Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kinder Chef Camp

On July 2nd and 3rd, Poppy and Olive had Kinder Chef Camp at Coverdale Farm. This was a parent and child camp to warm them up to the idea of camp. I've since come to the realization that both Olive and Poppy do much better socially and behaviorally when they are without a parent. Anyway, I left my camera in my car the first day of camp, so you'll have to rely on my impressive recall and story telling abilities.

We made honey bee cookies the first day. We discussed where the ingredients came from, and then collected some from the animals. The kids got to pick eggs from the hen house, search for butter in the barn where the cows live, and see the bee colony that produced the honey!

The second day, we made pasta primavera, and the kids got to pick the grape tomatoes and harvest the garlic. Chopping, measuring, and cooking all this with kids is no easy task, but it sure was fun!

Poppy and a scarecrow

Poppy sampling a tomato

Olive and her tomato

Harvesting garlic

Carrying a tablecloth with new friends

My kids don't like sitting with strange kids.

Waiting patiently for our pasta

Camp Time!

These next two weeks are camp at the Delaware Nature Society.  This week is Old MacDonald Camp at Coverdale Farm, and next week is Insect Safari at Ashland Nature Center. I was nervous to leave them since they really have not had much experience alone with strangers. In the beginning of July, we had Kinder Chefs Camp for 2 days, but I was there with them. (My plan these next couple of days is to post many pictures, so the Kinder Chef pictures will be posted soon.)

Yesterday was Sheep Day as you can see from the crafts.

Poppy and Olive

They also fed the sheep, made popcorn (see the cobs in the picture), and listened to 2 stories. They were so excited to tell me everything they did that they could barely even speak in complete sentences!

Here is the schedule for the week:

"Each Day we will highlight a special animal on the farm.  We’ll hear special stories, nibble delicious snacks, visit the farm animals, and make special crafts.

Monday:  We’ll “baaa” with the sheep.  We will feed them, hear a story about them and make a wooly sheep of our own.

Tuesday:  We’ll “mooo” with the cows.  We’ll visit our dairy and beef cow and also the calf.  We’ll enjoy a delicious dairy snack too. 

Wednesday:  We’ll “oink”with the pigs.  We will enjoy a fruit and vegetable feast and feed the pigs our scraps (they love em!).

Thursday:  We’ll “cluck” with the chickens.  We’ll visit the hens and roosters, gather eggs, touch the baby chicks, and enjoy a scrambled egg snack.

Friday:  Today we’ll meet the farmer and go on a special hayride tour around the farm. We’ll top off our week with a rousing rendition of “Old McDonald”!"