Kid and Tween STEAM: Hot Air Balloon Art

Kid and Tween STEAM: Hot Air Balloon Art

Try your hand at cut paper art and play with perspective with this hot air balloon art craft!

Things you will need include:

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Something round to trace a circle from (such as a cup)
  • Markers
  • Paper for the sky, grass/trees, balloon basket, and clouds
  • 6 thin strips of colorful paper for the balloon

Kid and Tween STEAM: Hot Air Balloon Art

Try your hand at cut paper art and play with perspective with this hot air balloon art craft! Things you will need include: Scissors Glue stick Something round to trace a circle from (such as a cup) Markers Paper for the sky, grass/trees, balloon basket, and clouds 6...

April Kid and Tween Activities

Come to our Mother Daughter Book Club meeting on Thursday, April 1st at 6:30- 7:30 p.m.! This month we're talking about Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. This month for Books for Boys we're reading and discussing Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. Join us on...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Bottle Experiments with Light Refraction

Experiment with light refraction! Things you will need include: drawing utensils a glass jar paper cardboard

Kid and Tween STEAM: Paper Towel Experiments

Create these cool paper towel drawings! Things you will need include: markers (Crayola works really well) paper towels (thick is better) a pan to hold water water 

Kid and Tween STEAM: STEAM Magic

Combine science and magic in these four simple STEAM activities! Things you will need include: pen or pencil scissors two cups about 30 coins or glass stones of at least two different colors (with at least one penny) a sheet of paper an index card  

Kid and Tween STEAM: Cardboard Constructions

Try this cardboard square construction challenge! Things you will need include: about 15 squares of cardboard (we did 3 1/2" x 3 1/2") scissors

Kid and Tween STEAM: Butcher Paper Creations

What will YOU make with three large pieces of butcher paper? There are so many possibilities! Pick up yours today.

January Kid and Tween STEAM

Check out our January kid and tween STEAM Take N' Go kits below. Each will be available through curbside pickup. Instructions will be available on our website and our YouTube channel. Butcher Paper craft - available starting January 5th See what you can make with some...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Classic Games

Try these two classic and easy to play games: Hare and Hounds and the Roman game of Bear. You will need: - Three playing pieces/glass stones of the same color - One playing piece/glass stone of a different color - Game board (easy to draw)  

Kid & Tween STEAM: Turkey Racers

Try this cause/effect turkey racing competition! Things you will need include: tape permanent marker scissors string two balloons a straw craft feathers

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, “Ew! That’s gross!” Because gross things can be fun!

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Young children are naturally curious about the world around them and often use their senses to explore and learn. By taking advantage of this eagerness to learn, you can help build their scientific knowledge.

Activity

Play this Mix ‘n Match game in your kitchen with your child. Wear a blindfold and try to guess what something is by its smell, taste, or touch. Show your child how to describe something with words before taking off the blindfold. You can also make crazy concoctions together and practice describing your creations using all five senses.

Books Presented

Splat! by Jon Burgerman

Encourages the reader to predict what will happen and keep turning pages as a face is splattered with a pie, a sandwich, and more.

Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup

Big Fluffy Bear insists that Big Smelly Bear visit the pond for a bath before she will scratch the itch he cannot reach.

On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex

Improbable, ridiculous remedies accumulate when there is gum stuck in your hair.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Five Pairs of Smelly Socks

Five pairs of smelly socks
On my bedroom floor
Mom washed the BLUE pair
And then there were four

Four pairs of smelly socks
They belong to me
Dad washed the PINK pair
And then there were three

Three pairs of smelly socks
What’s a kids to do?
Brother washed the PURPLE pair
And then there were two

Two pairs of smelly socks
I wear them when I run
Sister washed the GREEN pair
And then there was one

One pair of smelly socks
One and only one
I guess I’ll wash the ORANGE pair
And then there will be none.

No more pairs of smelly socks
We washed them all today, But wait until tomorrow
More are on the way!

 

Icky, Sticky Bubble Gum

Icky, sticky, sticky, sticky bubble gum, bubble gum, bubble gum.
Sticky, sticky, sticky, sticky bubble gum, bubble gum.
Makes your hands stick to your knees.
And you pull ’em,
and you pull ’em,
and you pull’ em away.

