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“Block Party” little ones event

The Collaborative Summer Reading Program’s theme for 2017 is Build a Better World. One of the suggestions was to hold a multigenerational program to build community. I chose to hold a “block party” where we could literally build with blocks, while we also build community.

I had originally asked a local retirement village to join us for our event, but when I called to confirm a week before, they decided not to attend. Our director is a member of the local Rotary Club chapter, and three of their members answered the call to attend.

I placed different types of blocks that were all safe for the youngest of kiddos on the floor. Blocks with smaller pieces were on the tables for kids 3+.

Here are two of our Rotary Club members:

The kids had fun regardless of who they were playing with.

This little girl’s Lincoln Log house was an ice cream store, she said.

And I love when adults get in on the action.

 

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“Build Your Own Playground” summer event


Our library’s Summer Reading Program has transformed this year into the Summer Adventure Program.  We held a kick off event today for all ages. We had a “Build a Birdfeeder” station, a “Build an Edible Necklace” station, a “Build a Pinwheel” station, and an inflatable planetarium (which we hired).

However, I wanted to focus on the Build Your Own Playground station. Pop-up Playgrounds are popping up (pun intended) all over. I recently saw a bunch of examples at the Interactivity conference earlier this month, and we had heard about one in Denver even before that. Simply put, a pop-up playground is a place where children are free to use the materials provided in whatever manner they choose. We provided boxes, wheels, tires, tubes, bubble, wrap, and tape and then let the kids run free. While this event was for all ages, and not just the under 5 crowd I normally work with, this type of event would work for all ages, as long as the supplies were appropriate. Remember to have lots of tape!!!

 

They made a tire swing, rocket ships, houses, tipis, robots, and more! And check out the evolution of this kid’s car!

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“Dreaming Up” Pre-K Book Club

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Read Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale

Station One: Light Table
I set up the light table with colored plastic cups and geometric shapes for stacking.
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Station Two: Build with Marshmallows and Uncooked Spaghetti
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Station Three: Building with Craft Sticks
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Station Four: Practicing with a Hammer (motor skills)
The hammer was “women’s-sized,” so it was lighter and shaped for smaller hands. We hammered colored golf tees into sheets of styrofoam. Safety goggles a must!
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“Houses” toddler storytime

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Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Where, oh Where are Baby’s Fingers?
(Tune: Ten Little Indians)
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers? Where, oh where are baby’s toes?
Where’s the baby’s belly button?
‘Round and round it goes
Where, oh where are baby’s ears?
Where, oh where is baby’s nose?
Where’s the baby’s belly button?
Round and round it goes.
Source: King County Library System

Book: This is Our House by Hyewon Yum

Song – Barry G. and the Dream Jam Kids’ “Hammer Ring”

Rain on the Green Grass.
Rain on the green grass
(flutter hands down to the ground)
Rain on the tree. (arms up like branches)
Rain on the rooftop
(fingers over head to make peak of roof)
But NOT on me! (brush shoulders with fingers)
Source: Kind County Library System

Here is a House
Here is a house built up high
(hands over head to make a roof)
With two big chimneys
Reaching for the sky (raise arms up high)
Here is a window (draw a square)
Here is a door (pretend to open a door)
If we look inside (peek through fingers)
There’s a mouse on the floor!
(scamper fingers away)
Source: Storytime Katie

Book: A Den, a Tree, a Nest is Best by John Lithgow

Here’s a Quiet Little Mouse
Here’s a quiet little mouse
Living in a quiet little house
(hold thumb in fist)
When all was quiet as could be
OUT popped he! (pop out thumb)
Source: Storytime Katie

Felt Board – Little Mouse, Little Mouse, are you in the house?

Boing! Boing! Squeak!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
A bouncing mouse is in my house
He’s been here for a week.
He bounces in the kitchen, (lean to one side)
He bounces in the den, (lean to the other side)
He bounces in the living room,
Look! There he goes again!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
A bouncing mouse is in my house,
He’s been here for a week.
Source: King County Library System

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

 Rainbows in my Bubbles
Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Early literacy tip: Little ones can be engineers too! Let toddlers play and develop engineering skills at the same time. They can make houses with Duplo blocks, fly paper airplanes, and race rocks down ramps. Use words like “arc” and “angle” to introduce vocabulary.

 

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