Summer STEM – Film Canister Rocket

Summer STEM – Film Canister Rocket

Film Canister Rocket

Week 4 of Summer STEM from Your Library

Learn about Newton’s 3rd Law with these film canister rockets! Do this activity with an accompanying adult.

You will need antacid tablets and a film canister.

  1. In an OUTDOOR place, put one antacid tablet in the film canister. Do the next steps quickly:

    2. Add a tsp of water. Put the lid on tightly and put the canister cap side down on the ground.

    3. STEP BACK AT LEAST SIX FEET.

    4. About ten seconds later, the film canister will launch! If it does not launch, wait 30+ seconds before examining. Usually the cap is not on tight enough.

    Teen Summer Crafts – Dragon Eggs

    Teen Summer Crafts – Dragon Eggs

    Dragon Eggs

    Week 3 of Teen Summer Crafts

    Make these incredible dragon eggs! You will need:

    • 150-200 thumb tacks
    • styrofoam egg
    • desired color(s) of fingernail polish

    Toddler Time and Book Babies – June 29 and July 1

    Toddler Time and Book Babies – June 29 and July 1

    Toddler Time and Book Babies – June 29 and July 1

    Toddler Time and Book Babies – June 29 and July 1, 2020

    Toddler Time for ages 10 to 23 months – 9:45 am Mondays (June 29)

    Book Babies for ages 0 to 9 months – 9:45 am Wednesdays (July 1)

     

    This week in Toddler Time and Book Babies, we went “up” and “down” the beanstalk with Jack. We also had fun with other nursery rhymes that go up and down. Nursery rhymes are timeless, not only because they have great rhythm and rhyme, but they also teach concepts such as opposites. So, grab a shaker and sing some nursery rhymes with your child!

    Welcome Songs

    Here We Are Together

    Here we are together, together, together!
    Oh, here we are together in our library.
    There’s (sing names)
    Here we are together in our library!

    Hello Everybody

    Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*,
    clap our hands,
    clap our hands.
    Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today!

    *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

    S, T, R, W, P

    (Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.)

    Sing, talk, read, write, play!
    Sing, talk, read write, play!
    Sing, talk, read, write, play!
    Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

    Books Presented

    Hickory Dickory Dock
    by Keith Baker

    Rhythmic text expands on the Mother Goose rhyme, including a variety of animals that react as the clock strikes one through twelve.

    Find it in our Catalog

    Itsy Bitsy Spider
    by Will Grace

    The classic nursery rhyme.

    Find it in Our Catalog

    Grow Up!
    by Nina Laden

    Rhymes tell what some babies grow up to be.

    In My Garden
    by Ruth A. Musgrave

    Introduces gardens and gardening, including how a seed grows into a plant, how fruits and vegetables form, and what animals and insects also live in a garden.

    Find it in Our Catalog

    Up, Down, and Around
    by Katherine Ayres

    A garden produces a variety of edible plants, such as corn that grows up, onions that grow down, and tomato vines that twine all around.

    Find it in our Catalog

    Songs and Rhymes

    Jack and the Beanstalk

    Tune “Shortnin Bread”

    Jack and the beanstalk, beanstalk, beanstalk.
    Jack and the beanstalk growing up high.

    Looking for the giant, giant, giant.
    Looking for the giant up in the sky.

    Climbing back down, climbing back down.
    Climbing back down quick, quick, quick!

    Climbing back down, climbing back down.
    Climbing back down quick, quick, quick!

    One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

    One, two,
    Buckle my shoe;
    Three, four,
    Knock at the door;
    Five, six,
    Pick up sticks;
    Seven, eight,
    Lay them straight:
    Nine, ten,
    A big fat hen

    Traditional

    Let’s Tap Our Feet Together

    (Tune: The More We Get Together)

    Let’s tap our feet together, together, together,
    Let’s tap our feet together
    It’s so fun to do.

