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Camp Wannalaffalotta: Welcome to the Jungle!
Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 15, 2009 @ 10:32 am In Camp Wannalaffalotta,Family Fun,Summertime | 5 Comments
Welcome to this week’s Camp Wannalaffalotta! If you’re just joining us, you can read more about it here. Basically, since I can’t invite you and your children over to my home for a DIY summer camp, I’m presenting resources for you to do with your kids at your house. I’ve received some fun emails telling me what “camp activities” moms are doing with their children. I’d love to see more. Please email me with your link or story at lifeasmom at sbcglobal dot net. When you do, let me know if I have permission to share.
Over the years when we’ve taken a true “vacation” from school, I’ve found that little ones get easily bored and constantly ask, “What’s there to do?” I try to make a loose summer schedule that includes library and park days, as well as certain blocks of time during each day for reading, crafts, and videos. My kids could do crafts and stories and movies all day long. I try to mix up planned stuff with plain ol’ “go-outside-and-find-something-to-do” stuff. Having a plan is always helpful, even if we decide not to follow it.
Here are some jungle-themed resources to help you
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
The Saggy Baggy Elephant  by K. Jackson
Rumble in the Jungle  by Giles Andreae
Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme  by Marianne Berkes
A Is for Anaconda: A Rainforest Alphabet  by Anthony D. Fredericks
Chapter Books and Read Alouds
Tigers at Twilight  by Mary Pope Osborne
In The Rainforest (Magic School Bus)  by Eva Moore
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi  by Rudyard Kipling (versions are available for all ages)
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.
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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 At Home in the Rainforest: http://astore.amazon.com/lifeasmom-20/detail/088106484X
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 National Geographic: Really Wild Animals – Totally Tropical Rain Forest: http://astore.amazon.com/lifeasmom-20/detail/B0009K7R1Q
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 some jungle crafts: http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/search/processRequest.do?requestURI=searchMain&Ntx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&Ntt=jungle%20craft&N=0&Ntk=all&searchTerm=jungle+craft&BP=8912&source=google&cm_mmc=google-_-otc+sendtec+craft+supplies-_-jungle+craft+kits-_-jungle+craft&ms=search
 coloring pages: http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/jungle/coloringpage.php
 here: http://www.freekidcrafts.com/jungle.html
 jungle binoculars: http://www.crayola.com/crafts/detail/jungle-binoculars-craft/
 these jungle animal diorama projects: http://www.kidscraftweekly.com/jungle_issue.html
 a fake snake: http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10795
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 Rainforest Cafe: http://rainforestcafe.com/
 a monkey cake: http://www.recipezaar.com/Monkey-Cake-207430
 Jungle Juice: http://www.recipezaar.com/Jungle-Juice-For-A-Group-69328
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