Half-Day Camp full of summertime learning

Summer mornings were spent in the classroom as local children participated in Anoka-Hennepin Community Education’s Half-Day Camp program.

Aidan Qualick does some truly hands-on science work, squishing together carefully measured amounts of liquid starch, white glue and drops of food coloring to make a fistful of homemade slime. Photos by Sue Austreng Emma Lambert stretches her homemade handful of slime and deems it “way better than Silly Putty.” Carefully measuring amounts of baking soda, vinegar, water, and food coloring, Kylie Dahlin combines the ingredients that would react like lava flowing from a homemade clay volcano. Nicole Duncan, visiting Half-Day Camp at Morris Bye Elementary School from her post as University of Minnesota Extension’s Simply Good Eating program, quizzes campers on the calcium content of their favorite foods. Levi Syverson, Ian Kosmerchock, Isaiah Rubin, Matthew Vagle, Joshua Rubin, Wyatt Rowe, and Jack Jensen dance and play on the last day of Anoka-Hennepin Community Education’s Splish, Splash and Upcycle Half-Day Camp.
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Levi Syverson, Ian Kosmerchock, Isaiah Rubin, Matthew Vagle, Joshua Rubin, Wyatt Rowe, and Jack Jensen dance and play on the last day of Anoka-Hennepin Community Education’s Splish, Splash and Upcycle Half-Day Camp.

Students entering first through sixth grade this fall enjoyed themed camp experiences at Anoka Middle School for the Arts’ Fred Moore campus and at Morris Bye Elementary School.

Wild and Wacky Science had the kids making miniature clay mountains, mixing a faux lava concoction and learning what makes volcanoes erupt. They also made some homemade slime and created some icy art, too.

During the Around the World camp experience, students virtually toured the world, exploring a different country’s culture with music, food, games and artwork.

Fire and Ice meant campers could play some freeze tag, make an igloo, craft a sun catcher, or build a snowman.

For Splish, Splash and Upcycle camp, kids played at sponge relays and conducted water experiments. They also increased their knowledge of healthy eating and proper exercise and learned how to take recycled supplies and upcycle them into some fun stuff.

Anoka-Hennepin Community Education paired with University of Minnesota Extension staff and 4-H personnel to offer half-day campers a well-rounded summer camp experience.

For information regarding Anoka-Hennepin Community Education fall courses, visit www.discovercommunityed.com between Aug. 1 and Aug. 5 when fall course catalogs and registration will be posted.

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]