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“Zoo Week” Blog Recap!

Hello all,

“Zoo Week” has come and gone and boy, was it great! Read on below to learn all about the fun that was had and learning that took place!

The students arrived at school on Monday with a lot of enthusiasm and one thing on their minds – the Zoo field trip on Thursday! “Are we going to the zoo TODAY?” was the question that was heard all week long. The teachers reminded the students about their “Days of the Week” song. With three days until Thursday, the students were a bit disappointed – but not for long! Little did the students know that Zoo Week would turn out to be, by far, the most exciting and busiest week of camp yet!

Monday and Tuesday morning both proved to be very exciting as they were the first two Sprinkler/Water Park days of Summer Camp!  The swim-suit-wearing students threw on their pinnies and headed out to enjoy some wet fun in the hot sun!  Take a look below to see the students splishing and splashing!  Do you think they enjoyed it?!? 🙂


water park


As if the Sprinkler/Water Park was not exciting enough, the fun continued inside the PPA classroom as it was also an Art Day on both Monday and Tuesday!  After toweling off and changing into dry clothing, the students got right to work.   On Monday, the students created a colorful and feathery Jungle Parrot art project to help them get excited for Thursday’s field trip to the Turtle Back Zoo!  Take a look at how lovely the parrots turned out!



On Tuesday, the students spent the morning completing a very exciting and new type of art project – Scratch Art!  In order to create a Scratch Art project, the students were given special paper and little tools.  This paper looked blue or green at the start but the students quickly learned that there was something special underneath – COLORS!  Using the tools, the students scraped away the top layer of paint to reveal the beautiful colors and create an amazing design on their aquatic animals!  Here is how the Scratch-Art Seahorses, Walruses, and Sea Turtles turned out!


scratch art


In the afternoon on Monday and Tuesday, the students learned a Zoo-themed song which is sung to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”. Here are the lyrics below.

The Snake at the Zoo goes

Hiss, Hiss, Hiss

Hiss, Hiss, Hiss,

Hiss, Hiss, Hiss,

The snake at the zoo goes

Hiss, Hiss, Hiss

All Day Long!

The song was a huge hit but the students quickly learned that it only had one verse! The students had a blast adding additional animals and animal sounds to the song.  The fun continued on Wednesday as the students arrived at school and enjoyed racing and running around at the playground.  It was also Face Paint Day!  One by one, the students came over to the table to have either their hands, cheeks, or face painted!  Butterflies, Rocket ships, Sporting Balls, and Flowers proved to be the most popular choices!  Here are some of the highlights!




On Thursday, the students, teachers, and PPA parents/aunts/uncles/grandmas, etc. hopped aboard the air-conditioned school bus and greeted their favorite driver, Bus Driver Mike, before heading off on the first bus field trip of camp to the Turtle Back Zoo!  When the bus arrived at the zoo, the PPA crew unloaded and began their exploration of all the new exhibits including the African Adventure exhibit featuring giraffes!  The animals must have heard that the PPA Kids were coming because whenever the students went up to the glass it seemed that the animals came right over to say hello!  What a great day at the zoo it was!  Thank you to all of the PPA parents/aunts/uncles/grandmas, etc. who accompanied the students on the field trip!  We hope you had as much fun as we did!  Here are some of the photographic highlights from Thursday’s field trip to Turtle Back Zoo!  Be sure to view all of the photos from the TBZ field trip by clicking the gallery link below!


zoo pics


As if the week was not already fantastic enough, Friday was WaCkY oUtFiT DaY at PPA and the students did not disappoint!  Here are some of the highlights!

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Well, that is all for Zoo Week!  What a fun-filled, action-packed week it was!  As always, thank you for reading and see you next week for more fun in the sun!


Next week is “NATURE WEEK”

Monday and Tuesday – Sprinkler/Water Park Day and Art Day!

All students should arrive sun-screened and dressed for outdoor water play! Please pack a towel and complete change of clothes for your child. Swim shoes are suggested.

Wednesday– Imagine That! Museum Field Trip

Camp Bus leaves at 9:00 a.m. SHARP!  Returns at 1:45 p.m.

Students must wear their camp t-shirt today. All students/field trip attendees must pack a completely disposable lunch in a disposable lunch bag (i.e. paper bag/plastic bag). Please keep in mind, this also means utensils, food/drink containers, and more. REMEMBER – No peanut butter/nuts allowed.

Thursday – Mystery Guest Visits PPA!

Friday – Gardening/Planting Day!