Let’s go globetrotting! This week at Camp Khan Kids we’re uniting tiny travelers around the world. Set off to explore all of the Earth’s continents in your travel vehicle of choice. Then, learn about geography, conservation, and the joy of the journey. 🌎
See the schedule below for this week’s activities and scroll through this article to find details and links. Feel free to mix and match activities to fit your family's needs.
Having fun during Camp Khan Kids? Share your photos and stories with us on social media. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and include #campkhankids on your posts. You’re also welcome to submit your child’s artwork to be featured in our art show!
Watch: Camper Van Circle Time
Have you ever seen the inside of a camper van? Meet our friend Dan who leads a virtual tour of his favorite vans. See all of the exciting places a camper van can go in this adventurous episode of Circle Time.
Read: North America and South America
Check out the world maps in our geography books by Bellwether Media and discover new lands. Get started with North America and South America to learn about the variety of landscapes and life on these continents. South America is featured at the top of the Books tab during the month of July. You can also find these books in the “Geography” section farther down in the app’s Library all year long. After reading, ask children which continent they’d like to explore first, and why!
Write: Plan a road trip
Let’s go! Vehicles like cars, vans, and trucks can take us to amazing places. Let children rev their engines by coloring cars and planning road trips. Find the car coloring page in our printable packet, or in the Create tab of the Khan Kids Library for the month of July. Where do they want to go today? Add the names of desired destinations on the page and then brainstorm ideas for future road trips.
Learn: Addition, subtraction, and currency
Our travels won’t last long if we run out of money for fuel, food, and lodging—so it’s important to stick to a budget and keep track of what we spend. Head to the Math tab of the Khan Kids app to brush up on counting skills. For those in the 1st or 2nd grade learning levels, we even have currency lessons. For a hands-on activity, try our dominos worksheet matching numerals on one side to dots on another in this week’s printable packet.
Play: Make and decorate a passport
Fold a sturdy piece of paper in half to make a book cover and add plain paper inside to make pages. Put a title on the front, like "My Passport." Use stamps and stickers to have kids mark their dream destinations. Include different elements in the passport, like a photo ID, a long passport ID number, and flag designs from different countries. We think this activity from My Kid Craft is a fun starting point.
Share these pretend passports with us—we can’t wait to see what kids create. If you’re sharing on social media, remember to include #campkhankids on your posts. Bon voyage!
Watch: Trains Circle Time
Traveling by train can be so much fun! Today on Circle Time read two books about trains. Start with Wild Ride by Cynthia Platt. Learn “wh” words like whistle, whinny, and wheels. Then, take a look at real-life trains in the book Monster Trains by Bellwether Media.
The continent of Europe has 47 countries and is known worldwide for its landmarks, art, and culture. Use the book Europe in the Khan Kids app as a launchpad to explore this fascinating region. Find this title in the Books tab of the Khan Kids Library. The Fun Facts page with top landmarks (Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, Colosseum) can prompt fun conversations and mini research projects about where kids would like to visit someday.
Write: Transportation worksheets from Super Simple
Let kids choose their own travel vehicle in this transportation worksheet from our friends at Super Simple. Head to the Super Simple website to access the worksheet, here. Connect the shapes and color in the words for airplane, car, train, bike, and boat. Hungry from all of the travel? Take a break and make a veggie car with celery sticks.
Learn: Healthy habits
While traveling on our adventures, it’s important to remember how to meet and greet new people. Head to the Logic+ tab in the Khan Kids Library, select the Kindergarten learning level, and scroll down to the “Social-Emotional Development” and “Healthy Habits” sections. Here kids can find lessons on sharing, helping, saying please and thank you, and greeting our friends.
Play: Build a train out of cardboard boxes
Do you have old cardboard boxes around the house, like shoe boxes, empty tissue boxes, or shipping boxes? Save them to create a cardboard box train. The train can be big or small. Decorate each box like a train car. Add, paint, or draw wheels on each bottom corner of the box. String the boxes together and pull. Choo choo! We love this little shoebox train example from Cutesy Kids. Remember to show us what you create so we can feature it in the art show!
Tuesday's Birthday Fun Fact
Did you know that the Khan Academy Kids app turns 4-years-old today? Yes, we launched the app on July 12, 2018. For four years we have loved adding content for kids and families to enjoy. Thank you for celebrating with us and for being part of our community!
Watch: A Special Place Circle Time
Today kids can think about their favorite things and places they’d like to visit someday. Join Caroline and Sophie for Circle Time as they read the book A Special Place by Cynthia Platt. In the story, Sandy describes her favorite photos, memories, and keepsakes from Australia that make her room special.
Did you know that the continent of Australia is completely surrounded by water? This continent sits in the middle of the Indian and Pacific oceans and hosts spectacular sea and animal life! Learn more about it by reading the Australia book in the Khan Kids app. Find this title in the Books tab of the Khan Kids Library. Outdoor activities are popular in Australia. Ask kids what they’d rather explore—the Great Barrier Reef or the Australian Outback?
