Friday photo memories

I taught English in South Korea for three years. In the school holidays, I had to hold ‘English Camp’ which is meant to be fun.

Every morning I arrived to this; the shoe rack, where you remove your outdoor shoes and put on your indoor shoes.

shoe rack

change your shoes as you enter the building

Activity 1: Paper Bridges

The idea is that each group has to make a bridge out of only paper and tape. The bridge able to hold the highest weight wins.

  • Each group gets 20 sheets of paper and some tape.
  • The rule is that only small pieces of tape may be used.

The designs I got weren’t very creative, but some were strong!

English camp Korea paper bridges English camp Korea paper bridges

Activity 2: Ice cream science experiment

  • Put chocolate milk in a small Zip-loc bag.
  • Put that in another small Zip-loc to protect it.
  • Fill a bigger Zip-loc with ice and salt.
  • Put the chocolate milk baggie in the ice baggie.
  • Shake for 10-20 minutes (wearing gloves helps)
  • Remove the milk/ice cream baggie
  • Throw the salty ice water in a bucket or in a sink (have a lot of towels to mop up spills)
  • Remove the small protective Zip-loc baggie (it helps to not let salt in)
  • Cut a hole in the corner of the ice-cream baggie and squeeze the ice cream out into a bowl.
  • Decorate with wafers and sprinkles.
  • Enjoy!

The salt lowers the temperature of the ice, combined with shaking makes small ice crystals form.

ice cream science experiment

ice cream science experiment

Activity 3: Making a topiary

My Korean co-teacher got topiary making kits, which made this easier.

  • Wrap the sawdusty stuff around a plant with fishing wire
  • Decorate

English camp Korea topiary

Activity 4: Operation Egg Drop

Each group gets an assortment of things to make something to protect an egg when it’s dropped from the 2nd floor. The egg that survives from the highest drop is the winner!

  • paper cup
  • straws
  • paper
  • tape
  • string
  • plastic bag
Operation Egg Drop

Operation Egg Drop

That was a successful English camp!

Here is a link to my Flickr photostream.



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