It Starts with the Arts at Great Explorations Children's Museum!

Week 1 - African Safari

Although our week was short due to the Memorial Day holiday, campers in Great Ex Summer Camp and Play Days programs quickly hopped on board to explore the art, animals and traditions of Africa!

At Great Explorations, Summer Camp explorers are upcoming Kindergartners-3rd graders and our Play Day explorers are 3-5 year olds.

Our youngest explorers learned about Africa through music and dance in our half-day Play Days program. They explored drums and a thumb piano to create different sounds on traditional African instruments. And when those little feet felt the beat, the campers grabbed colorful scarves and expressed themselves through dance.

A Play Days explorer dances to the beat with colorful scarves.

A Play Days explorer dances to the beat with colorful scarves.

The scarves provided a wonderful sensory experience that captivated our campers.

The scarves provided a wonderful sensory experience that captivated our campers.

The scarves also provided a colorful gross motor experience for our youngest campers.

The scarves also provided a colorful gross motor experience for our youngest campers.

Our Kindergarten-3rd grade Summer Camp explorers used their hands and their imaginations to design and create their own unique pinch pots. Artist Celia Colucci shared cultural information as well as instructions for making the pinch pots.

Campers mix colors to paint their pinch pots!

Campers mix colors to paint their pinch pots!

Campers loved using model magic and paint to express themselves through their individual creations!

Campers loved using model magic and paint to express themselves through their individual creations!

Talk about happy campers!

Talk about happy campers!

Artist Celia Colucci commented, "While campers had only 4 colors and all heard the same instructions, their wonderful and unique finished pieces reflected the artists' diverse approaches to the project."

Artist Celia Colucci commented, "While campers had only 4 colors and all heard the same instructions, their wonderful and unique finished pieces reflected the artists' diverse approaches to the project."

Our young Play Days campers learned about animals through stories, creative movement and craft projects.

Play Days campers created animal masks (not pictured) and colored in animal visors to make connections to their learning.

Our Summer Camp explorers learned about camouflage and habitat through games and physical activities. And of course, the best way to learn about animals is a trip to the zoo!

As you can see, we packed a lot of fun and creativity into our shortened camp week, and of course we snuck some learning in there too. Our daily artistic explorations are all possible With the support of Creative Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.

Stay tuned! Next week is going to be "Out of this World!"

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