Library Lovers' Things To Do With Kids
- Book related snacks
to hand out include Alpha-Bits cereal (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom),
cherry sour balls (Sylvester and the Magic Pebble), M&Ms (The
M&M Counting Book), Bit-O-Honeys (Winnie the Pooh), and marshmallows
(Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth).
- Book shaped cookies
(made ahead) to frost and decorate at the library or to take home.
- Use a resource such as Book
Cooks (Creative Teaching Press CTP 2321 $9.98 about 80
pages) to create snacks on popular stories. Theme cookbooks such
as The Wizard Of Oz Cook Book or Encyclopedia
Brown Take the Cake! are fun if you have a kitchen available.
Make the snacks as a group during the program or prepare ahead
of time. Have copies of the recipes available to take home.
- Library Bingo:
On a blank Bingo sheet write in your own words having to do with
the library. Play like regular Bingo.
- Library Scavenger Hunt:
Make up a written checklist of things to look for in the library.
Work alone or with a partner.
- Lots of suggestions and directions
can be found in several books including Making Shaped Books
by Gillian Chapman.
You can't be the tired and true "story in a box". Have
children bring in their own boxed, supply a variety of materials
to work with, and let them create their own tribute to a favorite
- Design A Cover For Your Favorite
Book: Supply paper, markers,
and crayons. Display finished cover in the library along with
- Book Pennants:
Cut pennants shapes from construction paper. Use crayons and markers
to create pennants to promote favorite books. Kids may even want
to make up their cheers. Attach pennants to thin dowels with tape
or fold over edges and glue.
Special thanks to Pam Carlson
of the Long Beach (California) Public Library for sharing these great
ideas from her presentation at the California Library Association
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