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Summer Camp at Home week 6: The Final Frontier and the Future

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Summer Camp at Home week 6: The Final Frontier and the Future
The Final Frontier and the future make for a great week of fun and learning in Summer Camp at Home

The Final Frontier and the future make for a great week of fun and learning in Summer Camp at Home

Space: The final frontier. My 4-year-old thinks space and astronauts are cool, so a space-themed week seemed appropriate for our Summer Camp at Home. We have done space as a theme before, but learning about our solar system never gets old. In addition, we will think about the future this week as well.

My older son is in day camp with his occupational therapist starting Monday, so it is just the little guy and me for most of the day from now until the end of summer. I think this will make going places a bit easier — only one kid to watch out for — but at the same time more of a challenge because I will have to watch the clock in order to pick up my other son from camp on time. The boys doing separate things will be good for them, too.

Field Trips

I would love to take my boys to a planetarium. If I can find a program during the daytime, we’ll go! We are a few hours from Kennedy Space Center, which would make a fantastic field trip. However, we have done so much travel lately that I don’t think we will have a chance to visit. Any space- or science-themed museum would be perfect for this week.

Language Skills

Star Wars early reader books

I hope Star Wars early reader books count for space-themed reading!

We are still planning on visiting the library and checking out books. We will look for books on space and space travel. My younger son will get more individual reading time with me now that his brother is in camp.

We still do our daily Summer Bridge worksheets — mostly without complaint.

Older kids might want to write a story or a report on some aspect of space that interests them.

Science

We will definitely work with our Solar System model kit. Looking at the stars and planets at night is fun too. Sometimes I remember to look for the “sky” section in our local newspaper on Sundays that highlights interesting things to see at night, then share that with my boys.

Kids like to look through telescopes and cameras to view the night sky

Kids like to look through telescopes and cameras to view the night sky

(Check out the Perseid meteor shower next month around Aug. 10-13.)

I’d like to ask the kids to draw a robot and tell me what their robot would be engineered to do. Older students might like to get a robot kit from a hobby shop or online store to build their own robot.

Crafting and Art

What does your child like about space or the future? Use that idea to make a fun project. (I still think this cardboard rocket ship is, well, out of this world.) There are plenty of ideas online to work with. With my 4-year-old, we will likely color some astronaut coloring pages and wrap foil around cardboard boxes for a robot craft.

Play and Learn

My preschooler and I can pretend we are astronauts heading to the space station, or people who build and maintain robots in the future. Role play is fun for younger children and helps them learn. (It’s also fun for adults who like to make their own astronaut costumes — like my husband.)

Pinned It

For this week’s summer-fun Pin linky love, check out lots of things for kids to make and do in Summer Fun: Backyard Activities for Kids from Disney’s Spoonful, found at this Pin.

Make it a great week!

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