Summer STEM: Animal Coding Game

Summer STEM: Animal Coding Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!

This fun and interactive STEM activity will teach the technique of “If-Then,” which is a coding method used by coders. 

Materials needed:

  • Large grid paper for a game board (image below)
  • If-Then Cards (image below)
  • Homes + Obstacles printout (image below)
  • Plastic Bits
  • Die
  • Acornimals (or any small toy!)
  • Scissors

Inspired by the craft “If-Then Dice Grid Game” STEM activity from 100 Easy STEAM Activities: Awesome Hands-On Projects for Aspiring Artists and Engineers by Andrea Scalzo Yi

Summer STEM: Animal Coding Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!This fun and interactive STEM activity will teach the technique of "If-Then,"...

Summer STEM: UV Animal Challenge

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Make a cute little animal from pipe cleaners and beads. The kit includes beads...

Summer STEM: Exploding Soap

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Let's have some fun with soap and a microwave! What happens to an ordinary piece...

SUMMER STEM: Food Web Puzzle Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!It's the Circle of Life... Use the supplies in the kit to learn about nature's...

JULY Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Final month of Summer Reading - last day to sign-up is July 24th and program ends July 31st.  Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The...

Summer STEM: Outdoor Art

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!How tall is a giraffe? Find out with the Outdoor Kit! Have even more fun creating...

Summer STEM: Binary Code Animals

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program was made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Learn about binary with these code art animals! Things you will need include:...

June Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 PM in the Community Room Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless! You won't want to miss our...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Flying Machines

These paper airplanes are easy to make and fly incredibly far! Things you will need include: Scissors Tape Glue Ruler 3x5 card 2 8.5x11 sheets of paper (one of the airplanes is a bat, so you can use some darker paper for that one if you'd like!)

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...

Summer STEM: UV Animal Challenge

Summer STEM: UV Animal Challenge

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!

Make a cute little animal from pipe cleaners and beads. The kit includes beads which are sensitive to UV light – see what colors they turn into when exposed to sunlight!

Materials needed:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • UV sensitive beads, found here, here, or here
  • Building materials (ie: 1/2 a cardboard egg carton, plastic glass, cardstock, foam block, etc)
  • Tape 
  • Scissors
  • Optional: hot glue 

Summer STEM: Animal Coding Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!This fun and interactive STEM activity will teach the technique of "If-Then,"...

Summer STEM: UV Animal Challenge

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Make a cute little animal from pipe cleaners and beads. The kit includes beads...

Summer STEM: Exploding Soap

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Let's have some fun with soap and a microwave! What happens to an ordinary piece...

SUMMER STEM: Food Web Puzzle Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!It's the Circle of Life... Use the supplies in the kit to learn about nature's...

JULY Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Final month of Summer Reading - last day to sign-up is July 24th and program ends July 31st.  Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The...

Summer STEM: Outdoor Art

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!How tall is a giraffe? Find out with the Outdoor Kit! Have even more fun creating...

Summer STEM: Binary Code Animals

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program was made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Learn about binary with these code art animals! Things you will need include:...

June Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 PM in the Community Room Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless! You won't want to miss our...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Flying Machines

These paper airplanes are easy to make and fly incredibly far! Things you will need include: Scissors Tape Glue Ruler 3x5 card 2 8.5x11 sheets of paper (one of the airplanes is a bat, so you can use some darker paper for that one if you'd like!)

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...

Summer STEM: Exploding Soap

Summer STEM: Exploding Soap

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!

Let’s have some fun with soap and a microwave!

What happens to an ordinary piece of soap when it is exposed to the high heat of a microwave? Find out with this super fun STEM kit!

Materials needed:

  • Bar of soap (broken into about three pieces)
  • Plate
  • Access to a microwave
  • Optional: toothpick to doodle on soap 

Be sure to unwrap the soap before putting it in the microwave!

Summer STEM: Animal Coding Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!This fun and interactive STEM activity will teach the technique of "If-Then,"...

Summer STEM: UV Animal Challenge

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Make a cute little animal from pipe cleaners and beads. The kit includes beads...

