CREATION STATION A wonderful addition to the outdoor program. An area teaming with all kinds of inspiring yet simple tools to create. PUPPET THEATRE Again a new outdoor program addition located beside the creation station. Create a puppet then perform! MAYPOLE The Maypole made its entrance at our December camp. This June/July the Maypole will be back on Fridays during our Hoopla! CUBES 'N TUBES Especially for our youngest group, Cubes 'n Tubes will be introduced into the Early Childhood area of Camp Magic, and also utilized during our Friday displays.
Circus is BIG at Camp Magic! Children of all ages love developing new skills in a variety of areas each week.
 
WHY CIRCUS?
 
Here are just some of the well-known benefits of Circus Skills development:
Improved balance, body coordination, fitness, flexibility, concentration, expands fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and self-esteem. Circus is awesome!
 
The circus skills we will be working on this year at Camp Magic are:
HACKY SACKS Get those feet dancing! Hacky Sacks
also known as freestyle footbags,
are a fantastic way to build up dexterity and foot-eye co-ordination. UNICYCLING Especially designed for children, with an easily adjustable seat. Many children enjoy trying these out, and some keep at it until they are riding around hands free! DIABOLO The diabolo is a juggling prop consisting of a spool which is whirled and tossed on a string tied to two sticks held one in each hand. A variety of tricks are possible using the sticks and string. SPINNING CLOTHS The Spinning Cloths originally started in China many years ago. Great for hand/eye co-ordination. FLO STAFF Basically a fancy way of saying funky sticks that you use to spin, twirl, and perform with. Great for older kids who like to manipulate objects with their hands! PLATE SPINNING Plate spinning has become a popular
and regular addition to our circus skills program! POI SPINNING We have a variety of poi on hand for the children this year. Aside from our regular ribbon poi that are both beautiful and fun to spin, we will also have some new sets of the ribbon poi, colourful flag poi, sock poi. STILT-WALKING We offer hand-held stilts to all children ages 5-12 years! FLOWER STICKS These are a gyroscopic form of juggling, and are quite tricky to use! It is amazing how quickly some children are able to pick these up and use them. JUGGLING The children start off learning how to juggle plastic bags and work their way up to balls! HULA HOOPS Another regular and loved feature at Camp Magic. This Solstice we will be introducing EVEN MORE colourful hoops!
During our pre-camp training weeks crew work hard to create two opening performances for each Monday (one street theatre style show in the playground at the beginning of the day, and one at the end of day in the auditorium).
 
These shows are an absolute favourite! Performers and artists model for the children the skills and activities they will learn throughout the week. This helps to activate the children as they dive into their own Camp Magic journey.

What can we say Fridays really do rock at Camp Magic.
 
OK every day rocks! But Fridays are a huge celebration of all the children have achieved throughout the week individually and as a group. We have a steady and engaging routine from Monday thru Thursday building up the performance, art activities, and other projects.
 
After our final rehearsal on Friday morning, things really begin to build fast - culminating in a community gathering at 2:30pm!
 
Here is what happens after the morning rehearsal each Friday:
CARNIVALE Carnivale is filled with 3 x 20 minute rotational activities where each group gets to engage in variety of activities they have not yet explored throughout the week. Bruce rings the Carnivale Gong every 20 minutes to move the groups along!
HOOPLA Parents are invited into our Camp Magic home each Friday to enjoy a few activities with their children before the show. We introduced this into the camp a few years ago, and it has continuously been hugely successful with our families. The children LOVE showing their parents what they have learned, and even teach them a trick or two! PERFORMANCE So many families over the years have written to us saying how much they enjoyed coming to the end-of-week performances. This is the moment the children have worked for throughout the week, and parents enjoy listening to the weekly story through songs, dances, circus stunts, and comedy. ART DISPLAY Once the performance is finished, children eagerly escort parents to group rooms and show off their two finished art pieces. These take the form of a pastel story drawing, and a large piece of "Story Process Art". Many parents frame these larger pieces, as they are carefully and beautifully crafted each day.
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