With the weather warming up and summer camps quickly approaching, I wanted to share some of my favorite, online sites for planning creative, engaged, and successful summer camps for students ages 2.5-6. At our camps for this age, we combine crafts, storytelling, technique/movement, snack, across the floor progressions, games, tumbling, and choreography/performance to create a well-rounded, enjoyable experience for our students.

1. Nick Jr. has a host of wonderful printable sheets, crafts, and game suggestions to support varying themes (Fresh Beat Band, Yo Gabba Gabba, etc.). There’s SO much to explore on this site. They even have a Dora’s Ballet Adventure segment.

2. Crayola features many wonderful coloring pages in a variety of themes.

3. S&S Worldwide offers craft supplies and movement products. Summer camp must-haves include: Spot DotsConesScarvesRibbon WandsTunnelHula Hoops, Beanbags, and a Parachute.

4. Oriental Trading offers a lot of craft kits and novelty supplies to compliment your camp themes. For example, in the past, we have purchased mini tiaras for princess camp, sunglasses for rockstar camp, and themed stickers/craft kits for varying camps. Be creative and consider how you can really impact a child’s camp experience with a little bit of fun! (As a side note: there are a lot of great options on this site, but use caution and read the reviews prior to purchasing to make sure the product will best suit your camp needs.)

5. Crafterina features fun, ballet-inspired crafts for dancers. (The site also provides many other great products and resources.)

As summer nears, we will include more posts about games, activities, and ideas that work for our camps for young dancers. Stay tuned!

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