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Do-It-Yourself Summer Camp at Home

Blast Off to Space

9 A.M.
COLORING SHEETS
To keep kids busy as everyone arrives.

9:15 A.M.
BOOKS AND CIRCLE TIME

9:45 A.M.
ART PROJECT
Space scene: Let the children use light-colored crayons to draw planets, moons, and spaceships on thick white paper. Then have them paint over their work with watered-down black tempura paint. The crayon will show through.

10:15 A.M.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITY
Moon-rock hunt: Create a scavenger hunt using a bag of those smooth, shiny rocks you put in the bottom of a vase. (I got mine at a dollar store.)

10:45 A.M.
SNACK IDEA
Edible solar system: On black paper plates, let kids create a solar system with a Ritz cracker (the sun), Froot Loops (planets), and marshmallow asteroids.

11 A.M.FREE PLAY

11:30 A.M.
INDOOR ACTIVITY
Memory game: The first player in the circle starts by saying "I went to the moon, and I took_," naming an item that starts with the letter A. The second repeats that and adds an item that begins with B. When someone can't remember the whole list, they bow out until only one kid is left.

12 noon
LUNCH

12:30 P.M.
FREE PLAY

1 P.M.
SCIENCE ACTIVITY
Sunburned balloons: Tape one balloon per child to an outdoor wall or fence in direct sunlight, and give each kid a magnifying glass. Have them focus the sun's rays into one tiny, intense spot. After a few seconds, the balloons will pop. (Don't let the kids hold the magnifying glass over skin.)

1:30 P.M.
FREE PLAY

2 P.M.
SNACK IDEA
Star treats: Cut pieces of toast into star shapes. Explain that scientists can tell how hot a star is by its color: the coolest are red, the hottest are blue, and the yellow or orange ones are in between. Let the kids spread strawberry jam, grape jelly, or orange marmalade on their toast.

2:15 P.M.
BOOKS AND CIRCLE TIME

2:45 P.M.
ART PROJECT
Moon view: Have the kids pretend they're in orbit and draw what they'd see looking down at Earth.

3 P.M.
PICKUP

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