Story Time: El Dia de los Muertos & Halloween

Today at story time, we celebrated El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Halloween! We sang songs and rhymes about pumpkins and bats, and read stories about sugar skulls and cats! We had fun talking about trick-or-treating and dressing up for Halloween. In the story Monster Needs a Costume, Monster can’t make up his mind what to be for Halloween, and comes up with a clever and creative solution. We also read the book The Day of the Dead / El Dia de los Muertos to learn more about the holiday, (which originated in Mexico), where we take time to remember and honor relatives who have gone before us. For our craft, we decorated skulls in a variety of bright colors and designs, just like the decorative El Dia de los Muertos sugar skulls. Check out the photos below!

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St. Richard’s Episcopal School

1st graders from St. Richard’s Episcopal School visited the LC to make Eric-Carle-inspired self portraits with KidPix.

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Story Time: Let’s Pretend!

Little Learners had fun pretending this morning at story time with songs, motions, fingerplays, books with imaginative stories, and lots of playful pretending with props plus acting on stage in the Green Screen Theater!

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Hawthorne Community Center

Hawthorne Community Center’s stop motion movie. Well done Junior Builders!

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Story Time: Forest Friends!

This morning’s story time was all about forest animals! We read the stories Over in the Forest by Marianne Berkes and Blackberry Banquet by Terry Pierce. We sang songs and rhymes about bears, squirrels, and owls, played with puppets, and made a wise, wide-eyed owl from paper and cupcake liners as our take-home craft (photos below!). We also had fun recording forest animal sounds together with the Little Bird Tale iPad app–click below to check it out!

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Hide & Seek Tour

This morning, a group of K-2nd grade homeschoolers starred in this video inspired by the game of hide and seek!

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Open Play Saturday!

The Family Tech Center in the Learning Curve is a busy place where parents with children can use computers while children play or use computers nearby. See what some kids did with Activity Guides at Open Play Saturday!

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Thank you Doing Indy!

Thanks for the great photo blog of Central Library!  Mental_floss top ten? YEH! #loveindy
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Google Science Fair 2013

And the GSF2013 winners are….

GSF 2013 Winners Border

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Story Time: Let’s Explore!

Little explorers were ready for adventure in this interactive story time all about exploring! We packed our bags and set off:

Songs: Row, Row, Row Your Boat & Goin’ on a Bear Hunt

Books: Into the Wild by Lerryn Korda & How Things Work in the Yard by Lisa Campbell

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Activity: Adventure Map!                                                                                                 Choose your own adventure! For this activity, we spruced up an old fold-up road map by adding eight construction-paper flaps of various colors and shapes, spread out and placed around the map. Little explorers take turns choosing a shape and lifting the flap to reveal a set of directions, such as “Hike…(up the) Mountain…with [picture of] a backpack.” Everyone then pretends to put on their backpack and climb up the mountain. Each shape features a different destination, a fun motion to act out, and something to bring along.

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On our adventure, we rowed a boat quite merrily, climbed up a tree and hiked up a mountain, caught butterflies, explored a jungle, swam to an island, tip-toed into a cave, and met a very polite bear.

Below is a mini-adventure map featuring all eight excursions to explore. Where else would little explorers like to go? What things would they need to bring? Choose your own adventures!

Adventure Map[click the images to enlarge]

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Take-Home Craft: Explorer’s Binoculars!                                                                 Wrap-up with a take-home binoculars craft. Decorate two toilet paper rolls, glue or tape together, hole-punch the outsides and add yarn. Little explorers will be ready to set out and do some exploring of their own!

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