Thursday, November 20, 2014

Messy Art Club: Mini Art

Some kids got very into the shells

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an inexpensive way for kids to make gifts
    • Encourage creativity and different art styles
    • 35 in attendance
  • Evaluation
    • 11-20-14
      • Attendance: 39
      • Connections/Feedback: A new family - and a brand new baby! I also had a bunch of teens at the end who were very happy to make lots of frames for the nursing home.
      • Notes: It felt like not as many people - I always forget that these decorative programs people tend to leave much more quickly. 
I had a lot of mini picture frames and small blocks that a patron donated - I still have enough for next year!

  • Picture frames, small artist blocks (I think that's what they're called?) donated by a patron
  • Glitter glue
  • Decorations
  • Acrylic paint, paintbrushes, aprons, paper plates

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

We Explore Favorite Artist Ed Emberley

  • Program Goals:
    • Introduce Ed Emberley and his art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills (cutting, gluing, printing)
    • 20 children and adults in attendance
  • Evaluation
    • 11-19-14
      • Attendance: 29
      • Connections/Feedback
      • Notes: The storytime part of this went really well. Next time I should have copies of Big Green Monster available for checkout. Also, let parents know that if they do the thumbprints it will not come off any time soon!
Art Project Part 1: Collage (10-10:15)
I put a name tag at each space and parents write the children's name on "their" space. I had precut shapes and paper to cut up and the kids did cutting and gluing to make pictures. At 10:15ish, I sing the Storytime Song
  • Supplies
    • Precut shapes (circules, triangles, squares)
    • Construction paper (colored) and scraps
    • Cardstock (recycled)
    • Glue, scissors
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
I get all the kids more or less sitting down and ask a parent or two to pass out the snack during the first story. Depending on the age of the kids, we'll talk about different aspects of the art, anything from identifying colors and shapes to asking questions about the author's process and materials. With the Emberleys, it's really hard to figure out which is actually Ed Emberley's art and which is his daughter's. I guess they have a very collaborative process. So I talked about how very different his art styles are and how he works with his family members to create new and different kinds of art.
  • Books
    • Go away big green monster (puppet)
    • The ant and the grasshopper
    • Drummer Hoff
    • Chicken Little
    • Bye-Bye Big Bad Bullybug
    • If you're a monster and you know it (song)
    • Red Hen (flannelboard)
  • Snack
    • animal crackers
    • dixie cups, napkins
Art Project Part 2: Thumbprints/drawing (10:40-11)
I borrowed an idea from my summer associate and told them to just color their fingers with marker and press them to the paper - instant fingerprints! I also encouraged them to draw with markers. They could add to their previous artwork or create new ones.
  • Supplies
    • Markers
    • Paper
    • wet wipes

Monday, November 17, 2014

Take Home Storytime: Let's Guess!

  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy message and encourage families to continue early literacy at home
    • Encourage circulation and storytime attendance
    • Reach families who are unable to attend storytime
  • Notes for the future
    • Last used: 11-17-14
Miss storytime? You can practice many of the early literacy concepts we use in storytime at home! Don't forget to sign up for text alerts so you can make it to the next storytime!

Theme: Let's Guess!

Use the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing and writing with these books and projects!

TALK about the books you read together. Suggested stories below are great to encourage conversation between you and your child. Give them extra time to respond to questions - children need longer than adults to process information.

Get ready to WRITE by using a popsicle stick to draw patterns on your scratch board.

SING along with Jim Gill on one of his popular cds like The Silly Dance Contest. Listen for actions to perform with your child.

PLAY with your scratchboard - talk about what your child is drawing and how a scratchboard works. You can make your own scratchboard by covering a thick sheet of paper or thin cardboard with colors (marker works best) and then drawing heavily over it in black crayon.

READ some of these interactive stories that encourage guessing games.
Guess again by Mac Barnett
Who's like me? by Nicola Davies
Flappy, Waggy, Wiggly by Amanda Leslie
Guess who? by Guido van Genechten
I Spy (series) by Edward Gibbs
Who has this tail? by Laura Hulbert
Do you know which ones will grow by Susan Shea

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Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian, 262-723-2678 ext. 14