    (Additional verses):
    Clap our hands . . .
    Touch our nose . . .
    Blink our eyes . . .

    Diaper Changing: You’re My Little Baby, Soft and Sweet

    (Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)

    You’re my little baby
    So soft and sweet
    Here are your hands
    Here are your feet
    I’ll watch you clap your hands
    And tap your feet
    I love you baby
    So soft and sweet

     

    Itsy Bitsy Spider

    Itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout (climb your hands upward)

    Down came the rain and washed the spider out (spread hands out)

    Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain (pretend to make the sun)

    And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again (have the spider climb up the spout again)

    – Traditional

    The Grand Old Duke of York

    The Grand Old Duke of York
    The Grand Old Duke of York
    He had ten thousand men.
    He marched them up to the top of the hill
    And marched them down again!

    And when they’re up, they’re up.
    And when they’re down, they’re down.
    And when they’re only half-way up,
    They’re neither up nor down!

    He marched them to the left
    He marched them to the right.
    He marched them to the top of the hill
    And marched them out of sight.

    – Traditional

    Hickory Dickory Dock

    Hickory dickory dock. The mouse went up the clock
    The clock struck one. The mouse went down
    Hickory dickory dock

    -Traditional

    Up, Up, Up in the Sky

    Up, up, up in the sky like this!
    (lift baby up)
    Down, down, down for a great big kiss!
    (lower baby and give a kiss)
    Up like this,
    (lift once more)
    Down for a kiss,
    (down once more)
    You’re my special baby!
    (give baby a big hug!)

    – Jbrary.com

    Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill

    Jack and Jill went up the hill
    To fetch a pail of water
    Jack fell down and broke his crown
    And Jill came tumbling after

    Jack got up, and home did trot
    As fast as he could caper
    To old dear Bob, who patched his nob
    With vinegar and brown paper

    Jack and Jill went up the hill
    To fetch a pail of water
    Jack fell down and broke his crown
    And Jill came tumbling after.

    -Traditional

    Craft Activity

    DIY Sensory Bottles

    Help your child experience the concepts of up and down with a DIY magnet sensory bottle. Place metal objects or toys such as paper clips in an empty bottle with a smooth surface. Used VOSS or Ice water bottles work well. Fill it with clear baby oil or mineral oil, and seal the lid with a strong glue. Show your child how the items can move up and down as you drag a kitchen or wand magnet along the outside.

    Signing Songs

    “Sleep”

    (tune “The Farmer in Dell)
    We ask to go to SLEEP,
    we ask to go to SLEEP.
    (Open hand at top of head, pull down and bring fingers together)
    When it’s time to go to bed,
    we ask to go to SLEEP.

    “Bed”

    (tune “The Farmer in Dell)
    We ask for BED like this,
    we ask for BED like this.
    (Lay head on back of hands and lean to side)
    When we’re tired and want a nap,
    we ask for BED like this.

    “Up”

    You can use this sign with the Grand Old Duke of York rhyme above.

    “Down

    You can use this sign with the Grand Old Duke of York rhyme above.

    Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

    Tip

    Some Nursery Rhymes help children develop narrative skills. Those skills will later help them understand what they read. Giving children aids, like flannel board pieces, help them to remember the sequence of a story and makes it easier for them to retell the story in the correct order. Try this at home!

    Activity

    Download the PDF of “Learning Center Activities for ‘One, Two, Buckle My Shoe'” by Bobby Wilson. As you recite each line of the rhyme, “One, Two Buckle my Shoe,” put up on a board, or show the appropriate piece to your child: shoe, door, sticks, gate, big red hen.

    Additional Books

    Opposites
    by David Bedford

    Introduces young readers to the concept of opposites using simple text and illustrations of dinosaurs with opposing conditions.

    Find it in our Catalog

    Mother Goose
    illustrated by Will Moses

    Folk art paintings accompany this compilation of over sixty of the best-loved Mother Goose rhymes.

