Kinda Guide

this week’s adventure

Wild Weather

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.

Consider this: Each minute of the day, 1 billion tons of water fall on the Earth. A heatwave can make train tracks bend and turn grapes into raisins. And in parts of Antarctica, the snow falls so hard you wouldn’t be able to see your hand in front of your face. (Brrrrrrrr.) Get ready to explore the incredible nature of weather and why it matters so much for our planet. This week at Camp Kinda, you'll become a meteorologist.

A Note for Parents: This week’s adventure includes some videos, images, and stories about hurricanes and tornadoes. If you feel your child may be sensitive to these topics, please encourage them to skip ahead.

what you’ll need

  • A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
  • Paper
  • Pens, markers, or colored pencils, and a permanent marker
  • A glass jar with a lid (a jam jar works well!)
  • A paper plate or bowl
  • 2 styrofoam plates
  • An aluminum plate (or tin foil to substitute)
  • Ice
  • Hot water
  • A zip lock bag
  • Food coloring (preferably blue)
  • Tape (clear + duct)
  • A washer
  • Dish detergent
  • 2 clear containers (like Tupperware or old takeout containers)
  • Baby oil (or another oil to substitute)
  • Alka Seltzer
  • A sweater
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Small toys like cars or action figures (optional)

A Note on Materials: This week's materials list includes a few items that are a little more unusual—like styrofoam plates, baby oil, and food coloring. If you can find them, we think they make for some really cool experiments. If you can't, no worries, just skip ahead.

weekly family activity

Enjoy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs this week, a movie about an inventor who tries to save his town by making it rain delicious foods. (Check out the Commonsense Media review to make sure it's a good fit for your family.)

this week’s content builder:

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith has spent the past 9 years working in KIPP New Orleans and KIPP NYC Schools. At KIPP Central City in New Orleans, she currently leads the Student Support Program, which specializes in programs for students with significant intellectual and emotional disabilities.

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Movie-Making Magic

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.

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History’s Mysteries

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.

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An illustration of a house taking off into the sky like a rocket.

Let's adventure.

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.