my upcoming Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon, in November.

Here are my ideas for this week:

Field Trips

National Park rangers are heroes too! Check out the Junior Ranger program.

National Park rangers are heroes too! Check out the Junior Ranger program.

We have been doing some big field trips — trips that are an hour or more away from our house. I am fine with this because summer is the perfect time to go to those places we might not normally go because of the long distance. This week, we might make it to another national park to finish our Junior Ranger patch program we started in week 1. One more park, and my sons not only get three Junior Ranger badges but also a special South Florida patch!

But I also hope we can do some field trips closer to home: the beach, a water park and/or free bowling. Because summer is also the perfect time for the kids to just have fun. Of course, we will also see Despicable Me.

Language Skills

We are going to keep reading and doing our Summer Bridge worksheets. This is a great week for older kids to get into biographies of people who are interesting to them, or even comic books featuring super heroes — maybe even creating their own comic book.

Play and Learn

Superheroes to the rescue! Let your kids rescue you, or each other. My boys love to rescue bugs from our pool. (I love that too!) “Save the day” role play helps boost kids’ self esteem.

Science

Older kids might want to check out the technology that Gru uses in Despicable Me. How do gadgets work? Or what about Superman — how does he fly? Kids might want to learn how a jet pack works.

Crafting and Art

Kids might want to draw their own superhero comic book or strip, as I mentioned.

Home Depot is planning a Kids Workshop on Saturday, July 6, featuring a Despicable Me project

Home Depot is planning a Kids Workshop on Saturday, July 6, featuring a Despicable Me project

The cutest Despicable Me craft I’ve seen is a cut-and-fold Minion paper craft. I’m sure Pinterest is crawling with more craft ideas.

Next Saturday, July 6, head to Home Depot for the Kids Workshop. Kids will make a Despicable Me project, and it’s free.

(Look here for a roundup of cute Despicable Me crafts that aren’t necessarily for children.)

Pinned It

My summer Pinterest pin for this week is 40 Free or Nearly Free Summer Activities, found at this site. Because on Independence Day, we celebrate the free!

Make it a fun week!

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