DIY SPANISH CAMP! - A Virtual Trip to Mexico, the Americas & Spain

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KIDS LOVE THIS CAMP! - PARENTS LOVE THIS CAMP! - TEACHERS LOVE THIS CAMP!

This "DIY SPANISH CAMP" details absolutely everything you will need to deliver a week-long, half day Spanish Camp for students of all Spanish-language levels! With a small investment up front, you can use this camp again and again for spring break, winter break or summer break Spanish Camp.

The theme for this Spanish camp is, "A Virtual Trip to Mexico, the Americas & Spain."  Students will embark upon a virtual travel adventure to four popular Spanish-speaking destinations:  MEXICO, COSTA RICA, PERU, and SPAIN.

The recommended duration of this Spanish Camp is five days with 3-4 hours per day of camp. The camp activities are appropriate for all elementary-aged school children, Kindergarten - 6th grade. I recommend a minimum of 10 students, but no more than 20 per camp session.

Teachers of this camp should be proficient in Spanish but not necessarily fluent. Because this camp is not simply a language camp, the focus is on the richness of culture of some of the most visited Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Teachers should be well prepared to talk about the countries on the itinerary in detail and ideally, prior travel to some of these countries is helpful in order to generate excitement and enthusiasm for travel and to foster a student’s genuine interest in learning Spanish as a second language.

With each day of Spanish Camp you will find the following:

- A list of materials that you will need and where to find them, (just click on the link)!
- Specific instructions for preparing for each day of camp!
- Links to YouTube videos representing cultural information for each destination!
- Step-by-step instructions for running your camp!
- Teacher Tips!

DAY ONE - Getting ready to go!

Before embarking on our journey, our young "viajeros" (travelers) will get ready to travel by packing a virtual suitcase and creating a passport that will allow them entry into each country on our itinerary.  Upon arrival, viajeros will receive local currency that they will use to purchase boarding passes for travel by air, boat, bus and train.  At each destination they will learn about the local culture, create arts and crafts, and learn Spanish vocabulary and phrases.

DAY TWO - ¡Bienvenidos a México!

In Mexico, we will create colorful sombreros and learn the Mexican Hat Dance, or the “Jarabe Tapatío!” Our viajeros will learn about the famous Mexican artist, Diego Rivera, and create a mural based on one of his well known works of art.  We will also make guacamole from scratch following instructions completely in Spanish. 

DAY THREE - Costa Rica, ¡PURA VIDA!

When we arrive in Costa Rica we will talk about the biodiversity of this beautiful country, a favorite destination of many North American tourists.  Students will create a replica of the colorful "carreta" (oxcart) used back in the day to transport coffee beans from the farms to market. Students will also learn about the beautiful bird, the toucan, found throughout Costa Rica, and specifically about a toucan named Grecia who lost its colorful beak in 2015 in a terrible accident.

DAY FOUR - The Wonders of Peru!

We’ll travel from Costa Rica to Panama where we'll catch a boat and travel through the Panama Canal and down the Pacific where we'll disembark in Lima, Peru.  From there, we'll travel by bus to Cusco, Peru and then catch a train to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  “Viajeros” (travelers) will also learn about the significance of the Peruvian tici llama and create llama-themed artwork.

DAY FIVE - ¡Viva España!

Our last stop takes us to Spain where we will talk about the history behind bullfighting and the colorful and controversial Spanish matador.  We'll also discuss the origins of the Spanish language, castellano. Kids will learn about the birthplace of the guitar, the beautiful Spanish dancer, Spain's dramatic flamenco music, and Spanish food.

In addition to the detailed camp overview and instructions, or "teacher's camp manual," you will find the following attachments:

Attachment A: Passport Template
Attachment B: Travel Journal
Attachment C: “Hacer la Maleta” Activity
Attachment D: Boarding Passes (Plane, Bus, Train, Boat)
Attachment E: Passport Stamps (Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Spain)
Attachment F: Luggage Travel Patches (Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Spain)
Attachment G: Fake Local Currency (Pesos, Colones, Soles, Euros)
Attachment H: Guacamole Recipe
Attachment I: “Carreta” Template
Attachment J: Machu Picchu Template
Attachment K: Spanish Dancer Paper Doll
Attachment L: Tortilla Española Recipe
Attachment M: Spanish Toro (Bull)
Attachment N: Peruvian Llama Template
Attachment O: “Grecia el Tucán” Template

NOTE: If you'd like to see a YouTube video of this camp in action, please send me a request at info@micaminospanish.com.
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DIY SPANISH CAMP! - A Virtual Trip to Mexico, the Americas
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DIY SPANISH CAMP! - A Virtual Trip to Mexico, the Americas
DIY SPANISH CAMP! - A Virtual Trip to Mexico, the Americas