Of course, camp is about games, games, and more games! We made sure these activities were fun, energetic, and had an educational component, whether it was counting, memory, or imagination.
Store (2008): We had the girls make their own money by decorating small sheets of paper, which they then numbered 1 through 20. With their new money the girls “bought” handbags, which were donated by The Cartoon Network. We wanted the girls to practice their math skills, and understand the importance of working hard for something, and how it could lead them to achieve more.
Reading Telescope & Bingo! (2009): The girls and boys created their telescopes. Then, using their telescopes, the groups reviewed the spelling of various words (illustrated by actual objects) in English. We encouraged them to look through their telescope so they could “find” the object. Afterward, we played a game of Bingo with the words they had just learned and reviewed. Winners won prizes!
Keith Haring craft activity (2009): We told the kids about artist Keith Haring, who used his energetic and vibrant illustrations to teach of the importance of talking about AIDS. With cut-outs of Haring’s “dancing baby” figures (along with the requisite markers and glitter), the girls decorated sheets of paper while learning about the power of art and self-expression.