Tag: Passive programming

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!

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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Who Hatches (2)

Who Hatches (1)

Tic Tac Toe: The Felt Table Game

Tic Tac Toe Felt Table

For my winter felt table I decided to create a Tic Tac Toe game. I used fabric paint to make the lines in the board. I cut white snowmen and black snowflakes with my die cut machine. Kids of all ages have been having fun with this! My local preschool gave me the idea when they had Pumpkins vs. Ghosts near Halloween. You can really do this anytime of year with a seasonal theme.

Tic Tac Toe teaches children problem-solving and coping skills. Once children learn that the game should end in a draw, they’ve mastered it. For older children you can use the Frog on a Log cards and have children play Animals vs. Objects.

Tic Tac Toe with Frog on a Log Cards

For more Felt Table Ideas, click here to see how you can add this passive program to your children’s space.

Felt Board Table: Cars & Community

Felt Table Road

I’ve spruced up my felt table for the spring and did a car and community theme. (I can’t find my original inspiration, so Rebecca if you post in the comments I’ll update my link!)

I used grey felt and made a black road with white felt paint lines. It came out awesome! Then I found fun ideas on Pinterest and made community buildings, modes of transportation, a car wash, and a gas station (my favorite!)

Felt Table Road and Community

Felt Table Road Block
Road block!

 

Felt Table Car Wash

Felt Table Gas Station
I hot-glued the end of a show lace to make a “gas pump!” My favorite part of this project!

 

To get more storytime ideas, check out Laura’s Libary Lalaland. She’s hosting Flannel Friday this week. To find out more about Flannel Friday, check out the website, the Pinterest board, and the Facebook Group.

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.

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.

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.

Felt Board Table: The Fall Collection

 

 

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I tested out my felt board table during this year’s summer reading program. It was a huge hit! Children of all ages, and most of their grownups, loved playing with the variety of pieces. So, I decided to create a fall table. I created four leafy trees and two bare tree trunks. I made sets of 10 fruits that grow on trees: red apples, oranges, green pears, and purple plums. I also cut out yellow birch, red maple, orange oak, and brown hickory leaves to add to the bare tree trunks. Children can practice counting and color identification. I’ll also leave out some people and modes of transportation to allow creative play and storytelling.

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This time, after getting a little help from my Flannel Friday Friends, I pre-washed the felt to preshrink it and then sprayed it with Scotch Guard. I’ll report back to let you know how it holds up. Hopefully I’ll be able to use it again this time next year.

UPDATE: The Scotch Guard works amazingly! I washed it and it looks brand new. I’ll be able to reuse for sure! I also added Thanksgiving dinner plates with all the fixings by multiple requests:

Thanksgiving Dinner Felt

For more flannel ideas, check out my friend Ms. Kelly at the Library. She’s hosting this week’s blog hop. To find out more about Flannel Friday, check out the website, the Pinterest board, and the Facebook Group.

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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Pumpkin Ballots (2)

Pumpkin Ballots (3)

Pumpkin Ballots (4)

Pumpkin Ballots (5)

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)!

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