Write: Start a travel journal and write about your favorite places
Heading out on a trip? Get your travel journal ready! Traveling with kids can result in very full days, so planning quiet time for writing and drawing at the end of a long day can be just what the family needs. Before the trip, kids can decorate the front of their journals and assemble the writing utensils they’d like to bring along. Practice journaling and drawing with the My Favorite Place worksheet from this week’s printable packet.
Learn: Vocabulary and sight words
Recognizing words on signs is an important part of traveling safely. Practice learning sight words with new videos we recently added to the Khan Kids app. Find them in the Pre-K, Kinder, and 1st Grade learning levels at the top of the Videos tab. Extend learning by encouraging kids to read road signs while out and about this week!
Play: Try new foods, books, or songs from around the world
Deliver a dream destination straight into your home by checking out books, cooking food, or singing songs from your child’s country of choice. A simple internet search for “Children’s books about (fill in the country)” can unearth colorful selections of titles to find at your local library. Likewise, searches for recipes and songs will surface similar treasures. Build culture right into your own home by exploring a little online!
Watch: Beach Day Circle Time
Let’s start today’s storytime with one of the most popular travel destinations—the beach! Listen as Caroline and Sophie read the book Beach Day Birthday by Cynthia Platt. Learn new words while reading along, then pack up for your own beach party. Pay attention to the recycled art portion at the end of the episode. We’ll be making a similar collage for our play activity on Friday.
Explore the coldest continent on Earth while reading the book Antarctica in the Books tab of the Khan Kids Library. While reading, kids can journey to the South Pole, see huge icebergs, gaze at wildlife, and trek with researchers and scientists. Extend this activity by inviting kids to learn about the epic Antarctic voyage of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton by reading articles on Britannica or Twinkl. Did you know that his ship, the Endurance, was recently discovered at the bottom of the Weddell Sea?
Write: Letter to Earthly with Climate Science
Our friends at Climate Science made a children’s book and activity to help explain climate change. Invite kids to read Saving Planet Earthly. Then, write a letter to help the main character, Earthly, feel better. Share your letters with us on social media and include #campkhankids on your post. Together, we can make a difference!
Learn: Narrate an adventure story with your voice
It’s time to flex some storytelling muscles. Go to the Create tab in the Khan Kids Library and choose a background in the “Draw” section for an adventure. This ship is a fun one! Once there, kids can tap the pencil icon in the upper right corner of the screen to activate the sticker tools and recording features. Head out on an imaginary voyage to get the creativity flowing!
Play: Toy boats
Flow right into hands-on fun by making toy boats! Look around the house to find materials that will float. Sponges, corks, or wood could all do the trick. Toothpicks can make a mast. A triangle of paper or fabric can make a fun sail. We were inspired by this sponge-based boat from The Craft Train and this cute video from Science Buddies showing another example using corks.
💛 Note: When we play at Camp Khan Kids, we can be as flexible or creative as necessary. Do what works best for you. If you have a different idea for a boat, go for it! We've seen toy boats made out of walnut shells. Let your imagination flow!
Watch: Vacation Circle Time
For our last day of Travel the World Week, read along with Caroline and Sophie as they follow Wombat on her quest to take a virtual vacation from daily tasks. Pretend to dress up for a vacation to somewhere hot and somewhere cold. Then, see real-life photos of wombats in Australia!
Study Africa’s vast continent by reading the book Africa in the Khan Kids Library. Find this title featured at the top of the Books tab during the month of July. Read about lands and climates from the Sahara desert to the Congo rainforest and the Serengeti savannah. Stare at wildebeasts, lions, and zebras to inspire a virtual safari!
Write: Fill in your certificate for completing the week!
Time to celebrate! Invite campers to fill out their certificates for completing the week. Find the certificate in the printable packet. During the month of July, you can also find a digital version inside the app which campers can export and save. Consider sharing your certificate with a friend so they can join Camp Khan Kids too. All of our programs are available for free—for anyone, anywhere!
Learn: Future You Yoga
Find Friday flow with our friends at Alo Yoga. Practice movement and mindfulness exercises that help kids grow up strong. Reach for the sky and imagine a future full of adventure and potential in this expressive exercise for kids. Kids can find more yoga videos in the Videos tab of the Khan Kids Library in the 1st and 2nd grade learning levels.
Play: Create a travel collage
Search around the house for old magazines, junk mail, or colored scrap paper. Let children sift through the images and choose scenes that they’d like to visit. Tear or cut the colorful paper, and glue it onto a cardboard backing. Tearing paper into small bits can be a fun way to strengthen hand muscles and build fine motor skills. Spark some collage ideas with this fish magazine collage from Kinder Art.
Have a great weekend! 👋
We hope this week has helped your little learners embrace the spirit of adventure! We love seeing your stories and photos on social media. To join the fun follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and include #campkhankids on your posts. You’re also welcome to submit your child’s artwork to be featured in our art show!