(Head… Belly… Mouth… Nose… Elbows)

 – David Landau

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

We hope you enjoyed this slime craft! Just pour the clear activator liquid from the tube into your cup with the lid and stir! The less activator you use, the stretchier the slime will be.

Additional Books

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont

In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.

Stinkiest! 20 Smelly Animals by Steve Jenkins

Describes the odors that some animals have developed to stay safe and thrive in their environments, including the striped skunk, the bombardier beetle, and the honey badger.

Once Upon a Slime by Andy Maxwell

Beginning with Goldilocks, various fairy tale characters are drenched in slime and join forces to discover who is responsible.

Crazy Concoctions: A Mad Scientist's Guide to Messy Mixtures by Jordan D. Brown

Presents simple chemical reaction science experiments and recipes for mixtures of varying viscosity.

More Story Times

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know... Ladybugs don't have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or "sleep" through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most "helpful" bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and...

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child "how" to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don't forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you...

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It's fashion! This week we learned that "F" is for fashion, and "fashion" can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing,...

April Kid and Tween Activities

April Kid and Tween Activities

April Kid and Tween Activities

Come to our Mother Daughter Book Club meeting on Thursday, April 1st at 6:30- 7:30 p.m.! This month we’re talking about Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George.
This month for Books for Boys we’re reading and discussing Fablehaven by Brandon Mull.
Join us on Thursday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room!
You won’t want to miss our April Kid and Tween STEAM activities! Starting Tuesday, April 13th, you can come pick up our hot air balloon art kits at the Front Circulation Desk. Our flying machines kits will be available a couple weeks later on the 27th.
Craft instructions will be available on our website and on our YouTube Channel.

Kid and Tween STEAM: Hot Air Balloon Art

Try your hand at cut paper art and play with perspective with this hot air balloon art craft! Things you will need include: Scissors Glue stick Something round to trace a circle from (such as a cup) Markers Paper for the sky, grass/trees, balloon basket, and clouds 6...

Teen Activities for April 1-17

Our first teen craft take n’ go kit for April will be pom pom bunnies, available starting Thursday, April 1st. Instructions will be available on our website and our YouTube channel. Monday, April 5th at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room.   Have a say in what goes on at...

April Adult Activities

Come join your fellow community members on Thursday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m. for a lively discussion of both classic works and modern masterpieces.    Our book for April is The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim: A recipe for happiness: four women, one...

April Kid and Tween Activities

Come to our Mother Daughter Book Club meeting on Thursday, April 1st at 6:30- 7:30 p.m.! This month we're talking about Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. This month for Books for Boys we're reading and discussing Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. Join us on...

Library Appreciation Week: Potatoes and Peeps

Library Appreciation Week is on its way, and we've got some great things planned. Peeps Diorama Contest! Submit a book-themed potato and Peeps diorama by 5 p.m. April 2 to be considered for a prize. Potatoes and Peelers During Library Appreciation Week (April 4-10),...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Bottle Experiments with Light Refraction

Experiment with light refraction! Things you will need include: drawing utensils a glass jar paper cardboard

Kid and Tween STEAM: Paper Towel Experiments

Create these cool paper towel drawings! Things you will need include: markers (Crayola works really well) paper towels (thick is better) a pan to hold water water 

Closed March 26th for Staff Development Day

We'll be closed Friday, March 26th for Staff Development Day. No items will be due. As always, the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

March Kid and Tween Programs

You won't want to miss our March Kid and Tween STEAM activities! Starting Tuesday, March 9th, you can come pick up our paper towel experiment kits at the front desk. Our bottle experiments will be available a couple weeks later on the 23rd. Hello Mother Daughter Book...

On the Same Page: Regency Ball and Concert

Regency Ball and Concert Friday, February 26, Via YouTube If you just finished learning the dance steps, we know you’ll want to try them out. Have an intimate ball in your living room as our trio plays tunes from the era. If you’re not a dancer, think of it as a cozy...

Book Babies: Wiggle Worms

Book Babies: Wiggle Worms

Book Babies: Wiggle Worms

Is your toddler a wiggle worm? They might have fun reading and learning about “real” wiggle worms. Try some of these activities and books which are just for the little wiggle worms in our lives.

Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

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!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Books like “Cuckoo Can’t Find You,” which have lists of activities or items are great for babies because there’ isn’t a strong narrative. That makes it easy to read as many or as few pages as keep your baby’s interest. Stopping books when babies are done listening is a great way to keep your book sharing experiences positive and not stressful.

Activity

Find a book with a simple narrative, but vibrant pictures. Then explore and talk about the illustrations with your baby. Most picture books have a “traveling” character which moves through the book. Play “Look and Find” for this character as you and your baby turn each page.

Books Presented

Ten Wriggly, Wriggly Caterpillars by Debbie Tardett

Follow the adventures of these bright, bold caterpillars in this peek-through counting book!

Cuckoo Can't Find You by Lorianne Siomades

Each animal has lost an object that rhymes with its name and the hidden item is concealed within the pages.

Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

To keep from being eaten, an inchworm measures a robin’s tail, a flamingo’s neck, a toucan’s beak, a heron’s legs, and a nightingale’s song.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Fingerplay: Wiggle Worms

 Here are some worms who are, oh, so sad.
They’ve lost all the wiggles that they once had.
They wonder if you, just for today
would lend them your wiggles so they can play.

Wiggle them up and wiggle them down
Wiggle the worms around and around
Wiggle them high and wiggle them low
Wiggle them fast and wiggle them slow
Wiggle them over your shoes and your socks
Then wiggle them back into their box.

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Bounce: Trit Trot to Boston

Trit, trot to Boston, (bounce baby on your knees)
Trit, trot to Lynn,
Take care, Baby, (substitute child’s name for “Baby”)
Don’t fall IN!
(on “IN,” part knees and let baby slip through)

– Childhood

Scarf Song: Scarf Wiggle

You put your scarf up. You put your scarf down. Your put your scarf up.
And you shake it all around,
You wiggle on your knees and you wiggle on your toes.
You’re doing the scarf wiggle!

You put your scarf out. You put your scarf in. You put your scarf out.
And you shake it all around.
You wiggle on your head and you wiggle n your nose
You’re doing the scarf wiggle!

You put your fingers up. You put your fingers down. Your put your fingers up.
And you shake them all around,
You wiggle on your knees and you wiggle on your toes.
You’re doing the finger wiggle!

You put your fingers out. You put your fingers in. You put your fingers out.
And you shake them all around.
You wiggle on your head and you wiggle n your nose.
You’re doing the finger wiggle!

– Adapted from the “Hokey Pokey” song

Bounce or Manipulative Play: Wally the Worm

Wally the Worm went up and down
(lift baby up & down)
Up and down,
Up and down.
Wally the worm went up and back into the ground.
(let baby slip through knees)

Additional Books

Owl and Wormy: Friends All Aflutter! by Andy Runton

Good friends Owly and Wormy are disappointed when their new plant attracts fat, green, bug-like things, instead of butterflies, until a metamorphosis occurs.

Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr.

Illustrations and rhyming text follow ten caterpillars as one wriggles up a flower stem, another sails across a garden pool, and one reaches an apple leaf, where something amazing happens.

Wiggle, Jiggle by Book Dash

A little Caterpillar loves to wiggle!

Danger Worm by Andrea Kaczmarek

Little Worm wants nothing more than to leave his cosy home. But there are so many dangers!

More Book Babies

Book Babies: Bugs, Bugs, and More Bugs!

Today in Book Babies/ Toddler Time, we read all about bugs! The fun thing about bugs is that they come a a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Talk about their differences and similarities with your child as you explore the incredible world of insects.Join us live...

Book Babies: Fun with Scarves and New Board Books!

Today we decided to have fun with scarf songs (always a favorite!) and with some of our brand new board books! Click the links below to check them out for you and your baby - you'll love them!Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome...

Book Babies: Tickle, Tickle!

I tickle you here, I tickle you there, I tickle you, tickle you everywhere! Gentle tickles and massages can be a fun bonding experience between caregiver and baby. Be careful not to tickle if baby is uncomfortable. Simply place your hand on baby's head, back, tummy,...

