this week’s adventure
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.)
This week, you’ll be the entomologist. You'll determine how these tiny creatures have survived for millions of years, and learn about some of the craziest stuff they can do. Are insects creepy, crawly, pains in your picnic basket…or just plain cool? You'll decide, this week, at Camp Kinda.
what you’ll need
- A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
- Paper or a sketchbook
- Pens, pencils (with an eraser!), markers (including a black one), colored pencils
- Construction paper (including black)
- A ruler
- 2 clear containers and a lid you can poke holes in (old takeout containers work)
- A large jar
- A piece of sponge
- An empty soft drink can
- Food scraps
- An old egg carton
- Pipe cleaners
- 3 popsicle sticks
- Sidewalk chalk
- Paint and paintbrush (optional)
- Cheese powder (the kind from a box of mac and cheese works well; optional)
- A straw (optional)
Get ready—this week you'll also be collecting some dirt, twigs, leaves, and bugs from outside!
weekly family activity
We might not be able to communicate with insects in real life, but that hasn't stopped them from becoming some of our most beloved movie characters. In the animated film A Bug's Life, an inventive ant named Flik has to defend his colony from an army of grasshoppers. Enjoy the show together (bug-themed movie treats are optional). Before you watch, check out the Commonsense Media review to make sure it's a good fit for your family.
this week’s content builder:
Meg Everett started her career as a public school teacher in Mississippi before relocating to New Orleans, where she taught with KIPP New Orleans Schools for six years. She will begin a PhD program in Education at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall.
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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.