Friday, March 27, 2015

Annual Spring Break T-Shirt Party

  • Program Goals
    • Signal a program break
    • Bring people into the library
    • Encourage creativity
    • Attendance: 45
  • Evaluation
    • 3-27-15
      • Attendance: 31
      • Feedback/Connections: Several new families and lots of familiar faces. Everyone really enjoyed it and I was excited to see some of my special needs patrons for the first time.
      • Notes: This was the smallest group I've ever had - and it was wonderful. The only drawback was issues with the paint AGAIN. Tops popping off, smaller paint going blurt, very annoying. I need a new paint supplier.
    • 3-24-14
      • Attendance: 44
      • Feedback/Connections: People really appreciated the new, more organized program. It was too chaotic in the past.
      • Notes: Lots of changes. Spring Break was earlier, I had 2 staff assisting (one to run the ironing table, one to fetch and carry), I did not require registration, I had people bring their own t-shirts, I put all the materials on tables at the end with instructional signs, like Messy Art Club, and covered all the tables. I also remembered to dust the shelf tops to put the t-shirts on.
  • Fabric Crayons
    • Paper, pencils, tracing paper, permanent markers, stencils, flannelboard books
    • Iron, newspaper, towels
    • Instruction sheets
  • Fabric markers
  • Fabric paint
  • Extra t-shirts
  • Other
    • Tablecloths, wipes, paper towels
Programs from previous years

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

We Explore Nature: Eggs

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage families to explore outside
    • Learn about eggs
    • Develop early literacy skills
    • Attendance: 20
Project 1: Hatching eggs (10-10:15) Kids cut their circle in half, tape the two halves to the paper, and decorate. You can make it like a little pocket or like a lift the flap.

  • Die cut birds, circles
  • Paper, tape
  • Markers, crayons
Storytime/Snacktime: (10:15-10:40)
Collect everyone with the Storytime Song, ask parents to pass out snack. I had a number of books about eggs and chickens to read and look at and also the Are you oviparous? game.

  • Chickens to the rescue by John Himmelman
  • This little chick by John Lawrence
  • What will hatch by Jennifer Ward
  • Eggs 123 who will the babies be? by Janet Halfmann
  • Egg is quiet by Dianna Aston
Project 2: Nesting chicks (10:40-11)
I had the kids use glue and yarn to build a "nest" on a paper plate and then glue dots to attach feathers to a large pompom which was their "chick"

  • yarn, paper plates, glue
  • jumbo pompoms, wiggly eyes, feathers, glue dots