Book Babies: Wiggle Worms

Is your toddler a wiggle worm? They might have fun reading and learning about "real" wiggle worms. Try some of these activities and books which are just for the little wiggle worms in our lives.Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome...

Book Babies: Green is Great!

Green is great! We celebrated everything green for St. Patrick's Day today. There were green frogs, green peas and of course... green shamrocks. For more books about the color green, check out some of the additional titles listed below.Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00...

Book Babies: Up n’ Down

You only have to go as far as a book to visit the zoo with your baby or toddler! When you read a book with your child, make animals noises and sing nursery rhymes about the animals you find in your "zoo" book . You can find some of these books and rhymes below.Join us...

Book Babies: Let’s Go to the Zoo!

You only have to go as far as a book to visit the zoo with your baby or toddler! When you read a book with your child, make animals noises and sing nursery rhymes about the animals you find in your "zoo" book . You can find some of these books and rhymes below.Join us...

Book Babies: Walking, Walking

Learning to walk can be both fun and frustrating for your little one, but there are things you can do to encourage him. Try wrapping a scarf or blanket around your baby's chest and under his arms, then stabilize him with the blankets as he learns to balance himself...

Book Babies: I Love You!

"Children love books that reaffirm your love for them. Especially as they grow older and learn to deal with their emotions, it’s important for them to know that you love them, no matter how much they may sometimes misbehave." - yogibrarian.wordpress.comJoin us live...

Book Babies: Let’s Get Dressed!

Getting dressed is a great opportunity to practice singing, talking, and playing with you child, and you do it every day! It doesn't take a lot of time to add a song, match a shoe, and talk about why we wear clothes. It's also a great way to "see" how your child is...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter “E”. And it’s the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing his teeth, picking up garbage outside, or even recycling the bottle from the juice he drank for lunch. You might find some other ideas in the books and rhymes below.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

It’s fun and easy for children to learn about topics that are relevant to them. For instance, songs about everyday experiences, body parts, senses, and their environment help children make sense of the world we live in.

- Lambert

Activity

Sing “We’ve Got the Whole World” with your child and then change the lyrics to things in your home or outside. For example, “We’ve got yummy bananas to eat…” or “We’ve got the chirping birds in the trees…” or “We’ve got a playful puppy who loves to bark…” Then read a book about the Earth and sing the song with the illustrations.

Books Presented

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Year by Stacy McAnulty

The Earth introduces readers to key moments in the planet’s life, from its formation over four billion years ago to the present, including the Earth’s position in the solar system, its layers, and when plants and animals began to inhabit the planet.

The Earth Book by Todd Parr

With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitiviy, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. 

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak

In simple text, a young boy watches how nature changes from winter into spring.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Once There Was a Litter Bug

(Tune:  “Itsy Bitsy Spider”)
Once there was a litter bug
Who went from town to town,
Throwing out his garbage,
That landed on the ground.
The garbage grew so high
That when he turned around,
The litter bug got buried
And he was never found!

 

Five Bottles of Juice on the Wall

(Sung to: “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall”)
Five bottles of juice on the wall,
five bottles of juice.
Put one in the recycling bin.
Four bottles of juice on the wall.
Continue until there are no more bottles left.

 

We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Use our template to create an earth-themed flannel board activity.

Additional Books

I Can Save the Earth by Alison Inches

Max is a little monster who likes to litter and never, ever recycles. Then the electricity goes out and he sees how exciting and beautiful the Earth is– and that it will need his help to stay that way.

Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre

A love letter to the Earth shares striking photographic images from around the world that introduce such concepts as nature and science. Water, air, light. Patterns, curves, shapes, colors. Things that crawl, fly, float, run, bloom, ripen. Think of everything Earth gives us. What are you most thankful for? Includes notes from the author about related activities and resources.

The Earth Gives More by Sue Fliess

In each season, Earth has something special to enjoy–and we can find ways to be good stewards to the planet too!

Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter

Before everyone recycled…there was a town that had 3,168 tons of garbage and nowhere to put it. What did they do?  Enter the Garbage Barge! This mostly true and completely stinky story is sure to make you say “Pee-yew!”

