Some observations from working at an art/science camp for kids:
- According to outfits worn on superhero day, Elsa from Frozen is considered a superhero. And hey, given that she can turn people into ice and instantly build castles, it seems pointless and kind of sexist to argue otherwise.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are still a thing. A big thing. (Is it still the 90s?)
- I’m pretty sure elementary school teachers are actual superheroes though.
- It’s really hard to make yourself more interesting and appealing than a play structure.
- Tag games where people can “save” each other are a sad representation of failed self-interest. They never save each other, and they all get out.
- “A couple drops of paint” will never actually be a couple drops.
- Tissue paper tie-dye is actually really awesome.
- Paint markers are really exciting.
- Kindergardeners are not too young for intense interpersonal drama (seriously, exclusion stings at all ages).
- Kids don’t know how to distinguish adults’ ages. Anyone over 15 is already pretty ancient, so they might as well be 53. Or 98.
Some quotable moments:
Kid 1: “Santa Clause isn’t real!”
Kid 2: “Santa’s not real?”
Kid 3: “Some people think God isn’t real but he is.”
Me: “Hey, who wants some more beads?”
Kid to a counselor: “Why are you wearing fairy wings if you’re a boy?”
Other kid: “Boys can be fairies too!” (You tell ’em, kid.)