STEM Station

We attempt to always have a STEM station in our library. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These stations are basically small educational activities to teach the kids about some concept. We’ve had one on magnets and we had a magnet board where the kids could test what was magnetic and what wasn’t. Fun things like that.

I wanted to make a STEM station that would go with our space theme this year and I had this grand idea to make sensory bags that the kids could draw constellations on. We have constellation cards that have facts about the constellations on them but can also be used as models for drawing.

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To make my sensory bags, I used colored hair gel and star shaped glitter. I also made one using the pre-soaked water beads so they sort of look like sprinkles. I used gallon zip lock bags and then doubled up the bags, taping them to our STEM station. I figured they would last a few weeks and then I would replace them.

THEY ONLY LASTED A DAY! Sigh. We have a really busy library in the summer and the abuse these things took in the first day was epic. Oh well. Perhaps I will use my supplies to make sensory bags for my baby storytimes.

On to idea number 2:

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I thought it would be neat for the kids to draw the constellations on mermaid fabric. This will, hopefully, last longer and I bought a full yard, so I can always replace after a while. I stole my husbands trusty staple gone and just stapled the heck out of it. So far it has been a big hit!

If anyone has any other ideas that will hold up to the masses, let me know!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime – 6/15/19 – SPACE 

Family Storytime – 6/15/19 – SPACE

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a fun tune and great for waking up and doing a little stretching. It’s called Top of the Morning.
  • Hello Rhyme – Say Hello
    • This is a great rhyme for saying hello because we get to do it in so many fun ways!
  • Stretch – Hokey Pokey518kjd0zs0l
    • I like to get us moving before we get into our theme and who doesn’t love a good round of hokey pokey!
  • ASL – SUN / MOON / STARS
  • Rhyme – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    • A slow movement rhyme for us to kick off our space themed storytime. This is one everyone know, which makes it a great starting point.
  • Book – Life on Mars by Jon Agee
    • I may end up changing this one last minute because I think it is better as a lap read but I was super picky with my themed books for this storytime and I don’t know why.
  • Rhyme – I’m a Rocket!
    • I adapted this one a little bit from an online post I found. It’s fun for both the babies and the movers and groovers. You can do it with baby in your lap or along with your little one.

I’m a rocket on the ground (crouch down on ground).
Waiting quietly without a sound (say softly and put finger to lips)
The countdown’s starting. (start bouncing)
I’m ready to go… (put hands over head to form rocket point).
5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
Blastoff! (Jump into air)

  • Game – Space themed gross motor cubeIMG_2216
    • I always like to include some type of “game” for my older guys. This time I created my own gross motor cube. This is basically a cube or dice with actions on each side. You roll to see what you will do. I told my kids that we were going to Astronaut Academy and we were going train hard to go out in space. Then I let a different kid roll the cube each time.
  • Rhyme/Prop – I’m going out in space
    • For this one we did the rhyme and then I held up a planet for us to identify.

I’m going out in space
I’m going out in space
I think I’ll see a planet there
I’m going out in space

What planet did I see?

Saturn, Mars, Earth, Moon…

  • Rhyme – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
    • This is one I’ve used several times before. And of course we end with a BLASTOFF! so lift those babies or jump up high!61myq77luql

Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocketship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1… BLASTOFF!

  • Book – Sheep Blast Off! by Nancy Shaw
    • I love the sheep books and they have such a nice rhyme. The book itself is a little small but I am going to work with it.
  • Rhyme – If You’re Going to the Moon…
    • I’ve never done this one before but I am going to give it a try. It is to the tune “if you’re happy and you know it.”

If you’re going to the moon, wear your suit (ziiiiip)
If you’re going to the moon, wear your suit (ziiiiip)
If you’re going to the moon and you want to get there soon
If you’re going to the moon, wear your suit (ziiiiip)

…wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
…wear your helmet (pat head, pat head)
…wear your gloves (clap, clap)

  • Song/Shakers –  Rocketship Run by The Laruie Berkner Band
    • For this one, I pass out shakers and we just get the last of those wiggles out.
  • Rhyme – Say Goodbye
    • This is the same rhyme we started with, so the new guys are familiar with it by the end of storytime.
  • Song – Clean It Up! by The Laurie Berkner Band
    • Everyone helps put our shakers away.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
    • I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.

How’d it go:

This was actually the kick off for Summer Reading as well, which is why I went with a space theme. Everything went really well, even the gross motor dice. Let’s all blast into reading!

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Reading is out of this world!

Hi Guys,

I know, it’s been forever since I’ve done an actual new display! But I think I’ve got a good one for you and it is just perfect for our summer space theme.

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I created my planets freehand and colored them in with crayon and a little marker. Our library had some alien images, that were fun and added to the display. The rest are accucut stars and printed text. The coloring probably took the longest.

I’ve got the Moon, Mercury, Earth, Jupiter and Saturn. Figured that was about as many planets as I was willing to make, especially with the size.

Anyway, enjoy!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Blastoff with a good book!

Hi Guys,

Normally, I don’t post when I reuse a display but since this month is light without my storytime posts, I figured I’d share.

As a public librarian, being able to save and re-use displays is a big $$$ and time saver. It is also good for the environment, right?

Blastoff with a good book is a display that I put up a few years ago. I was able to save my rocket from the original display and everything else was pretty easy to recreate. If you want to take a look at my original post for more details, click on the link above.

This is the perfect bulletin board for our Summer Read and Learn program, which is right around the corner. This year the theme is all about space!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Summer Read & Learn

It’s that time of year, where schools start wrapping up their classes and close their doors for three glorious months. For the library, our busiest time of the year is about to start!

Today, is the first day of Summer Reading at my library. Our doors will open and we will be flooded with kids and caregivers looking to sign up and get started on all the fun things the library has to offer. Time to gear up and get ready for questions, troubleshooting, and lots and lots of readers advisory!!!

To help spruce up the children’s room, I created a few signs and displays to go along with the “Libraries Rock!” theme.

Window displays, like from my last display post.

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Other window displays that are a bit more interactive.

We plan on letting the kids write their names on paper music notes and adding them to our scales. Hopefully, they will be able to add a sticker to their note as they progress through the program.

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Oh and I can’t forget my bulletin board! A little homage to the other meaning to “rock.”

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I also made a quick sign to show patrons where they can access our computers in order to sign up for summer reading, while they are at the library.

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And finally, I added a little flare to our program flyers. Who doesn’t love a border of gold stars!20180608_165531

Pair all this with awesome book lists, really great incentives and raffles and some awesome summer programming—the library is going to be the place to be this summer!

Let’s keep those brains sharp this summer and continue to read and learn, all while having fun!

What are you doing to get ready for summer reading?

That’s all for now!

-M-