This one is kinda like my opposite storytime, which I'll write about later, but talking about size is another easy theme.  And talking about perception is a great way for kiddos to learn about how to more effectively communicate through classification.  So here's what I've used to talk about size. Stories "I'm the Biggest Thing... Continue Reading →

I based this one off a paper bag challenge I saw on the Pinterests, but I put a little spin on it.  So after we went over rules, I told the kiddos that today would be a "free build" and they could build anything they wanted.  BUT they had to spend the first 5 minutes... Continue Reading →

This one was kind of a repeat of a Lego challenge I came up with last year.  That time we made a huge obstacle course for our cars, and it was a lot of fun.  This one was really similar, in that kids had to make a car, but they also had to build a... 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 →

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 →

This is a great one to do in stations, since every station can be a different class.  This one is almost guaranteed to give you a good turnout, because who doesn't like Harry Potter??  (If you don't, keep it to yourself.  Librarians are practically forced to like Harry Potter I've found out.  I was shamed... Continue Reading →

This is the first time that I changed the theme AFTER the challenge was already over.  After we did rules, I explained that the theme was "Giant Monsters," so kids would make a giant version of a monster, animal, or pet to destroy buildings.  Kids were happy with that idea, but they didn't seem as... Continue Reading →

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