Summer Camp @ Home

The kids are out of school and home for the summer. Now what?

Why not host a summer camp at home? With a little planning and a few creative ideas, you can keep costs down but excitement up as you host your own summer camp with the kiddos. Each week you can check out books from the library that go along with the weekly the theme. This will keep kids excited about reading through the summer and get them out of the house and into the library each week!

Eleven Themed Weeks for the Perfect Summer Camp

Week 1 – Friendship Week
Talk about being a good friend.
Have a friendship day with water fun and a special pizza treat.
Write letters to a friend and make crayon art.

Week 2- Beach/ Under the Sea
Learn about different animals under the sea.
Have an Under the Sea Mega Movie Night (“Finding Nemo” and “The Little Mermaid”) with a special treat and campout in the living room.
Make some under the sea sand art, visit an Aquarium and go to a pet store to see the fish.

Week 3- Outdoor Fun
Have a S’mores Night campout.
Go for a hike and make a nature bracelet, outdoor art and painted rocks.
Make a bird feeder and get creative with some sidewalk paintings.

Week 4- Go America!
Participate in Fourth of July celebrations.
Make Patriotic art and a USA treat.
Enjoy pool fun, hold a yard sale and go for ice cream.

Week 5- Outer Space
Enjoy glow in the dark bubbles outside.
Make a spaceship or model plane, make an outer space mobile and visit a planetarium.
Eat dessert outside and watch the moon and stars.

Christmas-in-JulyWeek 6- Christmas in July
Host a Blizzard Party and make Christmas crafts.
Start a Christmas Saving Jar and give toys to a charity.
Enjoy a Christmas movie during the week.

Week 7- Pioneer Week
Make homemade bread, ice cream and butter.
Visit a history museum.
Talks about what a pioneer is.

Week 8- Trains and Transportation
Go on a train ride.
Participate in transportation activities (cars, buses, trains, planes, etc.).
Enjoy Hot Wheels® races with friends.

Week 9- Dinosaurs
Visit a science museum.
Make a dino model and dino art.
Make a “mudpie” dessert .

Week 10- Be Creative
Have a fancy family art show with a fancy dinner for the kiddos.
Make lots of art to show at the art show.
Enjoy lots of crafts this week.

Week 11- Sports and Water Play
Visit a new park, host an end of summer barbecue and enjoy pool play.
Host a Family Olympics and let the kids make medals for awards.
Enjoy back to school shopping and begin prep work for the new school year.

These are just a few ideas to get your started with eleven weeks of themed activities. The kids will love that each week includes new ideas, and don’t be afraid to take these themed weeks with you on vacation!

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