Monday, November 30, 2015

Paws to Read: Winter Reading Program 2015/2016

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an all-ages winter reading program
    • Offer a program over winter break
    • Keep kids reading through the slower months
    • Participation: 40

Who can participate? All ages, toddlers to teens

How does it work? Kids take as many reading challenges off the bulletin board as they want. When they're completed, they put them in the box by my desk. Each Friday I draw names (which are posted on the bulletin board and Facebook) and those kids get to pick from the prize box.

We have a casual "party" at the end - usually just some crafting and a few extra prizes.

You can find the reading challenges here - both in pdf and a zipped file.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Messy Art Club: Embossing

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Embossing foil pendants

I got this idea from Make and Takes. We pretty much did it exactly as it said and it was very popular.

  • Foil
  • Pasteboard strips and cards (donated by artist)
  • Wooden styluses (originally bought to us with scratch-art and worked great for this)
  • Permanent markers
  • Yarn
  • Tape, Scissors, scratch paper (to put under while coloring)

  • 11-19-15
    • Attendance: 40
    • Feedback/Connections: Some regulars and some folks I hadn't seen in a while, plus a handful of middle schoolers
    • Notes: This was VERY popular. We haven't done a new project in a while and this was easy and kids and parents loved it. Remember to have disinfectant wipes to get permanent marker off the table. Lots of people wanted to take the pendants as gifts, so maybe a wrapping station?