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WELCOME TO BT SUMMER CAMP 2020!- We’re here to help you survive a COVID-19 Summer!

Starting Monday, July 6th right through to Aug 24th we will bring you fun ideas to keep the kids entertained all season long!

From Arts & Crafts to Science Experiments, Sports, Cooking and more- Our very own crew of “BT Summer Camp Counsellors” will keep your kids busy and engaged!

AUGUST 31st

Today we’re joined by Ryan Marciniak of Astronomy In Motion!

1. Crater Making
Video Link: ​https://youtu.be/osdOQhRhVJg
Materials:
Baking Flour
Cocoa Powder or another dark powder Baking dish or Plastic bin
Assorted rocks to act as “asteroids”
Instructions:
1. Fill baking dish 2-3 inches deep with flour
2. Sprinkle Cocoa powder in a thin layer on top of flour
3. Drop rocks from various heights to make craters
4. Compare to real Moon craters
5. To reset, shake the dish to even out the flour, and redo the layer of cocoa powder 6. Test different sized rocks and different drop heights

 

2. Constellation Cups
Video Link: ​https://youtu.be/B47JUVSr-e0
Materials:
Plastic or Styrofoam cups Tin Foil
Toothpicks

Scissors Tape
Instructions:
1. Cut a square of tin foil to cover the top of the cup
2. Cut the bottom off the cup to act as the viewing hole
3. Cover the larger opening on the cup with tin foil, keeping it flat and tight
4. Tape the tin foil in place to keep it taut
5. Take a toothpick and punch holes to create your constellation shape
6. Peek through the small opening and see the light from the holes create a pattern of stars!

3. Film Canister Rockets
Video Link: ​https://youtu.be/2lTLVNqehNw
Materials:
Vinegar
Film Canisters (Dollar Store) – Make sure to get canisters with tight lids Antacid tablets / Baking Soda tablets
Outdoor space – rockets will fly high and can be messy
Instructions:
1. Open the film canister and fill it 1⁄4 full with vinegar
2. Place it outside on a flat surface
3. Take 1⁄4 or 1⁄2 of an antacid tablet
4. Place the tablet in the vinegar, press the lid on the canister, and place the closed canister lid down
5. Watch the rockets fly!
6. Experiment with different amounts of antacid and vinegar to see what makes the rocket fly the highest.

4. Moon Sketching
Video Link: ​https://youtu.be/ZyCErp051VE
Materials:
Pencils / Pens / Markers or another drawing tool of choice Paper
The Moon (outdoors)
Binoculars or a telescope (optional)
Instructions:

1. Look at the Moon on a clear night, take a picture of the Moon, or use a picture of the Moon from the internet
2. Draw the Moon from what you observe.
3. Add craters, the day and night sides, and any other interesting features you observe
4. Try drawing it on multiple nights, or even a few days apart and see how the Moon changes 5. Sign your drawing!

5. Tracking the Sun
Video Link: ​https://youtu.be/MkWYjX308h8
Materials:
Plunger
Popsicle Sticks, Sidewalk Chalk, or similar marking tool A sharpie, pen, or marker
The Sun
Instructions:
1. On a sunny day, place the plunger on a flat surface and observe the shadow it casts
2. Place a mark at the end of the shadow, and mark the time by writing it on the popsicle stick 3. Wait for the Earth to turn, from 30 minutes to a few hours
4. Return and add a new mark to the new position of the shadow, again marking the time
5. (optional) place an additional mark to try and predict where the shadow will be at a certain time of day.
6. After a full day of tracking, connect the marks to create a pathway for the Sun during the day.

AUGUST 24th

Today we’re joined by mom of 3 and Co-Founder of Backyard Camp Erin Elfassy!

  1. Marble shaving cream

Fill plate or shallow dish with shaving cream and then add food colouring or paint. Using a spoon or spatula swirl the colours together. Use card stock or construction paper to press down gently on top of the shaving cream mixture. Create unique designs to hangon your wall or to create card to send to friends and loved ones.

 

  1. Skittle experiment

fun and easy for kids of all ages to do on their own. Start with skittles, or any candy with a coloured sugar coating. Place the skittles around the edges of a plate. If you want to add a little extra learning to this fun experiment, have your children create a pattern to place the skittles. Add water to the middle of the plate and then watch as the colours begin to dissolve from the candy and create a colourful swirling pattern on the dish. Having fun with science is always a favourite with kids, and getting to enjoy a little snack at the end makes it even better.

 

  1. Growing rainbow –

science experiment looking at capillary action, attraction, adhesion – take two glasses filled with water. Colour the ends of a paper towel with the stripes of the rainbow. Place the coloured ends in the glasses of water and watch the rainbow grow.

