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Updated and improved to include even more activities and templates! Now with a "DIY SPANISH CAMP TIMELINE!" Use this “Spanish Camp Timeline” as a visual aid or "compass" when running your 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 One Take Home:
- "Hacer la Maleta" activity covering Spanish travel vocabulary
- Personalized passport to be used throughout the week
- Travel journal used for each day of Spanish Camp
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 Two Take Home:
- DIY Sombrero
- Boarding pass for travel by plane
- Mexican Pesos
- Mexico Passport Stamp
- Mexican guacamole recipe
- Diego Rivera activity included with decoupage art project
- Postcard from Mexico
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. As an optional activity, make a traditional bean & rice dish called, "Gallo Pinto," using a simple recipe or have students try delicious Costa Rican coffee!
Day Three Take Home:
- Costa Rican Colones
- Boarding pass for travel by air
- Costa Rica passport stamp
- Carreta (oxcart) activity included with decoupage art project
- “Grecia el Tucán” activity
- "Gallo Pinto" recipe
- Postcard from Costa Rica
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 llama and create llama-themed artwork. Finally, we'll make Peruvian "Chicha Morada" (recipe and YouTube link included).
Day Four Take Home:
- Peruvian Soles
- Boarding pass for travel by boat, train, and bus
- Peru passport stamp
- Llama & Machu Picchu activity included with decoupage art project
- Peruvian "Chicha Morada" recipe
- Postcard from Peru
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.
Day Five Take Home:
- Spanish Euros
- Boarding pass for travel by air
- Spain passport stamp
- Spanish dancer or matador paper doll activity included with decoupage art project
- Spanish charging bull mask
- Spanish tortilla española recipe
- Postcard from Spain
For this last day of camp, students will take home their week long decoupage art project created on a 16 x 20 canvas that includes memorabilia from each country on our itinerary. A fabulous camp take-away that they can keep forever to remind them of this fabulous virtual trip. Campers will also see their Diego Rivera mural that they created when all of the invidual mural pieces come together in one exciting art project!
INCLUDED WITH THIS DOWNLOAD:
In addition to the detailed camp overview and instructions, or 30-page "DIY Spanish 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
Attachment P: Country Postcards (2 unique postcards per country!)
Attachment Q: Diego Rivera, "The Flower Carrier"
Attachment R: Peruvian "Chicha Morada" Recipe
Attachment S: Costa Rican "Gallo Pinto" Recipe
(Detailed instructions for using all of these attachments, including specific instructions for printing, are included.)
"This class was great."
"My girls did ask several times why this could not have been an all day camp."
"More camps like this that blend language, culture and geography - what lucky students!"
"This course was good, daughter was happy, learned the proper Spanish and fine-tuned what she already knew. Highly recommend for all levels."
"My girls loved this camp. They came home each day so excited to share what they had learned."
"Everything was perfect! Teacher is fun, well-prepared and awesome!"
"It was an amazing class - we wish we could have another week!!!"
"[Student] loved this class. Everything was thought out so well and she learned so much while having a blast! Thank you so much for providing such an amazing opportunity to learn about different countries and cultures in such a fun way! It’s a wonderful program!"
NOTE: If you'd like to see a YouTube video of this camp in action, please send me a request at email@example.com.
TEACHER TIP! Another fantastic activity to go with this camp is my "Trifold Travel Brochures Activity for Spanish Students" found at my store! A perfect supplement to this camp for sure! CLICK HERE