Your Week at Camp

Camp Galileo

Stars (1st - 2nd grades)

Galileo Makers: ​Materials Challenge

Art & Engineering with a Single Supply

Project Spotlight

Toilet Paper Monsters

This week in art, Stars will let their imagination unfurl with toilet paper-based art. They’ll practice paper dyeing and toilet paper mache as they bring a magical, multicolor monster to life.

BE VISIONARY: I imagine things that don't yet exist

Daily Breakdown


In Art, campers will jump into a three-day monster-making project. They’ll prototype two designs, select their favorite, then practice being determined as they cover their monster’s entire head and body with toilet paper mache.

In Science, campers will bring straws to life by creating an articulated action figure with moving limbs that can hug, wave or run.

Ask your camper: What process did you use to make and cover your monster in toilet paper mache?


In Art, campers will practice being visionary as they come up with facts, details and stories about their monster. They’ll sponge-paint their monster’s head and body, then dye a few sheets of toilet paper to create an assortment of colorful tissue that can be used by all Star campers later in the week.

In Science, campers will be challenged to work in groups of three to build straw towers taller than their tallest group member. They’ll practice being collaborative as they alternate roles of architect, builder and idea-generator, creating a tower that can withstand the building inspector's rigorous weight test.

Ask your camper: How did you come up with an innovative backstory for your toilet paper monster?


In Art, campers will put the finishing touches on their toilet paper monsters. They’ll need to be visionary to figure out how to add details using foam, dyed toilet paper and other simple materials that will bring their monster to life.

In Science, campers will work in pairs to create a straw structure engineered to keep a balloon safe from a battering ram. They’ll practice being courageous by exploring unique ideas that may not work at first, but will help them gain insight into building a more effective structure during their second attempt.

In Outdoors, campers will collaborate to swipe a set of keys from the sleeping guard who locked up their tools in the game King’s Keys.

Ask your camper: What was the most challenging part to building your balloon defense structure? What did you try differently the second time?


In Art, campers will begin a new two-day project, using toilet paper rolls and paper to bring a pair of birds to life. Today campers will be reflective as they design two rolling stamps that make feather-like textures, paying close attention to density of shapes in their stamps.

In Science, campers will begin constructing walls for a straw fort that can hold a water bottle weight. They’ll learn how real houses are constructed, then reinforce their straw walls using studs and trusses.

Ask your camper: What shapes did you choose to create your feather rolling stamp?


In Art, campers will flex their visionary muscles by figuring out how to use dyed toilet paper, cardstock and tape to create beaks, feathers, plumes, tails and any other detail they can imagine to bring their birds to life.

In Science, campers will continue building their straw forts, practicing being visionary as they design moving components such as a swing set, windows, or maybe even a ferris wheel. They’ll learn how to create two types of hinges, then apply that knowledge to continue making improvements and put finishing touches on their forts.

In Outdoors, campers will compete for the cleanest workspace by throwing their team’s supplies onto the other team’s tidy floor in the game Clean Your Makerspace.

Ask your camper: What details did you add to your pair of birds? Did you build on the ideas of other campers to come up with additions you may not have thought of by yourself?

Camp Continued

Activities and outings to build on this week's adventures

  • Hone your Maker skills—including salvaging, mechanical engineering and animation—on, an online community of kids who courageously try new things.

  • Explore new materials with the books at Maker Shed. Families can work together on projects in Fabric and Fiber Inventions, Paper Inventions or Woodworking for Young Makers.

  • Pick up a copy of Duct Tape Engineer—written by Galileo’s own curriculum developer Lance Akiyama—and explore 14 projects, from backpacks to kayaks, utilizing everyone’s favorite adhesive.​

  • SF Bay Area: Visit the East Bay Mini Maker Faire on October 21, or look for another faire near you.​

  • SoCal: Visit Maker Faire San Diego in October or the DTLA Mini Maker Faire in December, or look for another faire near you.

  • Chicagoland: Visit the Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire on August 19, or look for another faire near you.

Galileo Innovation Approach

The Galileo Innovation Approach® (GIA) is our guiding principle. The GIA is at the core of every activity your kids do at camp, from Pre-K all the way to 8th grade. Having a Galileo Innovator’s Mindset, Process and Knowledge makes a lasting impact on the way children think, explore and create.

1. The Innovator's mindset: How Galileo innovators approach the world

I am Visionary

I am Courageous

I am Collaborative

I am Determined

I am Reflective

2. The Innovator’s Knowledge: What Galileo innovators need to understand

Concepts and Facts

Historical Context

Skills and Techniques

Audience and Environment

3. The Innovator’s Process: How Galileo innovators innovate

Read more about the GIA