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Minute to Win It Tween Program Round 2

Wow, I can't believe it has been six months since I did my first Minute to Win It tween program! We decided to offer a second program this summer, and tweaked the set-up a little bit to make it run more smoothly.The major change was that we divided the kids randomly into groups ahead of time and assigned each group a color coding. Kids were given a colored dot on their name tag. Before the program, I made a rotation of which color would get to play which game first. As long as each group had a turn going last and first, I wasn't too concerned about whether they had an even number of turns as the 3rd or 4th group. It wound up looking like this:

We started the program by watching a YouTube playlist I made featuring the rules to each of the games. This gave them just enough information to whet their appetites for their program and also meant latecomers didn't miss the first game, but we also had something to do. 
Floatacious: (standing at tables) Place the plate to the right o…

Maker Monday: Bristlebots!

I had my first ever Maker program on Monday and we made bristlebots! I know many of you have done this project before but for those of you who haven't, bristle bots (aka "brush bots") are mini-robots made out of toothbrush heads. They are fairly simple to make, but more importantly they are really fun! Quality edutainment.

We bought 2 Brush Bot Party Pack kits from Makershed.com for this program. At the time, I believe each kit was about $25 (not including shipping) but it appears the price has gone up since then. I had received a donation from a local company of $50 for children's programming supplies so I used that for this program.

I would recommend purchasing the kits if (as in my case) this is your first time doing a maker program. Or if, again like me, you've not made any type of maker project before. It is very helpful to not have to track anything down other than tools. The tools you will need are side cutters and wire strippers. They are both readily av…

Flannel Friday: Filmore Fish Take 2

Last year I posted a puppet activity called Filmore Fish that I had sort of adapted the included words. This year I wanted to do the same thing but the fish/beach/pond tub had different puppets, so I once again changed the words. 
Here's last year's version:  Poor ole me swimming in the sea Not one friend to swim with me
BURP (burp up a fish)
Hey, buddy! Wouldya swim with me? 

I used those words for the shark and the second fish.
For the third fish I used this: 
Poor old me swimming in the sea Not one thing to eat for lunch.  BURP (burp up the kelp/seaweed/plant piece)  Hey, buddy! Wouldya be my lunch? 
And then I had the kelp say "NO!" and threw it behind me. 

The puppets didn't have a tag so my co-worker and I are guessing that they are from Mr. Anderson's Company, which is sadly out of business. 
Rounding out my storytime, I read I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry, Fabulous Fishes by Susan Stockdale (shoutout for nonfiction at storytime!), and Big Fi…

"Fizz Boom Read" Summer Reading Program Decorations

The children's department staff has done an amazing job decorating our room for summer reading! Like many libraries, we're using "Fizz Boom Read" as a theme. Since we are blessed with a large space, our head decorator and myself decided in the planning stages to divide it into roughly thirds. You'll see below in the pictures that one third is dinosaurs, another is robots and beakers, and a last is outer space, which also contains some more robots because why not.

The decorations are either from Oriental Trading (space accessories, inflatable dinosaurs) or homemade by my extremely talented co-workers (robots, beakers, trees) mostly from recycled or leftover craft/electronic/misc. supplies. The atoms were made from hula hoops with ball pit balls. I do apologize that these pictures are so dark. I have a hard time getting well-lit photos in our room, with or without a flash. If you're in the Great Lakes Bay area, stop by and have a look in person!










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