Toddler Time and Book Babies – Once Upon a Time There Were Unicorns

Toddler Time and Book Babies – Once Upon a Time There Were Unicorns

Toddler Time and Book Babies – Once Upon a Time There Were Unicorns

Toddler Time and Book Babies – July 27 and 29, 2020

Toddler Time for ages 10 to 23 months – 9:45 am Mondays (July 27)

Book Babies for ages 0 to 9 months – 9:45 am Wednesdays (July 29)

 

This week in Toddler Time and Book Babies we played with shakers, sang songs, and read books about unicorns and other fun animals. Singing is an important part of language and literacy development because it “stretches” out multiple sounds that make up a word, so don’t be afraid to sing with your child even if you feel like you are not a “singer.” We’ve also included a cute pattern for a unicorn horn that you can color with your toddler!

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

4 Little Pigs
by Carmen Crowe

You already know about the Three Little Pigs – now see what happens when Baby Pig tags along!

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I Believe in Bunnycorns
Danielle McLean

Part bunny, part unicorn, and 100% magical! We’re going on a bunny hunt to find the bunnycorns. We follow trails of sparkle dust and look for shiny horns!

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Ten Playful Penguins
by Emily Ford

Ten penguins visit their friends at the zoo, in a book featuring three-dimensional penguins to aid readers in counting.

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Once Upon a Unicorn’s Horn
by Beatrice Blue

A little girl befriends a sad, tiny horse, and, with a little magic (and an ice cream cone), helps him fly.

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I’m Just a Little Penguin
by Oakley Graham

Shake the book to move the 3D googley eyes in this funny story about a day in the life of a happy little penguin.

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You are My Sunshine
by Sandra Magsamen

This playful new shaped board book from Sandra Magsamen features a plush sun-shaped finger puppet! This puppet then becomes a character on every spread, offering a uniquely interactive reading experience for you and your child.

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The Little Book of Big Ideas
by Suzanne Francis

Four concept-based story retellings in one wonderfully chunky package!

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Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Shaker: Shake Your Shaker

(Tune: London Bridge)

Shake your shaker in the air,
Shake it here, shake it there.
Shake your shaker in the air,
Shake your shaker.

Shake it high and shake it low,
Shake it yes, shake it no.
Shake it high and shake it low,
Shake your shaker.

Shake it up and shake it down,
Rub your shaker on the ground.
Shake it up and shake it down,
Shake your shaker.

Shake it near and shake it far,
Drive your shaker like a car.
Shake it near and shake it far,
Shake your shaker.

Shake it fast and shake it slow,
Shake it stop, shake it go.
Shake it fast and shake it slow,
Shake your shaker.

– Lisaslibraryland.blogspot.com

Shaker: If You’re Happy and You Know it

If you’re happy and you know it give a shake.
If you’re happy and you know it give a shake.
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it.
If you’re happy and you know it give a shake.

If you’re happy and you know it give a clap.
(Clap shaker against palm.)

If you’re happy and you know it give a tap.
(Tap shaker on the floor.)

If you’re happy and you know it do all three.
(Shake, shake, clap, clap, tap, tap)

– Lisaslibraryland.blogspot.com

Shaker: Going to Kentucky

We’re going to Kentucky, we’re going to the fair
We’re going to Kentucky, we’re going to the fair
To see a senorita, with roses in her hair, OH
Shake it baby, shake it! Shake it if you dare!
Shake it like a milkshake, Oh shake it here to there!
SOOO, rumble to the bottom, rumble to the top
Then turn around and turn around Until it’s time to STOP!
(repeat, going faster each time!)

Spoken rhyme for putting away shakers:
Shake your shaker slowly, as slowly as can be
Now shake your shaker quickly, do it just like me.
Shake your shaker high Shake your shaker low
One last shake … and away it goes!

– Macaronisoup.com

Shaker: We Shake Our Shakers Together

(To the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)

We shake our shakers together.
We shake our shakers together
We shake our shakers together
Because it’s fun to do!

– Lisaslibraryland.blogspot.com

 

Bounce: Acka Backa Soda Cracker

Acka backa soda cracker,
(bounce to rhythm)
Acka backa boo,
(lean forward on ‘boo’)
Acka backa soda cracker,
(bounce to rhythm)
I love you!
(kiss baby’s head or hug baby)

Acka backa soda cracker,
(bounce to rhythm)
Acka backa boo,
(lean forward on ‘boo’)
Acka backa soda cracker,
(bounce to rhythm)
Up goes you!
(lift baby/arms up)

– Oremlibrary.org

Bounce: Giddy Up Horsie

Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up horsey.
(bounce baby on knees)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, go, go, go.

Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up horsey.
Giddy-up, giddy-up, Whoa!
(let baby slip through knees)

– Traditional

Fingerplay: Two Little Penguins

Here’s two little penguins
Sliding on the ice
One named Brooke
And the other named Bryce
Slide away Brooke
Slide away Bryce
Come back Brooke
Come back Bryce

– Traditional

Bounce: Popcorn, Popcorn!

Popcorn, popcorn!
(bounce baby on knee)

Sizzle in the pan.
(rock legs side to side)

Shake it, shake it,
(rock legs side to side)

Bam, bam, bam!
(bounce baby on knee)

Popcorn, popcorn!
(bounce baby on knee)

Now it’s getting hot!
(rock legs side to side)

Shake it, shake it,
(rock legs side to side)

Pop, pop, pop!
(lift baby up higher with each pop)

– Blog.intellidance.ca

 

Diaper Changing: There Was a Little Man

There was a little man who had a little crumb
And over the mountain he did run
With a belly full of fat
And a big tall hat
And a pancake stuck to his bum, bum, bum!

– Jbrary.com

Signing

“Milk”

“Food”

“More”

“All Done”

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

Even if you can’t sing on key, be sure to sing to your child! Your child is not looking for a concert quality song; he wants familar sounds from a person who means a great deal to him. Singing together can be great fun; it doesn’t require any special equipment or cost any money.

- Lambert

Activity

Sing an “egg shaker” or “clapping” song with your child such as “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Have fun making up different verses throuout the day for activities you do with your child such as “…wash your hands, scrub scrub,” or “…eat your lunch, yum, yum!”

Sensory/Craft Activity

Make a Unicorn Horn

Make a unicorn horn with this simple template!

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Story Time – Once Upon a Time

Story Time – Once Upon a Time

Story Time – Once Upon a Time

Story Time – Once Upon a Time

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

How do you begin a story? Oh, yes! It’s “Once Upon a… slime, goat, or maybe it’s goose!” This week in story time we finished our “Imagine Your Story” Summer Reading 2020 theme with books that start or end with “Once upon a Time.” We hope you have fun with the extension activities, songs, and finger plays. Remember to sing, talk, read, write, and play every day!

Early Literacy Tip and Activity

Tip

Even if you can’t sing on key, be sure to sing to your child! Your child is not looking for a concert quality song; he wants familar sounds from a person who means a great deal to him. Singing together can be great fun; it doesn’t require any special equipment or cost any money.

- Lambert

Activity

Sing an “egg shaker” or “clapping”song with your child such as “If You’re Happy and You Know It”. Have fun making up different verses throughout the day for activities you do with your child such as “…wash your hands, scrub scrub,” or “…eat your lunch, yum, yum!”

Books Presented

Silly Goose’s Big Story
by Keiko Kasza

  Silly Goose tells wonderful stories that lead to great adventures, but soon after his friends complain that he always gets to play the hero, Silly Goose learns that his friends can be truly heroic.

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Once Upon a Slime
by Andy Maxwell

Once upon a time–gloooooooorp! Ew, gross! Who slimed Goldilocks? Who could be the mastermind behind this icky, sticky plan?

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Once Upon a Goat
by Andy Maxwell

When a proper king and queen ask their fairy godmother for a child, they find themselves gifted instead with a baby goat.

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The End
by David LaRochelle

“…And they lived happily ever after.” So begins David LaRochelle and Richard Egielski’s wacky original fairy tale THE END, which traces the courtship of a handsome knight and a beautiful princess . . . backwards!

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Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands

Clap, clap, clap your hands,
Clap your hands together.
Clap, clap, clap your hands,
Clap your hands together.

Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet,
Stamp your feet together.
Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet,
Stamp your feet together.

Blink, blink, blink your eyes,
Blink your eyes together.
Blink, blink, blink your eyes,
Blink your eyes together.

– Mamalisa.com

One, Two, Shake it on Your Shoe

One, two, shake it on your shoe.
Three, four, shake it on the floor.
Five, six, stir and mix.
Seven, eight, stand up straight.
Nine, ten, wave to all your friends.

