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Summer Camp at Home week 9: Transportation

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Summer Camp at Home week 9: Transportation
Summer Camp at Home week 9: Transportation. A week of summer fun and learning ideas and activities around the transportation theme.

Disney's long-awaited Planes movie is the inspiration for a transportation-themed week of summer fun and learning

So here we are at the last week of Summer Camp at Home. I really can’t believe it. At the beginning of summer when you have a miles-long bucket list and lots of daydreams about how you’ll while away the long summer days, you don’t think about the end. If you have used any of my summer ideas, I hope you and your family have had a great time staving off any possible creeping boredom or “brain rot” over the summer. And mostly, I hope you have had fun.

And so it’s perfect that we end with one of the most anticipated movies Disney has come out with, Planes. If your family loves air travel, feel free to juice this theme for all it’s got! Airplanes alone are a great theme for a week of summer. However, if your kids love all kinds of transportation like mine, it’s fun to mix it up and include cars, trains, boats and more. Either way, it’s fun and interesting for kids.

Field Trips

We’re going to see the Planes movie — my youngest has been counting down the days!

Transportation-themed field trips are fun! Check out this Goodyear Blimp base.

Transportation-themed field trips are fun! Check out this Goodyear Blimp base.

With perfect timing, a friend has organized a trip to see the Goodyear Blimp airship, where the kids will have fun watching the dirigible take off.

My family has to make our twice-yearly pilgrimage to our sort-of local railroad museum. My boys love seeing the big engines and train cars up close.

My oldest son is begging to ride our local commuter train. Nothing could be more exciting to him that riding a real train!

In the past, our family has had fun visiting the local airports to watch airliners take off and land as well. We will do this again this year if we have time.

Language Skills

There are so many fun books about planes, trains and automobiles! (Sometimes I feel like my kids own all of them!) It has been great to read books with my boys over the summer and participate in the library and school reading programs. We’ll see how well we did when we turn in our tally sheets.

More importantly, my 6-year-old started reading beginning-reader books on his own this summer and started reading signs and other words in plain sight. I know he is on his way to becoming a reader.

Geography

Play Where Would You Like to Go Today? Ask kids, then find the spot on a map. Or try it backward — find a spot on the map, then think about ways you could get there.

Older children can map out driving routes to locations with road maps and/or GPS software and plan a pretend trip. Where is the closest train or bus station or airport? What would you do while you are there? What are different way you can research how to get to another location?

Math and Science

Advanced students might want to study the math behind nautical charting. Where is the closest large body of water to you? How could you cross it?

There are fun transportation-related math games at ABC Mouse and HoodaMath.

For younger kids, it’s also just fun to visit the train station or wait for a freight train to pass and count how many cars come after the engine.

Play and Learn

All aboard! Who wouldn't love to play train engineer? (Search for live steam clubs online to find 1/8-scale trains that offer rides to the public.)

All aboard! Who wouldn't love to play train engineer? (Search for live steam clubs online to find 1/8-scale trains that offer rides to the public.)

One of the more common themes kids use when they play “make believe” has to do with transportation. Kids learn problem-solving skills and develop self-confidence when they pretend. Have them try out being pilots, train engineers, bus drivers and the like.

Crafting and Art

There are lots of fun Disney Planes printables and projects at Spoonful here. I like the 3D model of Dusty Crophopper and the Planes activity book.

Speaking of 3D models of Dusty Crophopper, that’s what kids could build at upcoming Lowe’s stores Build & Grow workshops for kids. My two boys are already signed up!

Pinned It

For the last hurrah of summer, check out this list of 50 Summer Fun & Learning Activities for Kids at my friend’s education blog, from this Pin.

Make it a great week!

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