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“Ocean Meets Sky” Story Explorers preschool book club

 

Story Explorers looks a little different during Covid-19. We are meeting on zoom instead of in person. The library has curbside pick up, and we are open to the public currently so participants can pick up their copy of the book and supplies for a craft.

We read Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers.

We created these paper plate boat scenes. I made my boat sail in the sky instead of the water, like it does in the book, but you can choose to sail your boat wherever you please. 🙂

 

 

 

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“The Rabbit Listened” Story Explorers preschool book club

For our final book of this session of Story Explorers, we read The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld.

We learned about emotions by rolling the dice like this post from Sweeter than Sweets.

We played with blocks.

We made our own Book of Thumbprint Emotions like this post from St. Louis Center for Play Therapy Training.

 

 

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“Lemonade in Winter” Story Explorers preschool book club

We read Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins and G. Brian Karas.

We explored money like this post from PreKinders. Nobody really wanted to sort the money, but they LOVED looking at it through magnifying glasses and our microscope. We also had crayons and paper for money rubbing art.

 

We also made lemonade in a bag like this post from Education.com. They LOVED this activity!

 

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“The Man with the Violin” Story Explorers preschool book club

 

We read The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson.

We had a special guest play the violin for us: Riley Ann!

 

Check out the video here!

 

I couldn’t find any easy violin crafts, so we made another string instrument: banjos! We used this design from The Craft Train. I hot glued the rubber bands and lids onto paint stirrers before the program.

 

 

 

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“Sea Bear” Story Explorers preschool book club

We read Sea Bear by Barbara Jean Hicks.  

We melted icebergs like this post from Stay at Home Educator.
 

We made a polar bear face like this post from Crafts on Sea.

We played in arctic sensory bin that I purchased from NatGeo. The morphing matter is amazing!

 

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“Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli” Story Explorers preschool book club

We read Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks.  

We made disappearing monsters like this post from Toddler Approved.

We painted with broccoli like this post from this post from No Time for Flashcards.

 

Then we ate veggies!

Mmmm

Happy Halloween!

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“Penguins in Space!” little ones event

Every April in Colorado, we celebrate One Book Colorado, a state wide campaign to get a free picture book into the hands of every 4 year old. This year’s giveaway title is Penguinaut! by Marcie Colleen so we held a very silly event called Penguins in Space. This event was for ages 2-5 (not just 4 yr olds), and we held it on Tuesday and Saturday at the library.

We made rocket ship names like this post from The Inspired Home.

We drew in the “snow” with penguins like this post from Frugal Fun 4 Boys.

And yes, friend, that is salt.

We tried to walk like penguin dads carrying eggs using a balloon in between our legs. I also put out the river stones and balance beams just for fun.

We played in a penguin sensory bin with glass beads, frozen ice bergs, penguins, and a turkey baster (everyone’s favorite water toy).

We made rocket ships like this post from Buggy and Buddy.

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“Preschool Self-portraits” little ones event

This month we played with self-portraits!  Being able to recognize faces and emotions is an integral part of self-regulation and socio-emotional awareness. We held this event on a Tuesday, on Thursday at an outreach location,  and again on Saturday in the library.

 

We drew on mirrors with dry erase markers like this post from Preschool STEAM.

I set out a bunch of craft supplies (buttons, pipe cleaners, glitter glue, yarn, washi tape, pom poms, paint and brushes, googly eyes, beads, modeling clay, markers, crayons, glue, scissors) and let the kids go to town.

And sometimes just making bracelets is fun too.

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“Billions of Bricks” Story Explorers preschool book club

We read Billions of Bricks by Kurt Cyrus. 

We built with uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows.

This girl made a bunch of sticks for roasting marshmallows.

We played with blocks.

We built with Tubelox.

And everyone’s favorite: Makedo toys.

Some kiddos thought that shaving the styrofoam with the Makedo knife was more fun than building so they created “snow.”

Our janitor loves me.

 

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“Love” Story Explorers Preschool Book Club


We read Love by Matt de la Peña. This one is tough for me to read in public without crying. I think it’s a perfect read for the kids to grow with. There is so much to dissect here. 

We estimated and graphed with candy hearts like this post from Buggy and Buddy to learn about nonstandard units of measurement.

I set out a table of pipe cleaners to make various heart crafts like love goggles, heart rings, and heart chains.

We made Shrinky Dinks valentines like this post from TinkerLab.
 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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