We’re celebrating people and friendships during the final week of Camp Khan Kids 2022. Read sweet stories about making new friends, helping others, teamwork, and being grateful for all of the special people in our lives. So come along—it’s time for our together-adventure! 💕
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.
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Watch: Hello Circle Time
Welcome to Friendship Week at Camp Khan Kids. Today we’d like you to meet Naomi O’Brien, author of our new “Stories with People” books in the Khan Kids app. The books feature lively characters who cover important skills like friendship, confidence, patience, and teamwork. Start by saying hello to Caroline and Naomi on Circle Time. Then, listen to Naomi read Bonjou, a sweet story about making new friends.
Open the book Bonjou in the Khan Kids app. Find this title in the Books tab of the Khan Kids Library. Children who are just beginning to read can choose Read to Me, and readers who would like to practice reading by themselves can try Read by Myself. Ask kids about the book’s characters, Leo and Jean Edward. How did they become friends? Forming new and lasting friendships is a skill that we hope all of our campers will learn to love.
Write: Color Kodi and friends
Speaking of friendships, the Khan Kids crew continues to delight little learners. Check out today’s coloring page with Kodi, Sandy, Reya, Ollo, and Peck. Find this coloring page in our printable packet or in the Create tab of the Khan Kids app. Get creative with the colors. If kids were asked to design new colors for our animal characters, what would they be?
Learn: Memory and matching games
It helps to remember someone’s name when we meet them for the first time. Sharpen memory skills with the variety of lessons for each age level in the Logic+ section of the Khan Kids Library. Or, try today’s letter matching printable for hands-on memory practice.
Play: Make an “All About Me” poster
Every child is special and unique. Talk to kids about all of their unique qualities. Create a poster that shows favorite activities, foods, and interests. Then, share the poster with other family members. Next time there is an opportunity to make new friends, kids can think about what’s on the poster to find common interests with newfound playmates.
We especially love these examples from Kristina at Planes and Balloons. It’s fun to see her worksheet titled “These are my favorites” which includes topics like seasons and books.
Watch: Friendship Circle Time
Start Circle Time by singing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” with Caitie from Super Simple Songs. Then, join Caroline and Sophie as they read the book Old Friends, New Friends by Cynthia Platt. This episode encourages kids to talk about friendships and feelings, and find games that everyone can play together.
Read: Different, Not Weird
Open the book Different Not Weird in the Books tab of the Khan Kids Library. In the story, two friends, Jack and Bosong, have a sleepover and learn about each other’s culture. They discover household customs that are both similar and different to their own. But different doesn’t mean weird. In this story, it means new and fun!
Write: Write a letter inviting a friend to Camp
Friendships help us have more fun and find support when we need it most. Whether our friends are old, new, similar, or different—they all play a role in helping us learn, connect, and grow. Ask your child to think of friends they’d like to spend time with. Older kids can write a letter inviting their friends to participate in camp. Younger learners can use the "Friendship Week" coloring page in the Khan Kids app for their invitation.
Learn: Capitalization Rules
What do all names have in common? A capital letter. Open the Khan Kids app to learn about capitalization rules in the 1st Grade level of the Reading tab. Find the capitalization lesson in the first section under “Reading Foundational Skills.” What other types of words have capital letters? To find out, encourage kids of all ages to look at words in the real world (i.e., on boxes, signs, and books) to identify words that begin with capital letters.
Play: Design friendship paper crafts
It’s important to keep our friendships healthy and strong. Think about building strong friendships by making paper friendship chains today. Cut scrap paper into lots of strips. Then tape, glue, or staple the strips together to form a link chain. Get creative by seeing how long, colorful, or decorative you can make the chain. This example from Threading My Way looked especially cheerful.
Image from Threading My Way
Watch: Helping Others Circle Time
We have a very special guest on Circle Time today. In this episode, kids will meet Olympic figure skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi. Kristi is also a children’s book author who wrote the book Cara’s Kindness. It’s a sweet story about an adorable group of animal characters who help each other through acts of kindness.
Read: Save It or Spend It
Open the book Save It or Spend It in the Books tab of the Khan Kids Library. Meet Aki, a little girl who learns a lesson about the difference between spending now and saving for later. We love how Aki’s older brother Michael shows an act of kindness by helping Aki learn about saving money. At the end of the story, Aki’s patience pays off. Aki’s grandmother is especially pleased to see her grandchildren so happy.
💕 For all of the grandparents and grandchildren who use Khan Academy Kids together, we hope you love this story!
Write: Emotions wheel with Reya
In the story we read today, Aki was showing frustration by complaining about money. Her brother Michael tuned into her feelings and offered to share some advice. Check out Reya’s Emotions Wheel in our printable packet with your kids. Ask them to identify how they’re feeling today. Name those feelings on the wheel.
