Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Life Size Pac-Man for Teens

In 2016, I started seeing some posts about Life Size Pac-Man on some librarian groups on Facebook. I'm always up for a new life size game idea and this one looked easy to do. I did a little more research via those Facebook groups and Pinterest and then planned my first Life Size Pac-Man Event.

I originally used Mega Blocks for both the Pac-Dots and the power pellets. I decided they didn't work well and have since used cut up pool noodles for Pac-Dots and Mega Blocks for the power pellets only. Game play varies every time I host it. Given the size of the room I use, we only have three ghosts instead of four. As we play, the first ghost becomes Pac-Man after the first player dies and so on.

Sources of Inspiration:
Casey at Teen Services Underground Blog
The Jolly Rogers Young Women Blog
Youth Group Collective
The Meta Picture
If You Loved...
Kim Edsell on the Storytime Underground Facebook Group
Tales from the Nerdy
Teen Services Underground Facebook Group

Monday, October 15, 2018

8: An Animal Alphabet by Elisha Cooper

I believe the title says it all--an animal alphabet with a twist...look for the eight on each page.

Thoughts: Love, love, love this book. It works on so many levels. I'm adding it to my alphabet storytime. The illustrations are great. It was hard to pick a favorite. The "Did You Know?" section at the end is fabulous.

Themes: Alphabet, Animals, Numbers

Orchard Books, 2015

Friday, October 12, 2018

Flannel Friday: One Little Owl

I totally borrowed this idea from Tara over at Storytime with Miss Tara and Friends. To make the tree big enough, I had to visit a fabric store and buy felt by the yard. I glued two pieeces together to mke it less flimsy. I borrowed the owls from my set of felt owls. I made the squirrels and crows special. I don't really sing the song so much as I recite it.

Important Links:
Flannel Friday Blog/Website
Flannel Friday Tumblr
Flannel Friday Pinterest
Flannel Friday Facebook Group

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Teen Craft Programs

My teens enjoy crafts, but  lot of the ideas I find seem to appeal more to girls than guys. Duct tape and origami are two of my favorite crafty things to do with teens. Easy set up and lots of fun. Here are a few craft programs I've held in the last two years.

Upcycled Crafts 
Decorative Jars (clean/empty glass jars, scrapbook paper, scissors, brushes, Mod Podge, ribbon, hot glue gun)
Etched CD Wall Art (old CDs, black craft paint, brushes, pencils, needles/paperclips)
Dog Toys & T-Shirt Tote Bags (old t-shirts, scissors)

Duct Tape Creations
Sources: Duct Tape Mania by Amanda Formaro; Got Tape? Roll Out the Fun with Duct Tape by Ellie Schidermayer; Tape It & Make More: 101 More Duct Tape Activities by Richela Fabian Morgan; The Duct Tape Book: 25 Projects to Make with Duct Tape by Jolie Dobson; and Duct Tape Animals by Carolyn Bernhardt

I pulled some easy project ideas from a couple of the books and had the rest on display for inspiration.

Projects: coasters, wallet, friendship bracelet, light switch cover, flowers, and bookmarks.

Supplies: duct tape, scissors, rulers, light switch covers, un-sharpened pencils, headbands, embroidery floss, Vaseline (to remove stickiness from scissors) and paper towels.

Summer Craft Night
Button Bracelets (buttons, embroidery floss, scissors)
Origami (origami paper & patterns from Origami Fun)
Cup & Ball Toys (small paper cups, masking tape, string/yarn)
Dancing Button String (big buttons, string)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss

Dog, cat, bird, rabbit, fish--what pet should they get?

Thoughts: A fun, energetic jaunt to the pet store. But the question is what pet did they get? The story doesn't say and the illustration only shows eyes. I love the open-ended ending. This book would make a great art and/or writing project after reading.

Themes: Pets

Random House, 2015

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Teen Chocolate Wars/Games

I was inspired by Kelly Jensen at Field Acquisitions (here & here), Ms. Kelly at the Library, and Jenni.

I've done this event three times.

The first time we did the following: chocolate pictionary, M&M's sorting, identify the chocolate, whopper races, and Hershey Kiss races.

The second time, I added a chocolate memory game (thanks, Pinterest!) and chocolate tasting, but dropped identify the chocolate.

The third time I added a chocolate toss and a M&M relay.

The Whopper race is the most fun and I'm always looking for new games to add.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Prince of a Frog by Jackie Urbanovic

Hopper is a frog who doesn't fit in so he must be a prince. His search for a princess leads to a friend and the knowledge that he is just perfect the way he is.

Thoughts: Prince of a Frog is such a fun book. I can't wait to add it to my frog storytime. It will go fabulously with I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and energetic.

Themes: Frogs, Friendship

Orchard, 2015