Week 2 - Life in the Reef

      Look at these fanciful painted crabs...

     Look at these fanciful painted crabs...

                    ...that are also puzzles!

                   ...that are also puzzles!

 A camper adds some bling to an octopus, helping it blend right in with its colorful surroundings.

A camper adds some bling to an octopus, helping it blend right in with its colorful surroundings.

Lobsters, and fish and crabs - oh my! Campers at Great Explorations went under the sea to investigate reef creatures and habitats this week.

 

 

Our arts and crafts this week really highlighted the beauty, colors and diversity of life in a coral reef. Our campers explored light and color while painting stained "glass" underwater scenes. 

 Hello, Mr. Seahorse!

Hello, Mr. Seahorse!

 

Our youngest campers got in on the fun making adorable collage bookmarks with their favorite reef residents.

They listened to ocean-themed stories to inspire free-style drawing, and made pencil holders with colored sea scenes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our young explorers made a wonderful, joyous mess painting ceramic fish boxes. Parents appreciated the beautiful and useful gifts we sent home (and the mess that stayed at Great Ex!).

 

 

Campers investigated how an animal's physical characteristics aid in defense and survival. What better way to explore why fish are shiny than by creating a CD fish?

 These shiny, reflective fish would dazzle a predator, don't you think?

These shiny, reflective fish would dazzle a predator, don't you think?

Submarine scratch art was a fun activity for our younger campers too!

 We all live in a yellow submarine!

We all live in a yellow submarine!

This colorful and creative week for our campers was possible with the support of Creative Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.

Stay tuned next week as we go on an imaginary road trip across America the Beautiful!