Friday, March 30, 2018

Really - Rabbits!

It's feeling like Spring - and it's a good time to read about rabbits! We read Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes, about a little rabbit who wonders about being something else. In the book by Philippa Leathers, it didn't take us long to figure out who The Black Rabbit was, and just knowing made the story that much funnier - we loved this book! Really Rabbits by Virginia Kroll was about two rabbit pets who discover how to open their cage, and the fun they have at night helping their family.

At craft time, we made a cute little rabbit with googly eyes and a pompom nose. Its body was a folded coffee filter, and again we experimented with color mixing by dropping dots of red, blue, and yellow watercolor and watching them spread. And we knew just what to do if we wanted orange, green, or purple!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Crazy 8s Club: Funny Money

The Crazy 8s Math Club this week worked with coins to determine values and to have fun! We decided that coins are handy in case something doesn't cost a whole dollar. Also coins like quarters are good because it's easier to carry that coin than twenty-five pennies!

We won rulers and pencils by quickly combining coins of the correct value. 

We also played a game like Son of Rock, Paper, Scissors, where one coin could beat out another of a higher value - except for a penny, which could beat a quarter. We secretly chose a coin, then said, "Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter" and then showed our partner our coin. The player whose coin had the highest value won that hand. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

STEM Storytime: "March Mathness"

Our program this month featured the "M" of S.T.E.M - Math!  There were two book choices, and participants picked A-B-A-B-A : a book of pattern play by Brian P. Cleary. So many patterns were shown in this factual book, even patterns that the author didn't write about! After the book, we made our own patterns - with craft sticks, cubes, pattern blocks, and even pony beads on a pipe cleaner.
Next, we experimented with styrofoam balls and cut milkshake straws to make plain and solid geometric shapes. Some even joined several shapes together!

Before we ended, we collected data by tallying the numbers of patrons who had shoes with laces and shoes without. When we had the data, we made a T chart with two sides - one side for shoelaces, one side for no shoelaces. We stacked up squares to represent our data on the chart. Can you guess which had more and which had less?