Children gathered on the Main Lawn for Day 5 of our camp. The kids made paper helicopters and airplanes to play with in our summer breeze. Miss Nan used a globe to show where in the world tornadoes are most likely to form. She demonstrated this wind vortex with a water vortex in the Reflection Garden pool. Then the children created a water vortex through a neat experiment with soda bottles, a washer, and duct tape.
After a bit of summer fun with balls, Frisbees, and small golf clubs, everyone gathered to create an edible rainbow above a palm garden out of veggies and fruit. Certificates for campers capped off the week of fun and learning.
Campers began Day 4 in the Pioneer House where they had an interactive lesson on insects. They learned about the difference between a person’s endoskeleton and an insect’s exoskeleton. Children used little fingers to eat marshmallows in the way that ladybugs gather aphids with their mandibles. They explored the Butterfly Garden looking for butterfly eggs with magnifying lenses.
Food activities followed the theme with a veggie endoskeleton and celery and pretzel butterflies.
Campers gathered at the Pioneer House to learn about the life of Florida settlers in the 1880s. Our small pioneers made butter, kneaded dough, washed clothes in tubs, and hung them on a line with wooden clothes pins.
They tried a pioneer game of watermelon spitting. Since our modern watermelon was seedless, the kids spit watermelon pieces instead. Then they carved watermelon bowls to serve fruit snacks. Many thanks to Nelson Family Farms for the donation of the tasty fruit and veggies used for our camp.
Day 2 of our kids’ camp began in the Rainforest with making nature-themed sun-catchers and wall hangings. Next the children embarked on a scavenger hunt for living and nonliving things throughout the Rainforest and all the Gardens. In the Bonsai Pavilion they began a project painting coconuts. They trekked back to the Rainforest to create a train made out of vegetables and a homemade hummus dip. These kids LOVE veggies and hummus!
Day 1 of our “All Around the World” Summer Camp began in the Bonsai Gallery. Guest speaker Belinda Kehoe took the kids on a tour of the gallery, and along the way she explained how bonsai are grown. Which trees “fight back”? How do you grow bonsai on a rock? Which one had edible fruit?
Continuing the Asian theme, camp teacher Nan Billings led the children in slicing, dicing, and stir-frying their way to an awesome pineapple teriyaki stir-fry.
Kids age 7 to 12, join us at Heathcote for an exciting All Around the World Summer Camp Adventure. Each day campers will gather in a different part of the garden to learn about plants, explore on scavenger hunts, make crafts, and cook international foods.
DATES: June 8 – 12
TIME: 9 AM to 12 noon
Space is limited, and the roster will fill as registration is paid.
For information, contact Nan Billings at 772-812-1682 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Heathcote at 772-464-4672.