After I attended a session at ALA about letting more stuff out for kids to play with I've been working harder at getting various bits and pieces left in my office out in their maker kits. I'll still use these for programs, but I don't want them to just sit around the rest of the time!
Complete photo guide to bead crafts: 9781589238220
The idea for this started with a book I picked up at Half-Price Books. Cooking kits are hard, because there aren't many consumables I am willing to put in, but a quick search on Amazon found some good options for this one (yes, I have had the book for ever a year before getting around to putting the kit together!). The book doesn't actually need stuff like a thermometer or molds, but I thought it would cover a nice spectrum of skills.
We kept losing bits of the dish set and it was driving my aides crazy so I replaced it with a plastic tea set and a plastic play cake from Amazon. The label just says "tea set" and "cake" so we don't have to count all the little pieces.
This bag includes a hardcover book (it's a lot harder than you might think it is to find a picture book that features a tea party) and most of a set of dishes. I say "most" because we're always losing pieces and not all of them fit anyways. So I just say "cooking set" and let it go at that.
Source of materials:
Florentine and Pig by Eva Katzler (hardcover): 9781599909493
This kit was frustrating because the Explore a T.Rex title was about 1 inch too big for my regular tubs! I had to buy a special, extra-large tub to fit it and then I couldn't decide what else to put in! I had a bunch of random plastic and rubber dinosaurs I added, which I didn't picture because I didn't want to have to count them. I don't usually put consumables in the storytime kits, but I had a bunch of foam dinosaur stickers (mainly white, which the kids don't like) and I threw those in as well.
The Bear books aren't available in paperback in the US - I purchased them from Gardners in the UK. Hence the "colours" spelling! I hope there aren't any changes in the books, but it shouldn't be a big deal if there are a few different words.
All titles by Karma Wilson. I purchased the paperback books through Baker & Taylor and the audio cds from Recorded Books during their sale.
I had one title and cd and I scrounged a bit to find enough to make up the four. These are available in kits from Baker & Taylor. I know "real stuff" is not particularly inspired, but it was what I could think of at the time!
I have been saving a couple easy reader/cd combos from 2016, waiting until I had enough to make up a kit of four. I ordered cds from Recorded Books and books from Baker and Taylor to make up the set. The Ballet Cat books are in hardcover, although I prefer paperback, because there wasn't a paperback version available. This set contains:
I had a copy of Library Lion left from last year and put it together with a number of other books about stories and reading. They're not all technically library stories, but they're all about books! This kit includes:
This one was tricky because I had a coupon and ordered the cds from Recorded Books, but then had to order the accompanying books from Baker and Taylor. And, of course, none of them were available in paperback. So we had to fit four hardcovers in the bag! This kit includes:
I had a really good deal on audiobooks from Recorded Books, so I put together more of our popular easy reader bags. Of course, this meant I had to order cds from Recorded Books and the paperbacks from Baker and Taylor.
This has been missing for a long time - it was checked out and never returned shortly after I created it. I finally got a new egg and spoon race set (can be purchased from Amazon or Discount School Supply). Egg Drop is out of print, but I found a paperback on Amazon.
This is a brand-new bag! A lot of mine have recycled pieces, but this one is shiny, fluffy, new. It has a board book of the classic Richard Scarry favorite, I am a bunny, a small hardcover of The Little Rabbit by Judy and Phoebe Dunn, and a Folkmanis Dutch Rabbit puppet.
This one went missing. The patron paid for it, but these are always hard to replace since they include pieces from so many different places. I ended up putting a book, a panda from Manhattan Toy Company (purchased on Amazon) and a Folkmanis grizzly cub bear puppet I received from Bearport many years ago together.
This is an old set. It originally had a chicken puppet, from I think Folkmanis, but I tracked down the pee smell to the unfortunate fowl so we bid her farewell. We are constantly losing pieces of the pizza set, so I made it just say "Cut 'n' Play Pizza" so we didn't have to worry about it.
I felt like this kit was a little skimpy, but the books are very involved and there are a LOT of stencils to use. There are two packs of stencils, a lacing toy, two pop-up books, and two lift-the-flap books.
Plastic bin (Walmart)
Chunky Lacing Garden Set (Discount School Supply)
Perfect Leaf Stencils (Discount School Supply)
Super Snowflakes Stencils (Discount School Supply)