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A Poem in Mind

Free and share your ideas and dreams in poetic verse.

A Poem in Mind

Description

Free and share your ideas and dreams in poetic verse.

Materials

  • 8 x 11 cover or card stock paper
  • Pencils, coloured pens, crayons, and markers
  • Scrap paper
  • Coloured paper
  • Water colour paint
  • Discarded print material (books, magazines, newspapers) or photocopies
  • Decorative bits and pieces (e.g. ribbon, stickers, foil, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • White liquid glue, glue sticks and tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Water
  • Homemade glue sealant or Mod Podge

Preparation

Collect and prepare materials for the Micro Poetry Trading Cards and Hidden Poems activities.

Suggested Activities

Micro Poetry Trading Cards [Crafts, Writing]

Hidden Poems [Crafts, Writing]

Book Suggestions

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Booked by Kwame Alexander

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After A Fashion

These creative design activities let you wear your ideas!

After A Fashion

Description

These creative design activities let you wear your ideas!

Materials

  • Colouring markers, crayons, pencils
  • Paper
  • Flipchart or chalk board
  • Coffee filters
  • Card or cover stock paper
  • Water
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Newspapers
  • Tinfoil
  • Tape (clear, duct, masking)
  • String

Preparation

Print and photocopy the templates for the A Better Hockey Sweater and Tie-dye Fashion Figures activities.

Print and create clothing samples for the Paper Pants and Tinfoil Hats activity.

Suggested Activities

A Better Hockey Sweater [Group Based, Crafts]

Tie-dyed Fashion Figures [Crafts]

Paper Pants and Tinfoil Hats [Group Based, Crafts]

Book Suggestions

Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe by Deborah Blumenthal
The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper

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Draw It Out

Put a creative spin on the classic activity of drawing.

Draw It Out

Description

Put a creative spin on the classic activity of drawing.

Materials

Paper

Pencils

Erasers

Markers, pencil crayons, or crayons

Variety of small objects

Container (box, bowl, or bag)

Preparation

Collect a variety of small objects for the 3-D Drawing Prompts activity.

Print the template from the Wanted Poster Design activity.

Print the templates from the Hybrid Animals activity.

Suggested Activities

Me Times Three [Crafts]

Follow My Drawing [Games]

3-D Drawing Prompts [Crafts]

Wanted! Poster Design [Crafts]

Hybrid Animals [Crafts]

Book Suggestions

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring
Ben Draws Trouble by Matt Davies
Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant

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Drum Roll, Please

Get everyone’s attention with this noisy, energetic program.

Drum Roll, Please

Description

Get everyone’s attention with this noisy, energetic program.

Materials

  • Duct tape rolls and sheets (a variety of colours)
  • Balloons (assorted sizes)
  • Assorted cylinders such as tin cans or stiff paper containers
  • Wooden chopsticks or dowels
  • Rubber bands
  • String or yarn
  • Scissors
  • Drumming instruments (optional)

Preparation

Collect and prepare materials for the Spare Parts Drum Kit craft.

Collect other drumming instruments for Beats Circle activity (optional).

Suggested Activities

Spare Parts Drum Kit [Crafts]

Beats Circle [Group Based, Games]

Suggested Books

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle
I Am Drums by Mike Grosso
Unlocking the Truth: Three Brooklyn Teens on Life, Friendship, and Making the Band by Unlocking the Truth

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Feathered Friends

Let your imagination and creativity fly as high the birds!

Feathered Friends

Description

Let your imagination and creativity fly as high the birds!

Materials

  • Pictures of various birds
  • Audio recording and playback device
  • Pens or pencils
  • Paper
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Construction paper
  • Feathers
  • Wooden popsicle or stir sticks
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Preparation

Print out and practice The Guardian of the Forest cut-and-tell story.

Prepare bird call recordings and pictures of birds for Name That Tweet activity.

Prepare craft materials for Bird Masks craft.

Suggested Activities

The Guardian of the Forest [Stories]

Name That Tweet [Games]

Bird Masks [Crafts]

Book Suggestions

My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo
Look Up: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate
My Book of Birds by Geraldo Valerio

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Let’s Play

Engage your passion for sport by using your creativity and testing your accuracy.