    Find it in Our Catalog

    Barney’s Mother Goose Hunt
    by Monica Mody

    Barney and Baby Bop introduce children to the Mother Goose nursery rhymes.

    Find it in Our Catalog

    Story Time – June 30, 2020

    Story Time – June 30, 2020

    Story Time – June 30, 2020

    Story Time – June 30, 2020

    10:30 am ONLINE on Facebook – ages 2 to 5

    Has your child seen the giant beanstalk here in the library? We grew one in story time, too! Jack and the Beanstalk is a great story to talk about the things that a seed needs to grow, and it’s not just magic! There are also seeds like kindness, or anger, which will also grow if we feed them. Try some of the activities and books below with your child to see what kind of seeds you can grow.

    Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

    Tip

    Some Nursery Rhymes help children develop narrative skills. Those skills will later help them understand what they read. Giving children aids, like flannel board pieces, help them to remember the sequence of a story and makes it easier for them to retell the story in the correct order. Try this at home!

    Activity

    Print off and cut out Jack and the Beanstalk flannel pieces. Velcro or magnet tape makes it easy to place them on a board, or you can tape them to a straw. Then read Jack and the Beanstalk with your child from a book or online, and have them retell the story in their own words using the flannel pictures as a prompt.

    Books Presented

    Jack and the Beanstalk
    adapted by Mara Alperin

    When Jack climbs up an enormous beanstalk, he discovers a giant’s castle high up in the clouds. But the giant like to eat little boys … How will Jack ever escape?

    Find it in Our Catalog

    From Seed to Plant
    by Gail Gibbons

    Explores the intricate relationship between seeds and the plants which they produce.

    Find it in Our Catalog

    Seeds
    by Carme Lemniscates

    Seeds harbor immense potential. Like seeds, we can cultivate and nurture something wonderful.

    Find it in Our Catalog

    We Are Growing!
    by Laurie Keller

    Walt is not the tallest or the curliest or the pointiest or even the crunchiest. A confounded blade of grass searches for his ‘est’ in this hilarious story about growing up.

    Find it in Our Catalog

    Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

    If You’re Jack and You Know it

    If you’re Jack and you know it climb the beanstalk
    If you’re Jack and you know it grab the hen (ba-kaw!)
    If you’re Jack and you know it run away
    If you’re Jack and you know it use your axe (chop chop!)
    If you’re Jack and you know it take a rest

    – Librarybonanza.com

    Two Little Blackbirds

    Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill,
    One named Jack and the other named Jill
    Fly away Jack, fly away Jill,
    Come back Jack and come back Jill!

    – Pasadena-library.net

    Here is a Giant

    Here is a giant who is tall, tall, tall.
    And here is an elf who is small, small small.
    The elf who is small will try, try, try
    To reach the giant who is high, high, high.

    – Storytimesecrets.blogspot.com

    The Grand Old Duke of York

    The Grand Old Duke of York
    The Grand Old Duke of York
    He had ten thousand men.
    He marched them up to the top of the hill
    And marched them down again!

    And when they’re up, they’re up.
    And when they’re down, they’re down.
    And when they’re only half-way up,
    They’re neither up nor down!

    He marched them to the left
    He marched them to the right.
    He marched them to the top of the hill
    And marched them out of sight.

    – Traditional

    Five Fat Peas

    Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed (hold up five fingers)
    One grew (hold up one finger)
    Two grew (hold up two fingers)
    And so did the rest (hold up the rest of your fingers)
    They grew and they grew and they did not stop (open and shut hands)
    Until one day, the pod went pop! (clap hands together on pop)

    Craft Activities

    Print out this Jack and the Beanstalk coloring page or color online!

    This craft is a fun combination of a fairy tale and science experiment! It’s a great opportunity to teach children about what plants need in order to grow.

    Count magic beans in this fun math activity!

