Today was the final day of Camp Italiano! These past two weeks have gone by so fast and it was sad to have to say goodbye to all of our great campers. They have been such an enthusiastic group and we really appreciate their involvement in the camp.
The theme being gelato was the perfect way to end the camp. We started off introducing the many different flavors of gelato to the kids. They shouted out which were their favorites and then we taught them how to say i gusti in Italian. Many of the campers preferred cioccolato or fragola.
We even showed them the gesture Italians use to say something is good! The gesture is placing the tip of your index finger to your cheek and rotating it back and forth as you can see below:
Then we played a little game where we taught the kids how to order a gelato from a gelateria. They had to say the name of what gusto di gelato they wanted, then the size (piccolo, medio, o grande), and if they wanted it in un cono o una coppetta. Then they had to pay the gelataio 2 euro for their ice cream.
After all of that practice the real ice cream truck (il camion del gelato) came! The kids lined up and would say “vorrei cioccolato”, per esempio. They had a litte picnic and really enjoyed eating their ice cream.
After the gelato, the kids had a lot of energy and played outside with le macchine, lo scivolo, e l’altalena.
The next thing we did was the craft. Each camper place a cone, many scoops of ice cream, and panna (whipped cream) e/o ciliegie (cherries) onto a piece of paper. The finished product looked delicious.
We spent the final minutes of camp saying goodbye to the campers. In order to graduate from Camp Italiano, each camper had to name i tre colori della bandiera italiana (verde, bianco, e rosso). If they got them all right, they were given their own bandiera italiana sticker to take home with them. Luckily all of them graduated with flying colors, and were also given a special gift of either le bolle (bubbles) or i tatuaggi (tattoos).
We sang “Ciao Bambini Ciao” for the very last time, and after distributing their crafts and folders filled with all of their coloring pages, it was ready metterci in fila. Ci siamo salutati and thanked them for being such great campers.
Each and every camper has learned so much over these past two weeks and I hope they will want to continue learning Italian in the future!