Week 6 - Pretend Passport: South America

Campers at Great Explorations Children's Museum this week grabbed their passports and headed to South America! They explored the sights, sounds, flora and fauna of this fascinating continent through a variety of experiences, and with the help of a special guest artist, they even made it rain!!!

Campers enjoyed real life animal encounters at Boyd Hill as well as crafting fanciful sticky board creatures.

                    At Great Ex, art....

                    At Great Ex, art....

After learning about the amazing structures of South America, campers were inspired to build their own!

After learning about the amazing structures of South America, campers were inspired to build their own!

Campers learned about the use of natural materials like hollowed out cacti, dried cactus needles and pebbles in the making of traditional rainsticks, and then enjoyed putting their own together by filling tubes with rice and dried beans and wrapping them with their own molas.

                      ...imitates life!  

                      ...imitates life!

 

The highlight of our week was the visit from Creative Clay artist, Cara. Under her direction, campers used liquid chalk markers to draw molas that would eventually decorate their rainsticks.

We extended the lesson on using natural materials in traditional art forms by dyeing cloth. It was an all-hands-on- deck activity, so we didn't manage to get any pictures, but we did manage to make a wonderful mess and even better memories!

 

What a fine mess we're in! Our littlest explorers had a messy, fun, sensory experience drawing on a shaving cream canvas.

What a fine mess we're in! Our littlest explorers had a messy, fun, sensory experience drawing on a shaving cream canvas.

From wonderful messes to joyful noises!

Great Ex campers also made and decorated their own tribal drums.

Great Ex campers also made and decorated their own tribal drums.

The smiles and creative energy above are possible with the support of Creative Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.

Next week's theme is Once Upon a Time and a field trip to the Dali Museum!