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Thingamakids Summer Camp : Five Elements Week

  • NOCCS 1000 42nd Street Oakland, CA, 94608 United States (map)

Once again, Thingamakids! join Teacher Lydia to draw artistic inspiration from the elements of nature - earth, wind, water, fire and space to create sounds, stories, and art. Students will create pop-up books to house the treasures they find in nature, create sounds from rocks, craft wind chimes, and discover how water and metal bowls can create a musical instrument.

Each camp day will focus on a different element, with space being the element of gallery day .

Daily Schedule and more

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___________Daily Activity Schedule___________

Mon, 7/16


Warm-up : Movement and name games

Discovery : How to make sounds with rocks

Artwork : Create a rock family and learn how to paint on the rocks

Pop-up Castles : Create pop-up book castles for rock family to live

Rock Painting : Continue


Next element prep : Sound walk and forage for sticks to use for wind day

Tue, 7/17


Warm-up : Movement and name games

Discovery : What is wind and where does it come from?

Exploration : Do humans make wind? Does it make any sound? (study of breath)

Hands-on activity: Make panpipes


Wed, 7/18


Warm-up : Movement and name games

Discovery : where would we find water? Are there different kinds of water?

Exploration : Water in instruments, and sound of water in glass bottles

Hands-on activity : Make water gongs and water pipes


Thu, 7/19


Warm-up : Movement and name games

Discovery : Metal objects and glasses

Study & Exploration : Video on glass blowing and forging to show how fire creates the everyday objects around us.

Demonstration : Guest Artist plays water glasses



Fri, 7/20


Students will put the finishing touches on their pop-up books.

Students will set their gallery.

Pop-up books, panpipes, wind chimes, and other instrument created during the week will be on display in a gallery.

*no after-care


BFA - Percussion Performance (California Institute of the Arts)        MA - Music Composition (Mills College)  

Lydia Martin

No-nonsense nurture and mindfulness techniques are just two of the many unique methods Teacher Lydia brings to her classes. She's created a pedagogy that utilizes games and musical activities to help students develop active listening skills, social/emotional learning, mindfulness and musical embodiment. In addition to her over 9-year experience as a Teaching Artist, she has practiced and performed as a musician for 25 years.