The escape room that we made last year was so much fun that I knew that we had to do it again.  But we can't just do the same one, that would be boring and kids would already know most of the answers.  So I knew we had to start from scratch.  That sounds really... Continue Reading →

As you probably know by now, I like to do challenges that we can all test at the end of the hour.  Like when we got to test each other's pinball machines, scavenger hunts, mini golf courses, or slides.  This one was GREAT for sharing too, and a really simple twist off of a the... Continue Reading →

This one turned out pretty good.  I like doing interactive challenges where kiddos can go around and test out what other kids built, like for our mini golf course challenge or our hike-and-seek challenge.  I did find the concept for this one online, but I made it a little easier for my littler kiddos. So... Continue Reading →

Who doesn't love Pete the Cat??  Over 80 kids showed up to our Pete the Cat storytime, so I wanted to share what we did. Setup I modeled this program off of our popular Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, where half the time is stories, and the other half is crafts and activities.  And I knew... Continue Reading →

Identifying and learning colors is a huge part of early education, so here's a few of my favorite elements to use. Stories I think "Monsters Love Colors" was the first book I tried my cheat to make felts straight from the book.  And these ones turned out pretty good.  It involves mixing colors, so I... Continue Reading →

Races are always good to do in Lego Club, and this is a great spin on that.  After we talked about rules, I told kids today that we would be making cars and racing them.  But there would be an added element since we would be racing with WIND POWER!  I then demonstrated with the... Continue Reading →

Using interactive picture books in a storytime is a great way to energize your program.  It doesn't just make books more fun, it's also educational.  It not only creates body awareness through movement, but you're also learning how to follow instructions in a group setting. Some of these books will work better than others, depending... Continue Reading →

It took awhile to come up with a good idea for the 2018 SRP theme of "Libraries Rock," but I came up with one that's really simple and creative.  Our tweens and teens took parody photos of famous album covers around the library! To get kids inspired, I printed out a bunch of pre-approved album... Continue Reading →

This one was a lot of fun!!  Kids kept talking about how they've never done this before, so it really was a great challenge for them. I set up the room with my 6 tables as usual and taped up about 3 of the big baseplates per table.  Two big pieces of duct tape did... Continue Reading →

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