Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dino - Ramma, Summer Mini Camp!

The first 2 weeks of Dino-Ramma have been a blast here at the Virginia Discovery Museum! We had over twenty 4-6 year olds enjoing all sorts of dinosaur games and activites! The favorite, by far, has been the Plaster of Paris and sand fossil! They turned out great and the kids had a wonderful time making them!

We have learned so much about dinosaurs, including what they ate, where they lived, and why they died.

Here is a video of our dinosaur parade through the Museum! Check out our awesome T-Rex masks!

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Dragons & Dynasties: Discovering Ancient China

We just finished 2 of our 3 summer mini-camps about Ancient China! The kids in these camps have enjoyed activites, crafts and games which taught them about aspects of life in Ancient China. By far, the most popular activity was the Dragon Parade which we took through the Museum's galleries as a demonstration of New Year's celebrations. Not far behind was kite making and flying - because the kite was invented in China, along with several other items like dominoes, sunglasses, bells, and much more!

These kids are great cooks as well! We made fried rice one day and learned to use chop sticks! (Its was pretty hard!) We learned about the Great Wall of China and re-built it out of recycled materials!
We would like to extend a big thanks to the Oyster House in Charlottesville, VA for showing some Chinese antiques to the children and explaining all about them!

Here are some pictures of children enjoying this awesome summer camp!

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