Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Monstrous Mess

  • Program Goals
    • Fun, messy art program for kids who are off school
    • Sub for toddler storytime (provider is n/a)
    • Non-Halloween activities for families
I planned to run this approximately from 10am to noon. Toddler storytime usually meets at 10am and 11am. Since there was no school, I had both my aides available. I also pulled in additional staff to cover the youth services desk in the morning. The focus was on paint and messy art for the morning and some sensory activities.

Painting activities
  • Painting pumpkins - leftover pumpkins from a program, tempera paint, brushes
  • Fingerpaint - fingerpaint, paper
  • Scratch art - pre-made cardstock with crayons, kids cover it in black paint and draw designs with popsicle sticks. Additional crayons and cardstock to make your own.
  • Watercolors and biocolor - diffusion paper in various shapes, brushes
Sensory activities
  • 1 swimming pool with a pumpkin cut open to be investigated
  • 1 swimming pool with water and dish soap and plastic food from the kitchen
Other
  • Sink, paper towels, cloth towels
  • Plastic tablecloths on the tables (and on the floor below)
  • Aprons
I also put out monster and art books, our donation pig, and had my aides take pictures

Evaluation

  • 10-31-17
    • Attendance: 62 (estimate)
    • Notes: I will only do this again if it falls on the right day - no school AND a Tuesday. But everyone had a lot of fun and there was paint everywhere! If I do it again I need to schedule the aides a little longer for more clean-up time.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

We Explore Favorite Artist Beth Krommes

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Beth Krommes and her art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 10
Art Project Part 1: Scratch art (10-10:15)
If I had an older group I would have had them make their own, but during the school year this group is smaller. At 10:15ish, I sing the Storytime Song

Supplies
  • scratch art paper
  • scratch art tools
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.

Books
  • The house in the night by Susan Swanson
  • Blue on blue by Dianne White
  • Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root
  • Butterfly eyes by Joyce Sidman
  • Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman
Art Project Part 2: Paint (10:40-11)
This was fingerpaint, but they had popsicle sticks to make patterns. Each kid got to pick three colors and two popsicle sticks, one to spread and one to draw patterns.

Supplies
  • fingerpaint
  • paper
  • popsicle sticks
  • paper towels
Evaluation

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Messy Art Club: Embossing


  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Embossing foil pendants

I got this idea from Make and Takes. We pretty much did it exactly as it said and it was very popular.

Supplies
  • Foil
  • Pasteboard strips and cards (donated by artist)
  • Wooden styluses (originally bought to us with scratch-art and worked great for this)
  • Permanent markers
  • Ribbon
  • Tape, Scissors, scratch paper (to put under while coloring)
Evaluation

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Force and Motion


  • Program Goals 
    • Experiment with the science of force and motion 
    • Encourage kids to problem solve and be creative 
    • Attendance: 35 
Project: Catapults

I made some signs with instructions and pictures from several online sources, one for a super easy catapult and one for a more difficult model. I laminated these and put them out on the tables for people to refer to. I also put a warning sign that only adults could use the hot glue gun!

Supplies
  • Popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, rubber bands 
  • Bottle caps, cotton balls, small pompoms 
  • Glue dots, hot glue gun, glue, tape, duct tape 

Project: Mini-Marshmallow Shooters
I had a variety of cups and sizes of balloons that kids could experiment with. It really only works well with really hard plastic cups, but we did fine experimenting with other cups and paper tubes. This would also work with pompoms, you don't have to use marshmallows. I got this from Amy Koester.

Supplies 
  • Plastic and paper cups (different sizes)
  • Balloons (different sizes) (you need BIG balloons)
  • mini marshmallows and/or pompoms

Experiment: Racing cars/Marble Run
I was inspired by this program and this program as well as some of the experiments in Motion by Ellen Lawrence to make an experiment where the kids could try different kinds of friction and gravity. I set up some suggestions/rules and the kids did car races.

Supplies
  • Paper towel tubes, some long boxes 
  • Matchbox cars left over from summer reading prizes 
  • Scraps to test friction - felt/fabric, foam, paper, tissue paper, foil 
  • Scissors, packing tape, duct tape 
Experiment: Hot Air/Cold Air

I got this from Read Sing Play. The kids put a balloon over the mouth of an empty bottle. Put in very cold and then very hot water and the balloon inflates.

Supplies
  • Plastic water bottles 
  • Balloons 
  • Pitchers 
  • Hot and cold water 
Experiment: Wind Play

I also got this from Read Sing Play. It's just a fan and straws and you practice blowing things - how far can you blow, which blows faster the fan or the straw, etc.

Supplies
  • Fan (large and small) 
  • Straws 
  • Streamers (ribbon, crepe) 
  • Miscellaneous things to test 
Ideas to try
  • cranes 
  • six simple machines 
  • alka-selzer rockets 
  • pumpkins out of baby socks, water balloon launcher, trebuchet to launch, measure distances 

Evaluation of Previous Programs