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.  So I based this off of a few photos I found online where people made pinball machines COMPLETELY out of Legos. ... 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.  For younger groups, it creates body awareness through movement, and for older kiddos, it teaches how to follow instructions in a group setting.  Oh yeah, and they're just really fun.... 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. The inspiration for this one came from my 5th grade art class.  We had to draw on the bottom of our desk in a similar way to Michelangelo painting... Continue Reading →

"Ah numbers--the letters of math."  Numbers are integral to any kids development, so a number storytime is a no-brainer.  Personally when planning stories and rhymes, I usually stick to the Number 5 as the largest number we talk about.  Little kiddos can usually understand the concept of small numbers, but anything past the Number 5... Continue Reading →

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