Summer Camp Session 3: The Backyardigans

The Backyardigans is an animated musical-adventure series featuring five friends who use their imaginations to embark on epic journeys. This session, we will be covering several episodes that provide a variety of fun activities and games to reinforce vocabulary and concepts related to different themes. The most important ingredient will be allowing the children to have a great time using their imagination.  After all, “they’ve got to the whole wide world to explore”, or at least our backyard playground.

Each day, one of the Backyardigans will be featured:

Monday- Uniqua (pink)  Find things that begin with the letter P, based on the episode of Chichen Itza Pizza.

Tuesday- Tasha (yellow)

Catch a Fish with Tasha: a magnet fishing station will be set up so the students can catch fish like Tasha would. Also, Jump over the Gobbly Goo from the episode The Tower of Power. In art, we’ll create the goo using cornstarch, water, and green food coloring.

Wednesday- Tyronne (orange)

Jump from Stone to Stone over the river from the episode The Heart of the Jungle by placing garden stones over streams of blue streamers that students must jump from one to the next without falling in.

Thursday- Pablo (blue)

Follow Pablo: A selected helper will wear a bow tie or propeller hat and will come up with various moves that the kids follow.

Friday- Austin (purple)

A selected helper will be Austin, as he leads a dance contest- based on the episode “Surfs Up”, where Uniqua, Pablo, and Tyrone need to learn rad moves before Austin allows them to surf Tiki beach.

Games and activities taken from the Backyardigans episodes for in this session include: Super Spy, The Volcano Sisters and High Adventures, among others.

In the final week of this session, for the older kids, we will be holding a scavenger hunt outside based on the Key to the Nile episode. The first present is the Jewel of the Waters. The second present is the Yellow Lotus Flower. The third is a Drink of Water from the Secret Oasis. When the teams find all three items, we will reveal the Secret of the Nile: the magic words “please” and “thank you.”

The toddlers will take part in a recreation of “Pirate Treasure” with a treasure hunt. Pablo, Uniqua, Tyrone and Austin find buried treasure, walk the plank and find the X.

An obstacle course race like the “Race Around The World” episode is sure to be a blast for everybody, too. 

Summer Camp Session 2: Blue’s Clues

Based on several episodes of Blue’s Clues, students will be guided interactively through the day’s adventure or mystery through a series of clues with an educational focus. Simple, structured and fun, this theme will delight children while at the same time teach them ways to observe and understand their world. The most consistent focus throughout this session is on problem solving skills.

Week 1: Blue’s World

The first week of this session covers a range of information from colors and shapes to numbers, letters and problem solving ideas. Puzzles may require sounding out words or even geography and physiology concepts. Through multiple adventures with Blue’s Clues and friends your child will be exposed to:

  • Musical experiences
  • Cognitive concepts: Colors, Shapes & Sizes
  • Literacy and Numeracy skills: Letters & Numbers
  • Art & Creativity
  • Textures & Compositions

Blue is a cute blue puppy dog who will be leaving clues around Toddler Tree for students to find and put together to come up with an answer or idea. Through this process, kids are able to practice relating information and drawing conclusions. By thinking through the clues out loud, teachers not only allow students to try and draw their own conclusions, but they also exemplify a process of thought used in analyzing the clues and coming to a conclusion.

Week Two: Blue & Friends

The second week will challenge, and build the students’ self-esteem, focusing on Blue’s relation to the secondary characters in the show. By providing comfort and predictability, our objective is to empower the students, inviting their involvement by including elements of surprise and play and using mnemonics in the form of mantras and songs. Specific areas of development include:

  • Coordination & Movement
  • Memory Skills
  • Auditory Skills
  • Patience
  • Reading comprehension
  • Critical Thinking

 

 

 

In addition to engaging kids through eye-to-eye contact, pausing/breaking and cueing (giving children time to respond to questions or prompts), and singing songs which will become familiar to your child, during the Blue’s Clues Summer Camp session, students will be:

  • increasing information-acquisition skills: sequencing, patterning, relational concepts, and transformations
  • improving problem solving and flexible thinking: solving riddles, exhibiting creative thinking, and non-verbal and verbal expression skills.
  • maximizing input skills: observation and comprehension
  • developing cognitive and social skills
  • maintaining interest/attention
  • building early art skills, including color mixing, textures, recognition of shapes and more
  • setting goals and rewarding progress (with stickers using a progress chart)
  • learning a “learning style” based on the scientific method and transferring that style to other situations and circumstances.

You can expand upon the Blue’s Clues curriculum at home in the following ways:

* Play Blue’s Clues with your child. Leave clues around the house that lead to something fun, and help your child figure out the puzzle and find the prize.

* Use the Blue’s Clues concept to help your child learn in a fun way. For example, leave “Blue’s Clues” around the house on an “apple,” an “arrow,” and a picture of an “ant.” Help him or her figure out that the clues all started with “A.” Then color an “A” picture or have an “A” treat.