Many kids in Colorado spend the hot summer months hiking, swimming, camping, and bonding with their friends at summer camp. Sadly, summer camps have been cancelled across the country as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
This may throw a wrench into your family’s plans, but it doesn’t have to ruin your child’s summer. You can recreate the magic of the camp experience right at home. With these tips, your kiddo won’t have to wait until next year to experience the joy of summer camp.
At summer camp, kids often beat the heat by engaging in fun, water-based activities. Fortunately, you can recreate the joy of these activities even if your kids don’t have access to a pool at home:
Planning a scavenger hunt may seem like a lot of work, but it actually doesn’t require much preparation. To prepare a scavenger hunt, create a list of items for your children to find. Focus on things that you know are in the home or your backyard. Then, send them on a hunt for those items.
Establishing theme days is another way to recreate the spirit of summer camp at home. Each day of the week can have a different theme. For example, tell your campers to wear red on Monday and dress in a retro-inspired look for “Flashback Friday.”
You can also create themes based around different activities. Teach your children a few simple magic tricks on “Wizardry Wednesday” or encourage them to put on a play on “Theater Thursday.”
Plan these theme days in advance. Then, create a calendar of the different themes and stick it on the refrigerator so your kids can see what’s in store. Theme days can be an easy and fun way to keep the spirit of summer camp alive in your home.
No summer camp experience is complete without arts and crafts time. There’s no need to spend money on fancy supplies, either. Look for markers, construction paper, pipe cleaners, clay, popsicle sticks, and other arts and crafts supplies you may already have around the house. Then, put your kids’ creative skills to the test and challenge them to make something out of these supplies.
This is a great activity for parents who need to keep their kids busy while they work from home, too. Check back in with your kids periodically to see what they have created. You can even help them create an at-home art gallery to show off their creations.