During school breaks, I usually try to come up with a bunch of craft ideas and projects to try with the kids while they’re home. But for the last week of this past Christmas break the girls attended holiday camp run by Young Engineers Kenya, and they loved it!
Young Engineers Kenya runs super fun programs that teach kids aged 3-12 years about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) using LEGO and Kne’x bricks. They had a massive holiday camp that ran from the end of October all the way through Christmas (basically the entire Kenyan school break), with different themes for each week, from adventure to robotics, mysteries of the universe to entrepreneurship, and – finally – Christmas ornaments.
Claire and Heidi went for the last week of the camp program, with the Christmas ornaments theme. Young Engineers is located at the Little Paws Montessori compound on Makini Road, off Riara in Kilimani. (Conveniently for us, this is less than a five minute walk from our house! I think the kids loved walking to camp almost as much as the enjoyed camp itself…) They spent their days building all kinds of things with their LEGO and Kne’x sets (LEGO for the older kids, and Kne’x for the younger ones).
Heidi built a butterfly, a merry-go-round, and a flower with a spinning top on the day that I popped in for a visit. Claire built a motorized washing machine (!!!!), a bulldozer, and a motorcycle that really moved (she was so excited about this one!).
The camp teachers were really kind and fun to be around. They guided the kids through each building project, giving them space to build and create, but also helping them along if they got stuck or couldn’t figure out how something worked. I was amazed that even kids as young as 3 could follow along with the building instructions.
In between building and creating, the kids played outside, jumped on the trampoline, or spent time being chased around by the resident tortoise. (This was the MOST child-friendly tortoise I have ever seen. He actually chased the kids around. They loved him!)
On the last day of camp, the kids went on a field trip to a nearby children’s home. They brought along their LEGO sets, and built some cool projects with the kids there. My girls missed out on this day, but it sounds like it was really fun, and a great experience for the camp kids and children’s home kids alike.
This was such a great camp for Claire and Heidi, because they both LOVE to build. The most used toys in our house have always been Duplo, blocks, and magna-tiles. Now I think it’s time to finally upgrade from our Duplo set and get some big-kid LEGO. Maybe even a fun engineering set with gears, pulleys, wheels and motors!
I love what Young Engineers Kenya is doing – teaching boys and girls to love STEM through play and creativity. If you missed out on their holiday camp, check out their Facebook page for details on future camps. And, if you think this is something your child would really love, they also do extracurricular sessions during term time, Monday to Friday from 2 pm to 5 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.
The girls both loved their week at camp, and they can’t wait to go back for more. Thanks for an incredible week of creating, building and learning!
Young Engineers Kenya offered us a free week at their holiday camp, and no additional compensation. I have written my honest opinion about our experiences, and all words are my own. Thanks to Faith and the whole team at Young Engineers Kenya for all the fun!