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Showing posts from July, 2017

STEM + Stories: Coasters and Mazes

July's STEM + Stories theme was Roller Coasters and Mazes. 
Book read: Roller Coasters (Thrill Rides series) by Valerie Boden. 
Station 1: Paper plate and drinking straw mazes (used mini-pom poms as marbles)

Station 2: Robot Mouse Activity Set

Station 3: Foam pipe insulation marble roller coasters  The kids really enjoyed this activity although only 2 children chose to begin at this station! But almost all of them joined it eventually and we had foam pipe insulation going everywhere! A few of the parents said they were going to grab some from the hardware store to make marble runs at home too. :) We used the 3 foot long size but I have seen it done with 6 foot as well (Cut the insulation in half to double your track). I spent about $40 on the insulation you see here (8 sets of these) and we will be able to reuse it again and again.

Guest Post: 5 Whales in the Bathtub

I'm hosting a guest post by Syntha Green, a Youth Services Librarian at Troy Public Library this week. Here's what Syntha had to say about "5 Whales in the Bathtub"

I am doing a summer fun theme for storytime and one of the books I am reading is I Won A What? by Audrey Vernick. I remembered the 5 Sharks in the Bathtub Flannel I made for a shark storytime a few years ago (found on Flannel Friday, of course), and decided to turn it into 5 Whales in the Bathtub.
One whale in the bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands twice)
Splash, splash (slap your knees twice)
Come on in! (wave to enter with both hands)

(Repeat with 2,3,4 whales)

Five whales in the bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, knock

Splash, splash
It all fell in!

I simply made a whale tail, cut 5 out of different colors and I'm all set since I'm reusing the bathtub.

Flannel Friday Roundup for July 21, 2017

I'm hosting Flannel Friday again this week so please leave a link to your submission in the comments below! Look for the roundup late Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Syntha shared 5 Whales in a Bathtub for some good clean fun.

Laura contributed her version of Stone Soup, one of my favorite traditional tales.

Kathryn posted her Crazy Traffic Light, and is that GLITTER FELT I see??

Kate shared 5 Little Kites!

STEM + Stories: Fairy Tales

For the second summer, I have been doing STEM + Stories programs. I start by reading a few stories to the kids and then we explore some STEM projects loosely, sometimes very loosely, inspired by the reading portion. For this program, we concentrated on fairy tales: specifically Cinderella (time) and the 3 Billy Goats Gruff (bridge engineering). I also threw out some other stuff we had on hand and tied it into the theme with the explanatory signs. 

The stories I selected to read were The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Interstellar Cinderella.