Kid Heroes

You have probably heard of Anne Frank, the girl whose diary helped give voice to the suffering of millions during World War II, or Greta Thunberg, who has called out leaders around the globe for failing to act on climate change. But did you know that the Braille alphabet for the blind was created by a French teenager? Have you met Marley Dias, who is bringing thousands of books with Black main characters to libraries across America?

Kids have a way of seeing things clearly. This week at Camp Kinda, you'll get to know these young heroes and many others whose voices and ideas have reshaped our world and powered some of the greatest social movements in recent history, from ensuring equal treatment of all to reducing gun violence. No matter how large or small, new voices are calling attention to issues that affect our world. In the process, they are helping us learn to be better people and to stand up for others. What matters to you? Your voice may be more powerful than you think. This week at Camp Kinda, your adventure is to explore just how powerful it can be!

Content Warning: This week touches on a number of potentially sensitive topics, such as racial injustice and gun violence. Parents may want to preview each day's activities and encourage kids to skip any that they might not be ready for yet.

what you’ll need

  • Your Camp Kinda toolkit

  • Poster board
  • Various props of your choice
  • A hula hoop
  • A small stick of wood or dowel (optional)

weekly family activity

Watch the original The Lorax movie as a family. You can stream the original, 1972 edition of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax for free right here. Sure, the animation is a little old, but this short fable about the danger of human destruction and the power of individuals to make a difference is timeless. As always, check the Common Sense Media review first to make sure it's a good fit for your family.

this week’s content builder:

EdNavigator

This week's activities were curated by EdNavigator's highly talented former educators, including Denise Gilstrap, Whitney Henderson, Victoria Paulino, Arlene Sanchez, and Meghan Stroh.

More Adventures

Some of the best stories of all time have something in common: They hook us with drawings as well as words. Comics and graphic novels have introduced us to characters ranging from Black Panther and Captain Marvel to Captain Underpants and Greg Heffley, everyone's favorite "wimpy" kid. This week at Camp Kinda, we're zapping ourselves into the world of comics and visual expression with professional author and illustrator Jarrett Lerner.

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Rainforests are lush places of marvel and mystery. You probably already know that rainforests get a lot of rain. But did you know that they are home to more than 5 million species of plants, animals, and insects? That's half of all the species on earth—and we're still discovering new creatures and plants in the rainforests all the time! And while rainforests only cover about 2 percent of the planet's surface, they produce 20 percent of the world's oxygen, which is why they are considered the "lungs of the planet."

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