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Who Hatches? Spring Scavenger Hunt

Who Hatches

Last year I used Jbrary’s Bunny Scavenger Hunt and it was so much fun! The kids loved it. Lindsey asked me if I was going to one this year, so I had to oblige! I thought I’d do an egg hatch theme, and I re-learned a few things I forgot over the years. Did you know that the ostrich lays the biggest egg, while the hummingbird lays the smallest? I included an array of fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals to make this extra fun. I hope you like it!

Here’s a pdf file of the flyer to promote, a ballot for the kids to fill out/color, and 12 eggs to hide around your children’s department: Who Hatches Scavenger Hunt. Enjoy…now I have to wait until spring…

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Professional Development Workshop: Wisconsin Ed.

Last week I presented my first full-day professional development workshop in Fennimore, Wisconsin. I met a lot of lovely people and was happy to visit a part of the country I never went before. It was so beautiful! We had a blast all day, playing with STEM. Here’s my presentation, followed by a lot of links I used throughout the day with plenty of ready-to-print handouts:

Wisconsin Presentation Wisconsin

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Bus Stop for Programs

STEM Curriculum

Smeller’s Bingo Wisconsin

Catapult Instructions Wisconsin

—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXuQvAPwcOE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-Hwxw4fgqk

Who Hatches Scavenger Hunt

Never Smile at a Monkey Kahoot Game

Would You Rather Wisconsin

Lego Afternoons

Book vs Movie

Thanks for all who came and participated in this amazing day!

Snowman Book Character Scavenger Hunt

 

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I stole this idea from Cinjoella. You can find her version here. I used her ideas and added a few of my own to create a winter scavenger hunt. I placed them in sections of the library where you can find each character’s book or series. Don’t ask me to pick a favorite, because I love them all equally:Snow Who 2Snow Who 1

Here’a a ready-to-print pdf: Snow Who. Here is a blank sheet if you wish to make your own: Blank Snowman (please share if you do!). I also adapted Cinjoella’s Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt here for another winter idea.

Here are a few of my favorite entries:

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Check out this month’s Thrive Thursday blog hop at Brytani’s The Neighborhood Librarian for more school age programming ideas. To learn how to participate in Thrive Thursday, check out the schedulePinterest board, and Facebook Group.

Gingerbread Book Character Scavenger Hunt

 

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I fell in love with this idea by Cinjoella. She did a teen version here, and I wanted to create a kid’s version. I used a few of her ideas and created my own. My Independent Learning Station is really taking off! I always have a program that children attending the library any time of day or night can do while visiting. Scavenger hunts are a popular, fun, and easy way to begin this in your library.

Here’s a pdf version ready to print and hide: Ginger Who
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ere’s a pdf of the ballot so you can have a raffle and do a book giveaway: Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt BallotGinger Who 2

Ginger Who 3

Ginger Who 1

For more ideas check out the school age programming blog hop, Thrive Thursday. Jbrary is hosting this month’s roundup. For more information check out the schedulePinterest board, and Facebook Group.

Rick Riordan Scavenger Hunt

Rick Riordan Scavenger Hunt

To celebrate the upcoming book in Rick Riordan’s series, I created a riddle scavenger hunt. It’s easy and ready to steal!

Rick Riordan Scavenger Hunt Ballot

Print out the file with the ballots and picture clues: Riddles of the Sphinx Scavenger Hunt

Rick Riordan Picture Clues Scavenger Hunt

Hide the clues in your library and let the fun begin! This is a great passive program that will have a lot of participation and cost a mere $12.00 (if you choose to give a book away)!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Scavenger Hunt

Wimpy Kid Scavenger Hunt

I’m having so much fun with my Independent Learning Station! The kids have loved the scavenger hunts I’ve been setting up and it appeals to all ages. To celebrate the new Wimpy Kid book, Long Haul out November 4, I was inspired by Bryce Don’t Play and Future Librarian Superhero. I created a scavenger hunt with clues that will spell out an answer. All correct ballots will be placed in a random raffle to win the latest book in the series! Here’s a pdf file to use: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Scavenger Hunt. Here are the instructions:

How to play Wimpy Kid

Tic Tac Toe: Sneaky STEM

Tic Tac Toe

My scavenger hunts and other passive programs are so popular, I thought I’d mix it up a bit with a new game. This non-fiction game includes Steve Jenkins’ Just a Second. I put a copy of his book in a new magazine holder so it wouldn’t wander away from my program station. I copied questions and answer cards on different colored paper with Xs and Os on the opposite side. This way, the game can appeal to younger children who can’t read but could play a game if they happened upon it. It’s been very popular, so I wanted to share it. The trivia cards have one fact on them. The opponent needs to guess which measure of time the fact happens in: 1 second, 1 minute, 1 day, 1 month, 1 year. If they guess right, they take the card and place their X or O. If they guess wrong, the opponent gets the X or O.

