The Moon & Stars

Since the moon is particularly bright and beautiful this time of year, last week we read about the moon and the stars! In Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper, we read of Max, on his way home from his grandfather's house, watching the full moon from the car. Moongame by Frank Asch was about Bear playing hide-and-seek with the moon. Kitten, in Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, thought the moon was a big bowl of milk and she went chasing after it! Our last book, The Moon Inside by Sandra Feder, was about Ella, who was afraid of the dark. 
We covered paper plates with aluminum foil to make a bright and shiny full moon (or a crescent!). Then we colored stars on both sides, then decorated them with tiny stars, shiny stars. We hung them from the moon after poking holes and threading yarn through them. Some of us gave the full moon a face!
We can hang these at home and see the "moon" all day long!

Funny Money

During our recent Crazy 8's Math Club at New Hampton Community School, we investigated coins. We found several different ways to make the same amount using various combinations of coins. We sequenced coins by their dates. We even compared the values of some coins with their weights! Finally, we all "bought" sparkly pencils and tiny little playing cards by figuring out the correct combinations of number of coins and amount.


February Events for Kids


A Snowy Day!

We all love snow, and today we read about it. One Mitten by Kristine O'Connell George first told about all the things you could do with just one mitten, then what might happen with two mittens. The Mitten by Jim Aylesworth was the tale of a child who loses a mitten in the snow and the animals who found it! Holly's Red Boots by Francesca Chessa was a fun book about a girl looking for a missing boot! 
After stories, we made snowflakes from flattened coffee filters. Parents folded them and children practiced their cutting skills.
Then we decorated the snowflakes with markers, and dripped water from a q-tip onto the colors. The colors spread and mixed and looked beautiful!
We took these home to hang them up - and left some to hang in the library, too!


Snow Globe Snowmen

Do you want to build a snowman? We did at Storytime today, after we read a few stories about snowmen and snow! We began with a new book, If Snowflakes Tasted Like Fruitcake by Stacy Previn, a beautiful rhyming book about what would happen if snowflakes tasted like things like cocoa, gumdrops, fig plums, and marshmallows. Then we read First Snow by Bomi Park, another beautiful new book about a little girl who awoke in the night and went outside to build a snowman. We loved Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, and laughed at all the fun things that snowmen did while their creators were sleeping. We finished with a favorite, Perfect Soup by Lisa Moser, about Murray, a mouse who bartered creatively to get the missing ingredient to make his favorite soup.
Using a blue paper plate as a base, we made a snowy scene, with cotton "snow" on the ground, a fancy dressed snowman, and evergreen trees. When the scene was complete, we sprinkled it with a handful of fake "snow", then glued it underneath an inverted clear plastic plate. We shook the blue plate, and it looked like it was snowing on our beautiful winter scene!

S.T.E.M. Saturday: Marble Runs

Our recent S.T.E.M. Saturday had young engineers building marble runs from all sorts of tubes and containers. There was lots of problem-solving, perseverance and fun! Click pictures to see all the detail!

Crazy 8s Club: Glow-in-the-Dark City

We had fun this week at the NHCS Afterschool Program, working with glow sticks and styrofoam balls to build polygons and polyhedrons. We attached many together to build intricate structures and discovered which were best for support as well as esthetics.  
It was so much fun to work in the dark!

Happy Birthdays!

With the start of the new year, we look forward to repeating all the fun, memorable times that happen annually - another Spring, another Summer, another Fourth of July, another BIRTHDAY! Today we read about birthdays, since we all have one coming!

Our books were The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli which told about a child getting the best kind of present! Pip and Squeak by
Ian Schoenherr told about two mice friends bringing a present of cheese to their friend. And Happy Birthday, Jesse Bear! by Nancy White Carlstrom was about a Jesse Bear and all the events surrounding his special day.

So we will be ready when our birthdays come this year, we all made birthday crowns from a paper plate. The center was cut into points, and then the whole crown was decorated with markers, stickers, sequins, and stars. Beautiful...and we are all ready for our birthdays to come!

Happy "Noon" Year 2017

On the last day of the year, kids gathered at the Gordon-Nash to celebrate "Noon Year's Eve", counting down the minutes and seconds until noon and a celebration for 2017. While we waited, we read favorite books like LeUyen Pham's A Piece of Cake and Aaron Reynolds' Creepy Carrots. We made noisemakers from decorated paper towel tubes and and embellished party hats with stickers and streamers. We had refreshments - juice boxes, apples and cheese, penguin crackers, and candy canes.

We played a fun game that Japanese kids play at New Years. It's called fukuwarai, and it involves placing paper facial features on a blank paper face. But kids have to do it blindfolded, or with their eyes closed! It was so funny to open our eyes and see the silly face on the table. Fukuwarai means "lucky laugh" - and that's what everyone did when they looked at their face!
When the countdown timer showed noontime was getting near, we counted down the minutes and then the seconds. When the screen announce "Happy Noon Year!!", everyone tossed streamers in the air and blew their noisemakers. We paraded around the library and wished other patrons a "Happy Noon Year". Then we listened to Auld Lang Syne, the song that people play when one year ends and another begins. 
That's how we celebrated New Year's at the Gordon-Nash! We'll save the game to play again next year! Happy 2017!
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