I am participating in this event next Wednesday night and I am looking for ideas! Book to read to the crowd (which terrifies me because adults will be present, lol!), and a coordinated craft to have available at a table. The event is only 90 minutes in total and because its at the newly reopened/redecorated library, they asked for no liquid glue or glitter. Individually wrapped treats are allowed, they just ask that no one eat them inside. Please share any and all ideas! Thanks in advance!
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I had a preschool teacher who became a librarian. Here's her advice: Words Alive specializes in Family Literacy. When I was at READS I partnered with them and READS is still working with them. She can watch the video of how the book is read and get ideas from that. https://www.wordsalive.org/
Here is a free site to reading questions and resources for the book. https://childrenslibrarylady.com/giraffes-cant-dance/
I attached a pdf of a giraffe that can be cut colored and cut out, but other craft ideas would be to make giraffe masks out of paper plates as well.
Tell her not to worry about the parents they have just as
much fun as the kids do and they love seeing how to read books to their kids. I hope this helps!
(P.s. if they don’t have this book, anything by Mo Willems would be a big hit)!
That sounds like fun! I'm assuming you can't do anything religious. Check out Pinterest as there are tons of ideas there for literacy nights. Find a topic you love - for me, it would be nature-based or play-based. Use the moment to teach the parents ;) Two quick ideas - Not a Box, have a collection of boxes - shoebox, kleenex, or smaller, and have colored masking tape to decorate the boxes for a no-mess project. Or Not a Stick and have sticks about 12" long and allow kids to make wands by wrapping them with yarn, tying ribbons on the ends, and maybe adding a few bells. Fairy tales are fun too and you could find and print off free masks for the kids to color and wear or put on a popsicle stick. Or if you really don't want to read in front of the crowd, find a song book. We have What a Wonderful World that's beautiful and you could do an Earth Day project since that's coming up on the 22nd.