It’s FRIDAY! Everyone made it through the week with smiles and great attitudes, and we are so thrilled about what we’ve accomplished this week!
We did all of the animal chores this morning. It was a very warm day, so we had to make sure that all of the critters had plenty of fresh water to help keep them cool.
During Garden Kitchen, we used celery, SunButter, pretzels, and raisins to make our own edible bugs for snack.
We played a pollination game in the garden. Each camper had a pice of fabric with velcro circles on them tied around their knees. Campers had to pick up small balls with velcro using only their knees! This game simulates the process that bees and other pollinating insects use as they spread pollen from one flower to another. We also got to sample honey that was made by our bee friends.
We spent part of the morning in the garden watching pollinators in action and identifying different bugs, plants, and flowers.
We took a few more photos of lady beetles around the farm and logged them as part of our STEM activity and the Lost Ladybug Project. We put the ladybugs in the freezer for a few moments to slow them down so that we could count their spots and take their photo.
Ms. Pam whipped up some fruit slushies for snack this afternoon. They were a perfect cold treat on this very warm day!
Insects, flowers, and even humans emit their own specific scent, called pheromones. We played a game called “Making Scents of Insects” where we smelled different essential oils and guessed what they were from. We smelled ginger, rose, peppermint, and citronella. Ask your camper which scent they liked the most!
To finish a wonderful week of camp, we released the swallowtail butterflies that were living in the Garden Kitchen all week. Then, all of the campers and staff participated in an all-camp relay event! We carried eggs on a spoon, made ourselves dizzy and then ran between cones, and completed an obstacle course. Some of our campers were a little more competitive than others, but in the end, everyone received a special prize for showing great sportsmanship and good attitudes: popsicles!
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We very much enjoyed having all of your campers at MSU Tollgate this week. Everyone was worn out by the end of today, but we take that as a sign that it’s been a productive week! Thank you for sharing your camper with us, and we hope to see you around the farm soon! Have a safe and happy summer!
½ cup Sparkling Water
1 cup of Ice
1 ½ cups Mixed Frozen Berries
- Combine ingredients in high powered blender until consistency of a slushy.
- Consider add ins, like vanilla, honey or mint leaves.