    Additional Books

    There’s a Hole in my Garden
    by James Stewart

    A little boy shows what happens when he drops larger and larger objects, both in terms of size and imagination, down a mysterious hole that grows throughout the year in his garden.

    Find it in Our Catalog

    So You Want to Grow a Taco?
    by Bridget Heos

    A young boy learns about the many ingredients needed to make a taco, including how to grow corn and make tortillas.

    Find it in Our Catalog

    A Bean, a Stalk, and a Boy Named Jack
    by William Joyce

    A magic bean and an ordinary boy solve a royal problem for King Blah Blah Blah.

    Find it in Our Catalog

    Stinky Jack and the Beanstalk
    by Steve Smallman

    Learn the importance of being clean with this hilarious story about smelly Jack!

    Find it in Our Catalog

    Summer STEM – Parachute Knight

    Summer STEM – Parachute Knight

    Parachute Knight

    Week 3 of Summer STEM from Your Library

    Experiment with air resistance by making parachutes!

    You will need string, a straw, a sandwich bag and/or coffee filter, and a toy figure. 

    1. Pull one of the strings through the straw. Cut off the zipper portion of the bag.
    2. Reach into the bag and pull both bottom corners in so they’re inside the bag.
    3. Tie an end of the string to each bottom corner of the bag.
    4. Pull the next string through the straw. Tie the ends to the knight.

     

     

    Teen Summer Crafts – Harry Potter Bookmarks

    Teen Summer Crafts – Harry Potter Bookmarks

    Harry Potter Bookmarks

    Week 2 of Teen Summer Crafts

    Color these Hogwarts bookmarks. Don’t forget the tassle! You will need:

    • printed bookmark template (preferably on cardstock)
    • yarn
    • contact paper

    Toddler Time and Book Babies – June 22 and 24

    Toddler Time and Book Babies – June 22 and 24

    Toddler Time and Book Babies – June 22 and 24

    Toddler Time and Book Babies – June 22 and 24, 2020

    Toddler Time for ages 10 to 23 months – 9:45 am Mondays (June 22)

    Book Babies for ages 0 to 9 months – 9:45 am Wednesdays (June 24)

     

    Bibbidi-bobbidi… WHO? Do you know the magic words to be a prince or a princess for a day? If you don’t say the proper magic words, you might turn into a dog, cat, duck, or frog!

    Welcome Songs

    Here We Are Together

    Here we are together, together, together!
    Oh, here we are together in our library.
    There’s (sing names)
    Here we are together in our library!

    Hello Everybody

    Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*,
    clap our hands,
    clap our hands.
    Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today!

    *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

    S, T, R, W, P

    (Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.)

    Sing, talk, read, write, play!
    Sing, talk, read write, play!
    Sing, talk, read, write, play!
    Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

    Books Presented

    Spot Goes to the Farm
    by Eric Hill

    Spot searches for new babies among the farm animals, each of which greets him with its own distinctive noise. Movable flaps conceal portions of the illustrations.

    Find it in our Catalog

    Tickle the Duck!
    by Ethan Long

    In this hilarious touch-and-feel book, a cranky duck dares children to tickle his soft stomach, his hairy armpit, his rubbery foot-and reacts uproariously each time.

    The Wide-Mouthed Frog
    by Keith Faulkner

    From the Okefenokee Swamp comes a frog with a wide mouth that he just loves to use. He’s particularly interested in the eating habits of other creatures found in the great outdoors–that is, of course, until he comes upon a big green one with lots of teeth who finds wide-mouthed frogs simply delicious.

    Princess Baby
    by Karen Katz

    Poor baby, no one calls her by her real name! “I am not a buttercup, or a giggly goose. I am not a cupcake. Please don’t call me Little Lamb, and never ever Gum Drop,” she insists.

    Find it in Our Catalog

    Sleep Tight, Snow White
    by Jen Arena

    Bedtime rhymes for nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters.

