Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fairytale Engineering “Falling for Rapunzel”–Egg Drop

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Preschool Fairytale Engineering Series (Ages 3-6) 10 a.m.
Kids Fairytale Engineering Challenge Series (Entering Grades K-4) 11:30 a.m.

Families with children of different ages are welcome to come all together to one program. We'll hear the fractured fairy tale by Leah Wilcox about a hard-of-hearing princess then try to build contraptions that can safely convey an egg or object to the ground!

Music: Fairytale Songs (Disney) playing when kids enter and while engineering

Kids browse Rapunzel & Humpty Dumpty books (& fractured versions) as they enter

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Book: Rapunzel by Rachel Isadora (multicultural, simple, not too gruesome version of the classic story -- Erica told gist of story to pre-schoolers, I read to K-4 group)

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Book: Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox (Rapunzel mis-hears Prince's requests with hilarious results)

Flannel/Song "Throw it Out the Window" Song on Judy Freeman’s “Hi Ho Librario” (Make up your own additional verses.)
Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard
To fetch her poor dog a bone.
But when she got there, the cupboard was bare,
So she threw it out the window…
The window, the window, (trace window in the hair with hands)
The second story window, (hold up two fingers for “second”, then make book with hands for “story”)
High, Low, Low, High (stretch hands up, down, down up)
And she threw it out the window (motion “throw it out the window”)

2. Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he,
He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl,
And he threw them out the window…

3. Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
And doesn't know where to find them.
But leave them alone-- when they come home
She'll throw them out the window...

4. Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony
He stuck a feather in his cap
And threw it out the window…
(Continue with other familiar nursery rhymes…Jack and Jill, Jack Be Nimble, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Twinkle Twinkle…end with Humpty Dumpty.)

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Preschoolers -- Book: Humpty Dumpty by Daniel Kirk (a very shy kid king finds he has the patience to put together the broken Humpty Dumpty -- and they both become friends)

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K-4 -- Book: Eggbert, the Slightly Cracked Egg by Tom Ross (a slightly cracked egg discovers he doesn't have to blend in but can be successful as an individual...even cracked!)

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Flannel: Humpty Dumpty (classic nursery rhyme, since it is a “downer” I like to conclude with a silly variation: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, eating black bananas. Where do you think he put the skins? Down the king’s pajamas!” –speaking of scrambled eggs…)

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Talked about the Engineering Design Process, then gave kids challenge of creating a way for Humpty Dumpty to safely drop off our tall ladder and not crack on the tiles below.

Materials available: bubble wrap (limited kids to one 10x10" piece each so this wouldn't be too easy), egg cartons, cereal box cardboard, plastic cups, straws, fast food drink carriers, plastic berry packages, paper towel rolls, newspapers, tape, string, plastic bags, rubber bands...placed uncooked eggs in ziplock sandwich bags to contain any breakage.

(Also had available Straws and Connectors & wooden blocks for towers for youngest kids)

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Chanted all together: “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great FALL!”image

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Next week: The Three Billy Goats Gruff –>Bridge Challenge!

ideas from: http://showmelibrarian.blogspot.com/p/all-things-steam.html 
https://radnorlibrarysmartkids.wordpress.com/

BWL 7/2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wet and Wacky Stories–SRC Outreach

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K-5th group – opened with Reader's Theater / puppets - No Bath Tonight by Jane Yolen --note typo in the author's name - it is by Jane Yolen http://web.archive.org/web/20050306114522/http://hometown.aol.com/rcswallow/NoBathTonight.htmlimage

Book: The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems (kids loved this -- and noticed the one switched picture on the back end-paper!)

Song: I'm Gonna Wash that Dirt Right Out of my Hair (based on the song “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Out of my Hair” from South Pacific)

I’m gonna wash that dirt right out of my hair (3x)…and send it on its way. 
Continue with ears, toes, belly button...
last verse: I’m gonna rinse that soap right out of my eyes! (3x)...and go outside to play!

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Another reluctant bather:
Book: To Bathe a Boa by C. Imbior Kudrna (amusing rhyming tale of a kid trying every possible ruse to bathe his snake, until ultimately both get wet!) If not available, use: Big Red Tub by Julia Jarman

Action Song (Snake Puppet): "I'm Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor" (phonemic awareness, rhyming clues to parts of the body -- we do this twice, the first time with me and the puppet; the second time through they use their arm & hand as the boa and swallow their own toes etc.)

I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor, a boa constrictor, a boa constrictor,
I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor -- and I don't like it very very much!

Oh no, he's swallowed my toe!
Oh rankle, he's up to my ankle!
Oh fee, he's reached my knee!
Oh sigh, he's up to my thigh!
Oh fiddle, he's reached my middle!
Oh heck, he's up to my neck!
Oh dread, he's swallowed my (gulp!)

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Flannel: Pet Wash based on the book by Dayle Ann Dodds

Step right up! Get in line. We’ll wash your pets and make them shine.
We’ll rub. We’ll scrub. We’re Wally and Gene.
There’s not a pet that we can’t clean.