– Lisaslibrary.blogspot.com

Egg Shakers Up

(Tune: Tommy Thumbs Up)

Egg shakers up (raise shakers)
Egg shakers down (lower shakers)
Egg shakers dancing all around the town (wave shakers side to side)
Dance them on your shoulders (place shaker on your shoulder)
Dance them on your head (place shaker on your head)
Dance them on your knees (place shaker on your knee)
And, shhhhh tuck them into bed (quietly rest shaker on your palm)

– Adventuresofabookworm.com

Crafts and Activities

Use this Fairy Tale Cootie Catcher to tell your own stories!

Try out this magic wand craft!

Additional Books

The Frog Prince, Continued
by Jon Scieszka

After the frog turns into a prince, he and the Princess do not live happily ever after and the Prince decides to look for a witch to help him remedy the situation.

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Little Red Riding Sheep
by Linda Ravin Lodding

Arnold is an eager young sheep who is excited to be in his very first book. No problem-o! Except he’s a bit big and fluffy to play Little Red Riding Hood, and he’s a tiny bit scared of the deep dark woods.

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The Three Triceratops Tuff

by Steve Shaskan

Story Time – Aladdin’s Magic Lamp

Story Time – Aladdin’s Magic Lamp

Story Time – Aladdin’s Magic Lamp

Story Time – Aladdin’s Magic Lamp

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

Higity, pigity, bing bang boo! The genie has a wish for you! This week in Story Time, we read Aladdin and his Magic Lamp. If you could wish for something, what would it be? There are many ways to make wish. How will you do it? Find out with some of these books we read. Or perhaps you can make your own wish come true.

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

Learning to subtract and add can be fun if you use a book with base ten as a counting activity. Help your child to see the different combination sets on their fingers all equal ten.

Activity

Read “Ten Magic Butterflies” or another counting book while using your fingers to make addition combinations. Then go on a “counting walk” and see how many addition combinations you can find that equal ten.

Books Presented

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by Mary Engelbreit

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Ten Magic Butterflies
by Danica McKellar

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The Wish Tree
by Kyo Maclear

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I Wish You More
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

In simple text and pictures, the author and illustrator create a compendium of small daily moments.

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Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Flannel Board: Five Birthday Candles

5 birthday candles, wish there were more, blow out one (blow), and then there are 4
4 birthday candles, pretty as can be, blow out one (blow), and then there are 3
3 birthday candles, mother bought them new, blow out one (blow), and then there are 2
2 birthday candles, birthday cakes are fun, blow out one (blow), and then there is 1
1 birthday candle, a birthday wish is fun, but blow out one, then there are none!

– Nikarella.wordpress.com

Cut and Tell Story: The Fisherman and His Wife

Crafts and Activities

Download this coloring page or color online!

See how many wished you can make with this Cotton Bud Dandelion picture. These wishes last forever!

Additional Books

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by Emma Dodd

  Emily is worried about starting school for the first time, but Foxy waves his magic tail to provide what she needs to be ready–after a few mistakes along the way.

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I Wished for a Unicorn
by Robert Heidbreder

A bear and a boy who both love exploring learn to share their adventures together.

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The Fisherman and His Wife

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Watch the Instruction Video

Travel to the Cave of Wonders and make a wish in the lights with this lava lamp! This is a bubble lamp in a bag.

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  • highlighter
  • paper towel

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Toddler Time and Book Babies – 1, 2, 3, Dancing with Bears

Toddler Time and Book Babies – 1, 2, 3, Dancing with Bears

Toddler Time and Book Babies – July 13 and 15, 2020

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Book Babies for ages 0 to 9 months – 9:45 am Wednesdays (July 15)

 

This week in Toddler Time and Book Babies we had fun with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Try singing the the rhyme, “Dancing with Bears” and have fun dancing around the house with your toddler or baby. You can also substitute different animals for the bear, and then finally add your child’s name.

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

Who Hoots?
by Katie Davis

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Bears
by National Geographic

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My Best Friend is a Unicorn
by Rachael McLean

  Having a unicorn for a friend makes every day magical.

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Tickle Time
by Sandra Boynton

Sometimes kids just need a good tickle. Maybe your child is grumpy, or frustrated, or looking for a little extra attention. Well, we have the cure. Reach for Tickle Time!—and like magic, everyone’s bright and sunny and giggling again.

