Friday, June 6, 2014

Robot Themed Storytime

In preparation for Summer Reading I have been doing a robot themed storytime with my some of my school visits.

I read:
Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman

Robots Robots Everywhere by Sue Fliess

The craft: Paper Robot
What you need:
  • Cardstock cut into various sized rectangles
  • Paper straws cut in half for legs
  • Small strips of paper for arms
  • Foam stickers
  • Pipe cleaner for the head
  • Fizz Boom READ sign (optional)
  • Glue stick
I had the robot bodies made ahead by the wonderful Mikayla.  She glued the head, neck and body together. Each straw piece had two small slits on the sides and a drop of school glue to fit over the base of the body.  Pinch it closed for a couple of seconds and the legs will stick.  I had the kids decorate their robots with a variety of foam stickers.  Once they were satisfied with their robots they accordion folded the arms and attached them to the body. The spring or hair at the top of the robot is made using one pipe cleaner. You can wrap it around a pencil or the kids can wrap it around their finger to give it a coiled look.  I had two tiny holes punch at the top of each robot, so we simply poked each end of the pipe cleaner through the holes and folded the end up to keep it in place.  All the robots turned out awesome.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ice Cream Themed Storytime

I got a little ambitious with my last Spring Evening Storytime session this year.  I wanted to have something really fun that the kids would remember and talk about for a long time.  So I decided to have an ice cream themed storytime and make ice cream.  It was crazy, loud, and a whole lot of fun!  I had a few parents stay in the room with us which proved to be extremely useful.  THANKS!
Because of the time factor in making the ice cream I only read one story.
Here's what we did:

We made an ice cream craft:

I used the template from here and added a cute little ice cream poem and a red pom pom as the cherry on top.  The kids had fun deciding what flavors they were going to color each scoop of ice cream. We used glue sticks to put everything together.  I had the kids start this craft as the came into storytime.

We read:
Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems

The kids went wild when they saw we would be reading and Elephant and Piggie book!

Then we made our ice cream.
Here's what I used: YayLabs Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball.  I had two pint sized ones for the kids to use.  We followed the instructions for the vanilla ice cream.  Each kid was able to add an ingredient and mix our ice cream mixture.  We all helped fill the ice cream makers with ice and then we played some games.

These little guys have to be rolled/shaken for 20 minutes with a break half way through to scrape the sides down.  I played the Freeze song by Greg and Steve.

I had the kids sit in two circles and each group was given one ice cream maker.  They rolled the ball between their circle until the music stopped.  Whoever had the ball in their hands when the music stop had to pick it up and give it a good shake until the music started again.  This was a lot of fun for them.  We played the song on repeat a few times.  When we grew tired of the song I had the kids pass the ball and give it five shakes and pass it to the next person.  They got creative and came up with their own games to keep the ball moving.  Then we had some delicious ice cream sundaes to end out storytime.

*This is an extremely messy activity, but well worth it.  Just plan on some extra time for clean up.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Five Enormous Dinosaurs Felt Board and Rhyme

Dinosaur storytimes are always a hit.  I jazzed mine up this past week with a felt board story and action rhyme.  I read two stories that required the kids to ROAR!! Those little ones can make terrifying dinosaur sounds.  :-)

For this storytime  I read:

Dinosaur ROAR! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland

Dinosaur Stomp! by Paul Stickland

After the stories we used the felt board: Five Enormous Dinosaurs

I made a printout for the kids to color and take home.  You can print it out for your use here.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Science Storytime: Liquids/Solids and Of Course, SLIME!

I'm preparing for my Science Storytimes for our Summer Reading Program.  I love this year's theme: Fizz Boom READ!  There are so many fun science things to do at the library.  I've created an hour long program of six sessions for kids in grades 1-3.  Each little scientist will explore different aspects of science through stories, experiments and projects to take home.

The first session will be Liquids/Solids::
Book: Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss

Book: The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra

Activity: Have a variety of objects that are solids and liquids.  Observe the each object.  Make a list describing the objects as a group.

Experiment 1: Make Gloop!

  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • food coloring
Combine the cornstarch, water, and a couple drops of food coloring in a small container or bowl.
Poke, prod, pour, shake the gloop and observe how it changes between being a liquid and solid.
This recipe was used from the 2014 CSLP Children's Manual.

Experiment 2: Make Slime (this will be made to take home)
Here are some pictures of our trial run with making slime.  

  • 4-5oz of Elmer's School Glue
  • 1/3 cup Sta-Flo liquid starch
  • Liquid water color or food coloring-a few squirts
Recipe adapted from Stephanie.

 Mix the glue and water color together until fully combined.
 Add your 1/3 cup of liquid starch in small amounts.  Stirring till it is completely mixed in each time.
 It will start to look like this....Kinda gross and SLIMY.
 As you can tell by this picture Mikayla found the slime very appealing. 
 Here we have slime.  You will really want to get in there with your hands to mix it together.  Start kneading the lime like dough to help mix in the starch.  
 It will start to form into a nice blob like this.
 Now it's time to play with the slime.
 If you add another splash of liquid starch to your slime it will thicken up to the consistency of GAK.  
With the thicker consistency, you can create bubbles using large straws and have lots of fun with it.
I stored my slime in a zip-lock plastic bag and it is holding up just fine.  I can't wait to make this slime with the kids in storytime.