Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Yet Another Example of What Happens When You Don't Make "Model" Crafts

Here is another example of what happens when you don't give directions, and let the child lead the craft.

This is the original craft as shown on a website, everything neatly glued in the right place. It's very attractive:
What we did was to make a template of the tree trunk--it's here on the original website.

We put the template into the take home bag, along with a ziplock bag containing a handful of shapes. I sliced assorted colored construction paper into squares and rectangles  with our paper cutter, made circles and triangles with my wonderful Sizzix Big Shot.

And the instructions suggested gluing them onto the tree, and perhaps adding your own things with markers or crayons. We did NOT include a picture example.

This afternoon a mom sent me an email with a photo of her daughter's creation. Another mom sent me a picture of her son's tree:

Their own work using their own imaginations. Pure creativity.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Rainbow Round Me"

I love this song, which has a family history, and I have finally learned to play it on my ukulele.
In the video, I show you how to play it in the key of C, much easier than the original version, but if you want the real Ruth Pelham version, the music is here.  And there are several downloadable versions of the song on Amazon and elsewhere.

As noted, I sang this song with every group I had last week, and I've done the same this week. And it is amazing to hear not only parents singing along, but the kids! Enjoy.....

Thursday, February 5, 2015

No Two Snowflakes Are Alike. And Neither Are These Crafts

This is a very simple craft. All we did was cut up some qtips and toss them, plus some uncut qtips on the tables, along with a container with some glue. We gave each child a sheet of construction paper.

We showed them how to hold the qtip by the cotton end and dip it in glue.
And then we let them do whatever they liked.

No models. No instructions. No "that's not a snowflake."

We had 21 kids, ages 3-6, who had just come out of a wiggly, rowdy storytime (only kind I do), sitting quietly and working on their crafts. My assistant was AMAZED at their concentration and hard work.

Here's some of their work. It's beautiful. It's individual. It's THEIRS.

Next time you're planning one of those damned cookie cutter crafts with 12 million little pieces to cut out so the kids can reassemble them, stop!  And remember this.

No two snowflakes are alike. And no 2 crafts should be alike either.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Adult Patrons Used To Be Kids Too

I am really tired of elitist asshole librarians who clearly don't get that working in a public library means working with the PUBLIC.

And while I firmly believe that reference librarians more often than not cannot deal well with children, I cannot simply fathom how a children's librarian, who has to work with parents, teachers and caregivers, can have a piss poor attitude towards adults who have the nerve to need help when they come to the library.

My full rant on this subject is here.

Happy New Year.
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