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Five Silly Monkeys
by Steve Haskamp

Young readers may feel the raised faces of the monkeys bouncing on the bed as they count down from eight to one.

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The Three Bears
retold by Kurt Nagahori

  Three bears return from a walk and find a little girl asleep in the little wee bear’s bed.

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Bear Dreams
by Elisha Cooper

A bear cub does not want to go to sleep for the winter, or even for one minute. This bear cub has big ideas and big plans and big dreams. Bear dreams.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?
by Bill Martin Jr.

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.

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Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Diaper Changing: The Diaper on the Bottom

(Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)

The diaper on the bottom
Comes off, off, off
Off, off, off
Off, off, off
The diaper on the bottom
Comes off, off, off
Nice and clean!

– Oremlibrary.org

Bailando con Osos

Uno, dos, tres, uno dos, tres
Bailando con osos
Uno, dos, tres, uno dos, tres
Bailando por las sillas
Uno, dos, tres, uno dos, tres
Así lo haremos
Uno, dos, tres, uno dos, tres
Bailando contigo

Dancing with Bears

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 Dancing with bears
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 Dancing round chairs
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 that’s what we’ll do
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 Dancing with you.

– Jlibrary.com

Bear is Sleeping

Bear is sleeping. Bear is sleeping.
Wake him up! Wake him Up!
Come and say hello, bear. Come and say hello, bear.
Time to eat, time to eat.

– Jlibrary.com

Fingerplay: Two Little Black Bears

Two little black bears sitting on a hill,
One named Jack and one named Jill,
Run away Jack, run away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Two little black bears digging in the snow
One named Fast and one named Slow…

Two little black bears feeling very proud
One named Quiet and one named Loud..

– Jlibrary.com

Hug Your Bear

Hug, hug, hug your bear
Squeeze him very tight
Hold him high and help him fly
Then hug with all your might.

– Jlibrary.com

Craft Activity

Bear Toast

Try making bear toast with your child. Make sure to point out the shapes of the toast and bananas!

Grandfather Bear Oral Story

Watch the video to see how you can perform this story.

Signing

“Pig”

“Bear”

“Sleep”

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

Learning through play is relaxed, fun & creative. Through a single enjoyable activity. you child can learn about following directions, taking turns, and showing appreciation to others, all skills that are necessary for healthy development.

- Lambert

Activity

Recite the “Hickory, Dickory, Dare,” rhyme while holding a small, stuffed bear or a beanbag. Throw the bear up in the air and catch it. Then give your child a chance to toss the bear. Very young children might need a parent to guide their hands as they toss the animal. Make sure to clap and congratulate her efforts. This is a great family activity where everyone can clap for and encourage each other.

Additional Books

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do You See?
by Bill Martin Jr.

Illustrations and rhyming text portray a young bear searching for its mother and meeting many North American animals along the way. On board pages.

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In My Den
by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich

  Young readers learn what makes a bear’s den so cozy. On board pages.

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Bear Snores On
by Karma Wilson

Bear snores on as the high-spirited party gets going. The critters pop corn, make tea, twitter and chatter, until Bear wakes up with a giant sneeze!

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
retold by Michael Rosen

Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.

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Story Time – Goldilocks Measures Things

Story Time – Goldilocks Measures Things

Story Time – Goldilocks Measures Things

Story Time – Goldilocks Measures Things

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

This week for story time we had a special guest – Goldilocks! Goldilocks loves to measure things. We learned how to use different units of measurement to see whether things are small, medium, or large.

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

Learning through play is relaxed, fun & creative. Through a single enjoyable activity. you child can learn about following directions, taking turns, and showing appreciation to others, all skills that are necessary for healthy development.

- Lambert

Activity

Recite the “Hickory, Dickory, Dare,” rhyme while holding a small, stuffed bear or a beanbag. Throw the bear up in the air and catch it. Then give your child a chance to toss the bear. Very young children might need a parent to guide their hands as they toss the animal. Make sure to clap and congratulate her efforts. This is a great family activity where everyone can clap for and encourage each other.

Books Presented

The Three Bears
by Paul Galdone

Three bears return from a walk and find a little girl asleep in the little wee bear’s bed.

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I Thought This was a Bear Book
by Tara Lazar

Prince Zilch from Planet Zero crash lands in the Three Bears story, and it is up to baby bear to figure out a way to get him back to his own book.

