Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Snow Fun (weather science)

  • Program Goals
    • Learn about weather science
    • Attendance: 25
Project: Symmetrical Snowflakes
  • Black paper
  • White paper, white confetti stars
  • Cotton, Q-Tips
  • White paint/glitter
  • Scissors, glue sticks, paint brushes
  • From Buggy and Buddy
Project: Snowflake painting/tape resist
Project: Beaded snowflakes
Experiment: Looking at snowflakes with a microscope

Experiment: Fake Snow

  • Magic Puffing Snow
    • baking soda, baby shampoo, water, citric acid
    • large tubs, cleaning supplies, ziplock bags (to take some home)
    • From Fun at home with kids
  • Easy play snow
  • Other fake snow mixes
    • Shaving cream, baking soda
More Weather Science ideas

  • http://www.miniaturemasterminds.com/2016/01/23/4-fun-snow-experiments-for-snow-day-science-fun/
  • http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/12/snow-storm-in-jar_9.html


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Winter Wigglers: Block Party

  • 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
  • Blocks
    • Vinyl blocks from children's area
    • Wooden, cardboard, and rubberwood blocks from Discount School Supply
    • Duplos and duplo tables
  • Other play materials
    • Chalk for the chalkboard wall
  • I move all the tables to the back of the room and put on Elizabeth Mitchell or other calm music. There is an easel at the front of the room with a poster for the block party on it and a clipboard for people to sign in.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Art Workshop/STEM Challenge: Mini Cardboard City

 Program Goals
    • Drop-in program for all ages
    • Experiment with art techniques and supplies
    • Experiment with science concepts and materials
    • Build fine motor skills
    • Build STEM skills
    • Attendance: 20
  • Recyclables including a vast number of boxes
  • Scissors, regular and heavy-duty, xacto knives, hot glue
  • Masking and duct tape
  • Acrylic paint, ice cube trays, paint brushes
I adapted this from Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci

How it works
I showed kids (and their parents) pictures in the book of some sample mini cities. Then they came up with their own creations!


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Outreach Storytime: Animals in the snow

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage library visits during the winter
    • Teach kids about animal behavior and other winter phenomena
    • Distribute handout to encourage kids to visit the library
Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
  • *Who has this tail by Laura Hulbert (T 2019)
  • Bunny slopes by Claudia Rueda (TJ 2019)
Preschool and Kindergarten (*Nonfiction)
  • *Winter dance by Marion Dane Bauer
  • Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear by Monica Carnesi
  • One very big bear by Alice Briere-Haquet (2018)
  • *Bear report by Thyra Heder
  • *Little fox in the snow by Jonathan London (J 2019)
  • *Over and under the snow by Kate Messner (2018)
  • Goodbye Autumn Hello Winter by Kenard Pak
  • *Best in snow by April Pulley Sayre (TJ 2019)
  • *Under the snow by Melissa Stewart (TJ 2019)
Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
  • Rabbit's snow dance by Joseph Bruchac (TJ 2019)
  • Loud winter's nap by Katy Hudson
  • Mina's white canvas by Hyeon-Ju Lee (T 2019)
Vocabulary: Hibernation, Migration, Snowflake, Weather

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Art Workshop: Watercolor and crayon resist

  • Program Goals
    • Drop-in program for all ages
    • Experiment with art techniques and supplies
    • Build fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 20
  • Colorations ultimate art paper (leftover squares)
  • liquid watercolors, ice cube trays, paintbrushes
  • oil pastels
  • aprons, wipes, paper towels
I adapted this from Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci

How it works
I showed the kids how they could draw a design with the pastel crayon, then paint over it in watercolor and it would repel the paint and stand out. I also showed them how to blend pastels. They made a lot of cool things!