    Find it in our Catalog

    That’s Not My Princess
    by Fiona Watt

    Young readers may touch various pieces of clothing and articles, such as bows, tiaras, and sashes, that are not the one someone is looking for, until the right picture appears.

    Find it in our Catalog

    Diaper Changing Songs and Fingerplays

    Diaper Changing: You’re My Little Baby, Soft and Sweet

    (Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)

    You’re my little baby
    So soft and sweet
    Here are your hands
    Here are your feet
    I’ll watch you clap your hands
    And tap your feet
    I love you baby
    So soft and sweet

     

    Let’s Tap Our Feet Together

    (Tune: The More We Get Together)

    Let’s tap our feet together, together, together,
    Let’s tap our feet together
    It’s so fun to do.

    (Additional verses):
    Clap our hands . . .
    Touch our nose . . .
    Blink our eyes . . .

    Where is Thumbkin (Royal family edition)

    Thumb: King
    Pointer: Queen
    Middle Finger: Prince
    Ring Finger: Princess
    Pinky Finger: Royal Baby

    Songs and Rhymes

    Ten Little Puppies

    One little, two little, three little puppies,
    Four little, five little, six little puppies,
    Seven little, eight little, nine little puppies,
    Ten puppies bark like this – “Woof, Woof!”

    In the Morning

    When Cats get up in the morning they always say MEOW
    When Cats get up in the morning they always say meow
    And what do cats say?

    The Grand Old Duke of York

    The Grand Old Duke of York
    The Grand Old Duke of York
    He had ten thousand men.
    He marched them up to the top of the hill
    And marched them down again!

    And when they’re up, they’re up.
    And when they’re down, they’re down.
    And when they’re only half-way up,
    They’re neither up nor down!

    He marched them to the left
    He marched them to the right.
    He marched them to the top of the hill
    And marched them out of sight.

    – Traditional

    Five Little Ducks

    Galumph went the Little Green Frog

    Craft Activity

    Tower

    Build a tower with cups, blocks, or other materials.

    Drop and Watch from the “Tower”

    Babies love to throw things from a higher perch such as their high chair or Grandma’s lap. Watching things fall is actually teaching them cause and effect. Try giving them toys in their high chair and sit below on the floor. Then have them toss or hand the toys to you. TALK about up & down with them.

    - Baby Play

    Signing Songs

    “Sleep”

    (tune “The Farmer in Dell)
    We ask to go to SLEEP,
    we ask to go to SLEEP.
    (Open hand at top of head, pull down and bring fingers together)
    When it’s time to go to bed,
    we ask to go to SLEEP.

    “Bed”

    (tune “The Farmer in Dell)
    We ask for BED like this,
    we ask for BED like this.
    (Lay head on back of hands and lean to side)
    When we’re tired and want a nap,
    we ask for BED like this.

    “Up”

    You can use this sign with the Grand Old Duke of York rhyme above.

    “Down

    You can use this sign with the Grand Old Duke of York rhyme above.

    Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

    Tip

    Using concept words with your children helps to expand their vocabulary. Children need a large vocabulary to be able to learn to read and, just as important, to understand what they read, We want them to learn not only that fire is hot and ice is cold but also that hot and cold are opposites. Concept words show relationships between things.

    - Lambert

    Activity

    Recite “The Grand Old Duke of York.” Do it as a knee bounce, bringing knees up for “up” and down for “down,” and then read a book that introduces concepts, such as size, opposites, etc.

    Additional Books

    Olivia’s Opposites
    by Ian Falconer

    Olivia the piglet introduces the concept of opposites by demonstrating word pairs.

    Find it in our Catalog

    The Prince and the Potty
    by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

    When the young prince refuses to use his potty, the king and queen are afraid he will wear diapers all his life, until the Royal Wise Man suggests an unlikely solution.

    Find it in Our Catalog

    Opposites
    by Sandra Boynton

    Takes a child through pairs of opposite words.

    Find it in Our Catalog

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