Friday, July 29, 2016

Animal Explorers

This week campers learned all about different animals!

On Monday we learned about Things with Wings.  Campers went to look at the birds in the Michigan Wildlife gallery and then decorated their own bird wings.  Then we read Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. We played a game outside where 1 camper was a bat and had to search for its food (insects).

Liz reading Stellaluna
Listening to Stellaluna

On Tuesday, we learned about bugs! We read The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.  We made spider hats complete with 8 eight legs.  We then did some insect races outside where we hopped like grasshoppers and flew around like bees.   

We dressed up like butterflies and used these special glasses to see how an insect sees.  We also listened to the "Butterfly, Butterfly" song and danced through the 4 stages of the butterfly life cycle!

We also talked about what makes and insect and sorted plastic animals into 2 groups (bugs and non-bugs).   

On Wednesday, we learned about animals under the sea.  We read Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and made our own rainbow fish with a colorful and shiny scales.  We then played a tag game of sharks and minnows outside.

We learned about different ocean animals by rolling the die of ocean animals and doing the movements of those animals. 

 We then made a paper plate jellyfish and did the Jelly Dance with them!

On Thursday, we learned about Furry Friends and started off with reading Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin. We talked about how "furry" animals are called mammals.
We made a paper bag bear puppet and then used them when we listened to the Forest Dance Song.

We played an animal dice game where one die had "furry" animals on it and the other one had actions on it like Stomp like... or Hop like.

Hop like... a lion.

Stomp like...a squirrel. 

On Friday, we learned about animals that can be found in our backyards.  We read the book, In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming.  We then had our own "grass" pictures where we "cut" the grass to see the animals hiding in the "grass".

The animals we found hiding in the grass. 

We also looked at pictures of insects and matched their X-rays to the pictures.  

We played an animal obstacle course outside.  We hopped like rabbits in the hula hoops and slithered like a snake between cones. We went on a nature scavenger hunt around the Museum to look for different animals and plants.

Flying like a bird over the cones
Slithering like a snake
Hopping like a rabbit

We also made Cheerio Bird Feeders that you can hang outside your house.    

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