Themes

Theme of the Week – Fairy Tales

Theme of the Week is a post where we ask readers like you to comment with ideas for a particular theme. What ideas and suggestions do you have? What game, craft, apparel choice, theme meal, evening activity, special event, song, skit, or anything else would you do at camp if your theme was…

Fairy Tales

Below are five ideas. Leave your suggestions in the comments area below.

  1. Allice in Wonderland activities can be found here.
  2. Using the story of Cinderella campers can go on a glass slipper hunt, learn to ballroom dance and make small pumpkins into carriages.
  3. With Jack in the Beanstalk campers can go for a variety of hunts to look for magic beans, gold coins, golden eggs and a harp.
  4. Campers can follow the footsteps of Hansel and Gretel by following breadcrumbs to a shack. They must then take some candy and run away before they get caught by the witch. Making gingerbread houses would be fun as well.
  5. With a Snow White day you could have campers dress their counselor up as one of the seven dwarfs, eat apple treats and make apple crafts.

10 Comments

    • Mistie, during one of our magic camps we had campers plant magic seeds. We showed them a budding plant and told the campers that it takes a long time for a plant to grow. We said that even though they are “magic” seeds they shouldn’t expect them to grow to quickly. That night the staff planted full grown plants in their pots. When the campers saw their pots the next day they were shocked at how fast the seeds became plants. It was magic!

  • We had a Theater themed camp that ended in a Mixed up Mother Goose play for the parents. Each unit wrote a script, created a backdrop, and created/used costumes and props (from the thrift store) to create their own story, loosely based on a fairy tale/nursery rhyme. We had Rapunzle has a bad hair day, The case of Who pushed Humpty Dumpty, The lost puppies and the ginger bread house, The three little pigs have a party. That was a lot of fun to see what the kids came up with.

    • Opi, that sounds like fun. It would be neat to video tape that and send a copy home with them or post it online with password protection so parents can view it.

  • our kids had to guess what fairy tale was that day based on the games we played and the clues we gave them. for snow white and the seven dwarfs (my favorite one) they had to dig through cottage cheese with their toes to get out hershey kisses (get it there was a cottage and the prince kissed her). they then had perform 7 different stunts using 7 small items (one room they had to put on small clothes, there were tricycles in one room, there was a mini-candy bar toss, etc.)

  • I just came back from a weekend Girl Scout Camp, It was for 1-3rd Grade Girls. It was named Mother Goose Mayhem. The girls had to solve the mystery of Who pushed Humpty Dumpty off the Wall, what they used to do it, and where they hid the item. The got clues throughout the programming clue style. All the activities were STEM related. Biology – Senses (optical illusions, sounds, touch), Chemistry (coffee filter chromatography, kitchen experiments), Engineering (simple machines, and then using pulleys to see how different configurations made the load easier to move), Botany (made terrariums), Zoology (hike with a story about red foxes and animal stations along the way), and Math (cooking, they made muffins for breakfast.) It was amazing how engaged they stayed with all the activities, and were excited as they got clues along way. It was a perfect theme for that age.

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