Thursday, July 1, 2010
Waves of Reading Fun
Have you signed up for the summer reading program at your local library? This year’s theme (at most public libraries) is Make a Splash – READ! We got signed up last week and we’ve been enjoying all the activities our local branch has to offer. We attend children’s story hour on a regular basis, but it’s exciting to see so many new families making the library a part of their summer vacation. Our library staff is really playing to the theme.
Sparkly Fish Decoration
This week’s story hour craft was a cute and easy fish to hang in your window or on your patio. Materials include: 2 CDs or DVDs (out of style or a little scratched are just fine), craft foam in the color of your choice, glue, thread or floss, and optional googly eyes or stickers.
- You’ll cut two triangular fins, fishy lips, a tail, and a center fin shaped like an eight from the craft foam.
- Glue the edges of the triangular fins, tail, and lips just inside the edge of the label side of the first CD.
- Glue second CD on top, label sides together.
- Push center fin through holes of CDs. Punch a small hole in top fin and thread hanger through.
- Add eyes to CD with stick-ons or markers.
I don’t have the templates as all pieces were precut for us, but if it gives you fits, contact me and I’ll trace the pieces from B’s.
Vacation-Inspiring Learning Activity
Another fun feature this week was a presentation on tide pool life. The kids listened to a short presentation on the animals that inhabit different types of seashells while they passed around examples. Then they got to practice their matching, detective, and map skills as they looked for creatures matching their handout in gridded tide pool model boxes around the room. B was not really ready for the grid skills (the octopus is in B7), but we treated it like a game of Eye Spy: he looked at the pictures on the handout, pointed them out in the boxes, and I recorded. After looking at all the seashells and listening to the conch, I’m longing for the beach!
Oceans: Fiction and Non Fiction
Appropriate for: Toddlers, Preschoolers
Feed Me Books Friday
Meme’s the Word (on Saturday)
Wishing Janna at The Adventure of Motherhood an enjoyable, well-deserved break as she takes July off from Feed Me Books Friday. Each week will be “guest-hosted” by some FMBF regulars, including ME! I’m excited to be part of one of my favorite memes. Hope you’ll come back here July 23 and link up!