Mindful Arts & Stories Extension Courses
Rising PK- 4th
Breathing Space camps always feature art projects and lots of stories. This fall, yoga class is offered by live instruction over Zoom and we are offering arts and stories as self-paced courses on the Ruzuku online courses platform.
New lessons will be available on the Monday of each week of the term and can be completed anytime, even months later. There will be an arts & crafts project, a story book for the younger group (with read along video provided) or journaling activity for tweens, a featured yoga pose, and a reflection activity or guided relaxation for each week.
Creative projects related to the week’s theme are taught through recorded video and written instructions and students complete those at their own pace. Parent assistance will likely be needed with set up, but projects are chosen so that 5-12 year old students can complete them mostly independently (exceptions will be noted).
Students are encouraged to upload a photo of their projects to share with staff and other campers. Students can communicate with staff through the course platform.
Students are also encouraged to create a journal for their camp week so they can draw or write their thoughts and reactions from yoga class and extension activities.
Instruction is provided in video and written format.
Once an arts & stories course begins, you can access the projects and videos any time.
Cost $39 per family
At #yogacamp, we do art every day! That won’t change when we go virtual. The kids love it, we love it, and its a great practice in mindfulness and getting into flow. Morning art class will require basic supplies that parents should plan to provide.
You may already have most of these supplies. If not, affiliate links are provided below, but certainly buy locally, or purchase from us. Most of these items should be easy to find at Target or CVS. In many cases, shopping locally will be cheaper than ordering from Amazon.
Supplies Needed For ALL Campers – Parent Supplied:
- Plain white paper–printer or copier type
- Markers (washable recommended)
- Colored pencils
- Black Sharpie or similar permanent marker
- Scissors your child can easily handle
- Colored chalk (sidewalk or chalkboard) or chalk pastels
- Clear drying liquid glue
- Glue sticks
- “Scotch” tape
- Masking tape
- Watercolor paint
- Paint brushes
(This kit contains markers, crayons and colored pencils and can be a great investment if your camper is generally artistic and doesn’t already have most of these things on hand.)
Supplies Needed for Select Weeks – Parent Supplied:
- Household/toiletries, such as
- corn syrup,
- corn starch,
- cotton balls,
- dish soap,
- paper plates,
- shaving cream, or
- toilet paper tubes.
- Liquid food coloring OR liquid watercolors
- Oil Pastels
- Play Doh (homemade is fine, we can provide a recipe)
- Tempera* or Acrylic Paints
We will send a supply list out 7 days in advance so if there are any special supplies needed for planned art projects so that you have time to gather them.
We expect many, but not all of our families have the occasional art supplies in the list above. Breathing Space plans to provide a for-purchase kit of these occasional or harder-to-find items which can be added on to the specialty supplies kit we’ll provide. For example, apparently kids tempera paint kits in bottles of 3-4 oz are sold out everywhere, so we are purchasing full gallons to divide up for families that need them.
Breathing Space Art Supply Kits:
Afternoon art projects (and very occasional morning projects) will require what we consider to be “specialty” supplies. These supplies may include plastic bottles, specialty paper (water color, card stock, tissue), acrylic paint, and air dry clay.
Kits will be available and mailed or delivered (as part of camp tuition cost) to all campers enrolled at least 8 days before the start of a camp week when those supplies will be needed. Last minute registrants can pick up their kits from Jen’s porch near Potomac Ave Metro for pay for them to be express shipped.
Afternoon Coloring Club Supplies:
Each afternoon, we’ll host an optional coloring club/storytime for full day campers. Our mandalas are always super popular coloring pages. These will be available for parents to print at home. If you do not have access to a printer and let us know, we can supply hard copies to campers enrolled at least 8 days before the start of a camp week.