 

  1. Baking soda reaction

A fun science experiment is to explore what happens when baking soda and vinegar mix – a classic chemical reaction using ingredients we can find in our own kitchens. In our Backyard camp newsletter, we suggest using medicine droppers to add the vinegar and even food colouring to make the experiment even more exciting for the kids. By using medicine droppers we are helping to improve our younger kids fine motor skills and preparing them for school.

AUGUST 17th

Today we’re barbecuing with BT Camp Counsellors Summer  McPhee!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches With Vanilla Ice Cream -Photographed on Hasselblad H3D-39mb Camera

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Ingredients:

Your Favourite Cookie Dough

Your Favourite Ice Cream

Add a tablespoon of your favourite cookie dough onto a cookie sheet.  Bake according to directions or use indirect BBQ heating method to cook until cookies are golden in colour.  Cool completely then add a scoop of your favourite ice cream on one cookie, close with another and enjoy!  You can also roll the ice cream in sprinkles or chocolate chips.

Grilled Watermelon

Easy and so good!  Cut your watermelon into slices and keep the skin on.  Brush with honey or maple syrup and grill for five minutes on each side.

 

 

 

isolated closeup banana parfait with granola on white

Banana Parfait

Ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • Chocolate Chip Granola (like Made Good)
  • Mascarpone Cheese
  • Maple Syrup

 

Slice the bananas, brush with maple syrup and grill on the BBQ.  While the bananas are grilling, add a tablespoon of maple syrup to a cup of Mascarpone and stir.  Layer into a jar the bananas, followed by the mascarpone dip and then the granola.  Repeat until the top finishing with the mascarpone dip and standing a banana slice on top for added decoration.

 

Grilled Peppers

Ingredients:

  • Red Pepper
  • Bocconcini Balls (Like Tre Stelle)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Slice pepper in half and clean out seeds.  Brush with olive oil and grill the outside until pepper starts to soften.  Flip and fill the inside with Bocconcini balls.  Cover with tin foil and cook until cheese has melted.

AUGUST 10th

Kicking up your family fitness with Fitness Expert and OTC Toronto owner Nichelle Laus.

You can turn the exercises into a circuit style where you perform a certain amount of repetitions of each exercise one after the other with no rest until the circuit is complete. You can also do the workout as an “AMRAP” meaning “As Many Rounds As Possible” in a certain amount of time, for example, 7 minutes. You can also do high repetitions of each exercise and go through the circuit once.

Ladder Workout

Even more than usual, we all have a really good reason to keep moving. Exercise not only helps us maintain strong immune systems, it helps boosts moods, helps you sleep better, helps you feel more relaxed, and improves your mental health all of which is extremely important during this difficult and uncertain time.

Even a little bit of exercise is better than none at all.  Start small, focus on activities you enjoy to do.

It’s also great for the entire family (if you have children) because:

  • It helps release their own stress and gets them moving
  • Exercising with them sets a great example to your children about leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Builds better connections, confidence, and self-esteem
  • Improves motor skills, performance for other activities
  • Creates positive memories for such an uncertain time

Try to incorporate fitness as often as you have the time, without making it stressful for you and (the kids if you have any).

 

If you have children, some kids tips are:

Keep instructions short and simple

Use a variety of games and activities

Always have the kids succeed

Focus on skill and having fun

 

Equipment

Here are some exercises that you can do with your kids, a partner, or even solo to get you moving! All you need is a ladder. Don’t have one? No problem! Use any type of marker such as chalk or tape.

Warm-Up

Do some jumping jacks or running on the spot for about 30-45 seconds first to warm up those muscles!

 

  1. In/Out

 

  1. Hop Scotch

 

  1. Lateral Shuffle

 

  1. 3 Forward, 2 Back

 

  1. Plank Walk

Bench Workout

Even more than usual, we all have a really good reason to keep moving. Exercise not only helps us maintain strong immune systems, it helps boosts moods, helps you sleep better, helps you feel more relaxed, and improves your mental health all of which is extremely important during this difficult and uncertain time.

Even a little bit of exercise is better than none at all.  Start small, focus on activities you enjoy to do.

It’s also great for the entire family (if you have children) because:

  • It helps release their own stress and gets them moving
  • Exercising with them sets a great example to your children about leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Builds better connections, confidence, and self-esteem
  • Improves motor skills, performance for other activities
  • Creates positive memories for such an uncertain time

 

Try to incorporate fitness as often as you have the time, without making it stressful for you and (the kids if you have any).

