this week’s adventure
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
- A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
- Pens, crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Construction paper
- Regular paper
- Poster board
- Glue or tape
- Various props of your choice
- A hula hoop
- A small stick of wood or dowel (optional)
- A plain t-shirt (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:
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.
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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.