Welcome to Make & Create Week at Camp Khan Kids! This week, kids can draw, tinker, cut, and color to nurture creativity and self-expression. Grab your favorite art supplies, download the printable pack at the bottom of this page, and let’s get started! For play materials, you will need paper, crayons or markers, scissors, dried pasta (like penne), and pots or pans from the kitchen. Ready, set, make! 🎨
See the chart below for this week’s schedule, and scroll through the article to find details and links. Feel free to mix and match activities to fit your family's needs.
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Watch: Piñata Party on Circle Time
We’re kicking off Make & Create Week with a birthday celebration because today is the 3rd birthday of the Khan Academy Kids app! Let’s get started by learning how to make a piñata on Circle Time with Caroline and Sophie.
Read: Beach Day Birthday
Continue celebrating the Khan Kids birthday by reading Beach Day Birthday in the Khan Academy Kids app. Hang out with Ollo and friends as they play in the water, make sandcastles, and enjoy a sweet surprise. Find this title in the Books section of the Khan Kids Library under 1st Grade Early Readers. Children who are just beginning to read can choose Read-to-Me mode, and readers who would like to practice reading by themselves can try Read-by-Myself mode.
Write: Color a birthday scene or write a birthday greeting
Color a birthday scene in this week’s printable packet. A selection of birthday coloring pages can also be found in the Create tab of the Khan Kids app (scroll down to Birthday Coloring). Encourage children to make a creation for someone they know and love—or for Kodi the bear, who is turning three today! Older learners can include a special message with their creation using the back of the coloring page or the writing paper in the printable packet.
Learn: Number fun with ages and birth dates
Kids love talking about how old they are. Have a math party by focusing on their unique set of birth date numbers. Little learners can head to the Math section in the Khan Kids Library to find counting lessons with numbers that match their age. Older learners can practice addition or subtraction lessons, and then they can write an equation that represents their numerical birth month or year. Or, use the math worksheet in the printable packet to show the numbers of their birth date in ten frames.
Play: Make birthday confetti
Top off today’s birthday party theme with homemade confetti. All you need is paper, but if you have scissors or a hole punch, that will work too. Collect scrap paper or junk mail in your home. Tear the paper into small pieces. Or, have kids cut the paper into thin strips and sections. If you have a hole punch, kids can try punching small circles of paper to create their confetti. Kids can extend this activity into a pretend play experience by setting a birthday party table for their toys or stuffed animals. Then, they can decorate the table with confetti!
Watch: Go on a dance field trip with Caitie’s Classroom
Today for Make & Create Week, we are going to learn about dance so we can make our own dance routines. Head to a contemporary dance studio to watch a modern dance class with Caitie from Super Simple Songs. See how the dancers express themselves through movement. The video ends with a performance by professional dancers from the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.
Read: The New Class
Find out how Kodi feels when she tries ballet for the very first time by reading The New Class in the Khan Kids app. Find this title in the Books section of the Khan Kids Library under New Early Readers. When kids finish listening to or reading the story, ask them a few questions about the main idea. For example, what happened when Kodi tried some of the ballet moves? What did Kodi’s dad encourage her to do that next day? Trying new things can be hard, but with practice and a good attitude, anything is possible.
Write: Tell or write a story about Kodi’s next dance class
At the end of the last story, The New Class, Kodi returns to the ballet studio to try again. What do you think happens in this next class? Does Kodi have the patience to learn a new dance move? Does she make a friend? Encourage kids to tell a story about what they think happens next. Little learners can narrate their story in the Create tab of the Khan Kids app. Older learners can use the writing paper in our printable package to draft their ideas.
Learn: Build memory skills
Dance routines require memory to learn and repeat the movements. After completing a dance move, it’s important to remember which move comes next. Practice memory skills in the Logic+ section of the Khan Kids Library. Our memory matching games help kids match pairs of objects by remembering where they saw something last.
Play: Make and perform a dance routine
Now it’s time for kids to make up a dance of their own. Let them choose a favorite song, and create moves to go along with it. Can they repeat the moves to complete a routine? Great stuff! For extra fun, add dance ribbons or a costume for a full performance. For inspiration, here is a selection of dance routines recommended on Wide Open School by Common Sense Media.
Watch: Make a fruit salad on Circle Time
Wednesday’s plan at Camp Khan Kids is all about making food and creating recipes. Get started with Teacher Sarah from Circle Time, who shows kids how to make a fruit salad. Gather strawberries, bananas, oranges, or grapes—then, have kids count, cut, and chop their own delicious meal.
Read: The Recipe
Embark on a baking project with Kodi as she makes a special brownie recipe for Reya. Find the book The Recipe in the New Early Readers section of the Khan Kids Library. Ask kids about what happened to Kodi’s brownie recipe, and how Reya reacted. Reya appreciated Kodi’s thoughtfulness even though the brownies didn’t turn out perfectly. Ask kids what they like to bake. Maybe it will inspire a project later in the day.
Write: What is Kodi cooking in the great big pot?
Kodi continues to cook up surprises. In the scene below, the Khan Kids crew gathers around Kodi’s special brew. What do you think they are making? Invite children to take a guess or to imagine that Kodi is making their favorite food. Little learners can color and narrate a story about this scene. Older learners can write out a recipe to create a yummy mixture of their own.