More Story Times

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know... Ladybugs don't have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or "sleep" through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most "helpful" bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and...

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child "how" to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don't forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you...

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It's fashion! This week we learned that "F" is for fashion, and "fashion" can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing,...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Bottle Experiments with Light Refraction

Kid and Tween STEAM: Bottle Experiments with Light Refraction

Experiment with light refraction!

Things you will need include:

  • drawing utensils
  • a glass jar
  • paper
  • cardboard

Kid and Tween STEAM: Hot Air Balloon Art

Try your hand at cut paper art and play with perspective with this hot air balloon art craft! Things you will need include: Scissors Glue stick Something round to trace a circle from (such as a cup) Markers Paper for the sky, grass/trees, balloon basket, and clouds 6...

April Kid and Tween Activities

Come to our Mother Daughter Book Club meeting on Thursday, April 1st at 6:30- 7:30 p.m.! This month we're talking about Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. This month for Books for Boys we're reading and discussing Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. Join us on...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Bottle Experiments with Light Refraction

Experiment with light refraction! Things you will need include: drawing utensils a glass jar paper cardboard

Kid and Tween STEAM: Paper Towel Experiments

Create these cool paper towel drawings! Things you will need include: markers (Crayola works really well) paper towels (thick is better) a pan to hold water water 

Kid and Tween STEAM: STEAM Magic

Combine science and magic in these four simple STEAM activities! Things you will need include: pen or pencil scissors two cups about 30 coins or glass stones of at least two different colors (with at least one penny) a sheet of paper an index card  

Kid and Tween STEAM: Cardboard Constructions

Try this cardboard square construction challenge! Things you will need include: about 15 squares of cardboard (we did 3 1/2" x 3 1/2") scissors

Kid and Tween STEAM: Butcher Paper Creations

What will YOU make with three large pieces of butcher paper? There are so many possibilities! Pick up yours today.

January Kid and Tween STEAM

Check out our January kid and tween STEAM Take N' Go kits below. Each will be available through curbside pickup. Instructions will be available on our website and our YouTube channel. Butcher Paper craft - available starting January 5th See what you can make with some...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Classic Games

Try these two classic and easy to play games: Hare and Hounds and the Roman game of Bear. You will need: - Three playing pieces/glass stones of the same color - One playing piece/glass stone of a different color - Game board (easy to draw)  

Kid & Tween STEAM: Turkey Racers

Try this cause/effect turkey racing competition! Things you will need include: tape permanent marker scissors string two balloons a straw craft feathers

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally “egg”ceptional, and a lot of children don’t realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the “egg” in it’s many forms and possibilities. Below you will find activities and books to aid you and your child in this exploration.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Preschoolers thrive on lots of love and language. Reading together is fun and easy, and it prepares children to be successful and happy in school.

- www.readingfoundation.org

Activity

Read together with your preschooler for 20 minutes every day this week. Try two familiar books and one new book each time. You can keep track of how many books she reads on a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten circle chart. You can find these at the Children’s Reference Desk. When your child has filled in all the circles, bring it to the Circulation Desk for a free sticker sheet or book.

Books Presented

Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman

The story of Splotch and the adventure of her roly-poly egg. Follow the dotted line and see where it goes. When Splotch’s egg finally cracks, children can lift flaps to find a colorful surprise.

Guess What is Growing Inside This Egg by Mia Posada

Gives facts about the many ways animals care for their eggs and young.

The Egg by Gallimard Jeunesse

Readers turn colorfully painted transparent pages to reveal each stage of a chick’s growth inside an egg, and then watch it hatch in the most recent volume of a nonfiction series for the inquisitive preschooler.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Little Egg

Once there was a little egg
That jumped down to the floor
It started rolling all around
Then rolled right out the door.

Little egg, roll, roll, roll,
Roll all around
Little egg roll, roll, roll
All across the ground.

 

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What Comes From an Egg?

Chickens hatch from eggs, but what about other animals? Explore PBS’ book to learn about a variety of animals from spiders to platypuses that start their lives as eggs.

