About the Author
Hey! I'm Alice and you might already know me from the Summerkids camp or from the lively reports of the camp I write every year. I adore children and love to play with them. Photography, drawing, and snowboarding are some of the things I love to do in my free time and I also like to read and write.
I come from Singapore and have been living in Austria for 7 years now; and am currently attending high school in Villach.
Week 1 - "We are dancing and jumping in the summer / Robotics"
As every year, the camp was held at the Auen Volkschule, where the kids would be dropped off every morning and then picked up again. Get-to-know-each-other-games were held on the first day for the new campers to feel a little more comfortable around each other. Following this week’s theme, the children all had a deeper look into robotics, engineering and technology in Kelag – where they spoke to a robot, gave it commands and even watched it dance the Gangnam Style! Both in Infineon and back in the school the kids even had a chance to build a robot themselves! To cool down, the children splashed around in the refreshing waters of the river gail and made cool floating rafts; and to top the week off, the campers took a trip to Gmünd to the Haus des Staunens, where they all attended a cool music workshop and played on different instruments.
Week 2 - "We are playing with and in the water"
Just like the title, this week was all about having fun with water! The children spent time touring the beautiful bodies of waters in Carinthia, like the river Gail, Silbersee and Boote Ortner at Wörthersee. Fun activities included jumping off docks, swimming, stand-up paddling, tubing, sailing, and much more. Of course, there were also fun non-water activities, like badminton, soccer, hula-hooping... The kids could also unleash their creativity by painting colourful t-shirts and creating artworks. Surrounding the theme "water", everyone visited Sagamundo and Granatium, to mine garnets and listen to Carinthian myths about mermaids! They also paid a visit to the fire brigade to learn about how the fire department works.
Week 3 - "We are creating our own colourful summer book"
This week, the kids created a book full of their experiences throughout the week. From lunching at Infineon, visiting the Haus des Stauenes in Gmünd, participating in a wonderful music workshop (where they could try out unique intruments), visiting Promente, and just being outdoors in nature, the kids had a lot to add into their Summer-book. Electronic parts, leaves and twigs, and different colours were all part of the book as well. Adding to the creative mix, the kids also got body-painted and helped to prepare lunch together! In the end, all of them had put together a great book, full of memories of this week, that they will always remember!
Week 4 - "We are observing and learning from the nature"
To learn from the nature means to be in it as well, and that was what the kids did. The week started off with a lunch at Infineon and an opportunity to design a garden for the IDC (International Day Care)! A trip to Sagamundo - Haus des Sagens - followed next, of course, with lots of Carinthian myths and legends and a nice hike. Spending lots of time outside, the kids also went on a hike with four cute llamas from a farm in Schütt, and each could take turns leading one of them! Everyone also created many artworks out of natural materials and even made their own oils out of different herbs!
Week 5 - "We don't throw things away - we make something new out of it"
Following this week's recycling theme, the children made new things out of old ones, like painting and cutting old t-shirts to make new, fashionable ones. They also made cool forest tipis out of old, dead sticks. Some as big as a four person tent, others perfect for small creatures, like hedgehogs. The kids also took a trip to the Pankratium - Haus des Stauenes - in Gmünd to look at wonderful creations. They also went on a cool ride on the world's oldest merry-go-round and played on various instruments. In a farm in Schütt, everyone got a chance to ride a full-grown horse! They also took another fun hike with the infamous llamas into the woods. The week ended with a pizza making session, where everyone could put whatever toppings they wanted on their pizza!
Summerkids Special - "What a theatre!"
This week was specially dedicated to theatre and acting! Special guest and actress Amalia Contarini taught the kids to play with different facial expressions and gestures to show different emotions. Miming was also a big part of the acting experience. Together with Amalia, the children all prepared for a play that was shown on the last day of Summerkids. Either actively playing a role, or making the wonderful costumes backstage, all kids played a huge part into making the show and rehersals work seamlessly. A group of kids also performed a dance that they learnt throughout the week. The other group of kids visited the Gallery on Freihausgasse, near to the office. There, they looked at beautiful artworks surrounding the topic "Fabrics". Those children also got a chance to print great patterns on a piece of fabric!
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Woche 1 / 30.07 – 03.08 / Wir tanzen und springen in den Sommer / Robotics
Die erste Woche von Summerkids 2018 beginnt mit Tanz und Leichtigkeit. Bei Infineon lassen wir die Roboter tanzen, wir springen barfuß durch den Drachenwald und bewegen uns zu rhythmischer Musik. Ganz nach dem Motto: Schön ist, was die Seele tanzen lässt.
