this week’s adventure
Oh, the Places (We’ll) Go
Over here at Camp Kinda, we have a bad case of cabin fever. After eight months of sticking close to home, we are itching to go somewhere—anywhere. Raise your hand if you’re with us.
So this week, we’re heading out, via plane, train, and automobile (not to mention rickshaw, space shuttle, dog sled, and the world’s longest escalator). Pack your carry-on and get ready for an underground, overseas, intergalactic travel adventure aboard some of the world’s wildest and weirdest modes of transportation.
what you’ll need
- Construction paper in different colors
- Toilet paper rolls (paper towel rolls will work too)
- Empty tea boxes or other small cardboard boxes
- Popsicle sticks
- 2 liter soda bottle
- 500-700 ml plastic bottle (like a 16 oz soda or water bottle)
- Craft knife
- Large paper clips
- Large rubber bands
- Silicone sealant
- Bathtub full of water
- Measuring cup
- A few straws
- 2 pieces of corrugated cardboard (5 inches square)
- A plastic egg
- 2 round candies (hard ones with a hole in the middle, such as Lifesavers)
- 1 round pencil (sharpened)
- Paint (optional)
- Ribbon/yard (optional)
- Drill bit (optional)
weekly family activity
Celebrate getting away from home with a family viewing of The Polar Express, a beautiful film based on the classic children’s book by the same name. And if you have older kids in the house, consider a screening of Apollo 13 instead, a classic nail-biter with plenty of tense moments (“Houston, we have a problem”) and a—spoiler alert, but it’s history—happy ending. As always, search on Common Sense Media to make sure these films are a good fit for your family.
this week’s content builder:
This week’s content was compiled by the educators, parents, and armchair tourists at EdNavigator.
Hideouts and Strongholds
Did you know that the walls of some castles are more than 12 feet thick? Or that the Great Wall of China has more than 25,000 watchtowers? Or that one of America’s most secure underground military bases is located inside a mountain, under a mile of earth and rock?
World's Craziest Sports
When did "sports" begin? Is ironing clothes a sport? Can you play hockey under water? What if you combined soccer and volleyball? Find out this week at Camp Kinda, where we'll be vaulting into sports like limbo-skating, Parkour, toe-wrestling, and worm-charming, and checking out some wacky sports traditions, fans, and food along the way.
The idea of making simple materials magical by combining them in different ways has fascinated us humans for centuries. In Medieval times, alchemists tried to transform basic metals into silver or gold. In folklore, our tales are full of cackling witches cooking up powerful, bubbling brews. And in fantasy, wizards like Severus Snape create arcane potions that can do extraordinary things. Today, people around the world still mix up magical new creations, but we use different words to describe them—words like "scientist," "chemist," or even..."chef".
Humans have been dancing for at least 9,000 years. (Whew, that's a lot of popping and locking.) And if you think about it, it's kinda... weird. Dancing can be social or ceremonial, like when we're at parties or weddings, and it can even be competitive, like the challenges we see everywhere on TV or social media. What about music drives us to get up and move our bodies around in strange ways? How can that one impulse lead to such different dances, from ballet and ballroom to line-dancing and disco? Why do certain dance moves catch on and spread like crazy, like the floss, while others don't?
You have probably heard of Anne Frank, the girl whose diary helped give voice to the suffering of millions during World War II, or Greta Thunberg, who has called out leaders around the globe for failing to act on climate change. But did you know that the Braille alphabet for the blind was created by a French teenager? Have you met Marley Dias, who is bringing thousands of books with Black main characters to libraries across America?
Comics Crash Course
Some of the best stories of all time have something in common: They hook us with drawings as well as words. Comics and graphic novels have introduced us to characters ranging from Black Panther and Captain Marvel to Captain Underpants and Greg Heffley, everyone's favorite "wimpy" kid. This week at Camp Kinda, we're zapping ourselves into the world of comics and visual expression with professional author and illustrator Jarrett Lerner.
Enter the Rainforest
Rainforests are lush places of marvel and mystery. You probably already know that rainforests get a lot of rain. But did you know that they are home to more than 5 million species of plants, animals, and insects? That's half of all the species on earth—and we're still discovering new creatures and plants in the rainforests all the time! And while rainforests only cover about 2 percent of the planet's surface, they produce 20 percent of the world's oxygen, which is why they are considered the "lungs of the planet."
ART. The word might make you think of hushed museums lined with Very Serious Paintings, or baffling splashes of color that look like something your little brother brought home from preschool. But the truth is, creating art is one of our most basic human instincts, and despite art's fancy-schmancy reputation, anybody can make it—including you!
Legendary Lands and Creatures
For centuries, civilizations have dreamt up whimsical or forbidding places, shrouded in mystery and lost in time. We’ve filled these worlds with mythical creatures and fantastical beasts who could do things beyond our own abilities like breathing fire, transforming into bats, or healing wounds. From tales like Harry Potter that made us fall in love with magic to the Chronicles of Narnia that used animals like talking lions to protect us from evil, each generation adds new layers to our storytelling.
Kingdom of Bugs
There are about 7 billion people on Earth, but for every one human, there are 200 million insects. (We are seriously outnumbered.) That makes insects the dominant life-form on our planet. But not only do these creatures outnumber us, they also have incredible super powers—from being able to jump the length of a football field to camouflaging their bodies to protect them from their enemies. As small as they are, they can do some major damage to buildings, and play a key role in helping our planet survive. (Insects...can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.)
Circus At Home
If these past few months have had you dreaming of running away with the circus, you're not alone. Now's your chance. (Kinda.) Welcome to a world of daring performers, hilarious clowns, and spectacular performances. Did you know the circus has been around since ancient Rome? From Asia to Africa to the 146-year-old American Ringling Bros. Circus, circus arts have roots—and present-day popularity—all around the world. This week, you'll learn the basics of circus performance and put together a circus show from start to finish.
Ever heard of a meteorologist? You know, the people on the nightly news who point at a big map and talk about the weather? But meteorology is about more than predicting beach days or snowstorms—this is the science that focuses on the Earth’s atmosphere, and here on earth, the weather can get pretty wild.
Movies: They can carry us to other worlds, keep us company, and make us laugh, cry, or hide under the covers. And we love them for it. But what goes into the art of movie-making? Why are some movies Oscar material, while others are snooze-fests? The movie industry is a billion-dollar industry...but it takes much more than just great acting to make a movie a winner.
How have codes been used throughout history to protect secrets and signal for help? Did the Bermuda Triangle really swallow whole ships? Could aliens have built Stonehenge? Find out this week at Camp Kinda, where we’ll be focusing on History’s Mysteries.
Camp Kinda is an exploratory learning experience designed to keep kids in grades K-8 engaged, curious, and having fun—even if they're stuck at home. Check out our weekly adventures for hours of on- and offline activities. Nothing boring. We’re talking about exploring the art of graphic novels, unlocking the mysteries of history, or jumping into the world’s craziest sports. Start any time you want. End any time you want. Camp Kinda runs on your schedule.