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  The little mouse, the red ripe strawberry, and the big hungry bear / El ratoncito, la fresa roja y madura y el gran oso hambriento

por Don y Audrey Wood; traducido por Teresa Mlawer

El ratoncito hara cualquier cosa para evitar que el gran oso hambriento le quite su fresa.

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The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
by Don and Audrey Wood

Little Mouse worries that the big, hungry bear will take his freshly picked, ripe, red strawberry for himself.

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A Den is a Bed for a Bear
by Becky Baines

Welcome to the snug world of bear dens. Kids will explore these intriguing places, and find our how, when, and why they are used.

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Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom, We’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip, Climb aboard my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom I’m going to the moon!

Far, far far, We’re going to the stars…

Fun, fun, fun, We’re going to the sun…

Hickory Dickory Dare

Hickory Dickory Dare.
The bear flew up in the air!
The man in brown soon brought him down,
Hickory Dickory Dare.

– Traditional

Three Brown Bears

(To the tune of Three Blind Mice)

Three brown bears, three brown bears.
See all their beds, see all their chairs.
The mommy cooked in a big brown pot.
The daddy’s porridge was much too hot,
The baby bear always cried a lot.
Three brown bears.

– Jocolibrary.org

Crafts and Activities

Assemble this Goldilocks and the Three Bears puzzle online!

Create your own Goldilocks story with the template available below!

Make and eat this tasty bear toast snack!

Make this bear headband!

Additional Books

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
as retold by Mo Willems

Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs. They were definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl. Definitely not!

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Explorers of the Wild
by Cale Atkinson

A bear and a boy who both love exploring learn to share their adventures together.

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Summer STEM – DIY DNA

Summer STEM – DIY DNA

DIY DNA

Week 5 of Summer STEM from Your Library
Watch the Instruction Video

Solve who broke into the Bears’ house and ate their porridge by making this tasty DNA strand. There are four types of chemical bases in DNA. They always form the same pairs. Adenine (A) always pairs with Thymine (T), and Cytosine (C) always pairs with Guanine (G) Write in a jellybean color for each chemical base to make sure you pair them properly!
A: ___________________
T: ___________________
G: ___________________
C: ___________________

Put a jellybean on one end of a toothpick.
Match your chemical base pairs by adding the second jellybean. Remember that A always pairs with T, and C always pairs with G!
Push the tip of each toothpick into a licorice twist on either end. Give it a twist to see the shape of a double helix.

Enter the Summer STEM drawing!

Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of you doing one of these activities! Place the photo in the body of your email (no attachments) and send it to madisonlib.org@gmail.com. We’ll hold drawings at the end of the month!

Summer STEM – Cave of Wonders Wishes in the Light – Lava Lamps

Travel to the Cave of Wonders and make a wish in the lights with this lava lamp! This is a bubble lamp in a bag. Things you will need include: ziploc bag antacid tablet water oil UV light highlighter paper towel Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of...

Summer STEM – DIY DNA

Solve who broke into the Bears' house and ate their porridge by making this tasty DNA strand. There are four types of chemical bases in DNA. They always form the same pairs. Adenine (A) always pairs with Thymine (T), and Cytosine (C) always pairs with Guanine (G)...

Grab Lab – Hansel and Gretel’s Compass

Always find north with this simple compass! Make sure you have an adult help you for this craft. You will need: a bar magnet a large bowl a smaller bowl (needs to fit the magnet on the bottom) a piece of cardboard or paper that fits over the small bowl tape a marker...

Grab Lab – Ariel’s Periscope

Periscopes use mirrors to relay light and let you see around corners. Here's how to build your own! You will need: a pool noodle duct tape two 2 inch round mirrors a protractor (optional) scissors a piece of paper a marker If you signed up for a Grab Lab and need some...

Grab Lab – Hickory Dickory Water Clock

Water clocks have been used for centuries to tell time. Build your own using cardboard and cups! This week you will need: a long piece of cardboard 3 disposable cups 2 push pins a glass of water (not provided) a marker (not provided) a timer (not provided) Once you've...

Sign up Grab Labs

  UPDATE: These kits have all been taken, but you can still watch the instructional videos to follow along with your own supplies!In place of our in-person STEM activities, we are offering these grab labs for kids ages 6-11. There are 29 kits available, so be...

