Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime

"There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start." -Shel Silverstein

Super Hero Academy!

Hi everyone! I was so excited to do a super hero academy this summer.  IT WAS A BLAST! Here is the rundown. First, I read the book Chick n Pug by Jennifer Sattler. Such a cute story with wonderful illustrations. Then I let the kids go wild and participate in different stations!

First we had the Bubble Blowing station to practice their super breath.

Next we had the cape making station. I cut up plastic trash bags and it was super easy!

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Then we had a LAVA PIT to cross over with balance beams…

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Next was the sticky spider web station! The kids threw cotton balls at the “spider web” and tried to get them to stick.

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Then we had the HOOP OF FIRE!

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And last but not least (AND the most popular) was DESTROY THE VILLAIN. They threw bean bags at the boxes.

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All in all it was a great program! We had fruit snacks at the end and I passed out Super Hero Certificates for them to take home.

Superhero Certificate

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STEAM: Little Makers

STEAM logo jpegOur library got a very generous grant dedicated to STEAM programming (LSTA Grant). We got SO MANY great things to use in programs. Magnets, toys, paint, etc. So I figured, why not host a monthly Little Makers STEAM program at my library! It’s geared for ages 3-5, but siblings come too and they all love it. This month my theme was COLORS. I love that it’s so easy to plan. I start by doing Hello Bubbles, this is such a great ice breaker for those reluctant kids. And you MUST use Gymboree bubbles, there is no other option. Then we find Little Mouse, then I read a book based on theme. For colors I read Monsters Love Colors because it was perfect to introduce the primary colors. Then I had the kids gather around me at the front and they watch as I mixed colors with food dye. Of course I made sure I asked them lots of questions while this was happening. Then I set up stations around the room for them to visit! To them, it’s just a super fun play time, but they are learning SO MUCH. Here is the outline I use:

Color Outline

As you can see, I have a lot of Lakeshore toys listed on here. This isn’t even a quarter of what we were able to purchase with our funds. I’m so glad I decided to do this program and I hope you are able to do something similar at your library!

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Preteen Pizza Time

pizza

Can I just say…WOW. My wonderful coworker (Maura) and I had NO CLUE this new program would be such a big hit the first time around!  I also need to say that KIDS. CAN. EAT. OMG. We ended up having total of 15 preteens/teens at our first Pizza Time, which is a great start because our teen programs have been poorly attended in the last months. I’m saying 1 or 2 or 0 kids. So we figured we would create this Preteen Pizza Time for kids in grades 5-8 to help grow them into library loving teens!  This program is being offered the last Saturday of every month from 12-1:30pm. Obviously, we offer pizza and some sort of activity. This time around we did mini bowling and giant pictionary.  The kids seemed to love it! Of course, there was some eye rolling and drama, but that’s to be expected with this age group.  Overall it was great!  And TIRING. And we ran out of pizza. So this time around we are going to set up our Wii and a few board games for them to play. Then Maura and I will hand out the pizza so no one gets greedy. That will be happening this Saturday so I will be sure to let you all know how it goes! I’m really hoping we still get a good crowd 🙂

It just goes to show that if you put the word “pizza” in a program title, they will come.

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GROSSOLOGY 101

Grossology

Hi everyone!  Sorry it’s been such a long time since my last post. I feel like Summer Reading has been nutso! (it really has) This is a program that I’ve been waiting YEARS to do and this summer was the perfect time to finally do it!  I had 19 kids total!  Here is a breakdown of what we did:

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Played “BeanBoozled” -We didn’t have a spinner so I just called the kids up 5 at the time and they had to close their eyes and choose a jelly bean and eat it in front of everyone so we could all see their reactions.  They LOVED this. And most of them got yuck flavors and spit them out. It was hilarious to watch.

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I was going to read the book THE STORY OF THE LITTLE MOLE WHO WENT IN SEARCH OF WHODUNIT By: Werner Holzwarth but there wasn’t enough time.  This book was introduced to me by my old friend/coworker Bryan. It was his favorite book and he would read it to use at least once a month. I’ve never had a reason to use it in storytime because, well, it’s about poop.

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Next the kids got to visit 4 different stations with gross stuff to do/see/eat.

Stations:

1-Feeling station-They got to feel worms (spaghetti), eyeballs (olives), ears (dried mangoes), and brains (jello with pineapple chunks).

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2-Booger Station-We made boogers from the Grossology website. I also pulled a few things from the Grossology  book to share.

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3-Guess the Poop-I melted 4 different candy bars and put them on toilet paper and the kids got to guess what kind of candy bar each one was. No tasting!

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4-Worms and Dirt snack-chocolate pudding, Oreo crumbs, gummy worms, need I say more?

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At the very end I had whoopie cushions to give away. I made them all try theirs out before they left, so I figured, why not do it at the same time?! It was a fart fest!  They laughed SO MUCH. But I popped mine…

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Overall this was a FANTASTIC program.  I definitely suggest doing something like this at your library. 🙂

 

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New Year’s Party!!!

New Years Party

Today I had my 8th annual New Year’s Party for the little kids.  It was a smashing success as always!  Here is an outline of what I did:

The kids first came in and decorated their part hats with sequins, feathers, and pipe cleaners

Read There was a Cold Lady who Swallowed Some Snow By: Lucille Colandro

Danced to the Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill with scarves

Read Winter Woes By: Marty Kelley

Danced to the Hokey Pokey

Had sparking apple cider and cookies

Passed out noise makers and confetti and had a countdown to New Year’s!

The kids loved everything about it.

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New Years Confetti

The confetti mess at the end

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