this week’s adventure
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."
This week at Camp Kinda, you'll trek deep into the world's rainforests, discovering amazing animals like poison dart frogs and bird-eating spiders, learning about efforts to protect the habitat of gorillas in the Congo, meeting the people who call the rainforest their home, and finding out how you can help protect and conserve the world's rainforests without leaving the house. So skip the bug spray but gear up for adventure, because we're taking a journey into the jungle.
what you’ll need
- A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
- Pens, crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Paper (large A4 size if possible!)
- Shoebox and other small boxes
- Some thick, cardstock-type paper
- Construction paper (many colors)
- Green tissue paper
- Green paint and paint brush
- Glue or tape
- A straw
- Household items like chopsticks, clothespins, spoons, and pliers to use as "beaks"
- Small items like beans, marbles, pennies, rice etc.
- Popsicle sticks (craft sticks)
- Wood glue
- Empty water bottles or paper towel rolls
- Some rolled-up socks
- A journal or notebook (optional)
- A paper plate (optional)
- Glue gun (optional)
- Small rocks and twigs (optional)
weekly family activity
While watching the animated film FernGully: The Last Rainforest, you'll travel to an Australian rainforest inhabited by fairies. The adventure begins when Crysta, a brave fairy, meets Zak, a young logger, and accidentally shrinks him to the size of a fairy. With Crysta's help, Zak starts to see the world from the perspective of the animals and fairies and begins to realize how beautiful and important the rainforest is. Together, they work to protect and preserve the rainforest from loggers and Hexxus, the pollution monster.
(As always, check out the Common Sense Media review to make sure it's a good fit for your family first!)
this week’s content builder:
Mary Ulseth was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, and spent the last six years living in Thailand and working throughout Southeast Asia in the field of experiential education and outdoor learning. She currently lives in Boston, MA, where she is completing a Masters degree in Social Work.
See Previous Weeks
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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.