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Summer Camp at Home week 7: Adventuring

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Summer Camp at Home week 7: Adventuring
Summer Camp at Home week 7: Adventuring! Ideas for a week of at-home camp.

Summer Camp at Home week 7: Adventuring! Ideas for a week of at-home camp.

Can you believe summer is about halfway over? It is for us, at least. Summer Camp at Home has been fun and has kept us on track — at least partially sometimes, I admit — with a routine and structure to our days. On one hand, I don’t want our lazy summer days to end. We’ve had a couple of trips, plenty of goof-off days and one day when we didn’t even change out of our pajamas. On the other hand, though, my boys appear to have gotten more brotherly togetherness than they wanted this summer and are getting on each other’s nerves! Luckily, my 6-year-old started day camp with his occupational therapist, so my guys do spend a few hours a day being apart.

For week 7 of summer, we plan to focus on adventure for our theme. Any kind of adventure is fine — whatever the kids can dream up.

Field Trips

Gather some friends and use this scavenger hunt sheet to have some adventuring fun!

Gather some friends and use this scavenger hunt sheet to have some adventuring fun!

This week, I would love to have a scavenger hunt with friends. There are lots of different ways to do a scavenger hunt, and you can find several on Pinterest. If you’d like to try mine, you can download this Kids’ Scavenger Hunt PDF here. It’s perfect for playing in a park. The “surprise items” are going to be little trinkets or small toys that I can toss in the grass, egg-hunt style. Each kid will get a bag for their finds (except for the living items, of course).

I also want to take my boys geocaching. If your family hasn’t tried geocaching yet, check it out! Take a couple hours to search for caches hidden near your home. Use the geocaching.com site and input your zip code to find nearby caches. Use the clues and/or the GPS coordinates (many phones now have GPS) to find the hidden treasure. Some caches are microcaches just big enough for a little slip of paper where you can write your name and the date you found the cache (bring your own pen), while others are large enough to hold trinkets that you can exchange (bring something small to swap out). Some are called virtual caches, which don’t have an actual item to find or open, but you have to prove somehow that you found the right spot. When you find a geocache, be sure to put the geocache back in its place for the next adventurer. Geocaching is fun, gets you outside and is sure to put your thinking skills to the test!

Language Skills

Our reading slowed down a bit last week. We have had two weekends away from home, and it was the first week of my 6-year-old’s summer camp with his occupational therapist. Now that we are in the routine of going to and from camp, I want to get back into the swing of reading with my sons and having them read to me. (Well, my four-year-old is just starting to sound out short words.)

Asking questions about basic facts or the idea of the story after reading it helps with reading comprehension. Even with younger children, you can repeat something that happened after you close the book. That helps cement an idea in kids’ minds.

Geography

Adventurous spots are all over the world — and kids can learn where they are. I will ask my kids which adventurous places they have heard about that they might like to visit, and we will look them up on a map.

Older children might want to research and do a short report on an adventurous location (for example, rainforest ecotours in Costa Rica or wildlife photography safaris in South Africa). Or, advanced students might want to use travel sites to figure out how they would get to a certain location, how much it would cost and what they should pack.

Play and Learn

It’s fun and educational for kids to pretend. Set up scenarios this week where they get to be sailors on the high seas, archeologists searching for artifacts, explorers who have come upon an undiscovered island or anything else kids dream up. Dressing up is fun, but pith helmets are optional!

Crafting and Art

Whatever your child’s favorite adventure topic is, there are probably lots of crafts for it. We might make a paper bag “safari album” or this paper sailing ship. There are so many ideas on Pinterest and One Pretty Thing.

I should mention I’m flexible on projects and anything the boys want to do, even if it doesn’t fit the week’s theme. Last week, we dove into our craft stash. My 6-year-old found a wooden model kit and put it together by himself, fascinated for hours. I was amazed! When inspiration strikes, I’m definitely not going to say, “Sorry, kid, that was two weeks ago!”

Pinned It

Halfway through summer, and the ideas keep on coming! Check out this 20 Must-Do Favorite Activities for Summer pin, from this post.

Make it a great week!

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