Makers Series 2 Session 1

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Our winter Maker Series kicked off this week with the introduction of a new toy here at the library – a pair of Makey Makeys! I’ve been wanting to add these to the library for a while since they are so much fun and are just the sort of thing I know my Makers will love. This year we are putting together 12 Maker Kits, introducing  a new one each month, for kids and adults to check out, so as a bonus, now that we’ve introduced the Makeys in MakerWednesday, they’ll be available to check out soon as one of our kits!

I brought up two of the library’s laptops plus my own laptop (and my own Makey Makey) and split the kids into three teams of four to explore how they work. I also put a bowl on the table full of fruit and veggies and pulled out paper, pencils, playdough and some art supplies like pipe cleaners and scissors and, after a short introduction, let the kids have at it. For programs to try out we used the list at the bottom of the How To page for Makey Makey, tetris, was the clear favorite!

How it went:

The Makey’s themselves were great and the kids loved them, one of the computers, however, had a hard time interfacing with the Makey and we ended up absorbing one team between the other two. Next time I’ll do a trial run with each computer to make sure things are working well.



After a not very snowy (for Vermont) winter so far, we had a nice big snowfall this week, so for Wednesday Morning Story Time I went with a hibernation theme.

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Before the story time began I cut out the animals from this worksheet and made a construction paper cave and sun for the bulletin board in the children’s area. I also cut out fairly simple character shapes for the characters in The Mitten, along with two large paper mittens which I glued around the edges to create an openable mitten for the animals to go into.

Activity : Opening – Alphabet letters on the magnet board, encourage kids to find the letters in their names or, for toddlers, the first letter of their name. For more advanced children I provided chalk for them to trace the letter or write the letter on the magnet board.

Opening song – “If you’re ready for a story”

Greeting song – “Wibbly wobbly” with Daisy

Intro hibernating with animal puppet

Book 1 Bear Snores On – Karma Wilson

Song 1 – Where is Brown Bear (Where is Thumbkin)

Where is brown bear,Where is brown bear

Here I am,Here I am

How are you this winter, Very tired thank you

Go to sleep,Go to sleep 

(repeat with other animals)

Book 2 –  Pajama time or The Going to Bed Book Sandra Boyton

Activity 1 – Hand out animal cut outs to the kids, one pair for each child, and allow them to show you if they belong in the cave (hibernating) or under the sun (not hibernating) and attach them to the board for them. I had mostly younger kids today but if they had been older I had markers available so they could color the animals if desired.

Song 2- If it’s Snowy and You Know It (If you’re happy and you know it)

If it’s snowy and you know it clap your paws, If it’s snowy and you know it clap your paws

When the snow is falling down, We’ll be warm underground

If it’s snowy and you know it clap your paws.”

The Mitten – Jan Brett

Hand out an animal to each child. For older kids I would read the book and have them come up and put their animal in the mitten (pinned to the board) as they are mentioned in the book. This group was too young so I just told the story without the book and we put the animals in the mitten as the story carried on.

Closing  – “We wave goodbye like this”

How is went –

This was a fun story time with a very young group. I had hoped to read  Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner since it’s my favorite winter picture book and fits well with what the kids see and know here, but it was checked out. The kids LOVED Bear Snores On and many of them chanted along with me. Time to Sleep would have been a good choice as well but the selection we had was perfect.