 
 

If You Like Your Eggs Scrambled

(Tune: Happy & You Know It)
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands
Yes, they’re yummy and they’re yellow
So you’ll be a happy fellow
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands

If you like your eggs fried, jump up high…
If you want bacon with your eggs, wiggle your legs…
If you want toast instead, nod your head (Mmm-hmm)…


-Jeninthelibrary.com
 

I Know a Chicken

 – Laurie Berkner

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Try this craft from Woo! Jr.

Additional Books

The Donkey Egg by Janet Stevens

After fast-talking Fox leaves him with a large, green egg, Bear spends minutes, hours, days, and weeks lovingly caring for it with the help of his neighbor Hare.

An Egg is Quiet by Diana Hutts Aston

A beautifully illustrated work which introduces young naturalists to more than 60 types of eggs and an array of egg facts.

An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni

A little frog discovers an extraordinary egg on Pebble Island.

More Story Times

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know... Ladybugs don't have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or "sleep" through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most "helpful" bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and...

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Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

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"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child "how" to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don't forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you...

Story Time: Fashion!

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Book Babies: Up n’ Down

Book Babies: Up n’ Down

Book Babies: Up n’ Down

You only have to go as far as a book to visit the zoo with your baby or toddler! When you read a book with your child, make animals noises and sing nursery rhymes about the animals you find in your “zoo” book . You can find some of these books and rhymes below.

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Ages 2-5

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!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Setting up achievable tasks for young children and clearly recognizing their successful completion helps to build children’s confidence in themselves and their abilities. Children who feel good about themselves and believe that they can accomplish things are more likely to tackle new tasks with a positive attitude. Research suggests that children who are self-confident and believe that they can successfully complete tasks do much better in school.

- Lambert

Activity

Using a flannel story of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” recite the rhyme with your child. When the spider gets “washed out”, pull the spider down so it falls off. When you’re finished with the rhyme, invite your child to manipulate the spider. As he does so, clap your hands, give him a hug, and congratulate him saying, “Good job, ______! You did it!”

Books Presented

Up, Up, Up, Down by Kimberly Gee

Illustrations and easy-to-read text follow a baby and father through a day filled with ups and downs, ons and offs, and plenty of fun.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani

In this expanded version of a popular song, the itsy-bitsy spider’s climbing is interrupted by a fan, a mouse, a cat, and some dew before she makes her way to the top of a tree to spin her web.

Baby Up, Baby Down by Molly Magnuson

Look at all the babies. Find the babies who are near and far, messy and clean, quiet and noisy. Learn all about opposites!

Where's Baby? by Anne Hunter

Papa Fox is looking for Baby Fox, who is just out of his sight … but not ours! An adorable, interactive read-aloud for fans of Are You My Mother.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Bounce: Dickery Dickery Dare

(to the tune of Hickory Dickory Dock)

Dickery dickery dare,
The pig flew up in the air, (woo!)
The man in brown, brought him back down,
Dickery dickery dare!

-Pasadena-library.net

Bounce: The Grand Old Duke of York

Oh, The grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.

And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only half-way up,
They were neither up nor down

– Allnurseryrhymes.com

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain,
and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

– Allnurseryrhymes.com

Jack and Jill

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.
Then up got Jack and said to Jill,
As in his arms he took her,
“Brush off that dirt for you’re not hurt,
Let’s fetch that pail of water.”
So Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch the pail of water,
And took it home to Mother dear,
Who thanked her son and daughter.

– Allnurseryrhymes.com

Additional Books

Yummy, Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

A toddler finds out that spaghetti is yummy, but worms — and blue crayons, and sand, and other things too gross to mention — are definitely yucky when tasted.

Odd One Out: Big and Small by Guido Van Genechten

Some of these animals are not like the others…. Who’s the odd one out? And who’s ready to go to a parry? Come along and find out!

Bears are Big by Douglas Florian

Meet pairs of animals and discover how they’re different. The pairs include bears/bees, shrews/giraffes, rhinos/tigers, turtles/snails, sloths/cheetahs, eels/tree frogs, hippos/butterflies, and ravens/doves.

More Book Babies

Book Babies: Bugs, Bugs, and More Bugs!

Today in Book Babies/ Toddler Time, we read all about bugs! The fun thing about bugs is that they come a a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Talk about their differences and similarities with your child as you explore the incredible world of insects.Join us live...

