When kids are out of school for the summer, it doesn’t take long for them to become bored and sometimes that leads to sibling squabbles and mischief. Even though they don’t realize it, they are usually missing routine and predictability in their daily schedule. One solution is to make fun plans to keep them busy!
Each week this summer we will share a different Camp Au Pair theme. These weekly themes are designed to give you ideas to keep your host kids occupied and engaged all summer long. They will also be learning. (But shhhh, don’t tell them that part.) Check back each Friday, for the next week’s theme. This gives you a chance to make plans and gather materials for the next week. For each theme there will be crafts, games, snacks and activities. You can just use these ideas or add your own and customize the themes to fit the ages and interests of your host children.
Here are the themes you can look forward to:
- Art Experiences
- Backyard Safari
- Bugs & Butterflies
- Cars and Trucks
- Explore the World
- Nature Explorations
- Outer Space
- Pirate Adventures
- Princesses & Knights
- Science (STEM)
- Under the Sea
Check out Summer Fun & Summer Holidays pin boards for even more ideas.
If you get some great pictures doing these activities with your host kids, please send those to your counselor. We love to share your accomplishments and inspire other au pairs!
Let’s make this an amazing summer!
Here is a fun Halloween treat of the season. Who knew eating spider webs could be so yummy?! These are easy, inexpensive, and cute!
– pretzel sticks
– white chocolate/bark candy coating
– chocolate (baker’s, candy coating, or chips would probably all work)
– baggie or pastry bag
– wax paper
Lay out your pretzels on the wax paper in “starburst” arrangements of 6 or 8 pretzels (it’s a good idea to put it on a cookie sheet for transport stability).
After melting your white chocolate/bark coating, place in a baggie and cut the corner off (or use a pastry bag). Start piping your chocolate in the middle of the pretzel arrangement, making sure to coat all the pretzels.
Continue piping outward around the pretzels, until you have a web. Then, place two raisins in the middle for the body of the spider.
Melt your regular chocolate and pipe over the raisins. I found that the spiders turned out better when I piped the legs of the spider first and then did the body. Place in the fridge for a few minutes until the chocolate is hard. Then, gently peel back the wax paper.…and eat!
Our annual Au Pair Birthday Party was held on Friday, July 26-this is the day that we celebrate all of our au pairs’ birthdays with a BBQ and birthday cake for all. The weather was beautiful, and the evening was fun and festive!
January – Dave & Busters Game Center
February – 76ers basketball game in Philly with host families and au pairs
March – Chinatown Brunch in Philly
April – Laser Tag
May – Bowling
June 5th Wed nighy – Phillies Baseball Game with host famiilies and au pairs
July – barbecue at Diana’s house
August – education information meeting
September – Hard Rock Cafe
October – Eastern State Penitentiary Historical Tour meeting
November – International Thanksgiving Dessert Party with host families and au pairs
December – Au Pair Christmas/ Holiday Party!
Please add the following dates to your calendar!
Sunday – October 21, 2012 – 2:15pm Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia
Sunday – November 4, 2012 – 4pm to 6pm – Thanksgiving Dessert Party
Sunday – December 2, 2012 – 7pm to 9pm – Holiday Party for Au Pairs
January 2013 – Snow tubing (date to be determined)
Friday – February 1, 2013 – 7:30pm – Philadelphia 76ers Basketball game