Circus fun!!  I came up with this idea completely out of the blue.  I was trying to think of simple machines in real life, and somehow thought about the circus too.  It's kinda just an easily accessible way to teach some science!! So after we went over rules, I told my kiddos that we would... Continue Reading →

Interactive picture books are AMAZING to read during a story time, since they get everyone up and moving and just make the whole experience unforgettable.  In fact I compiled a list of my favorite ones that you can find here.  "Crunch The Shy Dinosaur" by Cirocco Dunlap is another great addition to any storytime lineup. ... Continue Reading →

Little Wolf is such a funny story and a great opportunity for a creative writing activity.  After reading "Little Wolf's First Howling" by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee, I had my kiddos write something silly in the word bubble that their own wolf could howl.  When time permitted, I would go around and... Continue Reading →

I often combine old ideas and make them into fresh new ones.  It's just a great way to still be creative when you haven't had any big new ideas in awhile.  So for this one I combined my Monster Maker Lego Club Challenge with my popular Disaster Island Lego Challenge.  So we made monsters based... Continue Reading →

I started a new story time this fall called "Laugh Out Loud Stories."  It's basically a storytime where I tell my favorite funny stories and class visit books.  This week we're doing "Eat Pete!" by Michael Rex.  It's a great one for call and response (all the kids can yell out "Eat Pete!") and to... Continue Reading →

This is another one that might be kinda out there, but I'm really excited about this one.  I came up with this idea while researching a "Space Camp" I did over the summer.  Wonder Kids Activity Blog came up with an activity where kids tried to use tools underwater, since astronauts train underwater as it... Continue Reading →

This one was a lot of fun!!  I saw a few posts about making Lego catapults, but I definitely wanted to put my own spin on it.  So after we went over rules, I told my kiddos that they would be building one wall and one catapult.  At the end of the hour, we would take... Continue Reading →

When I came up with this one, I wanted to do something tie into the the Summer Reading theme of "Universe of Stories."  But I didn't want to do just rockets or spaceships.  Instead I got inspiration from the egg drop challenges I did in grade school. So after we went over rules, I told... Continue Reading →

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