 

If you have children, some kids tips are:

Keep instructions short and simple

Use variety of games and activities

Always have the kids succeed

Focus on skill and having fun

 

Equipment

Here are some exercises that you can do with your kids, a partner, or even solo to get you moving! All you need is a bench. Don’t have one? No problem! Use a chair, or another piece of furniture you have around the house. Or you can add in some family exercise time by walking to the local park or playground and find one there!

Warm-Up

Do some jumping jacks or running on the spot for about 30-45 seconds first to warm up those muscles!

 

  1. Step-Ups

 

  1. Hop Overs

 

  1. Bench Dips

 

  1. Incline Pushups

 

  1. Crunches

Sandbag Workout

Even more than usual, we all have a really good reason to keep moving. Exercise not only helps us maintain strong immune systems, it helps boosts moods, helps you sleep better, helps you feel more relaxed, and improves your mental health all of which is extremely important during this difficult and uncertain time.

Even a little bit of exercise is better than none at all.  Start small, focus on activities you enjoy to do.

It’s also great for the entire family (if you have children) because:

  • It helps release their own stress and gets them moving
  • Exercising with them sets a great example to your children about leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Builds better connections, confidence, and self-esteem
  • Improves motor skills, performance for other activities
  • Creates positive memories for such an uncertain time

Try to incorporate fitness as often as you have the time, without making it stressful for you and (the kids if you have any).

 

If you have children, some kids tips are:

Keep instructions short and simple

Use variety of games and activities

Always have the kids succeed

Focus on skill and having fun

 

Equipment

Here are some exercises that you can do with your kids, a partner, or even solo to get you moving! All you need is a sandbag. Don’t have one? No problem! Fill up a backpack, duffle bag, or get creative and use a bag of rice from your kitchen!

Warm-Up

Do some jumping jacks or running on the spot for about 30-45 seconds first to warm up those muscles!

 

  1. Front Squat

 

  1. Burpee Hop Over

 

  1. Plank with Drag Under

 

  1. Lunge with Bicep Curl

 

  1. Shoulder Toss

“Just Move” Workout

Even more than usual, we all have a really good reason to keep moving. Exercise not only helps us maintain strong immune systems, it helps boosts moods, helps you sleep better, helps you feel more relaxed, and improves your mental health all of which is extremely important during this difficult and uncertain time.

Even a little bit of exercise is better than none at all.  Start small, focus on activities you enjoy to do.

It’s also great for the entire family (if you have children) because:

  • It helps release their own stress and gets them moving
  • Exercising with them sets a great example to your children about leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Builds better connections, confidence, and self-esteem
  • Improves motor skills, performance for other activities
  • Creates positive memories for such an uncertain time

Try to incorporate fitness as often as you have the time, without making it stressful for you and (the kids if you have any).

 

If you have children, some kids tips are:

Keep instructions short and simple

Use variety of games and activities

Always have the kids succeed

Focus on skill and having fun

 

Equipment

Here are some exercises that you can do with your kids, a partner, or even solo to get you moving! The best part is, you don’t need any equipment at all! That’s right, NO EQUIPMENT!

Warm-Up

Do some jumping jacks or running on the spot for about 30-45 seconds first to warm up those muscles!

 

  1. Jumping Jacks

 

  1. Long Jump Quick Shuffle Back

 

  1. Jump Squats

 

  1. Bicycle Crunches

 

  1. Tag

 

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AUGUST 4TH

Today we’re bringing out your child’s inner artist with Jennifer Thompson from Create Art Studio!

 

Metallic Crown 

Make your own shiny fancy crown to wear with confidence, using products you probably have at home already!

DIY Crown Tutorial

 

Woven Yarn Art

Practice weaving on a cardboard loom you make yourself. Grab some yarn, cardboard and a few other things around your home and you’re set to make yarn art!

Follow along with this tutorial to create a one of a kind design. Weaving is a great activity for kids because they have to follow a repetitive motion requiring their full concentration.

Yarn Weaving

 

 

Tissue Paper Art

Twist, scrunch and glue colourful tissue paper pieces to create a textured, 3D piece of art! Follow this tutorial to use bright and colourful tissue paper in a new way.

Upcycle ripped tissue paper from gifts into a giftable piece of art. Use the included elephant template or design your own image. Be creative and be sure to fill the entire page with textured tissue paper for the best effect.

Tissue Paper Art

 

Colour Copy Technique

Copy line art from black and white to colour like magic! This art project helps children develop their fine motor skills as they trace a line art image and get rewarded with a colour version.

This fun project works best with oil pastels and transfers well onto coloured or black paper. Experiment with a few different options until you find the effect you like best. Use a colouring page image or draw your own.

