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DO Try This At Home: Illinois Extension Offers 'Holiday Mash-Up Mini-Camp'

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The University of Illinois Extension is offering a Holiday Mash-Up Mini-Camp for kids aged eight through 12. It’s through 4-H, but Carroll County 4-H Program Coordinator Molly Sedig said you don’t have to be in 4-H to participate in the virtual camp.

"We are all going to sign into Zoom," she said, "and have fun with some STEAM activities."

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

"We'll be making salt dough ornaments, snowflake shapes, elf parachutes," she said, "and experimenting with a chemical reaction to make some exploding ornaments."

Some parent or guardian supervision is recommended.

"The kids don't need a parent or guardian with them the whole time, per se, but it may be helpful for some of our younger participants," Sedig said. "They definitely should have a parent or guardian at least accessible to help them with the oven."

The camp costs $5 per child. It takes place on Dec. 23 but the deadline to register is Dec. 16 because the Extension needs to mail supplies to participants.

The program is aimed at kids who live in Carroll, Lee and Whiteside counties, but Sedig said if you are from outside those counties, they can provide you with a list of supplies to purchase independently.

To register for the camp, click here