Let’s Play

Description

Engage your passion for sport by using your creativity and testing your accuracy.

Materials

  • Bean Bags
  • Tape or chalk
  • Pylon or other object
  • Paper
  • Markers, pencil crayons, or crayons
  • Pencils
  • Cutouts from the List of Sports template
  • Container (box, bowl, or bag)
  • Photocopies of the Invent a Sport template
  • Photocopies of the hockey uniform template
  • Flip chart or chalk board

Preparation

Print and photocopy templates from the Invent a Sport and A Better Hockey Sweater activities.
Set up an indoor or outdoor space as described in the Bean Bag Curling activity.

Suggested Activities

Invent a Sport [Crafts, Writing]

Bean Bag Curling [Games, Group Based]

A Better Hockey Sweater [Crafts, Group Based]

Book Suggestions

Goodnight, Hockey Fans by Andrew Larsen
Hockey Morning, Noon and Night by Doretta Groenendyk
Booked by Kwame Alexander
Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta
Ben Draws Trouble by Matt Davies
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring
Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka

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List It!

Show off your vocabulary with wordplay and list creation games.

List It!

Description

Show off your vocabulary with wordplay and list creation games.

Materials

  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Clipboard
  • Display board or flipchart
  • Container (e.g. box or bag)
  • Stopwatch, timer, or cell phone (for timing)
  • Assortment of pictures or posters

Preparation

Prepare category draw slips for The Never Ending Shopping List and Quick! Draw! activities.
Collect pictures for the Connect Three activity.
Print out the templates from the Word Shuffle activity.
Come up with a list of everyday objects (e.g. ball, pot, cup, string).

Suggested Activities

The Never-Ending Shopping List [Group Based, Games]

Quick! Draw! [Group Based, Games]

Connect Three [Group Based, Games]

Word Shuffle [Group Based, Games, Writing]

Have a Ball [Group Based, Games, Writing]

Book Suggestions

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant
The Liszts by Kyo Maclear
The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing
by Kay A. Haring
Priscilla Gorilla by Barbara Bottner
Ball by Mary Sullivan

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Mix and Sketch

Challenge your creativity as you sketch sport hybrids and animal hybrids.

Mix and Sketch

Description

Challenge your creativity as you sketch sport hybrids and animal hybrids.

Materials

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Markers, pencil crayons, or crayons
  • Container (box, bowl, or bag)
  • Cutouts from the List of Animals template
  • Photocopies of the Hybrid Animals template
  • Cutouts from the List of Sports template
  • Photocopies of the Invent a Sport template

Preparation

Prepare cutouts and photocopies from the Hybrid Animals and Invent a Sport activities.

Suggested Activities

Hybrid Animals [Crafts, Writing]

Invent a Sport [Crafts, Writing]

Suggested Books

Goodnight, Hockey Fans by Andrew Larsen
Hockey Morning, Noon and Night by Doretta Groenendyk
Booked by Kwame Alexander
Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta
Ben Draws Trouble by Matt Davies
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring
Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka

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Preschool Program - Bugaboo

Explore the small, yet fascinating world of insects.

Preschool Program - Bugaboo

Description

Explore the small, yet fascinating world of insects.

Materials

  • Paper cups
  • Green paper
  • Paper
  • Straws
  • Coloured crayons, pens, and/or markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Finger print ink pads (different colours, preferably washable)

Preparation

Print optional scene template for the Finger Print Bugs craft.

Print the butterfly template and prepare the cups for the Butterfly in a Cup craft.

Print copies or display the rhymes on a flip chart or screen to help participants follow along during The Rhyming Bugs rhymes.

Suggested Activities

Finger Print Bugs [Crafts]

Butterfly in a Cup [Crafts]

The Rhyming Bugs [Songs & Rhymes]

Book Suggestions

Butterfly Park by Elly MacKay
Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre and His World of Insects by Matthew Clark Smith

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Preschool Program - Collecting Wonders

Explore books, crafts, and activities to discover how collecting creates wonderment.

