Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Thanksgiving Visits & Read-Alouds

Two days before the holiday, I spent some time the New Hampton Community School reading a Thanksgiving book to each class. What good listeners the kids were and we had some interesting conversations based on parts of the books. I hope it was as much fun for the children as it was for me!! Thanks to Ms. Holloran and the teachers there for allowing me this time to visit classrooms!  

Saturday, November 19, 2022

November Drop-in Craft: Thankful Turkeys

With a stuffed paper bag body, accordian folded legs, and colorful paper feathers, kids made a turkey to take home for their Thanksgiving celebrations. Some wrote things they were thankful for on their feathers!

Turkey Time

After reading a few Thanksgiving stories at this week's Thursday Storytime, kids used a paper plate and lots of different materials and shapes to make a unique turkey to take home for the holiday! Gobble-gobble!

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Balloons Over Broadway - and Main Street

For Storytime this week, we read Balloons Over Broadway, The True Story of the Puppeteer of the Macy's Parade. It's the story of Tony Sarg, who was commissioned by Macy's in New York City to design make-believe animals to represent the real zoo animals that didn't work out in their holiday parades. This is a beautifully illustrated story of innovation, creative thinking, and perseverance - and it's one of my favorite books!

Children chose a balloon color and spent time designing their animal (or person)! They had many materials from which to choose - yarn and streamers, construction paper, paper circles, permanent Sharpie markers, tape and glue. 
Kids problem-solved as they worked on their creations and were very careful when they used scissors! They artfully constructed their balloon, then attached it to two milkshake straws, joined together to make it fly high.
And later, they paraded out the door on their way home.