During our summer hours, Gather hosts themed weeks of summer camp in the afternoon, and we’ve had such a blast so far! From a camp dedicated to music and art with Angela and Jocelyn to learning about all things Brazil & Ninja with Yoli , a professional yoga instructor, and even cooking classes with Chef Mamata, we’ve all learned so much and can’t wait to continue the excitement of creative camps throughout the summer. A typical day of summer camp starts off with a healthy snack and the ever so famous “Hello Song”. Then our planned activity based specifically on the week’s theme begins. Below are some of my favorite highlights of our summer camp so far!
Week 1: Music Makers
During Music Makers, the kiddos got to create a lively mural on a giant piece of paper with paint and pastels of all colors while we listened to classical music. Next a scale was drawn onto the paper and the campers had the chance to compose original scores with music notes they could stick on the scale. Once that task was complete, Jocelyn, a music expert, sang the composition that the kids created. I thought this was such a creative project that the kids and parents seemed to love as well!
Week 2: Brazilian Celebration!
Brazilian Celebration was all about exploring Brazilian culture through children’s books, dance, music, and elaborate costumes. My absolute favorite part of this week’s camp was seeing the kids dressed in their Brazilian headpieces and jewelry that they created themselves. They were all so colorful and unique. I also loved seeing how excited the kids were when they got to “travel” to Brazil by crawling through a rainbow tunnel. At the end of the week, the kids donned their costumes for a mini parade. It was wonderful to see how proud they were of their Brazil inspired creations.
Week 3: Kitchen Garden
This was definitely a yummy week, filled with lots of homemade snacks for the kiddos and their tall assistant. Taught by Chef Mamata, the kids learned all about different types of healthy and fresh foods from apples to kale and don’t worry, we didn’t leave out homemade mini pizzas. Each day, Chef Mamata taught the kids how to create a healthy but delicious snack that they could enjoy! Some of my favorite, and tastiest, snacks the kiddos created were apple turtles with chive eyes, and green grapes as the head, arms, feet, and tail. Not only did I think this project was super creative, but the kids learned all about the different types of apples and got to determine whether they were more of a granny smith or honey crisp person. I also loved the fruit pizza and smoothie project. The fruit pizza was definitely the sweetest with a sugar cookie “crust”, marshmallow fluff “sauce”, and delicious fruit toppings. But the children seemed to love the kale & fruit smoothies just as much! They learned about all the different types of kale and got to try greens from Chef’s garden. I learned that a great way to get your little ones to eat their veggies is through curiosity.
Week 4: Ninja camp
The kiddos had a blast at this exciting camp taught by Yoli and learned the secrets and skills of being a Ninja! One of my favorite parts of this camp was seeing the kids decorate their special Ninja belt as they incorporated their own personal style into their creations. I also loved exploring Sumi-e, Japanese watercolor painting. With all the excitement of camp, it was awesome to see the kids relax and let their brush stroke the paper. The kids were so proud of their painting, and parents even got a chance to dabble as well!
Week 5: Flour Power!
A spoonful of “flour” definitely helps make yummy pastries. During this camp, Chef Mamata and the kiddos made delicious recipes that they could take home and bake. From Chef’s favorite birthday brownies to chocolate chip cookies all the way to giant pretzels, this camp never failed to create a sweet afternoon! The kids got to practice combining ingredients, measuring and even cracking eggs. Using sensory play, the kids had a blast using their little hands to create delicious snacks!
Camps coming up:
Festivals of India with Yoli: August 1st-5th
I Heart Art: Be Green, Be Creative with Angela: August 8th-15th
Zookeepers: Tales, Teamwork & Tactile Art with Allison: August 15th-19th
All of Gather’s creative camps are from 3:45PM-5PM Monday through Friday. Please visit www.meetatgather.com/ summer-camp or give us a call 847-859-2312 for more information on our summer camps or to register!