Summer STEM: Exploding Soap

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Let's have some fun with soap and a microwave! What happens to an ordinary piece...

SUMMER STEM: Food Web Puzzle Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!It's the Circle of Life... Use the supplies in the kit to learn about nature's...

JULY Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Final month of Summer Reading - last day to sign-up is July 24th and program ends July 31st.  Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The...

Summer STEM: Outdoor Art

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!How tall is a giraffe? Find out with the Outdoor Kit! Have even more fun creating...

Summer STEM: Binary Code Animals

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program was made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Learn about binary with these code art animals! Things you will need include:...

June Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 PM in the Community Room Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless! You won't want to miss our...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Flying Machines

These paper airplanes are easy to make and fly incredibly far! Things you will need include: Scissors Tape Glue Ruler 3x5 card 2 8.5x11 sheets of paper (one of the airplanes is a bat, so you can use some darker paper for that one if you'd like!)

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...

SUMMER STEM: Food Web Puzzle Game

SUMMER STEM: Food Web Puzzle Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!

It’s the Circle of Life… Use the supplies in the kit to learn about nature’s food chain.

Materials needed:

  • Small paper cups
  • Printout of food chain animals
  • Food Web challenge list
  • Glue, tape, or other adhesive
  • Scissors

Click below for a video with more specific instructions.

Summer STEM: Animal Coding Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!This fun and interactive STEM activity will teach the technique of "If-Then,"...

Summer STEM: UV Animal Challenge

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Make a cute little animal from pipe cleaners and beads. The kit includes beads...

Summer STEM: Exploding Soap

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Let's have some fun with soap and a microwave! What happens to an ordinary piece...

SUMMER STEM: Food Web Puzzle Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!It's the Circle of Life... Use the supplies in the kit to learn about nature's...

JULY Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Final month of Summer Reading - last day to sign-up is July 24th and program ends July 31st.  Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The...

Summer STEM: Outdoor Art

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!How tall is a giraffe? Find out with the Outdoor Kit! Have even more fun creating...

Summer STEM: Binary Code Animals

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program was made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Learn about binary with these code art animals! Things you will need include:...

June Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 PM in the Community Room Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless! You won't want to miss our...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Flying Machines

These paper airplanes are easy to make and fly incredibly far! Things you will need include: Scissors Tape Glue Ruler 3x5 card 2 8.5x11 sheets of paper (one of the airplanes is a bat, so you can use some darker paper for that one if you'd like!)

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...

Storytime: Deep Down Underground

Storytime: Deep Down Underground

Storytime: Deep Down Underground

A lot of children love to play in the dirt and mud, but do they know what lives underground? Explore the earth beneath their feet with these books, activities and videos. Then talk about what they have discovered and the new words that they have learned such as soil, burrow, and fossils.

Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Reading to your child with excitement and enthusiasm helps make reading a special time for you and your little one.

Activity

Try reading a story with your child using funny voices. Practice with a high, low, fast, or slow voice, and try using funny expressions on your face.

Books Presented

Underground by Denise Fleming

Pulp paintings and rhyming text spotlight the underground world of burrowing, tunneling, and digging animals. Includes “Creature Identification” page.

A Dog Named Doug by Karma Wilson

 
Egged on by a ground squirrel, a dog named Doug digs miles underground–taking a detour through the White House–until he returns home, goes to bed, and dreams of digging some more.

Hedgehog Needs a Hug by Jen Betton

Hedgehog wakes up needing a hug, but has trouble finding a friend who will get so close to his prickles.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Herman the Worm

Sitting on a fencepost, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
weeooo weeooo / pretend to use a yo yo
When along came Herman the Worm
And he was thiiiiis big / fingers a few inches apart
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I ate my sister

Sitting on a fencepost, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
Weeoo weeoo / pretend to use a yo yo
When along cam Herman the worm
And he was thiiiiis big / hands about six inches apart
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I ate my mother

Sitting on a fencepost, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
Weeoo weeoo / pretend to use a yo yo
When along cam Herman the worm
And he was thiiiiis big / hands about two feet apart
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I ate my father

Sitting on a fencepost, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
Weeoo weeoo / pretend to use a yo yo
When along cam Herman the worm
And he was thiiiiis big / hands as far apart as possible
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I ate my grandpa

Sitting on a fencepost, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
Weeoo weeoo / pretend to use a yo yo
When along cam Herman the worm
And he was thiiiiis big / fingers close together again
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I burped

 

Let’s Dig a Hole

Let’s … Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a Hole!
Let’s … Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a Hole!

A… Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Hole!
A… Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Hole!

Let’s … Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a Hole!
Let’s … Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a Hole!

 

Five Hungry Ants

Five hungry ants, marching in a line,
Came upon a picnicwhere they could dine.
They marched into the salad,they marched into the cake,
They marched into the pepper….uh oh, that was a mistake!
AHHHH-CHOOO!

 

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this cute coloring page – click below!

Create an adorable hedgehog by weaving paper strips

Additional Books

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett

Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect.

Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar by Steve Wilson

Horace and Hattie watch a caterpillar become a butterfly … and are inspired to attempt a transformation of their own!

The Ants Go Marching

One by one the ants march to get to shelter from the rain in this illustrated version of the classic children’s song.

Hop by Jorey HUrley

A day in the life of a rabbit family, from sleeping to grazing to hiding from danger

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Storytime: Cool, Cool Water

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Storytime: Forest Friends

"Over in the forest underneath the pine trees sat a brown mother bear and her babies three!" Can you make some new friends in the forest? Try out some of these books and activities below to see the creatures who live in the forest. You can also put together the...

Storytime: Deep Down Underground

A lot of children love to play in the dirt and mud, but do they know what lives underground? Explore the earth beneath their feet with these books, activities and videos. Then talk about what they have discovered and the new words that they have learned such as soil,...

Story Time: Big and Tall

Stories and activities about large animals.Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip Practicing fine motor skills, such as making small finger motions while singing a song,...

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Story Time: Ladybugs

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JULY Kid and Tween Activities

JULY Kid and Tween Activities

JULY Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading

Final month of Summer Reading – last day to sign-up is July 24th and program ends July 31st. 

Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages. 

The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless!

You won’t want to miss our Summer STEM program for ages 6-11! Unlike the rest of the year, starting June 15th we have a new activity every single week through the end of July! Pick them up at the Front Circulation Desk while supplies last.

Craft instructions will be available on our website and on our YouTube Channel.


July 6: Food Web Puzzle Game

July 13: Exploding Soap
July 20: UV Sensitive Animal Building Challenge
July 27: Animal Coding Game

Earn a gorilla!

Fill out the online form below and upload a photo of your child doing one of our STEM activities. Then come to the Children’s Reference Desk and talk to a librarian to take one of the gorillas in the children’s area home!

1 per child while gorillas last; for ages 6-11. 

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!

Meghan Casey and Rocky Mountain Puppets presents:
Tall Tales of the Lost Temple

Monday, July 12  at Porter Park in the Beehive Pavilion. 

Two performances at 10:30a.m. and 6:30p.m.

Grab your blankets and lawn chairs for a special presentation and puppet show by Rocky Mountain Puppets! Meghan Casey is an award winning ventriloquist who entertains audiences all over the country. Join us as she presents a unique program based on the Summer Reading 2021 theme, “Tails and Tales.”

This event is sponsored by the Madison Library Foundation.

Summer STEM: Animal Coding Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!This fun and interactive STEM activity will teach the technique of "If-Then,"...

Summer STEM: UV Animal Challenge

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Make a cute little animal from pipe cleaners and beads. The kit includes beads...

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Summer STEM: Exploding Soap

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Let's have some fun with soap and a microwave! What happens to an ordinary piece...

SUMMER STEM: Food Web Puzzle Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!It's the Circle of Life... Use the supplies in the kit to learn about nature's...

July 1st – July 15th TEEN Activities

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JULY Kid and Tween Activities

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JULY Adult Activities

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Summer STEM: Toothbrush Critters

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Learn about circuits while making a neat little bot critter that vibrates!...

