Last summer my colleague/friend/co-conspirator/taco buddy Carissa started a new program at her neighborhood library (ok, not actually in the library, in a park near the library): A Wild Rumpus, based on AnjiPlay. The program was a hit (read more about it here), and this summer we are expanding the Wild Rumpus to a second park on the east side of town. I’ll be leading this program, and I’m really excited to see what happens in a completely different neighborhood as we strive to reach new kids and families.
Follow along here for the east side weekly report, and make sure to check out Carissa’s west side reports. Let the wild rumpus start!
For my last Little Makers of the summer we had a super simple and open ended program that led to LOTS of creativity!
Book: Perfect Square by Michael Hall
Project: Turn “perfect” origami squares into something fantastic using only your imagination and creativity, hands, scissors, and glue. Continue reading Little Makers: Perfect Square
This Little Makers is one I planned months ago to leave behind when I knew I was moving libraries but didn’t get a chance to do it myself until recently. Even though I had a small crowd, this one was a lot of fun.
Continue reading Little Makers: Rainbows
This month (aka, last month. I’m way behind) in Little Makers we talked about pendulums and knocked over towers with wrecking balls!
Continue reading Little Makers: wrecking balls
This fall I’m revamping my evening programs and trying out a different time in the hopes of being able to reach a bigger audience. One of these programs is Family Fun Night, a monthly program with a different theme/activity each month for families and kids of all ages. First up, drive in movies! Each kid made their own cardboard box car (some with help from parents), and then we had popcorn while watching a few Disney short films on the big screen.
Continue reading Family Fun Night: drive-in movies!
This fall I am starting a new preschool program, Little Makers, once a month on Saturday mornings. All of our preschool-only programs have been during the week, so I wanted another option for parents who work and a chance to explore making and STEAM with the little ones. When I was planning the program, I borrowed a lot of ideas and inspiration from Carissa (seriously, she’s gonna think I’m getting creepy), and other art/stem preschool program rockstars (Kendra, Amy).
Continue reading Little Makers: gravity painting