School is out, summer is here and camp is on!!! We are offering 6 great weeks of camp this year at UDCNS that are quickly filling up!!! Each week has a different theme (Science, Safari, Locomotion, Art, Engineering & Theater).
The kiddos had a BLAST during their 1st week of camp. It's a bit more relaxed than normal school days, but there is the same amount of fun, just as much learning, and maybe a touch more time in the sun!!! During this week, Mrs. Atherholt put together a dynamic curriculum based upon Science exploration, learning and experimenting!!!
There is more and more emphasis being placed upon STEM learning in the classroom at the youngest of ages. -And we love to pull science into our fun playing as much as we can. We took a whole week of camp to weave as much science wonder and fun into their playing and learning and it was amazing (and a little bit explosive)!!
Learning about Malleable Matter: This week the kiddos learned all about Malleable Matter Science. They learned how matter is malleable, and once it undergoes a change, it can not be changed back (ie. think boiling an egg, rusted metal, spoiled food). While the kiddos had a great time learning all about this scientific process and how they see it in their everyday lives, they had an even better time when the hands on learning by doing Experiments came into play!
Oobleck Experiment: Oobleck is a substance that's somewhere between a liquid and a solid. It's name comes from the Dr. Seuss book 'Bartholomew and the Oobleck', where a gooey, green substance falls from the sky. Oh, what we can not learn from Dr. Seuss?
Oobleck is fun to say, and just as much fun to create and play with! It pours like a liquid, but acts like a solid when you squeeze it. Can you imagine how much laughter, squeals and excitement we had while out kiddos created their own batch of Oobleck to learn and explore with?
Our Summer Camp Kiddos having a blasting creating and playing with their Oobleck...
....In addition to our Oobleck Experiment, Mrs. Atherholt also planned a little Baking Soda, Vinegar & Color Experiment. When Baking Soda is mixed with vinegar, there is a reaction. -And that reaction creates a whole, lot of bubbling fun!!! While the kiddos learned about the 2 chemicals coming together in an unstable reaction, they were able to see the bubbles rapidly surfacing to the top (carbon dioxide escaping). You can just see the fun and how excited they were to get their hands in there!
Our last fun experiment for the day was the Mentos and Diet Coke Experiment!!! You can see the kiddos captivated as Mrs. Devlin is about to show them the malleable matter, explosive fun of mixing these 2 everyday items together!!! It was explosive for sure!!!
In between our science fun, we had lots of fun in the sun, water play in our HUGE Pirate Ship Bouncie Water Slide, storytelling, snack time, crafts and more! Most of all, the halls and backyard of our church were filled with love, laughter and tons of God's Love.
Looking forward to Camp Week 2: Safari. There are lots of surprises planned...