When I found out there were 8 junior campers signed up for Under the Sea, I was ecstatic! I had already been gathering so many ideas for this theme and couldn’t wait to get them started! 🙂 I recruited my younger sister Aly to help out with all the ocean fun!

We read ‘How Roland Rolls’ which depicted the big, deep ocean in a way that is more relatable and could be grasped more easily by our junior campers. We discussed wave motions (which we later tied into with the Ocean in a Bottle craft), as well as the salty taste that many sea creatures thrive on in order to sustain life and how 71% of the Earth is made up of water! We also began learning a new song to help us remember the names of all 5 oceans.

We had a sensory tub filled with sand, seashells and plastic molds as one of the centers as well as coloring pages, do-a-dots, Hide N Seek (similar to I Spy) and ocean-inspired animal pattern mats.

 

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After recess and a snack break, we continued working on other crafts like finger-painting a beach ball and creating Oceans in a Bottle. Campers loved shaking the bottle and making their own waves. We also had a library center where campers could expose themselves to several books about sea life and see pictures of other creatures that may not be as well known, like Krill and Clams.

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We had such a blast! Tomorrow we will continue our ocean adventure with ‘Rainbow Fish.’