In the picture book Picnic at Camp Shalom by Jacqueline Jules, the two main characters learn that they have something in common. They share slightly unusual last names: Hamburger and Frankfurter.
If you are planning activities for camp (or are making your own camp at home), try these:
· Read Picnic at Camp Shalom and then turn it into a play.
· Learn the history of your last name by doing a little research.
o Does it have a meaning?
o What language is it from?
o Does it connect to a particular ethnicity?
· Write an acrostic poem using your last name. Each letter of your last name will begin a new line of your poem.
· Explain a little about heraldry and family coats of arms. Have everyone imagine what their family’s should be, then draw them with crayons on newsprint or with chalk on the sidewalk.