Summer STEM – Film Canister Rocket

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. In an OUTDOOR place, put one antacid tablet in the film canister. Do the next steps quickly: 2. Add a tsp of...

Summer STEM – Parachute Knight

Experiment with air resistance by making parachutes! You will need string, a straw, a sandwich bag and/or coffee filter, and a toy figure.  Pull one of the strings through the straw. Cut off the zipper portion of the bag. Reach into the bag and pull both bottom...

Summer STEM – Coded Messages

Encode hidden messages with a crayon and water color paint! Use the white crayon to write out your message on a blank piece of paper. To reveal your message, paint over it with watercolors. Pro tip: Encode your message before writing it in white to add another layer....

Summer STEM for Kids and Tweens

Summer STEM for Kids and Tweens This summer, we'll be doing video crafting focusing on STEM activities. Our Kids' Corner and Tween Scene web pages will have links to videos with the instructions and demonstrations for each craft activity. You can come by and pick up a...

Grab Lab – Hansel and Gretel’s Compass

Grab Lab – Hansel and Gretel’s Compass

Always find north with this simple compass! Make sure you have an adult help you for this craft. You will need:

  • a bar magnet
  • a large bowl
  • a smaller bowl (needs to fit the magnet on the bottom)
  • a piece of cardboard or paper that fits over the small bowl
  • tape
  • a marker
  • water

Enter the Summer STEM drawing!

Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of you doing one of these activities! Place the photo in the body of your email (no attachments) and send it to madisonlib.org@gmail.com. We’ll hold drawings at the end of the month!

Sign up Grab Labs

  UPDATE: These kits have all been taken, but you can still watch the instructional videos to follow along with your own supplies!In place of our in-person STEM activities, we are offering these grab labs for kids ages 6-11. There are 29 kits available, so be...

Grab Lab – Hickory Dickory Water Clock

Water clocks have been used for centuries to tell time. Build your own using cardboard and cups! This week you will need: a long piece of cardboard 3 disposable cups 2 push pins a glass of water (not provided) a marker (not provided) a timer (not provided) Once you've...

Grab Lab – Ariel’s Periscope

Periscopes use mirrors to relay light and let you see around corners. Here's how to build your own! You will need: a pool noodle duct tape two 2 inch round mirrors a protractor (optional) scissors a piece of paper a marker If you signed up for a Grab Lab and need some...

Grab Lab – Hansel and Gretel’s Compass

Always find north with this simple compass! Make sure you have an adult help you for this craft. You will need: a bar magnet a large bowl a smaller bowl (needs to fit the magnet on the bottom) a piece of cardboard or paper that fits over the small bowl tape a marker...

Grab Lab – Ariel’s Periscope

Grab Lab – Ariel’s Periscope

Periscopes use mirrors to relay light and let you see around corners. Here’s how to build your own! You will need:

  • a pool noodle
  • duct tape
  • two 2 inch round mirrors
  • a protractor (optional)
  • scissors
  • a piece of paper
  • a marker

If you signed up for a Grab Lab and need some duct tape, come by the library and we can help you.

Enter the Summer STEM drawing!

Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of you doing one of these activities! Place the photo in the body of your email (no attachments) and send it to madisonlib.org@gmail.com. We’ll hold drawings at the end of the month!

Sign up Grab Labs

  UPDATE: These kits have all been taken, but you can still watch the instructional videos to follow along with your own supplies!In place of our in-person STEM activities, we are offering these grab labs for kids ages 6-11. There are 29 kits available, so be...

Grab Lab – Hickory Dickory Water Clock

Water clocks have been used for centuries to tell time. Build your own using cardboard and cups! This week you will need: a long piece of cardboard 3 disposable cups 2 push pins a glass of water (not provided) a marker (not provided) a timer (not provided) Once you've...

Grab Lab – Ariel’s Periscope

Periscopes use mirrors to relay light and let you see around corners. Here's how to build your own! You will need: a pool noodle duct tape two 2 inch round mirrors a protractor (optional) scissors a piece of paper a marker If you signed up for a Grab Lab and need some...

Grab Lab – Hansel and Gretel’s Compass

Always find north with this simple compass! Make sure you have an adult help you for this craft. You will need: a bar magnet a large bowl a smaller bowl (needs to fit the magnet on the bottom) a piece of cardboard or paper that fits over the small bowl tape a marker...

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