Kids Blog: Kindergarten
We are excited to officially announce the details for our first ever SPRING BREAK PUPPET BONANZA!
March 7 @ 10:30 a.m.: Where the Wild Things Are Puppet Show...and other WILD Adventures
March 10 @ 6:30 p.m.: Shadow Puppet Play
March 14 @ 10:30 a.m.: Rockin' Sockin' Puppet Palooza
Hope to see you all!
Parents are a child's first and most important teacher in life. As a parent, you can provide your children with a solid building block in literacy by simply reading, singing, and speaking to them even if they aren't old enough to understand what you are saying. Children will begin to pick up on vocabulary, letter sounds, rhymes, and rhythm, which are core elements in our language. With these tools, children will be more successful in school and their adult lives.
Debate time. Who is the world’s most popular puppet? I can almost hear a chorus of people shouting over each other, “ELMO!” “ERNIE!” “KERMIT!” “LAMBCHOP!” But Shari Lewis, Sesame Street, and even Jim Hensen might have to bow down to a certain wooden boy without strings.
Italian writer, Carlo Collodi, led his own thread of adventures before breathing life into the ever-famous Pinocchio. After graduating from primary school he was shipped off to study priesthood but wound up working for a bookseller. He jumped into political journalism, took on the position of magazine editor, and ended up translating Charles Perrault’s fairy tales from French to Italian. It was this new world of fairy tales that set him into thinking of writing his own. Much like Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist, Pinocchio was first introduced to the world through a weekly newspaper serial.
Yet Collodi’s Pinocchio is far more selfish than the wide-eyed character Disney created. The moralistic Cricket gets squashed in the original tale…by the puppet himself! "...I am a heedless Marionette--heedless and heartless," Pinocchio says. "Oh! If I had only had a bit of heart..."
Whichever version you prefer, one thing is certain: something about this wooden boy has captivated generations of readers. Explore the literature and decide for yourself. Then mark your calendars for this spring break when we will be hosting a series of lighter-hearted puppet events for families to enjoy. (hint hint hint: If you happen by East Branch on March 12, you might have the opportunity to see some awesome marionette-inspired moves by Studio 74 dancers).
Until then, here is a fascinating video of a real-life modern Geppetto who works in an Italian toy shop.
Finding a Valentine's Day craft can be daunting. Lucky for you, I have found the perfect craft from Baby Loving Mama! Have some fun with your child and build a LOVE monster! This craft helps children with their fine motors skills, creative and artistic development. Gather up your supplies and lets get started!
- Pipe cleaner
- Pom pom
- Popsicle sticks (Craft sticks)
- Goggly eyes
- Have your child pick out his/her supplies; two craft sticks, two pom-poms, two googly eyes, and one pipe cleaner
- Tie the pipe cleaner to the craft sticks. You can criss-cross then or lay them side-by-side.
- Glue the eyes on the pom-poms.
- Bend the pipe cleaner and tuck in the pom-poms
- Grab a marker and draws eyes, nose, feet or whatever you would like on your craft sticks.
- Show everyone your perfect love monster! Here is ours:
What I learned (crafting tip): When I made my monster, my pipe cleaner was short and did not bend all the way around the pom-pom. I added a little glue to the pipe cleaner and the pom-pom and attached them together that way.
If you are interested in learning more about Monsters come to our Monster Love Saturday Storytime.We will have a Toys and Tech hour after storytime, where you will be able to play and learn with early literacy iPad apps.
Have a great week!
It seems every moment you blink, a new smart phone is born, yet even in this buzzing world of gizmos an appreciation for hand-made craftsmanship has soared. A sort of renaissance for simple dedicated nostalgia. Here is one such mother who built a ship to go along with reading Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
Indeed, parents all over the world are gleefully assisting their children in playtime. But having so much fun is serious business! According to a report done by the American Academy of Pediatrics, play “allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.”
Did you ever stop to think that when children play, they are actually storytelling? And what better way to tell stories than with toys and puppets! Coming this March, the Arlington Public Library will host our first-ever SPRING BREAK PUPPET BONANZA. Information regarding this event will be available soon! Until then, try your hand at one of these fun DIY puppet-inspired toys.
If your children are obsessed with Frozen and you are ready for something different, here are some alternatives!
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Let it go and watch these movies with your children instead:
Just like Frozen, these movies include adventure, friendship, and of course snow!