Book Babies: Fun with Scarves and New Board Books!

Today we decided to have fun with scarf songs (always a favorite!) and with some of our brand new board books! Click the links below to check them out for you and your baby - you'll love them!Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome...

Book Babies: Tickle, Tickle!

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Is your toddler a wiggle worm? They might have fun reading and learning about "real" wiggle worms. Try some of these activities and books which are just for the little wiggle worms in our lives.Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome...

Book Babies: Green is Great!

Green is great! We celebrated everything green for St. Patrick's Day today. There were green frogs, green peas and of course... green shamrocks. For more books about the color green, check out some of the additional titles listed below.Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00...

Book Babies: Up n’ Down

You only have to go as far as a book to visit the zoo with your baby or toddler! When you read a book with your child, make animals noises and sing nursery rhymes about the animals you find in your "zoo" book . You can find some of these books and rhymes below.Join us...

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You only have to go as far as a book to visit the zoo with your baby or toddler! When you read a book with your child, make animals noises and sing nursery rhymes about the animals you find in your "zoo" book . You can find some of these books and rhymes below.Join us...

Book Babies: Walking, Walking

Learning to walk can be both fun and frustrating for your little one, but there are things you can do to encourage him. Try wrapping a scarf or blanket around your baby's chest and under his arms, then stabilize him with the blankets as he learns to balance himself...

Book Babies: I Love You!

"Children love books that reaffirm your love for them. Especially as they grow older and learn to deal with their emotions, it’s important for them to know that you love them, no matter how much they may sometimes misbehave." - yogibrarian.wordpress.comJoin us live...

Book Babies: Let’s Get Dressed!

Getting dressed is a great opportunity to practice singing, talking, and playing with you child, and you do it every day! It doesn't take a lot of time to add a song, match a shoe, and talk about why we wear clothes. It's also a great way to "see" how your child is...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Paper Towel Experiments

Kid and Tween STEAM: Paper Towel Experiments

Create these cool paper towel drawings!

Things you will need include:

  • markers (Crayola works really well)
  • paper towels (thick is better)
  • a pan to hold water
  • water 

Kid and Tween STEAM: Hot Air Balloon Art

Try your hand at cut paper art and play with perspective with this hot air balloon art craft! Things you will need include: Scissors Glue stick Something round to trace a circle from (such as a cup) Markers Paper for the sky, grass/trees, balloon basket, and clouds 6...

April Kid and Tween Activities

Come to our Mother Daughter Book Club meeting on Thursday, April 1st at 6:30- 7:30 p.m.! This month we're talking about Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. This month for Books for Boys we're reading and discussing Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. Join us on...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Bottle Experiments with Light Refraction

Experiment with light refraction! Things you will need include: drawing utensils a glass jar paper cardboard

Kid and Tween STEAM: Paper Towel Experiments

Create these cool paper towel drawings! Things you will need include: markers (Crayola works really well) paper towels (thick is better) a pan to hold water water 

Kid and Tween STEAM: STEAM Magic

Combine science and magic in these four simple STEAM activities! Things you will need include: pen or pencil scissors two cups about 30 coins or glass stones of at least two different colors (with at least one penny) a sheet of paper an index card  

Kid and Tween STEAM: Cardboard Constructions

Try this cardboard square construction challenge! Things you will need include: about 15 squares of cardboard (we did 3 1/2" x 3 1/2") scissors

Kid and Tween STEAM: Butcher Paper Creations

What will YOU make with three large pieces of butcher paper? There are so many possibilities! Pick up yours today.

January Kid and Tween STEAM

Check out our January kid and tween STEAM Take N' Go kits below. Each will be available through curbside pickup. Instructions will be available on our website and our YouTube channel. Butcher Paper craft - available starting January 5th See what you can make with some...

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Try these two classic and easy to play games: Hare and Hounds and the Roman game of Bear. You will need: - Three playing pieces/glass stones of the same color - One playing piece/glass stone of a different color - Game board (easy to draw)  

Kid & Tween STEAM: Turkey Racers

Try this cause/effect turkey racing competition! Things you will need include: tape permanent marker scissors string two balloons a straw craft feathers

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