David Wiesner has already won three Caldecott medals for his superior illustrations. His newest book follows the adventures of a cat, some aliens, and the creatures who live in the walls of a house. Will he win an unprecedented 4th medal?
Create some fun, engaging sensory bottles for your baby or toddler. These are easy to make and let your child explore how different objects move and sound inside the bottles. Your baby or toddler can roll them, bang them, and watch the objects move around. Adding water or corn syrup to some of the bottles will create a different effect.
Below are pictures of the ones that I made. You can use a variety of different materials – just look around your home to see what you have! Just be sure to hot glue the caps on so the materials stay safely inside.
- Empty Water Bottles
- A variety of materials for the bottles: brightly colored puff balls, rice, beans, popcorn, glitter and water, aluminum foil pieces, buttons
- Hot Glue Gun
- Water or corn syrup
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
This week's storytime was a blast! We shared books, rhymes and songs about bugs. All of the material we use in our storytime can be found in the library–we shared:<!–break–>
- Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas (this is an interactive book that will get your little one laughing!)
- Sleepyhead Bear by Lisa Peters
- The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain
- Open Shut Them by Songs For Wiggleworms
- Jumping and Counting by Jim Gill (Jim Gill's Irrational Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense)
- If You're Happy and you Know it! by Songs for Wiggleworms Wiggleworms
- Ups and Downs by Jim Gill (Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on His Toe Leg Knee)
- Skae Your Sillies Out by Raffi (More Singable Songs by Raffi)
The Lane Road Library recently held a Construction Party for preschoolers to celebrate the “Dig into Reading” Summer Reading theme. If you missed the party, below are some books and activities you might enjoy.
Hammering Activity: Not only is this fun, but it is great for hand-eye coordination.
- Blocks of styrofoam
- Golf tees
- Toy hammer
Just put the golf tees in the styrofoam and hammer away!
Also, what preschooler doesn't love digging with trucks? All you need is a plastic tub, rice, beans, or seeds, and shovels and construction vehicles. Instant fun!
Finally, check out the books below to share with your construction-loving preschooler. Happy Building!
This week we have kicked off our summer storytimes with Dinosaurs! The activity room has been full of stomping dino feet and loud dino roars. If you know some children who love dinosaurs, and let's face it most of them do, then this is a great summer to live in Columbus! The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's Dinosaur Island is happening all summer long and I was fortunate to get to visit last week and check it out. Wow! My family had a great time and we have since been checking out a lot of dinosaur books. If you plan to visit the dinosaurs at the zoo this summer you may want to check out some of these great non-fiction titles for younger dinosaur readers.