Preschool Program - Collecting Wonders

Description

Explore books, crafts, and activities to discover how collecting creates wonderment.

Materials

  • Box (old shoebox, discarded box, or purchased box)
  • Glue and tape
  • Safety scissors
  • Markers, pencil crayons, or crayons
  • Pens, pencils
  • Decorative craft supplies (glitter, stickers, construction paper, etc.)
  • Other materials used to decorate
  • 3-hole punch
  • Yarn or ribbon
  • Gloves
  • Ziploc bags or baskets
  • Collectibles (rocks, leaves, etc.)

Preparation

Prepare the room for a craft program.

Let participants know ahead of time to bring their small collectibles so that they can add them to their books.

If conducting the program inside the library, gather materials from outdoors or from your local craft shop.

Check the weather to see if a trip outdoors would be feasible for the day of your program.

Gather shoeboxes or discarded boxes that are in good shape. Alternatively, purchase new boxes for the program.

Suggested Activities

A Box of Curiosities [Crafts]

A Book of Wonders [Crafts]

Exploring Wonders of the Natural World [Crafts]

Book Suggestions

Hector the Collector by Emily Beeny
Sam Sorts by Marthe Jocelyn
The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds

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Preschool Program - Gotta Dance

Feel the music, move the way you want, and express yourself!

Preschool Program - Gotta Dance

Description

Feel the music, move the way you want, and express yourself!

Materials

  • Paper
  • Markers
  • A device to play music
  • A projector, television or other device to show or stream video

Preparation

Prepare dance guide shapes for the Pattern Moves activity.

Search and save video samples of dances for the Strut Like a Gorilla activity.

Scout and select an area in advance for the Flash Mob Dance activity.

Prepare a selection of music to play during the program.

Suggested Activities

Pattern Moves [Group Based, Games]

Strut Like A Gorilla [Group Based, Games]

Flash Mob Dance [Group Based, Games]

Book Suggestions

Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance by Birgitta Sif
Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder
Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer by Michaela and Elaine DePrince
Priscilla Gorilla by Barbara Bottner
Dance Is For Everyone by Andrea Zuill

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Preschool Program - Let’s Sort It Out

Sort things the way you want!

Preschool Program - Let’s Sort It Out

Description

Sort things the way you want!

Materials

  • Assorted loose buttons
  • Small clear plastic cups
  • Discarded print materials with plenty of pictures (books, magazines, brochures, etc.)
  • 11 x 17 inch paper
  • Markers, coloured pencils, crayons
  • Decorative craft supplies (sparkles, stickers, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Tape
  • A variety of small objects or toys
  • A box or basket (optional)

Preparation

Prepare the area for an arts and crafts program.

Pre-fill plastic cups with buttons for the Where Do the Buttons Go game.

Collect scrap picture materials for the A Few of My Favourite Things craft.

Gather in a container or put on display a variety of small objects and toys for the Clean Up Time activity.

Suggested Activities

Where Do The Buttons Go? [Games]

A Few of My Favourite Things [Crafts]

Clean Up Time! [Games, Songs & Rhymes]

Book Suggestions

Sam Sorts by Marthe Jocelyn
Hector the Collector by Emily Beeny
One Red Button by Marthe Jocelyn

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Preschool Program - Power of Plants

Plants are powerful things! Explore these books, rhymes and activities to discover how plants and gardening can better the world around us.

Preschool Program - Power of Plants

Description

Plants are powerful things! Explore these books, rhymes and activities to discover how plants and gardening can better the world around us.

Materials

  • Felt board
  • Craft felt in a variety of colours
  • Glue
  • Craft foam or construction paper in various colours (be sure to include green)
  • Safety scissors
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Green crayons or markers
  • Pencils, pens

Preparation

Prepare the room for a program that uses glue.

Prepare the felt board and cut out the necessary shapes for the story.

Print copies of rhyme and song or display them on a flipchart or screen to help participants follow along.

Create a sample bookmark.