Do you want to build a snowman?
It might not be very cold outside, but children still love to imagine building their own frosty friend. Pick up one of these great books about snowman to entertain their imagination.
The cold never bothered me anyway
It is definitly not cold enough for snow, but children will enjoy any one of these snow-themed sensory play bins.They are easy to make and a great way to work on learning the five senses.
The Snow Queen
Did you know that Frozen is based off the fairy tale The Snow Queen? Here are some other stories about snow royalty.
You are invited to join us this Saturday, December 6 at 10:00am, as we celebrate the holidays with the Mayor’s Holiday Party for Children at the Central Library. There will be music, refreshments and a storytime hosted by Mayor Cluck.
Symphony Arlington will be at the party to share a fun, engaging performance that will have the children laughing as they learn more about the symphony and even how to conduct a musician.
CATS (Creative Arts Theater and School) "Caleidoscope" Touring Group will also be joining us to share a special musical theater Christmas performance.
Don’t forget to support both community groups by attending their performances this holiday season. Symphony Arlington will host their Holidays With the Symphony on December 8. CATS also starts their performance of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on December 5.
Make sure you stop by the photo booth for a family picture with our book themed trees. You can share your pictures with us by using the #APLHoliday hashtag!
There are some things that even the youngest child can identify in just a glance. Holding steady amongst items such as dogs, cookies, and fire trucks, are superheroes. During the week of November 17, children at several storytime programs at the Arlington Public Library were treated to a visit from Superman and Wonder Woman. Armed with capes for all the children to wear during storytime, the pair helped read stories, sing songs, and make superhero crafts.
While a mask and cape are generally the trademarks of a superhero, there are many times when our heroes are simply everyday people. Recognizing that children sometimes need heroes to help them out in everyday life, the library invited Superman and Wonder Woman to storytime in support of CASA of Tarrant County’s innagural Superhero Run on Saturday, December 13, at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is an organization that speaks up for abused and neglected children by training court-appointed volunteer advocates to make recommendations for safe, permanent homes where children can thrive. The Superhero Run will benefit children who otherwise might not receive the help they need.
For more information about CASA, visit http://www.speakupforachild.org
Information and registration for the Superhero run can be found at http://www.casatarrantsuperherorun.com
Fall is in air and I am excited! Autumn brings in cooler weather, fun traditions and foods, and the chance to experience the season through our senses. During my recent Autumn-themed storytime, the young participants were invited to feel and play with leaves and maize. The children had fun tossing the leaves around, giggling when I sprinkled them over their heads. A trio of beautiful, multicolored corn cobs was also popular. Each child got the chance run their hands over the rough bumps of the dried corn cobs and view the colorful kernels up close.
Sensory play and exploration can be a fun and important part of a young child’s development. This type of play allows kids to be hands-on and learn while they'e having fun! With sensory play, young children can experience and learn about the world before literacy.
Here are five fun ideas for sensory play. Click on each title to learn more about these activities:
1. Sensory Alphabet Hunt – Hide plastic or wooden letters and numbers in a tub of rice for “investigation”.
2. Gelatin Sensory Surprise – Put small toys or other simple objects inside gelatin molds and let set. Kids can search through the gelatin with their hands.
3. Autumn-Scented Sensory Dough – Have fun with the scents of fall with this taste-safe dough made from apples, cornstarch and cinnamon.
4. Sandbox Sensory Treasure Hunt – Use a backyard sandbox (or make a temporary one in a tub) to hide some larger toys or other objects. Then challenge your children to a fun treasure hunt!
5. Oodles of Noodles Sensory Play – Use boiled spaghetti, a little cooking oil and food coloring for a fun (and a little messy) sensory play.
This week in story time we did a fun and easy monster craft that you can make at home. All you need is some colored pom pom balls, an assortment of Googly Eyes, and foam hearts. Any of these materials can be found at the local craft store.
I was able to find foam hearts that were sticky on one side, making it easy to attach them as feet to the monster’s body. Some googly eyes can also be bought with an adhesive on the back, making it easy to stick onto the monster. If you aren’t able to find the materials with the adhesive, using Elmer’s glue or a glue gun will work just as well.
Have fun mixing and matching colors and eye sizes to make the monster extra cute!
Here are a few other cheap and easy Monster Craft ideas:
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