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Yak Kingdom: a Magical Quest - Day 1

Hear ye! Hear ye!! A royal announcement from Camp Yakety Yak!!

This week our theme is Yak Kingdom: A Magical Quest! It’s not easy to miss if you walk around camp! As campers walked through the magical tunnel to camp this morning our JCCs had decorated the tunnel with magical, royal decorations! Once inside the gym, our GIANT castle mural was hard to miss. Our mural is where we collect all our Yak Backs throughout the week. Campers earned so many Yak Backs today and it's only Monday!!

Our book of the week is called "The Paperbag Princess" by Robert Munsch. The book focuses on Princess Elizabeth and a green, scaly dragon! Elizabeth becomes the paperbag princess when the dragon burns all her clothes and captures her fiance, Prince Ronald. Princess Elizabeth goes on a quest to challenge the dragon. There is a twist ending too! "The Paperbag Princess" helps us understand what stereotypes are and how they aren't necessarily true!! We will be using this topic to help become better friends!

This Monday of Camp was totally legendary - read about what else we were up to!

Friendship: This morning we did our Zones check-in, sang a crazy song about Tarzan and his friends, sang a song about Camp Yakety Yak, practiced going fast and slow with tongue twisters, tossed around my very special magical ball for introductions, read some of "The Paper Bag Princess," identified characters’ zones and friend qualities, and ended the class with a Sense Naming mindfulness activity.

Projects: In Projects we started off the week by reading "The Princess Who Saved Herself" by Greg Pak. This is a story about a young princess who uses the power of friendship to overcome her differences with the witch queen and forms a band with her and a dragon! It was fun to hear a new fairy tale. We will be using this book as inspiration for a project this week!! We began working on some Royal Rock Band costumes by making crowns!! We will use these on Wednesday when we make our very own, totally legendary rock band posters!!!

PLAY: We had a majestic day in PLAY class. We played a royal version of blob tag!! With the support of our amazing Blue Shirts, it was such an utter success!! We had so much fun. Being part of the blob was super exciting for campers!!

Discovery:We have turned Discovery class into a Wizard Science Lab! Campers were split into two different potion lab stations and completed science experiments. The first potion lab combined invisible juice, magic gel, the rainbow, wizard’s powder and a secret liquid (water, dish soap, food coloring, baking soda and vinegar) to see what happened. They watched as their potions fizzed and bubbled over their cups and exploded into the pans!

Cooking: Is there a better way to celebrate our Yak Kingdom theme than to make dragons out of fruit? NO WAY! Campers had such fun creating dragons with a watermelon body, apples as wings, blueberries as eyes, and red bell pepper for fire. All our campers had positive attitudes and kept the kitchen safe!!

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