Thursday, June 23, 2011

G'day mates!

We traveled into the Outback today and I loved sharing the many details that make Australia so special for me. I've collected many Australian picture books over the years and we started the morning with one full of fun facts, reading several others throughout the day.

Our first project today was to paint Aboriginal dot paintings. Before getting out the paints, we took time to discuss the significance of this indigenous art form. Each of the different shapes and symbols in a dot painting have a meaning and are used to illustrate Dreamtime stories.

We incorporated Australian animals like the koala, emu, kangaroo and echidna and then decorated the page using the dot technique and adding in some of the traditional symbols.

The children worked methodically through this activity. Look at the looks of concentration!


We got some fresh air during a bush walk around Wilshire Park and the adventurous tried a Vegemite sandwich.

We painted didgeridoos, the ancient wind instrument developed by the Australian Aboriginals.

Using more dot painting and symbols...

Self portraits wearing cork hats to finish the day. Traditionally worn by jackaroos - Australian cowboys - in the outback, the swinging corks discourage insects from swarming around the wearer's head. Ace!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Day two and all the kids came back! Hooray! Tuesday we greeted everyone with a welcoming Aloha to begin our day of crafts inspired by the beaches and vibrant colors of the South Pacific.

First up, seashell mirrors...she loved it. Really.

We soaked up the first day of summer sunshine with a pineapple snack. It tastes even better when speared with a bright floral cocktail umbrella.

A little hula got us moving.The hula dance tells a story and ours was a tale of flowers, sunshine and bubbles...ask them to demonstrate for you!

 Back inside, we crafted bright paper flowers...

to go into beer bottles - ahem - glass jars, decoupaged with tissue paper.

And in preparation for a project to be finished later in the week, paper mache completed the day. Stay tuned to see how this one turns out!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

¡Viva Mexico!

What a fantastic start to the week! Today we learned about Mexico and did a number of fun activities around this theme.

We welcomed 16 campers to our room and each child started the morning by drawing a small Mexico-inspired picture to stick to our world map. They spilled well into the USA and through Central America but you get the idea!

While the younger campers made paper plate maracas, the older children created tin ornaments, a traditional art form in Mexico.

Following an outdoor guacamole making session, we planted jalapeno plants, adding fresh coffee grounds to the soil.

A fun and messy session with paint and sparkly sequins produced a collection of festive sombreros.

We finished with an impromptu dance party...
 and weaving Ojos de Dios.

Whew, I need a siesta! See you tomorrow!