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“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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“The Day It Rained Hearts” Story Explorers preschool book club

Read The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond.

We talked about how personalized Cornelia Augusta made all of her Valentines.

We traced our arms and used heart cookies cutters for leaves to make Trees of Love. The link to the blog where I got this is broken so I just used the picture on pinterest as a template.

 

I love how this boy colored grass at the bottom of his tree.

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This boy’s mom helped him write his name.

This girl loved the marker on her hand from her mother tracing it.

We made lovebugs like this post from Buggy and Buddy.

Then I set out supplies and gave the kids free reign to make whatever type of Valentine they would like. I love how much the parents loved this one too.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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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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“”More-igami” preschool book club

I asked the kids what folding was. They gave me examples like folding paper, folding clothes, and folding sheets. One kid said you could fold a pizza, but he didn’t like to eat his like that. I talked about how we can fold our bodies to look like things. We could sit with legs straight out to look like an “L.” We could do a downward dog twist to look like the letter “A.” I then talked about folding paper to look like other objects we see.

Read More-igami by Dori Kelber and illustrated by G. Brian Karas.

I set up four stations with origami activities ranging from easiest to most challenging.

Our first station was a paper fan station like they mention in the book. I liked the addition of the craft sticks from this post.

We made paper accordian snakes.

We folded origami fish.

The last station was a do-it-yourselfer. I displayed a couple of our easy origami books for kids to choose from. Some kids just created for themselves.

 

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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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“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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