Friday, March 16, 2018

Outreach Storytime: Chomp! Let's Eat!

to add - Eat Pete! by Michael Rex
  • Program Goals
    • Encourage library visits
    • Introduce early literacy to teachers and students
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
  • Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
    • One day in the eucalyptus eucalyptus tree by Daniel Bernstrom
    • Monsters don't eat broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks
    • Shake the tree by Silvia Borando
  • Preschool and Kindergarten (*Nonfiction)
    • Poor little guy by Elanna Allen
    • Woodpecker wants a waffle by Steve Breen
    • A Hungry Lion by Lucy Ruth Cummins
    • Barnacle is bored by Jonathan Fenske
    • Plankton is pushy by Jonathan Fenske
    • *What do you do when something wants to eat you by Steve Jenkins
    • Can't catch me by Timothy Knapman
  • Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
    • Senorita Gordita by Helen Ketteman
    • *My awesome summer by P. Mantis by Paul Meisel
    • Little Red and the very hungry lion by Alex T. Smith
  • Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
  • Previously used titles
    • Runaway dinner by Allan Ahlberg
    • Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper
    • *How to swallow a pig by Steve Jenkins
    • I will not eat you by Adam Lehrhaupt
    • Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff
    • *Run for your life by Lola Schaefer
    • Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
    • Cow loves cookies by Karma Wilson

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Winter Wigglers: Interactive Storytime

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an active program during winter
    • Offer a program on Wednesday morning that will be open to toddlers and preschoolers
    • Encourage parents to play with their children
    • Attendance: 20
  • Used 3-14-18
    • Shake the tree by Silvia Borando
    • There are cats in this book; There are no cats in this book by Viviane Schwarz
    • Foxy by Jessica Souhami
  • Used 1-17-18
    • Can you make a scary face by Jan Thomas
    • Don't push the button by Bill Cotter
    • It's a tiger by David LaRochelle
    • Tap the magic tree by Christie Matheson
    • Shapes, reshape by Sylvia Borando
    • Jump! by Scott Fischer
  • Additional titles
    • Press here by Herve Tullet
    • Clap your hands by Lorinda Cauley
    • Touch the brightest star by Christie Matheson

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mad Scientists Club: Chemical Reactions; Candy Science; Slime

  • Program Goals
    • Experiment with chemical reactions
    • Learn how to measure and estimate
    • Learn how to follow a recipe
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Baking soda mini-volcanoes
  • Recipe:
    • (dough) 6 cups flour, 2 cups salt, 4 tblsp oil, 2 cups water
    • fill bottle with warm water and food coloring, add a few drops of soap
    • add 2 tblsp baking soda
    • pour in vinegar
  • Supplies
    • flour, salt, oil
    • baking soda, vinegar
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • plastic container (large water bottles)
    • plastic tablecloths, swimming pools
Experiment: Blobs in a Bottle
Experiment: Bubbles
  • Supplies
    • Different kinds of dish soap
    • glycerine
    • hose
    • bubble wands
    • bowls, eye droppers, spoons
    • big flat tupperwares
    • bubble solution
Experiment: Candy Science
I had one person handing out pre-measured amounts of candy and the kids could take it to different stations. All experiments were from Loralee Leavitt's Candy Experiments and Candy Experiments 2. I also made handouts of the different experiments to do on the tables. You can see them here.
  • Sour Candy Bubble Test
    • sour candy
    • baking soda
    • bowls and warm water
  • Candy Oil Tests
    • candy - Starbursts, Skittles, Tootsie rolls, or taffy
    • bowls and warm water
    • microwave and plates (optional)
  • Shedding candy skin
    • candy - jelly beans, dots, tootsie rolls
    • bowls and warm water
  • Candy Colors
    • candy - skittles, lollipops, other color-coated candy
    • bowls and warm water
    • coffee filters, foil
    • glasses with 1/2 inch of water
  • Melting marshmallows
    • regular marshmallows and Peeps (of differing flavor and shelf life)
    • paper plates, old microwave
  • Marshmallow building
    • marshmallows of various sizes
    • toothpicks
Experiment: Liquid Rainbows
  • Corn syrup, blue dish soap, oil, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, water
  • Large bottles
  • Eyedroppers
  • plastic tablecloths
Experiment: Popcorn Science
Experiment: Slime/Dough

