This one is another classic STEM challenge I repurposed for Lego Club.  After going over rules, I showed everybody a picture of a diving board, a crane, and an airplane wing.  Then I asked everyone what they all had in common.  An older kiddo eventually guessed that they were all cantilevers, which means that the... Continue Reading →

After reading "Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug" by Jonathan Stutzman,  everyone got to make baby T-Rex Finger puppets!  Kids can color their dinosaur however they want, then put their fingers through the holes, and practice giving T-Rex hugs!! You can download a copy HERE for FREE.  For my storytime, I printed these on... Continue Reading →

WRECKING BALL TIME! https://gph.is/g/4wM2XvD I came up with this one when I saw this post, where kids use an apple as a wrecking ball.  But as always, I wanted to put my own spin on it and make it accessible to my Lego Club kiddos.  So after going over rules, I told my kids that... Continue Reading →

The Holiday Train came through our town recently, so I thought it would be a great idea if we made one big train!  So after we went over rules, I told my kiddos that everyone would be making a train car!  They could make it a holiday train, but they could really make it anything. ... Continue Reading →

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 →

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