Just a Second Cards

Here’s a copy of the game to play in your library:

The Instruction Board and Flyer: Tic Tac Toe Board with Instructions

The trivia cards (make double-sided with Xs and Os): Just a Second Tic Tac Toe Cards

Of course, Steve Jenkins’ books are great for this.

What else would you recommend? Let me know in the comments section!

What Will Pumpkin Be? Halloween Scavenger Hunt

What Will Pumpkin Be for Halloween

My scavenger hunts have been the perfect activity for all ages. It usually takes a couple of hours planning my my part and about $15-20 for a book, and it keeps children of all ages busy for an entire month. I thought this month I’d do something fun for my favorite holiday! I colored 12 pumpkins dressed in different costumes and hid them around the children’s room. I setup a ballot where children can either write the name of the pumpkin, or draw the costume on the pumpkin for their chance to win a Halloween book. Here’s a sign and a ballot, along with pumpkins you can set out for children to color: Pumpkin Costume Scavenger Hunt

What Will Pumpkin Be Ballot

There are two files in a pdf format ready to print: Tall Pumpkin Costumes Scavenger Hunt and Round Pumpkin Costumes Scavenger Hunt. You can print them out on white paper and copy the plain pumpkins on orange paper. Here’s how you can make your own:

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Use two dabs of glue to hold the orange pumpkin and costume sheets together. Make sure you have the orientation correct so when you open the pumpkin the costume will be facing the correct way.
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Pumpkin closed.
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Pumpkin open.

My favorites:

Pumpkin Minion
Minion
Pumpkin Athlete
Athlete
Pumpkin TMNT
TMNT, or more specifically Raphael.
Pumpkin Lego
Lego character, or more specifically Wyldstyle.

For more school age program ideas, check out Jean Little Library. She’s hosting this month’s school age blog hop, Thrive Thursday! For more information about Thrive Thursday, check out the website with a schedule of upcoming hosts, the Pinterest board, and the Facebook Group!

Here are some of my favorite ballots:

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Frozen Scavenger Hunt

Frozen Scavenger Hunt

After all the amazing passive  programs I’ve read about by Bryce Don’t Play and many others, I took a plunge at the beginning of the summer. I removed the children’s game computers and added a passive programming station, or Independent Learning Station. My opening Independent Learning Station activity was stolen from Catch the Possibilities called I Spy with My Jedi Eye. It was extremely successful! The kids loved racing around the library looking for the hidden Star Wars characters. This added program was a huge hit and I decided to add passive programming to my monthly repertoire!

I Spy with My Jedi Eye

So, I made a Frozen one. I used the Frozen lyrics cards from Sisters Suitcase Blog and tweaked it a bit to solve a secret sentence. I printed instructions to show the children how to play:

Frozen how to play
Then, I used the clue words to make a secret sentence (I wish Olaf was here!).

Frozen Scav Hunt CluesEach missing lyric word has a clue that is hidden in the library.

Frozen Clues to Hide in library

 

Here are the files you can use: Frozen Scavenger Hunt. And by the way…I haven’t heard a single complaint about the children’s game computer in a month!

What’s your favorite school age passive program?

Felt Board Table: The “Winter” Collection featuring Frozen

Winter Felt Table

My Felt Board Table is the best independent “program” I’ve ever come up with. It’s more popular than my scavenger hunts! We have families of all ages play with this from opening until closing very little setup time on my part. Since we had our first snowstorm, I am debuting the Winter Collection this week. I made an assortment of themes I will be mixing up each week to keep things fresh. I’m sure we’ll be listening to the Frozen soundtrack with these awesome new pieces! Here they are:

Winter Frozen Felt

Winter Snowman Felt

Winter Frozen Tree Felt

Winter Gingerbread Felt

Winter tree felt

Winter Hanukkah FeltFor more ideas check out the school age programming blog hop, Thrive Thursday. Jbrary is hosting this month’s roundup. For more information check out the schedulePinterest board, and Facebook Group.

Theme: Overlay by Kaira
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