Monday, June 19, 2023

Updated Summer Camp Activity Plans

As we fine-tune different camp activities, I'm going to link to the plans here. If you have favorite Summer Camp ideas, please share them!

Here is a blank activity plan template:

I also HIGHLY recommend Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell (free PDF with 42 activities and games).


by Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson
activity: Coyote Truth/Myth (PDF)

Fish Everywhere

by Britta Teckentrup
activity: Fish Printing (PDF)

The Gruffalo

by Julia Donaldson
activity: Gruffalo Scat (PDF)

Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration

by Marianne Berkes
activity: Just Ducky (PDF)

Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum

by Meghan McCarthy
activity: Mud Kitchen (PDF)

The Barn Owls

by Tony Johnston
activity: Owl Pellet Dissection (PDF)

Turtle Knows Your Name

by Ashley Bryan
activity: Shell Names (PDF)

Here Comes the Garbage Barge!

by Jonah Winter
activity: Trash Timeline (PDF)

The Raven and the Loon

by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley
activity: Sewing on Burlap (PDF)

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Knot Curriculum, Revised

Knot Curriculum! As we work our way through creating this thing, which is completely new to our camp, I want to keep notes on the process. The first vision we had is outlined here: Knots 1-10. While prepping and leading the first Knot Fair, on Wednesday, we spontaneously revised some of our ideas.

You will see that the biggest change is that we added six additional activities to strengthen fine motor skills and provide opportunities for children who found the knot-tying too intimidating. We added these after watching them struggle with sewing their Nature Treasure Pouches on Monday and Tuesday.

Here is the second draft of our plan:


#1 - Round Turn
whole group, outdoors, introduction to the Knot Fair, wrap a long thick rope several wraps around a large tree, have children in small groups play "tug of war" with the tree and then have each group go inside to join the Knot Fair

A - Yarn-Wrapped Sticks
pre-knot station to practice tension, have a Stick Wagon prepared in advance (or take the children on a nature walk to choose their own special sticks), use cotton yarn that will biodegrade if the children leave their sticks outside

extra idea: have the children add their colorful sticks to a giant collaborative bird nest sculpture/imaginative play area

B - Homemade Bubble Wands
pre-knot station to strengthen hands, use craft wire (12 or 14 gauge) to form a bubble wand in any shape, wrap wool yarn around the bubble wand (cover the loop entirely; don't cover the handle), go outside and test it out!

C - Running Stitch on Burlap

#2 - Slip Knot

D - Finger Knitting

E - Nature Treasures Pouch

F - Pony Reins with Bells

#3 - Overhand Knot

#4 - Bow Knot

#5 - Square Knot

#6 - Square Lashing (Reading a Diagram)


Set up same stations as week one, with the addition of

#7 - Tying a Fish Net


Set up same stations as week two, with the addition of

#8 - Daisy Chain Knot


Set up same stations as week three, with the addition of

#9 - Bowline Knot


Set up same stations as week four, with the addition of

#10 - Clove Hitch


Set up same stations as week five, with the addition of making cordage.

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