Let your little one's love of science grow with this fun camp! Campers will get to plant seeds in their own mini-garden, learn about butterflies and bugs, and have a blast becoming mini-scientists for a week!
Campers must be 4 years old by September 1st of the current year (VPK eligible age for the fall.) Campers must be potty-trained and bathroom independent.
Little Green Thumbs Camp
Welcome to The Garden!
This five-session preschool camp offers young children (ages 3-6) an exciting introduction to basic environmental science. Each session is devoted to different aspects of the garden, allowing children to progressively enrich their understanding of how living things grow and how they interact with the environment around them. During the course of each three-hour session, children will perform hands-on experiments, play themed games, and enjoy a story related to the session’s themes. A mural will grow through the course of the program as children illustrate their latest discoveries at the close of each session.
Session 1: Soil and Seeds
The first session, children will learn where things grow, the different characteristics of seeds, and explore what seeds become. They will perform a seed dissection and compare their seeds to objects like pebbles, learn about the different ways that seeds are planted in nature, and how plants travel through their seeds. Children will make their own potted seeds to take home!
Session 2: Sun, Wind and Rain
In the second session, children will discover what types of weather are vital for a healthy garden. They will, learn to identify basic weather conditions; and perform an experiment to learn about how waterfall and wind shape a garden. Children will make their very own sun visors to wear when they work in a garden!
Session 3: Plants and Leaves
In the third session, children will explore the different parts of plants and leaves. They will, try some activities to learn more about their characteristics, from performing leaf rubbings to add to their camp journals to examining plants and leaves under a microscope—designed for preschoolers. Children will make their very own Leaf Rubbings to take home!
Session 4: Flowers, Fruits and Veggies
In the fourth session, children will investigate what plants produce. They examine the different parts of flowers, fruits, and vegetables using their microscopes, create their very own plants and flowers in their journals, and make frame-able prints of fruits and vegetables to take home!
Session 5: Butterflies, Ladybugs and Bees
In the final session, children will examine the other inhabitants of the garden, including butterflies, ladybugs, and bees, and learn how these creatures help a garden grow. They will learn about pollination, how bugs see, and basic bug anatomy. They will make their own Butterfly Wings, together with the camp journal that they have been working on throughout camp.
This is a drop-off camp for kiddos aged 4-6.
Please note that this camp is for kiddos entering VPK, Kindergarten, and 1st grade in the fall. Your child must be 4 years old by September 1st, 2020 to participate.
All students must be completely potty trained and bathroom independent.