Junior Scholars (K - 5th Grade): Fantastic Beasts!

This week’s school age programs and activities are centered around the theme “Fantastic Beasts." We'll investigate some interesting creatures and you can bring your own imaginary creature to life! Be sure to check out our virtual live program offerings this week!

 

#READ: This Book Will Not Be Fun by Cirocco Dunlap

This Book Will Not Be Fun Book Cover

Have you ever encountered a Word-Eating Whale? What about a Glow In The Dark Kung Fu Worm? Hmmm, these are listed in the Encyclopedia of Animals That Do Not Exist, but yet...

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Readers will delight as this charming yet uptight mouse is challenged and subverted by gloriously imaginative creatures that are like nothing you've ever seen. Will our little mouse succumb to the attractiveness of their overwhelming exuberance?

 

#PLAY: Mythical Creatures Charades

Supplies needed:

  • Index cards or pieces of paper/notepad
  • Writing implements (pencil, crayons, markers, etc.)
  • Large bowl
  • Imagination

This game can be played as individuals or in teams. To play, you might have to do a little research first on the basic descriptions and talents of some mythical creatures. Then, use your writing implement and index cards or paper and write down the names of these creatures and/or draw a picture of them. Put them in a bowl, and start the game! The first player will draw a card out of the bowl, and then have to act out the features of the creature, without using ANY words! The other player(s) will try to guess which creature is being wordlessly described. The first person to guess will be the next person to draw a card. The person/team with the most correct guesses wins.

Types of creatures to include in your game (but add any others you like!):

  • Unicorn
  • Dragon
  • Mermaid
  • Sasquatch/Bigfoot
  • Hippogriff
  • Griffon
  • Centaur
  • Phoenix
  • Zombie
  • Werewolf
  • Vampire
  • Leprechaun
  • Ogre
  • Yeti/Abominable Snowman
  • Kraken
  • Minotaur

 

#EXPLORE: Mold your own fantastic beast!

Fantastic Beast

Supplies needed:

  • Modeling clay or play dough
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Dry pasta (macaroni, twists, penne, etc.)

Using your modeling clay, pipe cleaner, and pasta, build an animal from your favorite book. Use the clay as the body. The pipe cleaner and pasta can be added on as features of the animal or pressed into the clay to leave texture. Name your animal and describe its magical or unusual features. Get creative and show us your animals!

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Junior Scientists (K-2): The Three Billy Goats Buenos

Attention, Junior Scientists! This STEM-based program for ages 5-7 features a book and science activities that encourage deep thinking, inquiry, and fun. This week’s exploration is Fantastic Beasts! We will build a bridge and test a scientific question based on the book called The Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya.

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:

  • Several pieces of paper
  • Tape
  • Two books/pots/cups (something for the bridge to go across)
  • Small toy figures (at least 3) or coins

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – 3 pm

 

Junior Scientists (3-5): You Don't Want a Unicorn

Attention, Junior Scientists! This STEM-based program for children ages 8-11 features a book and science activities that encourage deep thinking, inquiry, and fun. This week’s exploration is about Fantastic Beasts! We will tinker with various materials to create a mysterious substance associated with unicorns! This is based on the book called You Don’t Want a Unicorn 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:

  • Elmer’s Glue (liquid)
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent (Tide Clean and Clear preferred)
  • At least one bowl (can be paper), several are preferred
  • Ziploc bag to store slime

*Optional: Washable paint such as Crayola kid’s paint
*Optional: Glitter or any small waterproof decorative items
*Optional for easier cleanup: 1 baking tray

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – 4:30 pm

 

Junior Artists (K-2): The Mitten

Get ready to get creative! Junior Artists K-2 is a live art storytime program on Zoom designed specifically for children ages 5-7. Each week we read an exciting book and then create artwork based on our theme.
This week's theme is Fantastic Beasts and we will be reading the story The Mitten by Jan Brett. 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:

  • Modeling Clay
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Pasta

Thursday, October 15, 2020 – 3 pm

 

Junior Artists (3-5): Stellaluna

Get ready to get creative! Junior Artists 3-5 is a live art storytime program on Zoom designed specifically for children ages 8-11. Each week we read an exciting book and then create artwork based on our theme.

This week's theme is Fantastic Beasts and we will be reading the story Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. 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:

  • Modeling clay
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Pasta

Thursday, October 15, 2020 – 4:30 pm

Saturday, October 17, 2020 – 1 pm

 

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