Skip to main content

Snow week!



 One of my resolutions for my job this year is to incorporate more stations during my Pre-K program and my story time theme weeks. I was excited to do this for first theme of the year, snow. But alas, nature decided to step in and be ironic. Not many patrons came into the library this week... because it snowed.

 But, it turned out alright.

At my library we in the Youth Services department plan our theme weeks ahead of time. A month ago a coworker planned a "Snow" theme this week. As it so happened, as often it does in Indiana, we got actual snow dumped on us. This made our programs this week a little sparse. This included my Pre-K Explorers where I got a whopping total of 0 for the program. All because of snow! It was also -30 with the windchill so I guess I cannot blame it 100% on the white stuff. Nevertheless, the show must go on. So, for snow story time today I used a few activities I had set out for my Pre-K group, and it worked out very well.

Station 1: First up, a fake snow sensory station! Thank you Pinterest! This recipe is simple, simple, simple. At first I did not think it was going to work but it did! I had one of my coworkers playing with it for a good 15mins while we were having a meeting.

3 cups baking soda + 1/2 cup WHITE conditioner. BOOM! You have fake snow. And somehow it's even slightly cold to the touch. If you want to make it a day ahead of time make sure to put it in a large plastic bag so it does not dry out.




Station 2:  My second station was all about counting. I plan on replicating it in future weeks when appropriate. I had a bowl full of "snowballs" () in the middle along with tweezers for helping with fine motor skills. Then I place 5 sheets with numbers and dots on them. The directions on the sign told users to use the tweezers to place the corresponding number of snowballs on the various sheets of paper. I did come across a mom helping her little one to do just this and it made me smile!





Station 3: The last station had our little ones working on their letters and the alphabet! This task involved matching up three different parts of a snowman. The head had a picture on it representing a letter, (ex: apple). The task was then to match the picture to the capital and lowercase letters on the bottom pieces of the snowmen.





And a close up shot of a job well done:







Even though we had frigid temps and snow the kids really did enjoy the theme. They were very enthusiastic about telling me how they played outside in the snow and how much snow was at their houses!






Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington

This is my second Young Hoosier Book Award nominee review. I have picked a  few from the Intermediate and Middle Grade lists to read. This book is about twelve year old Sarah, who among other things she is doing in this novel is also writing letters to her literary hero, Atticus Finch. I find this to be especially interesting to read AFTER I just finished Go Set A Watchman. Although I'm sure Karen Harrington had no idea that GSAW existed or was going to be published during her work on this book I would love to know her thoughts on Lee's "new" novel and how it relates to her character Sarah in Sure Signs of Crazy. Like Sarah, and many of us I'm sure Ms. Harrington was probably also a big fan of Atticus in To Kill a MockingBird. 

Moving on...

I Survived At the Library

This was our second attempt at this program. I originally found this idea over at the tweenlibrarian.blogspot.com and tried it our back in February of this year. The only problem? Nobody showed up. The winter months have historically been hard for us to get school-agers in the door for programs.
 My co-worker decided to redo the program this month. I did not know if I would be here to help or not because we are on baby watch, but fortunately I was able to see the program actually happen! We had 30 people show up and even though it was self-directed, most stayed the entire hour!
This program was setup as stations and kids and parents could to go to as many or as few as they wanted, whatever really piqued their interest. Each station was themed around one of the books from the I Survived series and we pulled related titles to have available for check out.
Station One:
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic.

Kids had to build ships out of aluminum foil then add marbles to see how "uns…

#LibrariesRock Messy Mozarts!

While perusing the Storytime Underground Facebook page eons ago I came across an amazing messy sensory playtime program for little ones.

Inspired by Miss Marissa at La La Librariana blog I created our Messy Mozarts program for this year's Summer Reading program. 
This program was for ages 0-3 and required registration. This was mainly because we are using a meeting room for a program room and thus required the entire room to be covered in tarps! Bless the hearts of our facilities staff who let me do this. 
All activities were appropriate for children under 3 and if they included food I listed allergens on the signs. While the kids played and got messy, I play some classic Mozart music! 
Descriptions of our activities are below:

Rainbow Fluff Pool: I bought an inflatable kiddie pool on Amazon, filled it with pulled cotton balls and scarves and let the kiddos go wild!



Cloud Dough: 8 cups flour to every 1 cup of vegetable oil. I did NOT use baby oil because I wanted everything to be …