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Kids dream big.
Spend time with any child and you’ll see more than a just a young boy or girl — you’ll see a cowboy, an astronaut, a superhero, a chef, an artist, an explorer, a king or a queen. And the ballerina on Monday may be an archeologist on Wednesday and an author by Friday.
There are no limits to what a child can be or do; if children can imagine it, they can be it.
But all this make-believe is more than just plain fun; role-play is an essential part of learning that helps children acquire the skills, knowledge and worldview that sets the stage for what’s ahead, according to child development experts. Not only does it help children think in the abstract — they’re not really a fireman, after all — but role play builds on their language and social skills; creates opportunities to problem solve; allows them to understand someone else's perspective; provides a safe way to explore the world beyond; and strengthens self-confidence. And, it satisfies their natural curiousity.
As the summer approaches, parents often struggle with how to provide their children with opportunities that encourage imaginative play in a meaningful, sustained way. Day camps can be a great way to do that, especially if the camp offers innovative, engaging and educational programs. And that’s KinderCare Summer Camp’s greatest strength.
Nearly 3,000 kids told KinderCare how they want to spend their summer — having fun — and that’s just what KinderCare’s Summer Camp offers with its 14 unique weekly themes.
What can be more fun than letting kids’ imagination run wild with hands-on activities, field trips and visits by special guests?
Summer means water, and two themed programs offer lots of wet and wacky fun. During Splish, Splash!, kids will play all sorts of water games and create art that floats. It’s hang 10 during Surf’s Up!, where the fun is focused on the seashore with sandcastle building and pretend surfing while learning about the ocean’s ecology.
Kid can step back in time during Wild, Wild West week, when they’ll pan for gold, learn how to lasso and make butter just like the pioneers did. Or head to ancient Egypt in Dig Ancient Egypt, where they’ll learn how to write hieroglyphics — even become a mummy!
Have a budding scientist? Blast off into space with Science Adventures and build a functioning robot. Rather explore the yucky side of science? Gross & Gooey Science features activities that make parents cringe but that kids love— from making slime and mucus to “belching” balloons relay races.
If the outdoors is more your kid’s passion, check out Wilderness 101, which teaches the ins and outs of camping, essential outdoor skills, an appreciation of nature and old-fashioned campfire story-telling. Or, have them walk on the wild side during Animal Antics Camp, an exploration of animal behavior.
Everyone loves a hero, especially sports heroes, so step up to the plate in Spectacular Sports and learn about the importance of fitness and teamwork while showing off all-star moves in all sorts of ball play. They can also explore what it takes to be a real hero — it’s not a mask and cape — in Everyday Heroes, an appreciation of real-life “superheroes.”
For children who like to create, Art Expo offers all sorts of ways to explore creativity, while Kids’ Kitchen gets things cooking; they’ll not only create a kid favorite, a spaghetti dinner, but also beautiful centerpieces and folded napkin creations.
In your child’s star-struck, You’ve Got Talent! teaches them what goes on behind the scenes and then puts them onstage, while the Puppeteers Road Show lets kids become kids become puppeteers.
While the themes may differ, each offers an opportunity to grow your child’s imagination while encouraging learning. And, of course, they’re kid-approved fun.
For more information about KinderCare® Learning Centers Summer Camps in your area, or to enroll, go to www.kindercare.com/summercamp  or call 888-9FUN-CAMP (888-938-6226).
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