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Book some fun with a fish named Swimmy!

First, read the classic picture book Swimmy by Leo Lionni (Lane Library info here) and find out just how fun swimming and cooperating can be.   If you have fish at home, gather everyone around and watch them swim.  Very relaxing!

After you have read the book with your child, get ready for some fun Swimmy activities.   First talk with your child about cooperation and how important it is to work together.  Then help them cut several red fish and one black fish out of construction paper (or use white paper and then color the fish with crayons).  Turn to the page in the book where the fish work together to form one large fish shape.  Guide your child in using the small cutout fish to make one giant fish, just like in the book.  Ask your child to count them as you place the fish in formation.  Now gather up some paint and bubble wrap and get ready to make your own Swimmy.  Draw (or help your child draw) a large fish shape onto heavy paper.  Pour various colors of paint (or use foam paint) onto paper plates.   With your child, dip large pieces of bubble wrap into the paint, then gently press them onto the fish shape.  Be careful not to overload the bubble wrap with paint–you don’t need much!  The bubble wrap’s shape will give the effect of scales on the fish.  Be sure to let the fish dry thoroughly.  Then do fishy theater!  Tape a craft stick or small ruler to your child’s fish to make it into a puppet and watch it swim away!  If you need a fishy snack during the puppet show, try yummy Goldfish crackers.

Have fun “getting Swimmy with it”!

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Let’s book some fun with snow!

First, read the book Snowballs by Lois Ehlert (Lane Library info here), and find out just how fun making a snowman (and more!) can be.   If it’s snowing outside, go out and make your own snow family.

After you have read the book, get ready to make an indoor snowperson.  Use three paperplates per snowperson.  Help your child go around the house and collect as much realia as possible–junk mail, craft stuff, scraps of material and old clothes, birthday cards, buttons, stickers, anything you can find that can be spared for a craft.  Have your child glue these bits of realia to the snowperson, using the book Snowballs for ideas if necessary.  When your child is done decorating their snowperson, they can fill in the empty spots on the paper plates by gluing on cotton balls.  For a twist, use marshmallows instead.  The marshmallows will stick to the plate like magic if you just lick them first!  And of course, be sure to have extras for snacking.  Don’t forget to make a face (hat, clothes, scarf!) for your snowperson.  You could even make arms and/or legs using pretzels.  Finally, attach the three paper plates together using several pieces of masking tape (or punch holes in the bottom and top of the plates where they will join together, thread yarn or string through the holes, and knot securely).

Have fun reading about and making snowpeople!

For lots more snow activities, click here.

–Miss Tracey

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Book some fun with teeth! 

First, read the book Tabitha’s Terrifically Tough Tooth by Charlotte Middleton (Lane Library info here), and find out just how tough teeth can be.  After you have read the book together, tell your child to go smile really big at himself or herself in the mirror. How many teeth do they see?  How many of them are loose?  Talk with your child about what happens when they lose a tooth.  For more information for parents to read on tooth loss, click here, and for information on teeth to share with your child, click here

After your child has determined how many loose teeth they have, or may soon have, it’s time to make a tooth envelope.  Start with an envelope.  Any size will do, but the best envelopes to use for this craft are the small manila-type ones made to hold keys (you can find these at any office supply store).   Have your child use markers, stickers, felt pieces, and other craft materials to decorate the outside of the envelope.   Be sure that any items glued on  are firmly attached to the surface of the envelope.  Have or help your child write their name on one side on the envelope.   You could even design multiple envelopes, one for each loose tooth!  If you do make an envelope for each lost tooth, be sure to include the date, as well.

Have fun finding out about teeth and making a tooth envelope!

For more information and activities on losing a tooth, click here.

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Book some fun–alphabet letters

Let’s book some fun with the letters of the alphabet.

First, read the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr (Lane Library info here), and find out just how much fun the alphabet can be.   Don’t forget to skit skat skoodle doot!  And check out the audio version of the story (Lane Library info here)–Ray Charles reads the story, the authors discuss the writing of the book, and there’s a fun song by author John Archambault.

After you have read the book, get ready to make a boom boom letter bottle.  Start with a clean, empty water or other small bottle.  Help your child put alphabet pasta or cereal, letter beads, glitter, beans, uncooked rice, and other similar items inside the
bottle.  Use Elmer’s glue or a hot glue gun to securely attach the lid back on to the bottle.  Have your child use markers and stickers to decorate the outside of the bottle.  Permanent markers like Sharpie’s work the best.  For cheap alphabet stickers, check the discount section of a hobby or teacher supply store, or you can even make your own.  Purchase some blank file folder coding labels at an office supply store, and write letters on them.  You could even let your child practice writing his or her own letters on the stickers.  Once you have made your own boom boom bottles, reread Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  Each time that you say the refrain chicka chicka boom boom, your child should shake their boom boom bottle.  Have fun making noise and reading about the alphabet!

For lots more alphabet activities, click here.

–Miss Tracey

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book some fun–bubbles!

Let’s book some fun with bubbles!

First, read the book Casey in the Bath by Cynthia DeFelice (Lane Library info here), and find out just how fun bath time can be.   If you can purchase some green bubble bath, be sure to add some of that to the bath water.  Just watch out for those bubble people!

After you have read the book, get ready to make your own bubbles.  Start with one quart of water in a shallow box or tub.  Stir in 1/2 cup of sugar and let it dissolve.  Then stir in 1/2 cup of dishwashing liquid.  You could even add food coloring to make green bubbles!  Use a slotted serving spoon as the bubble wand–dip the spoon into the bubble mixture and wave it in the air.  Other items that you could use as bubble wands include floral wire or pipe cleaners twisted into interesting shapes, a butter or yogurt lid with the center cut out of the circle, large cookie cutters, even a metal can with the ends cut off (make sure there are no sharp edges).

Have fun reading about and making bubbles!

For lots more bubble activities, click here.

–Miss Tracey

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