Saturday, March 24, 2018

Storytime Kit: Nursery Play

This was basically a collection of interactive books that emphasized early literacy skills. Some I received for review and some I purchased. Some have been around for a while as I looked for a good collection for them.

Materials Included

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Storytime Kit: Pizza Play

Kids loved our circulating pizza toy bag so much I thought I'd make a whole storytime kit. I still had a pizza play kit left over from a program a few years ago and I put that in as well.

Materials included

  • Melissa and Doug Wooden Pizza Play set from Amazon (to my great annoyance, the wooden box was just slightly too big, so I put all the pieces in loose)
  • Plastic pizza (left over from a play set)
  • Felt pizza set (foil-covered cardboard "plates" and pizza toppings in felt)
  • Books
    • Secret pizza party by Adam Rubin (purchased paperback from Amazon, used)
    • Peg + Cat: Pizza problem by Jennifer Oxley (paperback)
    • Pizza Pig by Diana Murray (paperback easy reader)
    • Cook in a book: Pizza. ISBN 9780714874098
    • Pizza day by Melissa Iwai
    • Little red hen makes a pizza by Philemon Sturges (paperback)
  • Link to insert in Publisher format

Maker Kit: Music

I made this very simple kit in the teeth of the opposition. In other words, every parent begged me not to and I did it anyways! Heh heh heh. It's very simple - an instruction book and two recorders. I bought 8bees sopranos from Amazon and the above book as well. I might add some sheet music later, but this is fine for a start.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Imagine a Story: Barnyard Fun

Updated. This bag originally included 3 soft rubber farm animals, a nonfiction book about pigs and a silly farm story. It also has some tips for imaginative play. At this point the play tips are still very early-literacy focused, as I work on making these aimed at an older audience. I changed out the soft rubber animals (which fell apart) for a set of small, hard, rubber farm animals

Source for materials:
  • Farm animal set from Amazon
  • Pigs on the Family Farm - 9781464403590 
  • Barnyard Fun by Maureen Wright - 9781477816431

Monday, February 26, 2018

Maker Kit: Digital Photography

I hadn't even really thought about this as a maker kit until someone donated digital cameras. Since I had several, and couldn't really use more than one, I thought it would make a great kit. Hopefully, it won't immediately go missing so if we wanted to do a digital photography workshop we could use them for that as well.

Kit includes

  • 2 digital cameras
  • 2 sd cards (purchased a pack of 5 1GB cards for $22 on Amazon)
  • USB micro card reader (Amazon)
  • National Geographic Kid's Guide to Digital Photography ISBN 1426320663

Maker Kit: Bug Science

This was one of the first maker kits I made. The original bug house was given to me with a praying mantis inside - they never picked up the bug house so I used it! Eventually it got very dirty and icky, but it was still intact, so this is a pretty good brand. The original set of bugs in plastic got very worn and chipped, so I replaced those as well.

This kit mostly checks out in the summer, when there's actual bugs around, but it goes out at other times as well, when kids are doing science projects. I don't put consumables in this kit very often.

The Melissa and Doug bug house did eventually break and I purchased another, but it turned out to be really cheap - I will replace it as soon as it breaks, which will be soon.

Kit includes: 
  • Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs by Judy Burris (out of print): 9781603429856
  • Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Giddy Buggy Bug House Toy (purchased from Amazon)
  • Celestron 44409 3D Bug Specimen Kit #3 (Black, Orange, Brown) (purchased from Amazon)
  • Magnifying glasses - Excellerations - from a set purchased from Discount School Supply
  • Activity papers, coloring pages, stickers

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Maker Kits: Art Kit

This is one of the new kits I made this year. I'm not sure if it will end well or not - I'd like to possibly add more to it later, but I decided to start simple and see how things go. It could well come back covered in paint and pastels - or not come back at all!

Kit includes:

  • Art lab for kids by Susan Schwake: 9781592537655 
  • Paint brushes
  • Plastic palettes
Consumable may include some or all of the following:
  • Acrylics
  • Pastels
  • Paper