Learn: Graphs and measurement
Sometimes our very best friends live right in our own homes. They're our brothers, sisters, cousins, parents, aunts, grandparents...the list goes on! Let's learn more about the home we share with our family with a fun graphing activity. Before getting started, introduce kids to graphing with a short video inside the Khan Kids app. Sandy will show them how—just head over to the Videos tab (1st grade level) and scroll to the graphs video in the “1st Grade Math” section. Then, use today's graphing printable to count the people and things that make up your home.
Play: Kindness rocks with Super Simple
When decorated with a happy face or special message, kindness rocks can bring joy to the neighborhood. Head out to collect rocks with a smooth surface. Brainstorm about kindness messages and symbols to put on the rocks (e.g., “love,” “you’re special,” or hearts and smiling faces). Decorate the rocks with markers, paint, or glued bits and bobs. Place them around for people to find. Seeing them will surely brighten someone’s day. Here are some examples from our friends at Super Simple.
Image from Super Simple
💛 Note: When we play at Camp Khan Kids, we can be as flexible or creative as necessary. If you'd rather use other materials (like paper hearts rather than rocks), that’s fine! The spirit is to decorate with kindness in a way that works best for your family.
Watch: Gratitude Circle Time
Today on Circle Time kids can listen to a story about gratitude. Watch two friends, Squirrel and Chipmunk, as they help each other find food and stay warm during the cold season. By the end of the story, Squirrel and Chipmunk are very thankful for one another.
Read: Trading Lunches
Open the book Trading Lunches in the Books tab of the Khan Kids Library. Meet Derrick and Alani, two new characters who share an exciting lunch by trying new foods. Trying something new can be adventurous and fun. It can also help us learn about others. As children eat their lunches today, ask them about a favorite food they’d like to share with someone else.
Write: Start a gratitude journal
Sometimes in the daily rush of parenting, it can be helpful to slow things down with quiet time. During quiet time today ask children to think about why they are grateful. Older learners can make a paper journal and fill the inside with descriptions or drawings of moments they most enjoy. Younger learners can use today’s coloring page to reflect on why Reya and Sandy are so grateful to share lunch together.
Ask kids to think about the friends they like to play with. Some might be similar: they like the same things, wear the same clothes, and act the same way. But other friends might be very different. And that's okay! In fact, sometimes opposites attract. Let's learn about opposites in the Khan Kids app. Find the lessons in the Kindergarten level of the Reading tab under “Writing and Language.” Together, we'll find out ways that things can be different. Some things are big, and some things are small. Some things are hot, and some things are cold. We need all of it to make the world go round!
Play: Friendship bracelets
Celebrate friendships by making bracelets for special people. Customize each bracelet for each friend, and watch as the bracelet collection becomes a beautiful display of individuality. Kids can make bracelets out of almost anything. Try using yarn, string, ribbons, pipe cleaners, or old fabric cut into strips. Braid, twist, or knot the pieces together. For extra flair, add a few beads! Today’s inspiration is from Camp Counselor Lorraine’s friend, Colette, who made these in her preschool camp for kids.
Watch: Teamwork Circle Time
Join our Circle Time hosts as they read the book The Treehouse by Cynthia Platt. In the story, Kodi and her friends share ideas and build a treehouse. Now that’s teamwork! Find inspiration for more group projects by watching what kids build on Show & Tell. Whether they make dinosaurs, rocket ships, or puppet theaters, there are plenty of ideas to keep kids smiling today!
Read: The Best Way to Catch a Bug
Open The Best Way to Catch a Bug in the Books tab of the Khan Kids Library. In this story, three friends head outside to catch fireflies. Each friend has their own idea about which bug-catching method works best, but in the end, all ideas shine bright. Listen to the story and reflect on how the world has room for lots of great ideas.
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: Kind yoga
We all experience feelings and emotions, and sometimes it’s helpful to go through them together. Help kids express emotions with energizing moves and stretches from our friends at Alo Yoga. Round up for warm hugs, and turn anger into peace with a star pose. We hope campers can let go of any negative emotions and shine bright today!
Play: Go on a friendship adventure!
Here at Khan Academy Kids, we love making educational activities for kids. One way we’re able to get our work done is through the power of teamwork. Today, think about how much we can accomplish if we all work together. Head out on a together-adventure with a friend. Whether it’s to the park, to the playground, or in your very own living room, spending time with others is a true gift.
Thank you friends, and enjoy the rest of your summer! 👋
We hope Camp Khan Kids has helped you and your little ones this summer. We also hope that our early learning app continues to help children thrive all year long. Keep in touch with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram where we'll be sharing even more resources for the back-to-school season. Also, look out for our survey, coming soon, to help us make Camp Khan Kids better each year!