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.
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic.
Kids had to build ships out of aluminum foil then add marbles to see how "unsinkable" their ships were.
I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake.
Here, kids had to build a structure out of Legos, then place their structure into the cookie sheets/roasting pans. We then had them shake the pans to see if their structures could withstand their "earthquakes."
I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916.
This station was more of an informational station. We had the ocearch.org shark tracker website pulled up, some shark books, and a shark quiz.
I Survived the Joplin Tornado
Another more informational station. We had an example of a tornado in a bottle and directions on how to make one at home. We also had tornado safety information, which became extremely relevant after 12 tornadoes broke out across the state last Wednesday.
Station Five and Six:
I based these stations off of the Warfare based books. At Station Five we had kids build Pom-pom catapults and Station Six they could build forts and try and knock it down, using the catapults.
This ended up being the most popular activity of the night. I believe at least half an hour was spent with kids building, attacking and knocking down, and rebuilding their forts. It basically turned into an indoor snowball fight using the pom-poms.
It was delightful chaos.
All in all it was a VERY successful program, we just had to have it at the right time of the year.