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Jul 17

STEM and Art Activities with Your Young Ones

Posted on July 17, 2017 at 11:11 AM by Allie Barton

When you think of the library, what comes to mind? Neat, pristine, books on shelves?  The uptight librarian that “shushes” you? Forget all that you think! At the library we are passionate about developing life-long learners and that means we want you and your kids to take books off the shelves. We want you and your kids to get a little loud as they discover their new passions and new worlds in books. We want you and your little ones to feel welcome in the library.

We also want to be a resource for parents about how to keep the love of learning alive at home. This summer the Sherman Public Library is giving away Pre-Reader (ages birth to 5) and Reader packs (ages 6-11) to help inspire the love of learning at home. From art projects to science experiments, each week we provide a new activity pack that involves both the parents and the kids in some free, fun learning activities. For example, this week the reader pack includes a science experiment. We give you the chocolate, marshmallow, graham cracker, and foil, and we challenge you and your kids to make a s’mores oven (which should be easy in this Texas heat!). If you need a little more direction, feel free to ask your librarian or check out this link: This Reader activity is a great way to encourage critical thinking skills. Ask questions about why (or why not) the s’mores could cook in the sun, instead of over a fire. Discuss the differences of roasting their s’mores over a campfire vs the sun. Then of course enjoy your yummy s’mores.

For Pre-Readers this week, we have a fun art project for the young ones.  Using a popsicle stick, and other felt pieces, we challenge you and young ones to make (and re-make) an ice-cream felt popsicle. We provide the popsicle stick, felt pieces, and glue—you provide the imagination. This art activity is a great pre-reader activity as it helps your young ones use the dexterity in their hands as they make the craft, helping build your child's fine motor skills. I’d also encourage you to make up a story about a popsicle or talk about a time where you all ate ice cream together as you make the craft. Talking and telling stories with objects (or in this case a craft) helps your pre-reader learn narrative skills and develops their pre-reading skills. If you want some books about ice cream or popsicles to help with your storytelling, here are some of our favorites:

All of these books can be checked out at the Sherman Public Library!

Each week of the Summer Reading Program, we will be providing these fun activity packs. It’s also not too late to sign up for the Summer Reading Program! Come see us before July 29th to sign-up and get your free book and reading log. You can still turn in your reading logs, pick up your prizes, and pick up these activity packs until August 12th! The activity packs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will see you soon at our temporary location at 1000 N. East Street.

Ice Cream Craft            S'more Experiment