Woche 2 / 06.08 – 10.08 / Wir plantschen im Wasser
Was wäre ein heißer Sommer ohne einer Möglichkeit, sich mit Wasser abzukühlen? Wir segeln, rudern, paddeln und flitzen übers Wasser. Unsere Kreativität leben wir mit Acrylfarben, Bodypainting und Wasserfarben aus. Ganz nach dem Motto: Sommer und Sonne bringt Spaß im Wasser.
Woche 3 / 13.08 – 17.08 / Wir gestalten unser buntes Sommerbuch
Jeder Tag ist eine neue Erfahrung und jede Erfahrung ist eine neue Seite in unserem Sommerbuch. Gemeinsam füllen wir Seite für Seite, mit tollen Erlebnissen, Erfahrungen und lustigen Materialien wie Sand, Blumen oder auch elektronischen Halbleitern und Kabeln. Ganz nach dem Motto: Schöne Erfahrungen sind die Schätze des Lebens.
Week 1 / 30.07 – 03.08 / We are dancing and jumping in the summer / robotics
The first week of summerkids 2018 starts with dancing and fun. At Infineon the robots are dancing, we are running barefoot through the Drachenwald und move our bodies to music. As they say: Beautiful is, what makes the soul dancing.
Week 2 / 06.08 – 10.08 / We are playing with and in the water
How to escape the heat of the summer? Right, with cool water. We are sailing, paddling and floating over the water. Our creativity is stimulated with acryl colors, body painting and water colors. As they say: Summer, sunshine and water brings fun.
Week 3 / 13.08 – 17.08 / We are creating our own colorful summer book
Every day is a new experience and every experience is a new side in our summer book. In this week we are collecting content – great experiences, amazing adventures and funny materials like sand, flowers or electronic components are all part of the summer book. As they say: Beautiful experiences are the real treasures of life.
Week 4 / 20.08 – 24.08 / We are observing and learning from the nature
Together we are enjoying the nature and creating our own garden. We discover the mountains around us and experience what great treasure the nature hides. High up above or down below – we are observing the nature and learn with it. As they say: Outside the world is so colorful.
Week 5 / 27.08 – 31.08 / We don’t throw things away – we make something new out of it
The last week of our summerkids stands for taking care of our nature and recycling. Out of empty cans and bottles, old clothes and broken things we create something new. As they say: Together we can make the world a better place.
SUMMERKIDS SPECIAL / 03.09 – 07.09 / What a theater!
Before the school starts, we want to end this summer with a lot of fun and joy. Together with the actress Amalia Contarini, we are going to focus on our emotions and 5 senses to travel in funny and special worlds. We also realize what our mimic, gestures and body language are communicating. Depending on the group, we have tailor-made programs to travel in a playful way throughout Villach.
Woche 4 / 20.08 – 24.08 / Wir beobachten und lernen von der Natur
Gemeinsam genießen wir die Natur und gestalten unseren Garten. Wir entdecken die umliegende Bergwelt und erfahren, welche schöne Schätze die Natur für uns zu bieten hat. Hoch hinauf oder in tiefe Höhlen, wir beobachten die Umgebung und lernen von ihr. Ganz nach dem Motto: Draußen ist die Welt so bunt.
Woche 5 / 27.08 – 31.08 / Wir schmeißen nichts weg – wir machen was draus
In der letzten Woche dreht sich alles um unsere Natur: wir geben auf unsere Umwelt acht und wir schmeißen nichts weg, sondern recyceln. Aus leeren Dosen und Flaschen, alter Kleidung und kaputten Gegenstände basteln wir neue Dinge. Ganz nach dem Motto: Wir gemeinsam können etwas für unsere Umwelt tun und die Natur schützen.
SUMMERKIDS SPECIAL / 03.09 – 07.09 / Was für ein Theater!
Bevor die Schule los geht, wollen wir noch einmal richtig mit Spaß und Freude den Sommer ausklingen lassen. Gemeinsam mit der Schauspielerin Amalia Contarini werden wir uns auf unsere Gefühle und fünf Sinne konzentrieren, um zusammen in lustige Welten zu reisen. Wir erkennen, was mit Mimik, Gestik und Körperhaltung alles ausgedrückt werden kann. Abgestimmt auf die jeweilige Gruppe bewegen wir uns spielerisch durch Villach.