Classic Easy Goo
  • Recipe: 
    • 1 tsp borax, 1/2 cup hot water (mixed) 
    • 1/2 cup glue, 1/2 cup water, food coloring or paint (mixed) 
    • Pour borax solution into glue solution and stir
    • Then work with hands until all the water is worked out. 
  • Supplies 
    • borax 
    • glue 
    • food coloring or paint
    • measuring cups and spoons 
    • bowls 
Slime with stuff in it (liquid starch)
  • Recipe:
    • 1/2 cup glue, 1/2 cup liquid starch
    • Add liquid starch by the tablespoon until the mixture is no longer stringy and does not stick to the sides of the bowl
    • Knead
    • Add pompoms, sand, or other ingredients and knead to mix thoroughly
    • Too sticky? Add starch. Too slimy? Add glue.
  • Supplies
    • glue
    • liquid starch
    • food coloring or paint, pompoms
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • bowls
Soap Foam Dough
I got this from And Next Comes L. I had a little trouble finding enough foaming hand soap and ended up using some antibacterial stuff as well.
  • Large plastic tubs, aprons, baby wipes, sink, paper towels, plastic tablecloths
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Foaming hand soap
  • Corn starch
  • Watercolors
No Bake Playdough
I just grabbed this recipe off the internet here
  • Large plastic tubs, aprons, baby wipes, sink, paper towels, plastic tablecloths
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Flour, oil, salt
  • Food coloring
Other Supplies
  • sink, paper towels, cloth towels
  • ziplock baggies
Other Slimes
Polka Dot Slime
Color-changing slime
Sand slime
Extra projects
Many of these can only have a few kids at a time working on them, so I have other art materials out. They can create a volcano with books on display, do sticker art, or draw and write about their experiments.
  • Handmade paper (donated)
  • Recycled cardstock
  • Stickers and colored tape
  • Markers, glue, scissors, staples, tape
  • Sidewalk chalk (for outside programs)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Messy Art Club: Landscape Art

  • Program Goals
    • Motor development (pouring and stirring)
    • Patterns
    • Encourage creativity and experiment with different art techniques and supplies
    • Provide a flexible program open to all ages and skill levels
    • 20 children and adults in attendance
Landscape Art
  • Supplies
    • sand
    • glue
    • paint
    • scrap paper
    • regular paper
    • cleaning supplies
  • From Pink and Green Mama
  • Resources: Print outs and books of aerial photography
Project: Sand Art (with shells)

  • Sand, shells
  • Thick paper - recycled cardstock and/or construction paper, paper plates, pencils
  • Plastic tubs, spoons (dixie cups b/c someone took a bunch of my spoons)
  • Glue sticks, glue

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Pete the Cat Celebration

  • Program Goals
    • Something that is not Dr. Seuss. I am sick of Dr. Seuss
    • Pete the Cat is popular. We will do Pete the Cat.
  • Magic Sunglasses
    • Die-cut thin cardboard Os
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Tape, decorations
  • Groovy Buttons
    • Die-cut and hole-punched construction paper circles
    • Ribbon
    • Tape, decorations
  • Musical Instruments
    • Straw pan pipes
      • Straws
      • Masking tape
      • Scissors
      • Note: It took me a while to figure out that you blow across the straws, not into them.
    • Popsicle stick harmonica
      • large popsicle sticks
      • rubber bands
      • toothpicks (pieces of popsicle stick work as well)
      • scrap paper
    • Jingle bells
      • jingle bells - bought in bulk from Amazon
      • pipe cleaners
  • Tissue cupcakes
    • Cupcake papers
    • Tissue paper
    • Glue, decorations
  • Watercolor paintings
    • Paper
    • Watercolor
    • Brushes
    • Sink, water cups, aprons
Activity Stations
  • Groovy dancing (tv, Chromecast, utube videos of Pete the Cat)