this week’s adventure
Humans have been dancing for at least 9,000 years. (Whew, that's a lot of popping and locking.) And if you think about it, it's kinda... weird. Dancing can be social or ceremonial, like when we're at parties or weddings, and it can even be competitive, like the challenges we see everywhere on TV or social media. What about music drives us to get up and move our bodies around in strange ways? How can that one impulse lead to such different dances, from ballet and ballroom to line-dancing and disco? Why do certain dance moves catch on and spread like crazy, like the floss, while others don't?
We have a lot of questions about dance, and this week at Camp Kinda, we're sliding our way into some answers. Join us as we step into a few flash mobs, master some viral dance moves, and explore dances, rhythms, and music from around the world. Even if you don't like dancing, you're sure to feel a little twitch in your hips by the time we're done—and maybe, just maybe, you'll discover something that really moves you.
Note for parents: It's hard to explore contemporary dance without touching on video-sharing platforms like Tik Tok—but we know not everyone is comfortable with them. None of our activities ask kids to use these sites, but you may see them referenced here and there.
what you’ll need
- A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
- Pens, crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Black construction paper
- Empty buckets, trashcans, boxes, and pans to use as drums
- Something that can used as drumstick (like wooden spoons)
- Acrylic paint in a few colors (optional)
- A paper plate (optional)
- Packing tape (optional)
- A printer (optional)
weekly family activity
Kick off your dancing shoes and watch the documentary film "Mad, Hot Ballroom," about a group of kids competing against students from other schools in high-stakes ballroom dance competitions. You'll see them experience victory as well as the occasional setback as they gain a new skill and work harder than they ever have before! Click here to check out the Common Sense Media review.
this week’s content builder:
Sanita Irvin serves as a director on Teach For Ameria's Teacher Leadership Development Team in New Orleans. Her 17-year career in education includes roles as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, instructional leader, academic dean, and assistant principal. She does daily solo dance performances in her living room.
See Previous Weeks
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?
Comics Crash Course
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.
Enter the Rainforest
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."
ART. The word might make you think of hushed museums lined with Very Serious Paintings, or baffling splashes of color that look like something your little brother brought home from preschool. But the truth is, creating art is one of our most basic human instincts, and despite art's fancy-schmancy reputation, anybody can make it—including you!
Legendary Lands and Creatures
For centuries, civilizations have dreamt up whimsical or forbidding places, shrouded in mystery and lost in time. We’ve filled these worlds with mythical creatures and fantastical beasts who could do things beyond our own abilities like breathing fire, transforming into bats, or healing wounds. From tales like Harry Potter that made us fall in love with magic to the Chronicles of Narnia that used animals like talking lions to protect us from evil, each generation adds new layers to our storytelling.
Kingdom of Bugs
There are about 7 billion people on Earth, but for every one human, there are 200 million insects. (We are seriously outnumbered.) That makes insects the dominant life-form on our planet. But not only do these creatures outnumber us, they also have incredible super powers—from being able to jump the length of a football field to camouflaging their bodies to protect them from their enemies. As small as they are, they can do some major damage to buildings, and play a key role in helping our planet survive. (Insects...can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.)
Circus At Home
If these past few months have had you dreaming of running away with the circus, you're not alone. Now's your chance. (Kinda.) Welcome to a world of daring performers, hilarious clowns, and spectacular performances. Did you know the circus has been around since ancient Rome? From Asia to Africa to the 146-year-old American Ringling Bros. Circus, circus arts have roots—and present-day popularity—all around the world. This week, you'll learn the basics of circus performance and put together a circus show from start to finish.
Ever heard of a meteorologist? You know, the people on the nightly news who point at a big map and talk about the weather? But meteorology is about more than predicting beach days or snowstorms—this is the science that focuses on the Earth’s atmosphere, and here on earth, the weather can get pretty wild.
Movies: They can carry us to other worlds, keep us company, and make us laugh, cry, or hide under the covers. And we love them for it. But what goes into the art of movie-making? Why are some movies Oscar material, while others are snooze-fests? The movie industry is a billion-dollar industry...but it takes much more than just great acting to make a movie a winner.
How have codes been used throughout history to protect secrets and signal for help? Did the Bermuda Triangle really swallow whole ships? Could aliens have built Stonehenge? Find out this week at Camp Kinda, where we’ll be focusing on History’s Mysteries.
Every week at Camp Kinda, we'll share a new adventure with activities for each day. If you're joining Camp Kinda after camp has started, you can jump in along the way or start at the beginning with Week 1. You can always pick and choose which weeks you want to explore, too. Skip a week. Do two in one. Mix it up! There's no wrong way to do Camp Kinda.