Wash your Cat? We can do that! Spic and span in no time flat.
Wash your Bear? With loving care. We’ll even style and curl his hair.
Wash your Eel? It’s no big deal. We’ll dry him on our eel-mobile.
Wash your Raccoon? He’ll shine like the moon.
Wash your Kangaroo? With mint shampoo.
Wash your Crocodile? With a smile.
Wash your Tiny Ant? Who says we can’t?
Wash your Seal? It’s a deal.
Wash your Rhino? That will be fine-o.
Wash your Hippo? We can do that in a zippo!
Big or small or in between, nothing’s too hard for Wally and Gene.
Excuse me! Can you wash my…Baby Brother? (Remove Wally & Gene)
Sorry! We’re Closed!

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Great lead in to:
Max's Bath by Rosemary Wells (In this delightful board book, Max needs a bath because, as his sister Ruby points out, his lunch is all over him...but Max has the last laugh in the surprise ending.)

"Who has little sisters, brothers, cousins? Can you tell what they've eaten by what they're wearing?!"

Action Song: "Ravioli" (traditional camp song-- tune:  Alouette)--great movement song

Ravioli, ravi, ravioli-- Ravioli, that's the stuff for me.
Do you have it on your pants?   -  Yes I have it on my pants.
On your pants?  On my pants.  Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Ravioli, ravi, ravioli-- Ravioli, that's the stuff for me.
Do you have it on your sleeve? -- Yes I have it on my sleeve.
On your sleeve?  On my sleeve.
On your pants?  On my pants.  Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Ravioli, ravioli, ravioli-- Ravioli, that's the stuff for me.
Do you have it in your lap? on your shoe?…  (chin, hair, ears, etc. )

Even more mess:
Singable/Chantable Book: I Ain't Gonna Paint No More – Karen Beaumont & David Catrow (A child paints every part of her body – page turn before each body part name, pause and have children guess -- great for phonemic awareness - rhyming)

Song: "Wash Your Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" (same as original except add washing motions)

Discuss whether the above book was fiction or non-fiction (true), then show Elephants Can Paint Too and ask the same question.  Surprise…it’s non-fiction! share pages from Non-Fiction Book: Elephants Can Paint Too -- 599.67 Arnold  (Katya Arnold explains how she teaches both children and elephants to paint -- fascinating!)

Interactive Song/Flannel or Puppets:  Deep in the Jungle” from Joe Scrugg’s album by the same name. (clever variation on the 3 little monkeys teasing the crocodile rhyme, I have child volunteers handle the monkey puppets/flannels, I handle the croc.) http://www.hellojoe.com/lyrics-ditj.html

 

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World traveler: Pop-Up Book: Bathtime Piggy Wiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox (piggy's imagination takes him from his bath to around the world adventures!)

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King Bidgood loves his bath and won’t get out!
Book: King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood (Caldecott Honor Book -- Big Book available -- allows kids to see the wonderful detailed silliness!)

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Song: "Take me Out of the Bathtub" from book by the same name by Alan Katz

4-5's didn’t want me to stop – added:

 

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Book:  Casey in the Bath by Cynthia DeFelice (magical bath bubble creatures delight a reluctant bath-taker)

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Chalk – Bill Thomson (Three children find a bag of magical chalk on a rainy day…and everything they draw comes to life – including a T-Rex!)

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Book: If by Sarah Perry (Celebration of Imagination – had kids brainstorm for other ideas)

Promoted “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Club at the library then ended with:
Singable Book: What a Wonderful World – George David Weiss & Bob Thiele (several good illustrated versions of this song made famous by Louis Armstrong).

7.17 Crème de La Crème outreach, 2 groups 4s&5s, K-5th

Silly Stories–Preschool Outreach

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Interactive Book: Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley – everybody enjoyed the actions and we had a mini-gym helping the kids do somersaults!  Everyone also enjoyed seeing a grownup (this 58 year old librarian) do one too – great lead in to:

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Book: Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

Song/Flannel: Look There Daddy Do You See/Horse in Striped Pajamas
(tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjZ812ASdn4)

Look There Daddy, Do You See? (also known as The Horse in Striped Pajamas) from the old TV show "Captain Kangaroo".  (Tune and various versions available on the internet by searching: "look there daddy do you see lyrics")

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Look There Daddy, Do You See?
Look there Daddy do you see?
There's a horse in striped pajamas.
   No that's not what it is at all,
   That's an animal people call a zebra.
I see -- but it still looks like a horse in striped pajamas to me.
2. There's a bird in its tuxedo  …. penguin
3. There's a bird wearing a rainbow… parrot
4. There's a bird wearing eyeglasses….owl
5. There's a mouse with great big wings on…bat
6. There's a bird with his umbrella… peacock
7. There’s a teddy with two black eyes … panda
8. There’s a cat with polka dots…leopard

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Interactive Book: That's Good, That's Bad by Margery Cuyler – Kids loved responding to “Oh, that’s good” with “No that’s bad” and vice versa!

Action Song: If You're Happy & You Know It, Sad, Angry, Loving…

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Q&A Book: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Tom Slaughter – a fun and funny introduction to animate & inanimate objects!