Learn: Practice reading with a cookbook
Head to the Reading tab in the Khan Kids app to spend some time practicing foundational skills. Kids can browse lessons on letters, words, syllables, and parts of a book. If you have a cookbook handy, extend learning by inviting young readers to flip through the pages to browse the pictures and recipes. Can they find the title and author of the cookbook? Can they recognize any numbers or words in the recipes, or can they find any new foods they’d like to try?
Play: Make a pasta picture or necklace
Sometimes the pantry can provide a quick sensory activity. Take a look in the cupboard for dried goods like pasta or beans. If you have penne pasta, kids can string pieces together to make a necklace. Other types of pasta or beans can be used to glue onto paper in patterns or shapes to make a picture. Feeling fancy? Check out the friendship pasta necklace video from Caitie’s Classroom. [Necklace image: The Spruce Crafts]
Watch: Sandy’s instruments on Circle Time
Let’s set the mood this Thursday with music and melodies. Instruments are a key component of making music. Explore Sandy’s instrument collection on Circle Time with Caroline and Sophie. In this episode, kids can learn how to draw the drum and didgeridoo!
Tag along with Kodi, Ollo, and Sandy as they head to a makerspace, which is a science room full of creative tools. Find the book Makerspace in the New Early Readers section of the Khan Kids Library. Read the story to see the interesting projects they create. We love how Sandy makes drumsticks from a 3D printer to go along with her recycled drum. Invite your child to try their make and create skills too. If they could make a craft today, what would it be?
Write: Name the Khan Kids band
The Khan Academy Kids are a talented crew! They especially enjoy making music together. Find some crayons or markers for kids to complete this coloring page in this week’s printable packet. This scene is also available in the Create tab in the Khan Kids app under New Coloring. Ask if your child has any ideas for what to name this Khan Kids band. They can turn the page over to list their top choices. “Kodi and the Rockers” may soon be coming to a venue near you!
Learn: Moods and melodies
Continue to explore music by heading to Super Simple Songs in the Video section (Kinder & Pre-K) of the Khan Kids Library. Play a few of the songs, like “Apples and Bananas” or “Baby Shark”. After listening, ask kids how the songs make them feel. Do the songs make them feel hungry, happy, or ready to clap their hands and bop around? Music can connect to our emotions to help us calm down and feel more positive. Learn more about understanding emotions with Ollo’s emotions activity in this week’s printable packet.
Play: March to your own beat by making music
Pots, pans, and coffee cans make great drum sets. Set out a selection of tappable household objects along with some wooden spoons. See how long it takes for kids to get curious and start making music. Homemade bongos made from boxes or upside down bowls can provide even more rhythmic variety. Experiment with sound by using different items around the room. For example, a pencil tap on a mason jar can ring in the final notes of a jolly tune.
Watch: All about art on Caitie’s Classroom
Join Caitie’s Classroom as she hosts an art studio for kids. Caitie teaches about abstract art, frames, creative coloring, and more. We love the creativity that’s highlighted in this episode, and we hope it leads to a colorful display of projects for your kids today.
Read: The Painting
Ollo the elephant loves to paint. In the book The Painting (which can be found in the Khan Kids app under New Early Readers), Ollo paints a portrait of Kodi. But sitting still to hold the pose is a little bit hard for Kodi, who keeps fidgeting and getting distracted. Making something artistic isn’t always a smooth process. Sometimes there are challenges. But with good friends and a supportive environment, we can help each other until creativity unfolds.
Write: Letters and words
Head to the Letters or Reading sections in the Khan Kids app to focus on letters and words. In the Letters section, little learners can trace individual letters. In the Reading section, older learners learn new sight words. Or, find the letter printables in this week’s packet to color, trace, cut, and decorate an assortment of letters. Once the letters are finished, move them into place to create words.
Learn: Mindfulness with Moshi Sleep
Our friends at Moshi Sleep have created a mindfulness app for kids. Their lessons and audio stories help kids reach a sense of peace. We love this little story of Pablo the Paintbrush, who imagines peaceful places he likes to paint when he wants to calm down. When children get nervous or frustrated, it’s helpful to have techniques to work through those feelings. Watch Pablo's meditation on the YouTube video below. For an extended activity, try Moshi’s mindfulness lesson plan.
Play: Outdoor art with Tinkergarten
Journey outside this Friday to do some creative art projects from our friends at Tinkergarten. Start by taking a walk or a hike to find natural objects like flowers, rocks, sticks, and leaves. Whether kids choose to use these materials to design a nature display or to create spiral art is up to them. The point is to release some creative energy in the natural environment and to feel inspired about the weekend ahead. If you'd like to keep the outdoor vibe going all month long, don't miss Tinkergarten's July activity calendar. It's filled with fun ideas for summer play!
Certificate of completion
Thank you for participating in Make & Create Week. We had SO much fun with you! Don’t forget to print out your certificate to celebrate your accomplishments!
Bonus activities on Pinterest
If you're looking for even more creative activities, check out our Art Week Board on Pinterest. These ideas may keep your imagination soaring all summer long!