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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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Fairy Tale Ball

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February’s event for little ones was the Fairy Tale Ball! Costumes welcome but not required. My fabulous coworker made the forest/castle backdrop for picture taking.

We cleaned like Cinderella. We also tried to balance plates on our heads and hands, like this Montessori-inspired activity.
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We made swords out of cardboard and tin foil and magic wands out of whatever materials I could find.
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We experimented to see which if straw, stick, or brick houses were the strongest.
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We planted magic beans so they could grow towards the castle, like this activity030

We mined for jewels like the Seven Dwarfs, based off this birthday party game. Of course, the paper bag rocks were fun to tear apart so that happened too.
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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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