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“Little Green Thumbs!” This five-session preschool camp offers young children (ages 3-5) an exciting introduction to basic environmental science. Each session is devoted to different aspects of the garden, allowing children to progressively enrich their understanding of how living things grow and how they interact with the environment around them. During the course of each three-hour session, children will perform hands-on experiments, play themed games, and enjoy a story related to the session’s themes.
Day 1: Soil and Seeds
Children will learn where things grow, the different characteristics of seeds, and explore what seeds become. They will perform a seed dissection and compare their seeds to objects like pebbles, learn about the different ways that seeds are planted in nature, and discover how plants travel through their seeds. Children will make their own seed badges to take home!
Day 2:Sun, Wind and Rain
Children will discover what types of weather are vital for a healthy garden. They will learn to identify basic weather conditions; and perform an experiment to learn about how waterfall and wind shape a garden. Children will make their very own sun visors to wear when they work in a garden!
Day 3: Plants and Leaves
Children will explore the different parts of plants and leaves. They will try some activities to learn more about their characteristics, from performing leaf rubbings to add to their camp journals to examining plants and leaves under a microscope—designed for preschoolers. Children will make their very own Budding Bean necklace to take home!
Day 4: Flowers, Fruits and Veggies
Children will investigate what plants produce. They examine the different parts of flowers, fruits, and vegetables using their microscopes, create their very own plants and flowers in their journals, and make frame-able prints of fruits and vegetables to take home!
Day 5: Butterflies, Ladybugs and Bees
Children will examine the other inhabitants of the garden, including butterflies, ladybugs, and bees. They will learn how these creatures help a garden grow. They will investigate pollination, how bugs see, and basic bug anatomy. They will make their own butterfly bracelets to take home, together with the camp journal that they have been working on throughout “Little Green Thumbs!” camp.