Summer Camp for Chicago Kids Blog

Summer is right around the corner, which means so is summer fun! Eyas Landing believes that summer should also be a time to grow, make new friends, and learn new skills. Summer Camps at Eyas Landing are a combination of summer fun and child development that equals one amazing summer!  

Summer Camps at Eyas Landing provide an enriching environment for children to work on a variety of skills in peer groups.  There are seven different sessions approximately 1-2 weeks long each that focus on different goals and are led by therapists and therapeutic assistants on staff at Eyas Landing.  

The seven different sessions are Zones Camp, Social Skills Camp, Sensory Explorers Camp, Bike Riding Camp, Sports Camp, Let’s Write Camp, and School Readiness Camp.

Zones Camp kicks off the season on June 22nd, for children ages 4-10.  Zones Camp helps children understand their bodies and become more aware of their emotions by utilizing the Zones of Regulation curriculum. The camp focuses on improving their ability to problem solve conflicts more independently, practicing reading facial expressions, and building vocabulary around body awareness and emotional regulation.  

Social Skills Camp is up next on June 29th.  This camp was created to help develop social skills, as they may not come easily for some children. During Social Skills Camp, children learn pragmatic skills using the Social Thinking Curriculum including We Thinkers! (ages 4-6) and the Superflex Curriculum (ages 7-10). Activities focus on body awareness related to social interactions, turn taking, sharing, understanding someone else’s perspective, and flexible thinking through organized lessons and games. Social Skills camp is a great way for children to learn the foundational skills of social interactions to then enjoy participating in social activities with peers. 

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On July 6th, Sensory Explorers Camp begins for children ages 4-10. It is designed for any child that loves getting messy or may show apprehensive about getting messy and touching unknown textures. Our Sensory Explorers participate in activities that explore their sensory systems: touching textures, dancing and obstacle courses for moving their bodies, and choosing music to fit their body’s needs. Activities are both structured and unstructured to meet each child’s needs, with a primary focus of play-based learning.

Bike Riding Camp begins July 20th and helps kids tackle the summer goal of bike riding! Bike Riding Camp sets children up for success by using preparatory activities that promote coordination and strength related to bike riding as well as bike modifications. Children will have the opportunity to use a variety of bikes and other wheeled equipment, including tricycles, two-wheelers with and without training wheels, and the Strider bike. By using different bikes, children can better understand how to navigate wheels and become more successful with bike riding.

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Trying out for a team when the school year starts back up? Sports Camp can help your child get that edge or just learn how to play a new game! Sports Camp is in play on August 3rd and is a great way for kids to explore a variety of sports with modifications and supports. Sports include soccer, T-ball, kickball, and basketball. Children first learn how to play the game through stories and visual diagrams. Then, children learn the basics of each sport through games, and playing the sport. The focus of play is team work, gross motor skills, visual motor coordination, and waiting/turn-taking.

Summer is coming to an end, but that does not mean we cannot learn through play! Let’s Write Camp begins August 10th.  At Let’s Write Camp, children prepare their bodies and hands for writing by participating in core and hand strengthening activities that translate to success at the tabletop. Children learn how to correctly form letters using varying modalities (e.g. Play-doh, sand, wooden sticks, and pencil and paper), how to hold a pencil, and writing within and on lines. By the end of Let’s Write camp, children feel more confident in their abilities to write at home and at school.

Our final camp of the summer is School Readiness Camp. Beginning on August 24th, School Readiness Camp helps your child re-focus on upcoming school year. As summer winds down, we help increase your child’s attention with school-focused tasks and also extheir pand social skills in a group setting. With this continuity between camp and school, campers will transition back into school with increased success.

Campers are encouraged to sign up for one or multiple camps that meet their interest this summer and spaces are filling up quickly!