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Camp Wannalaffalotta: Come On the Safari With Me!
Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 8, 2009 @ 11:08 am In Camp Wannalaffalotta,Family Fun,Summertime | 2 Comments
I must confess, I get really excited when I plan for these fun, theme-filled posts. Part of this is because I know how much my kids love to read stories and do crafts, but often I lack direction. Doing some research and creating a plan helps give me confidence to actually do fun stuff with them.
We haven’t been able to do a ton of the activities ourselves since our school year doesn’t end until Friday. But, we are looking forward to changing pace soon. I hope you’re having a good time. If you have posts you’d like to contribute, let me know via email. You can see a schedule of future topics here .
This week we’re heading to Africa on safari. You can easily find books on the topic by doing a keyword search for safari or africa. Next week’s topic, the jungle/rainforests is an overlap in some ways, but there are so many fun resources available, I split them up.
Ready to come on the safari with me? These are just a sampling of activities you could do with your children. Pick two and your day is set. Choose many and you have a week’s – or a summer’s – worth of family fun. It’s up to you.
Here are some resources to
Make library days a regular part of your summer. We usually choose one day of the week to make Library Day. Sometimes I’ll pack a sack lunch, then we can take our time, not hear rumbling tummies, and not succomb to fast food on the way home. Ask your children’s librarian to point you to the reference books, like A to Zoo . Your library should have a whole section on books about books. These are directories, organized by age, theme, and author, to help you find books your children might be interested in. Teachers know about these books, but I’m not sure all parents do. This kind of resource will help you help your children choose good books.
Picture Books and Easy Readers
Roar: A Noisy Counting Book  by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Hear and There Book: Safari Sounds 
Safari Animals  by Simms Taback
ABC Safari  by Karen Lee
Meerkat’s Safari  by Claudia Graziano
Starry Safari  by Linda Ashman
Guess Who: Safari Friends  by Jodie Shepherd
We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey through Tanzania  by Laurie Krebs
Way Far Away on a Wild Safari  by Jan Peck
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain  by Verna Aardema
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters  by John Steptoe
Living in the Savannah  by Linda Bullock
The Field Guide to Safari Animals (Field Guides)  by Paul Beck
Africa for Kids: Exploring a Vibrant Continent, 19 Activities  by Harvey Kroze
Chapter Books and Read Alouds
Lions at Lunchtime  by Mary Pope Osborne
Mary Slessor: Forward to Calabar  by Janet and Geoff Benge
David Livingstone: Africa’s Trailblazer  by Janet and Geoff Benge
CT Studd: No Retreat  by Janet and Geoff Benge
Get a Movie On!
Different families have different standards when it comes to movie viewing. If I haven’t personally seen a movie listed, I’ve checked it through the Dove Foundation’s Movie Reviews. But our standards may not be yours. Please use discernment in choosing what your children will watch.
The Wiggles: The Wiggly Safari 
Really Wild Animals – Swinging Safari  by National Geographic
The Lion King 
Night at the Museum 
The Gods Must Be Crazy I & II  (It’s been awhile since I’ve seen this one. Any thoughts from other mamas?)
Get Out and About!
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It’s my hope that we will be on the road to joyful motherhood and that we’ll “laffalotta” this summer with our peeps.
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 lion puppets out of paper bags: http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.019e967a237b3c7ba70ec2109373a0a0/?vgnextoid=9a0aaed4698df110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default&rsc=header_6&autonomy_kw=lion+kids
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