Suggested Activities

Dig a Little Hole [Finger Plays]

Here is a Beehive [Finger Plays]

Handprint Flower Bookmarks [Crafts]

Five Little Butterflies [Felt Board Story]

If You’re Happy and You Know It [Songs]

Book Suggestions

The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes
Butterfly Park by Elly MacKay
Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyn

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Preschool Program - Some Buttons, Some String

Get creative with just a few buttons and a bit of string!

Preschool Program - Some Buttons, Some String

Description

Get creative with just a few buttons and a bit of string!

Materials

  • Assortment of buttons
  • String or yarn (various colours)
  • Crayons
  • Liquid craft glue
  • Paper (each colour from the poem)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paint brushes

Preparation

Prepare the room for a craft program.

Print copies of the I’ve Got Some Button rhyme to hand out, or display the rhyme on a flip chart or screen for participants to follow along.

Pre-cut lengths of yarn or string for Colour Spirals and Button Garden crafts.

Suggested Activities

I’ve Got Some Buttons [Songs & Rhymes]

Colour Spirals [Crafts]

The Button Garden [Crafts]

The Button Factory [Songs & Rhymes]

Book Suggestions

One Piece of String by Marthe Jocelyn

One Red Button by Marthe Jocelyn

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Saves the Day

Explore your passion for superheroes and drawing.

Saves the Day

Description

Explore your passion for superheroes and drawing.

Materials

  • Paper
  • Pencils, pens
  • Markers, pencil crayons, or crayons
  • Variety of small objects
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Preparation

Print and photocopy templates from these activities: Boom! Bang! Pow!; The Incredible, the Amazing Superhero; Superhero Card Swap.

Suggested Activities

Boom! Bang! Pow! [Crafts, Writing]

The Incredible, the Amazing Superhero! [Crafts]

Superhero Card Swap [Crafts, Group Based]

Suggested Books

What’s My Superpower? by Aviaq Johnston
The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey

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Sincerely Yours

Letter writing can often be a very fun and personal experience!

Sincerely Yours

Description

Letter writing can often be a very fun and personal experience!

Materials

  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Discarded bottles and jars
  • Pencil crayons
  • String
  • Tea bags
  • Brown or yellow paint
  • Paint brushes or cotton balls
  • Hair dryer or fan
  • Container (box, basket or bag)

Preparation

Gather and prepare materials for the Message in a Bottle craft.

Prepare the famous name slips for the Dear Anonymous activity.

Suggested Activities

Message in a Bottle [Writing, Crafts]

Dear Anonymous [Writing, Games]

Book Suggestions

Letters to a Prisoner by Jacques Goldstyn
Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta


Journeys: Young Readers' Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives
by Catherine Gourley
Dear Pope Francis edited by Antonio Spadaro

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Techies Unplugged

You don’t always have to be plugged in and online to explore technological ideas.

Techies Unplugged

Description

You don’t always have to be plugged in and online to explore technological ideas.

Materials

  • Markers (4 different colours)
  • One playing die
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Grid Runner game grid and tracker sheet
  • Plastic or paper cups (at least two different colours; six in total)

Preparation

Print required templates for the Grid Runner and The Human Robot activities.

Sort cups for The Human Robot activity.

Suggested Activities

Grid Runner [Games]

The Human Robot [Group Based, Games]

Book Suggestions

Maker Projects for Kids Who Love Robotics by James Bow
Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson
Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding by Linda Liukas
Tek: The Modern Cave Boy by Patrick MacDonnell

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Wonderful Words

Express yourself with not only with the words you choose but also how you use them!

Wonderful Words

Description

Express yourself with not only with the words you choose but also how you use them!

Materials

  • Paper
  • Pencils or pens
  • A container
  • Dictionaries
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Blocks of styrofoam or cardboard box tops
  • Paper (white and assorted colours)
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape and glue
  • Paint and brushes

Preparation

Prepare some “seeder” word and blank slips for the Word Soup game.

Collect materials and prepare samples for the Inspiration Tree and Graffiti Prints crafts.

Suggested Activities

Word Soup [Group Based, Writing, Games]

Inspiration Tree [Crafts]

Graffiti Prints [Crafts]

Book Suggestions

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant
The Liszts by Kyo Maclear
The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds
Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyn

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