Junior Scholars (K - 5th Grade): Dream BIG!

This week’s school age programs and activities are centered around the theme “Dream Big!" The sky is the limit as we learn about people who inspire us to reach for our goals and to think outside the box (and in one case, create something amazing with a box!). You can create a hot air balloon to launch your dreams into the sky! Be sure to check out our virtual live program offerings this week!

READ:An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton

An Awesome Book by Clayton

READ

Based on the simple concept of dreaming big, An Awesome Book! is inspiring and written in the vein of classic imaginative tales. The real treat is Clayton's artwork, which has a kookily offbeat, abundantly cheerful feel that may inspire adult readers as much as their young listeners. In fact, while this is fine for young children, it may well find a happier home as an inspirational nudge for kids of all ages to keep thinking big and bold and weird.

PLAY: Magic Carpet, In My Dream Game and Dream Journal

Magic Carpet

Put a towel on the floor and pretend it's your very own Magic Carpet! Sit with your legs crossed, close your eyes (if you want to), and create an imaginary journey, complete with obstacles and events that will guide you to your dreams. Parents, help with some prompts:

  • Imagine you are...
  • Describe what you see...
  • What can you hear/smell...
  • And then what did you see/what happened...

In My Dream Game

Play with friends and/or family...you can even play virtually! Choose a person to start. They begin by saying, "In my dream there was a..." Fill in with whatever you like, such as "In my dream there was a dragon." The next person will add this as well as what they saw in their dream: "In my dream, there was a dragon and a waterfall."

Dream Journal

Decorate a notebook to record your dreams, then write about what you dream about at night or what you aspire to do and your plans to do it! When you write down your dreams, they become goals that you can strive to achieve!

EXPLORE: They say that the sky is the limit. Make a hot air balloon filled with your dreams to take you there.

Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Coffee filter
  • Markers
  • Clothes pin (bonus)
  1. Fold your coffee filter in half. Then, fold it in half again. Fold in half one more time. You should have what looks like a triangle.
  2. On this triangle, use your markers to write your dream of what you want to do or be someday. Use different colors and cover the whole triangle.
  3. Dip the corner of the triangle into water and let it soak it up until it is wet all the way through.
  4. Unfold your coffee filter to see the tie-dye creation.
  5. Place the open coffee filter on your piece of paper. Draw a square 2-3 inches below the circle. Draw lines connecting to the square to complete your hot air balloon.
  6. Add details to your picture. Where is your dream taking you? Who is with you in the basket of your balloon?

JOIN: To continue this week’s theme exploration, join our virtual program sessions.

Junior Scientists (K-2): Rainbow Racer!

Attention, Junior Scientists! This STEM-based program for grades K-2 features a book and science activities that encourage deep thinking, inquiry, and fun. This week’s exploration is called Rainbow Racer. We will use cardboard and other household materials to create a rolling car that moves. This exploration is based on the book The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger.
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:

  • Large flat piece of cardboard
  • Empty toilet paper tube
  • Plastic bottle tops (4) (same size)
  • Plastic drinking straw
  • Toothpicks (2)
  • Scissors
  • Push pin/thumb tack (1)
  • Colored makers
  • Blank pieces of paper
  • Hot glue gun/sticks (optional)

*Adult supervision required.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – 3 pm

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – 11 am

Junior Scientists (3-5): Cardboard Arcade!

Attention, Junior Scientists! This STEM-based program for grades 3-5 features a book and science activities that encourage deep thinking, inquiry, and fun. This week’s exploration is called Cardboard Arcade. We will use cardboard and other household materials to create a functioning arcade machine. This exploration is based on the book Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different by Ben Brooks.
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:

  • A variety of cardboard pieces (many, if possible)
  • Tape (masking, packing, or duct)
  • Random objects (ball, coins, etc.)
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Play coins/tokens (optional)
  • Tickets (optional)

*Adult supervision required.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – 4:30 pm

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – 1 pm

Junior Artists (K-2): Most Marshmallows

We will be reading the story Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins. It's available for immediate download from Hoopla using your library card.
Program materials are basic art supplies you likely have at home already, but you can pick up supplies from the library, if needed. Call your local library to schedule supply pickup. Supplies used for this week’s program are:

  • Coffee filters
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Clothes pin
  • Not included in the kit: scissors

Thursday, September 24, 2020 – 3 pm

Junior Artists (3-5): Dreamers

We will be reading the story Dreamers by Yuyi Morales. It's available for immediate download from OverDrive using your library card.
Program materials are basic art supplies you likely have at home already, but you can pick up supplies from the library, if needed. Call your local library to schedule supply pickup. Supplies used for this week’s program are:

  • Coffee filters
  • Markers
  • Clothes pin
  • Construction paper (bonus)
  • Not included in the kit: scissors, water

Thursday, September 24, 2020 – 4:30 pm

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