The Great Outdoors: Closing Campfire

Thank you for participating in The Great Outdoors! Download your certificate and post your accomplishments to social media with the hashtag #KToutside

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Thank you for participating in KinderTown Summer Camp!

 

We hope you found the week a valuable learning experience for your family. Please post your accomplishments on social media using the hashtag #KToutside.

 

Here is a printable certificate that you can share with your kids!

 

Here is a printable certificate that you can share with your kids!

 

Please join us next week for How Creative!

 

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The Great Outdoors: Demme Learning Day

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Nature Scavenger Hunt

 

Math-U-See® is a complete K-12 math curriculum produced by Demme Learning. This unique program develops by level, rather than by grade, presenting mathematical concepts incrementally. Students use manipulatives at most levels to establish an understanding of the concepts and then move on to solving problems until they have demonstrated mastery.

 

Geometrical shapes aren’t just manufactured: they’re everywhere! In the lower levels of Math-U-See, students learn to identify basic shapes; later, they explore the characteristics of shapes, such as symmetry, and learn how to draw lines and shapes on a coordinate grid. This nature scavenger hunt provides a fun way to apply these mathematical skills.

 

Download this PDF file to follow along with the activities.

 

Download the printable for The Great Outdoors.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

  • Preschool-Early Elementary: Have your child collect at least 5 different objects from nature that have different shapes. Ask: which objects have shapes that are close to circles? Which are close to squares? Rectangles? Triangles? Ovals? Hearts?
  • Elementary: Have your child collect at least 5 different objects from nature that show symmetry around a line. (Fig. 2) Ask: where you can draw a line to divide the object into two mirror images? Can you do this in more than one way?
  • Upper Elementary: Have your student collect 5 interesting objects from nature. He should choose one to place on the coordinate grid (Fig. 1). Draw a dot wherever the edge of the object meets an intersection on the grid. Have your student label each dot with an ordered pair.

 

EXAMPLE:

 

Download the printable for The Great Outdoors.

 

Now remove the object from the grid. Show your grid and objects to another member of your family. Can that person guess which object fits inside the dots?

 

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The Great Outdoors: App Connections

There is no substitute for enjoying the outdoors with your children, but if your child wants to learn more about nature, these apps make great connections to what you’ve experienced outside.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

There is no substitute for enjoying the outdoors with your children, but if your child wants to learn more about nature, these apps make great connections to what you’ve experienced outside.

 

Toca Nature

 

Read KinderTown's review of Toca Nature

In this nature-based app, you can dig big holes to create a water hole, use an ax to cut down a tree, or take a closer look at the natural world with a magnifying glass. The creator behind Toca Nature loved to explore the woods in a special clearing, and this is the basis for the exploration in Toca Nature. Toca Nature presents a world for your child to play in and discover connections between plants and animals. Inside the world you create, you decide how many trees to plant, which animals exist and when to add more plants. After planting different varieties of plants, harvest the food to feed to the animals. Which animals like which plants? It’s all inside Toca Nature for your child to discover. Toca Nature is $2.99 and available for iPhone and iPad. Parents, you’ll love the pleasing soothing music that accompanies the app.

 

The Lorax

 

Read KinderTown's review of The Lorax

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is a classical story about what happens to nature and our world when those who live in it do not take care of it. It’s told in a creative way that kids enjoy. The character, the Lorax, speaks for nature when others do not think of the effects of their actions. As a family, have an older child read the story aloud and record the narration for younger children to enjoy later. The book is colorful and includes the option to have the story read aloud, or to read it yourself. An important book to enjoy again and again. The Lorax is $3.99 and appropriate for children 4-8.

 

Peterson Backyard Birds

 

Read KinderTown's review of Peterson Backyard Birds

Help your children identify the birds around your house with this app guide. Children often ask a lot of questions that you may not know the answer to, but use their questions as a guide to find useful books and apps about the topics they are interested in. This app would serve as a great guide on your iPhone as you take a nature walk together; be sure to bring binoculars! This version is free and includes 160 of the most common birds. From the home area, tap on a variety of birds based on the information you are looking for. Then narrow the choices down to match what you have seen outside or would like to learn about based on the features of the bird. Peterson offers additional apps with more types of birds if this app does not provide enough information.

 

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The Great Outdoors: Opening Ceremony

This week’s theme is The Great Outdoors. Watch the introductory video and download the weekly planner.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

This week’s theme is The Great Outdoors. Watch the introductory video below, and download the weekly planner.

 

Download the weekly planner for The Great Outdoors.

 

 

Remember there is not one right way to conduct camp. Complete as much or as little as you can. We hope your family engages in many of the learning experiences we have laid out for the week, but the key is to do things together!

 

Be sure to post your accomplishments online by using the hashtag #KToutside. We’d love to know what you are up to! Check back on the blog each weekday to see what others have done, app connections, and additional activities.

 

Thanks for participating in KinderTown Summer Camp!

 

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