Colour Copy Technique Tutorial

 

Robotic Hand Art

It’s you, just robotic! Your very own custom robot art, featuring your hand. Follow along with our robot art tutorial, step by step, to create a robotic version of your own hand. All you need is a pencil, paper, and maybe some pencil crayons or markers.

Robot Hand Art

JULY 27TH

Get crafty with JENerationDIY!

Meet your newest BT Camp counsellor, Jennifer Zhang! Jennifer is a lifestyle/DIY YouTuber with a passion for sustainability and homemade design. Jennifer has over 2.35M subscribers and 160M views on YouTube, making her one of the fastest rising and engaging channels in the DIY/lifestyle vertical.

Jennifer has collaborated with brands such as Coca-Cola, Savers/Value Village, ThredUP, Clinique, Amazon, P&G, American Eagle, Garnier, Bratz, and LG. She has spoken at events such as BeautyCon and YouTube Creator Days and has been featured on the cover of Lucid and Trend Magazine. Jennifer and BT have worked together to build out a week’s worth of activities to keep you and your kids busy this summer!

JULY 20TH

Let’s Get Cooking with Chef Julian Pancer and The Chef Upstairs

 

Taco Tuesday

Skills Learned: Dough making, stovetop, knife and measurement skills

Making fresh tortillas is fun and stuffing them is even better! Chef Julian has given you his special recipe so you can enjoy Taco Tuesday.

Extra Fun: Go online and find Mexico on a map. What is their national costume?

 

Recipe Link: https://thechefupstairs.com/pages/our-recipes

 

Family Pizza Night

Skills learned: Dough making, baking, knife skills

Who makes the best pizza Dough? Chef Julian from The Chef Upstairs! Click on the link below for his secret recipe then top it off with your most favourite meat, veggies, and cheese.

Extra Fun: Did you know that China invented Pizza? But people all over the world love this yummy treat, especially in Italy. When you find Italy on a map, look at its shape and figure out what the country looks like. (Hint: you wear one on your foot in the winter).

 

Recipe Link: https://thechefupstairs.com/pages/our-recipes

 

Tortellini

Skills Learned: Dough and sauce making, pasta cooking, detailed hand work

Viva L’amore! It means, Long, Live, Love and Chef Julian LOVES pasta. He really likes to use his hands when cooking and today you get to make homemade Tortellini and sauce. Yum!

Extra Fun: What is the capital city of Italy and what year was tortellini invented?

 

Recipe Link: https://thechefupstairs.com/pages/our-recipes

 

Pulled Chicken Sliders

Skills Learned: Meat marinating, science, sauces, knife skills

Everyone loves southern cooking and Chef Julian’s recipe is going to make your mouth water and your taste buds sizzle with his pulled chicken sliders. Mom and Dad are going love this one!

Extra Fun: How many States are in the Southern U.S. and can you find them on a map?

 

Recipe Link: https://thechefupstairs.com/pages/our-recipes

 

 

JULY 12TH

Today our friend Afiya Francisco joins us with some fun ideas from her backyard!

  1. Book Club

Challenge kids with age-appropriate books to discuss with their friends either during a socially distant playdate or remotely over video chat. If your child isn’t yet a solo reader, select books to read together. Choose to have them discuss either a couple of chapters a week or the entirety of a shorter book. Gives them something else to talk about other than Fortnite (video games).

 

  1. Trail Discoveries/Change of Scenery

Capture the spirit of summer travel by looking at a map of your area to find new trails and green areas. Even places that we’ve been to before feel new with a change of perspective. Take notes about what you see or create a scavenger hunt to stay on the lookout.  Pitch a tent in the backyard and enjoy eating off a grill. No outdoor space, no problem, a small portable grill will allow you to toast up some smores and hot dogs to enjoy eating in the great outdoors.

 

  1. Lego Challenge
    Make use of stray Lego pieces from broken and abandoned sets and have the kids challenge each other to build a new project every week to share virtually or in-person maintaining social distance. For example, week one each participant is challenged to build an escape vehicle – the kids have fun building the vehicle from scratch, then again when they show and describe their creation to their friends.

 

  1. Sneaky Science

Grab a muffin tin and with the kids, find things from around the house for an experiment to see what melts in the sun. Have your child write out, perhaps with your help, which items they think will melt and in which order. Set the tray in the sun with items like a crayon, bubble gum, ice, a marble and coconut oil and have fun peeking in throughout the day to observe what happens. A similar experiment is with a bucket of water for your child to guess which items may sink or float.

 

JULY 6TH

Kicking off the first week of Camp BT with the Ontario Science Centre! The OSC provided us with activities to entertain both you and your kids all week long! Take a look.

 

Bubble Instructions

5 Minute Ice Cream Instructions

Fireworks in a Jar Instructions

Sourdough Instructions