The air is getting warmer, days are getting longer, the
kids are getting restless- there's no denying it, summer is just
around the corner! Whether your family embraces the
flexibility of a summer schedule or you cringe at the thought of
making arrangements to keep your kids occupied for 11 weeks,
deciding how they will spend their summer is often a stressful time
for families. While many parents of elementary aged children
aren't quite ready to send their young ones off to overnight camp
for week, summer camp programs have huge benefits for
Luckily, there are options for families to keep kids
closer to home while still reaping the benefits that summer camp
programs have to offer. Day camps are a time for kids to
expand their horizons and learn new skills that schools just aren't
able to provide. During the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities'
Spring Break Adventure Camp, children were given the opportunity to
explore their world through bird watching, fishing, and hikes in
our community. Through partnering with several organizations,
this week off from school was not a week off from learning, rather
kids were empowered to ask questions and search for answers outside
of the school setting. Campers in the program reported that,
"It was the best week ever!" and, "We had a fun time getting
to know each other and volunteers."
But is it worth it? Some parents feel that kids need
a break from structure during the summer, or that it's easier to
have a family member care for them rather than paying for
camp. While those are valid reasons to keep
your children home, the value of even one week in a summer
camp program that encourages an active lifestyle, outdoor play, new
friendships, and exposure to a variety of activities is
priceless. Many programs also offer partial scholarships to
families in need of assistance.
Summer day camp registration opens in the spring and some
programs fill quickly. Find out more about YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities
ENTER TO WIN!!!
COMMENT with your favorite camp activity to be
entered to win a $100 voucher for any 2013 YMCA Summer Camp ...
there are 4 to choose from! (some restrictions may apply.)
Winner will be announced on June 1! Good
I have been teaching summer art classes the last four years at
my home studio in West Richland. Previously I taught at the Allied
Arts Summer program. I feel the arts are very important in a
child's intellectual and educational development.
Arts are needed by our young people as a forum for safe
expression, communication, exploration and imagination. With the
arts students learn skills in problem solving, decision making
along with developing cognitive and creative skills and develop
Homemade snow globes are always a fun project whether it is for
the holiday season or a rainy day project. Homemade snow globes
allow you to create a wintry scene out of your imagination. You can
access: www. marthastewart.com/273254/snow-globes or check out
other tutorials on Pinterest.com.
Here is a tutorial for making Snow Globes at home.
Martha Stewart Living, December/January1998/1999
1. Sand the inside of the lid of the jar. Glue your figurine to
the jar. I have used E-6000 also Epoxy. Make sure that the glue is
2. Fill the jar with distilled water
3. Add glitter
4. Add 3-4 drops of glycerin.
5. Screw the lid on tight. Optional: Paint the lid before hand
with spray paint
6. Check to make sure you have enough water and that everything
fits. You can then glue the lid on.
Summer 2013 Classes
This year I will be teaching 3 clay arts class, 2 jewelry
classes and 1 Craftapaloosa class.
The clay arts class has been popular with girls as well as boys.
We will be working with ceramic clay, making magical creature,
small pots, figurines, sculpture, masks and decorating tiles.
In the jewelry class we will be making out own beads. We will
incorporate these with glass, wood and metal beads to make pins,
necklaces, earrings and bracelets. We will work with Shrinky-dink
and make altered domino necklaces.
In Craftapaloosa we work with paper mache, making masks and
sculptures, Mardi gras masks, painting tiles and making snow
ENTER TO WIN!
Comment with your favorite spring or summer craft
project to be entered to win a one week class for one child from
Lisa Day (some restrictions may apply.) Winner will be
announced on April 30! Good LUCK!
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