Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A photo tour of Jungle Safari, Where Kids Explore the Nature of God

I am normally better at taking pictures of all the sites, but somehow forgot this year.  Anyway here are some fun pictures of setting up for Jungle Safari.

Monday was supply moving day and starting on vines and leaves.  My husband brought a bunch of stuff on Sunday.  This is what was left for me to bring.

ACK!  I think we will work on Slug A Bug S.W.A.M.P on Tuesday morning!

Here is the Jungle Hallway to Slug A Bug S.W.A.M.P and Zipline Bible Time.  We made long vines from dollar store brown craft paper and stapled on green leaves.  We used a few different styles and colors of leaves.  You can find the template at Weelife.  I also cut down dollar store green plastic table cloths and hung them over the lights.

Next we are arriving at Slug A Bug S.W.A.M.P.  Miss V and her friend S.R decorated the door and created the tree inside.
 Some of the crafts were a little to hard for my Bouncy Beetles (Kindergarten-1st grade) so I found this mural at S&S Worldwide.  I also realized last year that cheap plastic flower pots make the best thing to hold markers, colored pencils, and fabric markers in.  They also can be used year after year.

Again we put paper vines and leaves everywhere!

 I also printed out what craft will be made on each day.  I get so excited when supplies are sorted.

While setting up, Gemini called and said our shirts were ready (a couple days early) so Miss V and I ran out to pick them up.
 A first peek at the shirts.

After Slug A Bug S.W.A.M.P was done, we cleaned out Zipline Bible Time and moved everything to the library to work for the rest of the week.

Next up theme signs

Base Camp is set up and ready for the Explorers to pick up their T-shirts and drop off their cell phones.

Next up pictures of Jaguar Junction.

I forgot to take good pictures of the ceiling, I found a mottled green and white gossamer and covered the lights.  We also wrapped the concrete pillars in brown paper and made them into trees.  At the very top I used foam pipe insulation and had green crepe paper hanging down to look like the tree top.  When the AC would turn on the crepe paper would gently move around.  It was really cute!

Sadly I didn't get to many pictures of Lizards Leap's decorations.  I took lots of busy children.

We went really simple with Toucan Jam and used the ancient pillars and jungle vines.  I have learned that it is better if we remove a few sections of chairs so that the kids can get up and dance and not fall over the chairs.

This is the Rainforest Learning Wall

I tried something new this year.  I put a table in Toucan Jam and had a bucket for each group.  This was a great way to keep track of the name tags and any notes or projects that needed to home.  This ended up working really well and will definitely do it again next year.

Finally for Jungle Safari, I use that opportunity to give back to a local charity.  Pregnancy Solutions is a charity that is very close to my heart.  This year we collected just under 50 packages of diapers, 19 packages of wipes, a whole box of shampoo, lotions, baby wash, a box of food and other feeding supplies and a hamper FULL of clothing.

Some of my Mighty Monkey's loaded up my car.

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