Summer STEM: Outdoor Art

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!How tall is a giraffe? Find out with the Outdoor Kit! Have even more fun creating...

Summer STEM: Toothbrush Critters

Summer STEM: Toothbrush Critters

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!

Learn about circuits while making a neat little bot critter that vibrates!

Materials needed:

  • Toothbrush
  • (2) 3 volt coin battery
  • 10 mm coin cell phone charger or page motor
  • 2-3 mm LED bulbs
  • Glue dots
  • Painter’s or masking tape
  • Scissors

This craft was inspired by this post by Cub Scout Ideas

Summer STEM: Animal Coding Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!This fun and interactive STEM activity will teach the technique of "If-Then,"...

Summer STEM: UV Animal Challenge

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Make a cute little animal from pipe cleaners and beads. The kit includes beads...

Summer STEM: Exploding Soap

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Let's have some fun with soap and a microwave! What happens to an ordinary piece...

SUMMER STEM: Food Web Puzzle Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!It's the Circle of Life... Use the supplies in the kit to learn about nature's...

JULY Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Final month of Summer Reading - last day to sign-up is July 24th and program ends July 31st.  Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The...

Summer STEM: Outdoor Art

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!How tall is a giraffe? Find out with the Outdoor Kit! Have even more fun creating...

Summer STEM: Binary Code Animals

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program was made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Learn about binary with these code art animals! Things you will need include:...

June Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 PM in the Community Room Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless! You won't want to miss our...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Flying Machines

These paper airplanes are easy to make and fly incredibly far! Things you will need include: Scissors Tape Glue Ruler 3x5 card 2 8.5x11 sheets of paper (one of the airplanes is a bat, so you can use some darker paper for that one if you'd like!)

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...

Story Time: Big and Tall

Story Time: Big and Tall

Story Time: Big and Tall

Stories and activities about large animals.

Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Practicing fine motor skills, such as making small finger motions while singing a song, helps develop your child’s coordination. Four-year old children have greater control of their fingers and hands than younger children do. Songs such as “Open Them, Shut Them” are easier for three-, four-, and five-year olds than for younger children because children develop greater coordination and control of small movements as they age. 

Activity

Encourage children to use their hands and fingers to follow the directions to the song, “Open Them, Shut Them.” 

Open them, shut them, open them, shut them,
Give a little clap.
Open them, shut them, open them, shut them,
Put them in your lap.

Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them
Right up to your chin.
Open up your little mouth… (pause)
But do not let them in! (shake finger)

Books Presented

Hiccupotamus by Steve Smallman

The jungle animals are having a musical celebration! Mouse squeaks, Bird tweets, and Centipede taps his feet. Then more animals hear the music and want to join in, as Monkey, Warthog, and Crocodile bring their own music-making talents to the group. But what is that silly Hippo doing?

Who Eats Orange? by Dianne White

Who eats orange—a chicken? A bunny? A bear? Find out in this unique exploration of colors and animals’ favorite foods.

Animals eat a rainbow of different foods. Gorillas in the mountains eat green, octopi in the ocean eat red, and toucans in the canopy eat purple. Young animal enthusiasts will love digging into this lively journey around the world to explore the colorful diets of many animals, from the familiar to the exotic.

Giraffe Problems by Jory John

Can you guess what’s making this giraffe self-conscious? Could it be . . . HIS ENORMOUS NECK?? Yes, it’s exactly that–how on earth did you figure it out?

Edward the giraffe can’t understand why his neck is as long and bendy and, well, ridiculous as it is. No other animal has a neck this absurd. He’s tried disguising it, dressing it up, strategically hiding it behind bushes–honestly, anything you can think of, he’s tried.

Just when he has exhausted his neck-hiding options and is about to throw in the towel, a turtle swoops in (well, ambles in, very slowly) and helps him understand that his neck has a purpose, and looks excellent in a bow tie.

Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? by Jory John

Persnickety Elephant has an itch–a big one–and he can’t reach it! While he isn’t above asking for a little help, no one is up to the task. Turtle is too lazy, Snail is too slimy, and Alligator… well, Elephant isn’t sure he wants his assistance. Does Elephant have to do everything himself?

