Jr. Scholars (K - 5th Grade): Mischief on the Farm

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Welcome to the LAST week of Summer Reading. Be sure to track your reading to earn prizes, all the way to the end for a strong finish! This week, we take a look at some farm animals who get into a little bit of friendly trouble. You NEVER do that, do you? I didn't think so!

#Giggle, Giggle, Quack book coverREAD: Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin

Farmer Brown is going on vacation. He asks his brother, Bob, to take care of the animals. "But keep an eye on Duck. He's trouble." Bob follows the instructions in Farmer Brown's notes exactly. He orders pizza with anchovies for the hens, bathes the pigs with bubble bath, and lets the cows choose a movie. Is that giggling he hears?

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#PLAY: Hide and Go Quack!

This is a variation of Hide and Go Seek, for two or more players. Decide which player will be the Farmer (this is the player who will look for everyone else). The rest of the players will decide which kind of farm animal they will be, and practice making the noise of that animal. The farmer will close their eyes and count backwards from ten s-l-o-w-l-y. During this time, the mischievous farm animals will scatter and hide. When the Farmer counts down to zero, they will say, "Where did all my farm animals go? I guess I have to find them!" While the Farmer is looking, the farm animals must occasionally make their noise... a moo here, a quack there...until the Farmer finds all of the sneaky animals. The last animal to be found becomes the Farmer for the next round.

#EXPLORE: Farm Animal Story Stones

Farm Animal Painted Stones

Supplies:

  • Clean stones (from craft store, home improvement store, or your backyard)
  • Cut out pictures of farm animals from magazines, use farm animal stickers, or create and cut out your own farm animal drawings
  • Paintbrush/foam brush
  • Mod Podge

Instructions:

  • Paint the stone with a thin layer of Mod Podge.
  • Place the farm animal picture or sticker on the stone.
  • Cover with a layer of Mod Podge.
  • Let dry; cover with another layer of Mod Podge.

When dry, use your farm animal story stones to create your own tales about mischievous farm animals!

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#JOIN:

Junior Scientists (5-8):

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Attention, Junior Scientists! This STEM-based program for ages 5-8 features a book and science activities that encourage deep thinking, inquiry, and fun. This week’s programs are all about mischief on the farm. Today, we will be exploring simple and compound machines. Inspired by the animal creations in Mechanimals by Chris Tougas, we will make our own wheel and axel/ pulley animal transport vehicle.

Each week we will use a variety of materials that you may have at home to explore a scientific concept. This week’s needed materials are:

  • 5 paper plates
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors (and parent help)
  • String, ribbon, or yarn
  • Markers, crayons, or color pencils

Monday, July 26, 2021 – 3:30 p.m.

Junior Scientists (9-12):

Attention, Junior Scientists! This STEM-based program for ages 9-12 features a book and science activities that encourage deep thinking, inquiry, and fun. In this week’s program, inspired by the book Read the Book Lemmings by Ame Dyckman.

Each week we will use a variety of materials that you may have at home to explore a scientific concept. This week’s needed materials are:

  • No materials needed

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 -- 3:30 p.m.

Junior Artists (5-8):

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Get ready to get creative! Junior Artists (ages 5-8) is a live art program on Zoom. Each week we’ll read an exciting book and then create artwork based on our theme.

This week's theme is Mischief on the Farm and we’ll create a work of art inspired by the book When Pigs Fly by James Burks.

We’ll use basic art supplies that you probably have at home already, however, every month you can pick up a free art kit from your local library that will have some of the required supplies in it. This week we will need the following:

  • Card stock
  • Straws
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Tempura or acrylic paint
  • Small cups or bowls for the paint
  • Spoons
  • A cup of water
  • Paper towels
  • A baking tray

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 – 3:30 p.m.

Junior Artists (9-12):

Get ready to get creative! Junior Artists (ages 9-12) is a live art program on Zoom. Each week we read an exciting book and then create artwork based on our theme.

This week our theme is Mischief on the Farm. Inspired by the book You Loves Ewe by Cece Bell, we’ll explore our artistic sides as we create the cutest, fluffiest ewe that we can. Or was that you?

We’ll use basic art supplies that you probably have at home already, however, every month you can pick up a free art kit from your local library that will have some of the required supplies in it. This week we will need the following:

  • Heavy paper such as card stock
  • Thick black marker
  • Pencil with eraser
  • White liquid glue
  • Shaving cream
  • Washable paint or food coloring
  • Disposable cups
  • Disposable spoons
  • Baking tray
  • Paper towels

Thursday, July 29, 2021 – 3:30 p.m.

**Join us this Summer for in-person programs!**

Story Journeys

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Does your child light up when they really connect with a story? Story Journeys brings picture books to life with drama activities and non-fiction connections. Come read Tales of Tails with us this summer as we explore stories of the animal kingdom. Registration is required.

Monday at 10:30 AM- Southeast Regional

Tuesday at 10:30 AM- Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional

Wednesday at 10:30 AM- Highlands Regional

Thursday at 10:30 AM- Main Library

Friday at 10:30 AM- Pablo Creek Regional

JPL Presents: Watch Party

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Find your closest library to watch the magic unfold on the big screen! JPL Presents turns the stacks into your new favorite performance venue, bringing entertaining and educational performers – including musicians, animal handlers, dancers and more– to showcase their talents for children ages 5 to 12. Registration is required.

#KEEP READING:

For more great stories about mischievous farm animals, check these books out. Don't forget to keep track of reading 15 minutes a day to earn up to two FREE books by the end of the summer!

 

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