Tag Archives: STEAM

“Let’s Go Camping!” little ones event

In June and July, I have storytimes and/or events literally every day for our Summer Adventure Program. Mostly I hire performers so that I don’t go insane, but we still run many of our own events. This week we went camping.

We made paper bag backpacks like this post from Storytime Moxie.

 

We painted with marshmallows like this post from Tippytoe Crafts.

One girl got creative and painted her backpack with the marshmallows.

 

We wrapped yarn around pine cones, which is one of my favorite activities.

This girl left a long string at the end of her pine cone so she could dance with it like a ribbon.

We matched paw prints to their animals. This was an activity a previous librarian had made before I started working here.

We made a campfire snack like this post from Happy Clippings.

A coworker loaned us her old tent so I set that up for some big body, imaginative play.

Look at that bunch of happy campers!

 

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“Under the Sea” little ones event

In June and July, I have storytimes and/or events literally every day for our Summer Adventure Program. Mostly I hire performers so that I don’t go insane, but we still run many of our own events. This week we went Under the Sea.

We made paper plate jellyfish like this post from Nontoy Gifts.

We hopped around sharks.

We performed an octopus ink experiment like this post from Learn Play Imagine. Some kids LOVED this and stayed at this station, repeating it over and over.

 

We counted and added fish like this post from the STEM Laboratory.

We ate a gone fishing snack like this post from Blue Skies Ahead. We used sunflower butter to be safe.

By far, however, the most popular station was the sensory table with beach sand slime and water beads with ocean animals. Fair warning , the beach sand slime was a beach to clean so be prepared for that. It was worth it. The water beads went EVERYWHERE and created a very slippery floor. Next time I will put a tarp under the table. Still worth it.

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“Bringing in the New Year” Story Explorers book club

We talked about how we celebrate NYE in the states, staying up until midnight, watching a ball drop. We talked about New Year’s Eve is celebrated on December 31/Jan 1st here. I told them that in China and other Asian countries they celebrate New Year’s differently.

Read Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin.

We practiced fine motor skills using kid-friendly chopsticks to sort pompom balls like this post from Living Montessori Now.

We talked about symmetry and made dragons like this post from Not So SAHM.

We made Fu signs (good luck) like this post from To the Lesson.

Gong xi ni!

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“How Much Does a Ladybug Weigh?” preschool bookclub

Read How Much Does a Ladybug Weigh? by Alison Limentani

Our first station was measuring how tall you were and marking it on the wall.

We measured how far we can jump.

We compared weights with a balance scale. I used these cards from the STEM Laboratory from Playdoh to Plato.

We built towers and used rulers and tape measures to measure how tall they were.

And some started measuring other objects in the room.

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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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“Space!” little ones event

This month we held an outer space event at the library twice (Tues and Sat mornings) and at an outreach event (Thursday morning). May is sadly a notoriously slow month attendance-wise, but those who came had a BLAST.

We charted our own constellations like this post.

We tied sponges to our feet and walked on the moon in our space shoes.
 

We made rockets that blasted off into space. I modified this post because I didn’t have plastic pipettes. We simply colored 2 rockets and then taped them together leaving a hole at the bottom for the straw. Make sure to tape the rockets together, leaving no holes for air to escape through.

We learned how craters in the moon are formed and how planets orbit the sun.

We studied moon rocks in our outer space exploration suit.

We guided our rocket ships into and out of space safely with our NASA control center from this post.

 

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“Gaga for Green” Little Ones event

This month I held a “Gaga for Green” event for ages 2-5. We held this at the library twice (Tues and Sat) and at an outreach event in Severance once (Thurs). In honor of spring and St. Patrick’s Day, we explored activities on the subject of the color green.

We mixed yellow and blue food coloring in baggies of corn syrup.

We made 4 leaf clover stamps out of green peppers, like this post from Learn Play Imagine. Make sure your peppers have 4 bumps on the bottom. These work great!

We practiced our fine  motor skills with glitter and glue. (My janitor loves me.)


One kiddo drew G’s in his G.

We practiced more fine motor skills by planting a garden like this post from No Time for Flash Cards.

 
We made “edible” slime, like this post from Play Learn Grow for a free play table. I was looking for our playdoh tools but couldn’t find any so last minute I grabbed our animals. It seemed to work out well.

One little boy said he made a new mane for the lion.

One little girl said she had to apply sunscreen to her elephant.
I told her as a redhead, I approved.

This was messy fun. Erin Go Bragh!

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“Bodies and Bones” little ones event

For our little ones event this month, we celebrated bodies and bones (sounds Halloween-ish enough to make me happy, while not frightening small children). We held this event in the library twice and once at an outreach event housed by Severance Town Hall.

I froze gloves full of water and drew germs on them, like this post from  How Wee Learn. The kids had to wash off the germs. Pro tip: Fill the gloves, and draw the germs on before you freeze them. Our younger kiddos really just liked the sensory aspect of this.

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We used our five senses to figure out what was in the bag. Shake the bag. What does it sound like? Smell it. Can you smell anything? Open the bag and reach in, but don’t peek. What do you feel? Look inside. What do you see (Popcorn!) Taste the popcorn.

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We made “x-rays” of our hands, like this post from Susan and Will.

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Our special friends from Toothzone helped us brush a dragon’s teeth and learn to floss with string, Playdoh, and Duplos.

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We made paper bag bodies, like this post from ABC Child Development Center.

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“Worms!”

For our little ones event this month, we celebrated worms! We held this event in the library twice and at an outreach event housed by Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue once.

Special thanks to the Colorado Worm Man for his red wigglers!
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Even firefighters like worms!

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One little girl collected a handful of worms and passed them out to her friends.

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This cool dude put a worm on mom’s knee.

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We threaded worms through the dirt for some fine motor development, like this snake in the grass post from Fun with Friends at Storytime!

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We fed “worms” to birds, like this post from Learning 4 Kids.

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We ate gummy worms (of course).

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We painted with colored spaghetti.

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Joke for the day: What do you call the worm that ate Mozart? A decomposer.

 

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“Blackout” preschool book club

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We talked about what happens when the power goes out. Some kids have never had that happen! Then we read Blackout by John Rocco.

We turned out the lights in 1/2 the room so the kids could play with flashlights and shadow puppets.
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We also made star jars using foil, ball jars, and golf tees to poke holes, kind of like this post from Design Mom.

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