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Five Elephants in the Bathtub

One elephant in the bathtub
Going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees twice)
Come on in! (motion with both hands to come in)

(count up from 1-5)
Five elephants in the bathtub
Going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees twice)
It all fell in! (knock the felt pieces down)

The Jungle Song

Tiger, tiger, orange and black,
He’s got stripes upon his back.
When he growls, sharp teeth I see.
He’s as scary as can be!
Tiger, tiger, orange and black,
He’s got stripes upon his back.

Elephant, elephant, large and grey
Swings his trunk along the way.
His ears are big, his tusks are white,
Don’t be scared, he doesn’t bite!
Elephant, elephant, large and grey,
Swings his trunk along the way.

Crocodile, crocodile, long and green,
The sharpest teeth you’ve ever seen.
His legs are short, his mouth is wide,
Get too close and you’ll be inside!
Crocodile, crocodile, long and green,
The sharpest teeth you’ve ever seen.

Giraffe, giraffe, so very tall,
He spreads out his legs so he won’t fall.
He eats leaves from the tops of the trees,
His long neck helps him reach them with ease!
Giraffe, giraffe, so very tall,
He spreads out his legs so he won’t fall.

Hippopotamus, wallows and lies,
In the mud right up to his eyes.
Wallowing in the muddy pool,
Keeps his skin so very cool.
Hippopotamus, wallows and lies,
In the mud right up to his eyes.

Lion, lion mighty and strong.
With a very loud roar and a mane so long.
A lioness has no mane,
Acub is a baby lion’s name.
Lion, lion mighty and strong.
With a very loud roar and a mane so long.

If You’re an Elephant and You Know It!

To the tune “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

If you’re an elephant and you know it, 
Stomp your feet!

If you’re an elephant and you know it, 
Stomp your feet!

If you’re an elephant and you know it,
And you really want to show it,

If you’re an elephant and you know it, 
Stomp your feet!

Other options:
Monkey – jump up and down
Crocodile – snap your jaws
Lion – give a roar! 

I Know a Giraffe

To the tune “On Top of Old Smokey”

I know a giraffe.
With a neck that’s real high.
She stretches and stretches
Til it reaches the sky.
She lives on the plains
With the elephants too
You might also see her when you go to the zoo.

Crafts and Activities

Elephant Nose Craft

Have fun making this silly elephant trunk craft!

Additional Books

Abigail by Catherine Rayner

Abigail the giraffe wants to count the spots on her animal friends, Ladybug, Zebra, and Cheetah, but when they move too fast for counting, Abigail comes up with a new plan.

A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems

Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.

Boa's Bad Birthday by Jeanne Willis

It was Boa’s birthday.
It was going to be the best one ever.
Or so he hoped. 

He invited his friends round.
They would all bring him wonderful presents.
Or would they?

The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory

Geri is the shortest giraffe in the herd, which causes all kinds of problems when Boba the baboon tries to take a photo. Can Geri stretch up tall enough to be in the picture? Or are the other giraffes looking at things from the wrong perspective? A very sweet story for preschoolers about difference and acceptance.

Jangles: A BIG Fish Story by Davin Shannon

Breathtaking oil paintings bursting with energy pull readers along into Big Lake, the home of Jangles, the biggest fish anyone has seen. Fishing alone at dusk, a boy feels a tug on his line and comes face-to-face with the gigantic trout–whose enormous jaw is covered with so many lures and fish hooks that he jingles and jangles when he swims. Terrified by the sight, the boy is shocked when Jangles befriends him and takes him on an adventure to the bottom of the lake. A surprise ending will leave readers laughing and shaking their heads. Here is Shannon at his very best-in a wild and witty story that begs repeated reading.

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Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!

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Materials needed:

  • String – 5 yards
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Bird template
  • Flowers, leaves, sticks, etc found in nature

This craft was inspired by this post from EdVentures With Kids

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Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!How tall is a giraffe? Find out with the Outdoor Kit! Have even more fun creating...

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