Flannel/Song: Boom Boom Ain’t It Great to be Crazy (traditional) (on Linda Arnold’s “Singalong Stew” & Bob McGrath’s “Singalong with Bob, vol.2” among others) (Makes a fun flannelboard)

Boom, Boom, ain't it great to be crazy
Boom, Boom, ain't it great to be crazy
Silly and foolish the whole day through
Boom, Boom, ain't it great to be crazy


A horse and a flea and three blind mice
Sat on a curbstone shooting dice,
The horse said "Ooops!" and fell on the flea,
And the flea said, "Whoops, there's a horse on me!" Chorus

Way down South where bananas grow
A flea stepped on an elephant's toe
The elephant cried, with tears in his eyes
"Why don't you pick on someone your own size?" Chorus

Way up North where there's ice and snow
There lived a penguin and his name was Joe
He got so tired of black and white
He wore pink slacks to the dance last night! Chorus

Way up North and a long way off
There lived a donkey with the whooping cough
He coughed so hard that his head flew off
Way up North and a long way off! Chorus

 

Singable Book: What a Wonderful World – George David Weiss & Bob Thiele (several good illustrated versions of this song made famous by Louis Armstrong).

Promoted “Build a Better World” – 2017 Summer Reading.

 

7/17 Outreach -- Preschool Place 3's & 4’s

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Fairytale Engineering "The Three Little Pigs" - Build a Better House

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Join us as we learn about houses and homes, act out the traditional story "The Three Little Pigs," then see who can make the tallest, strongest, and most interesting buildings.

Families with children of different ages are welcome to come all together to one program.

As kids arrived, could look at versions of The Three Little Pigs and building books

Preschool Fairytale Engineering Series( Ages 3-6 ) 10:00 a.m.

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Participatory/Action Storytelling:  Acted out traditional story: The Three Little Pigs (Supplies: 3 pigs and wolf puppets (laminated enlarged clip art mounted on chopsticks work), yellow, brown, and red sheets of paper photocopied with “straw”, “sticks”, and “bricks” patterns, optional parachute.) 

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Handed out pigs & wolf puppets to child volunteers. As narrator tells story (one house built and blown down at a time), the rest of the children picked up appropriate paper "building materials" and stand around first one, then two, then all three pigs (my telling has the pigs escaping to the next pig's house, not being eaten) under a parachute held by adults & teens.  If using parachute: adults shake parachute as the wolf "huffs & puffs" and children urged to "fall down" when the wolf “blew the house down.” (Kids help narrator with the lines "Little pig(s), little pig(s), let me come in." "Not by the hair on my/our chinny-chin-chin(s)!" "Then I'll huff & I'll puff & I'll blow your house in!") At the end, narrator can either have the wolf sliding down into a pot of boiling water, loudly yelling "ouch" and running away (Susan Dailey's suggestion) or use the more traditional (bloodthirsty) version. Note, depending on the energy level of the group, I sometimes will omit using the parachute during the storytelling because the group may get quite wild, and instead bring it out afterwards for:
Parachute/Action Song: In and Out of Doors by Susan Dailey http://www.susanmdailey.com/houses.htm

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Song/Flannel: “A House is a House for Me” – based on the book Mary Ann Hoberman (music: track 7 on Fred Penner’s album “Collections”)

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Interactive/Guessing Game Books: Not a Stick and Not a Box both by Antoinette Portis

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Book: Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale  (showed pictures discussing child-made and architect-made buildings, didn't read most of the poems)

Then had kids free-play with the construction materials at the stations below.

 

Kids Fairytale Engineering Challenge Series(Entering Grades K-4) 11:30

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Asked who knew the story of The Three Little Pigs (almost everyone did)

Read 1st Section: Yo, Hungry Wolf by David Vozar (a rap version of the traditional tale)

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Reader's Theater (performed by two teens with wolf & pig puppets, cauldron) “Pig & Wolf” from You Read to Me, I'll Read to You Fairy Tales by Mary Ann Hoberman

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Read: The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas (398.2 TRI) -- Three little wolves jointly build houses of brick, cement, and a barbed wire prison fortress -- each of which is destroyed by a big bad pig (using sledgehammer, jackhammer, and dynamite), but when they build a garden house of flowers, they find it works to turn their enemy into a friend.

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Read: What It Feels Like to Be A Building by Forest Wilson – clever look at building components & forces (Dreaming Up would also work well)

Both groups:

Entering and working music "Zig Zag" & “Collections” by Tom Chapin

Stations:

  • Duplo (on floor)
  • Lego
  • Straws and Connectors (on floor)
  • Keva Blocks
  • Strawbees
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • 3x3"  3x6" and 3x9" cardboard squares (cut from B&T inserts) & scissors -- kids could notch, bend & build

Younger kids - free build. 
Older kids had challenge of building tallest, strongest (had hair dryer & extension cord) or most creative structure.

Take home handout:

http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2012/10/the-three-little-pigs-the-preschool-science/

Other cute Three Little Pigs by Barry Moser (398.2MOS) and James Marshall (398.2MAR), waffle variation with enterprising female pig by Stephen Kellogg (398.2KEL)

More ideas: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2013/03/houses-homes-and-habitats.html

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07.17 BWL

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