Posts Tagged ‘children’s crafts’

The 9-week “One World, Many Stories” summer reading game started on June 13 and will be coming to an end on August 13.  To celebrate this international theme, Centerville Library added a little taste of other cultures in many of our summer events.  At ventriloquist Tony Borders’ show, his cool and crazy critters from around the world brought kids a very fun time full of facts about animals from different continents.  Gary Lapow’s show made a houseful of kids laugh, dance, and sing “All around the world” with sign language.  Magician Dan Chan stunned the audience with his amazing tricks and “Bian Lian” (face-changing), a Chinese national secret dramatic art.  The week after the second Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie came out, we held two Jeopardy games for kids to see how much they know about the world of wizards and witches. Then last week, 250 kids participated in the International Crafts and Games Day, and went home with hands full of world crafts and their names translated into other languages.  What a wonderful reading theme and cultural summer!  To see pictures or videos of Centerville Library’s summer events please visit our Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/CentervilleLibrary or click on the direct links below:

We will have  another summer program on August 4 featuring Thomas John, a very funny juggler.  It will be held outdoors in the library’s patio.  Don’t miss Centerville Library’s last show of the summer! 

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Our monthly preschool crafts program will continue this summer! We will host four preschool crafts on TUESDAYS (not Wednesdays). Each of the four programs will feature a different craft activity meant for children ages 3-5 years old. A parent is expected to attend with their child, but we will not allow older siblings to attend as there will not be enough space. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Tuesdays, June 28th, July 12th and 26th, and August 9th from 1:30 – 2pm.  We will pass out free tickets before each program, beginning at 1:15pm. Each child attending the program must have a ticket to attend. We have 50 spots in each program.

For more information, please contact the Children’s Desk at (510) 745-1421 or e-mail Mary Ayers at mcayers@aclibrary.org .

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Preschool Crafts

Preschool crafts is a popular program for children ages 3-5 here at the Fremont Library. Want to join in the fun? Stop by this month on March 30th at 12:45 pm to pick up your FREE tickets for admittance into the program. Tickets will be available at the Children’s Desk starting at 12:45 pm. We have tickets available for the first 50 children. Program starts at 1 pm and will last approximately one hour. As part of the Art is Education program, we will be making egg carton flowers for our March craft. Each child will get to make a few “flowers” so that they will have a small bouquet to take home at the end of the craft.

**Please be on time if you wish to participate as we will close the doors at 1:10 pm. Most of the crafts take at least 20 minutes to complete.**


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I like making simple crafts at the end of preschool storytimes. Many of the crafts are my personal creations and do not require fancy materials. In response to parents’ request, I am posting some of our favorite ones here. Since they are so easy, I am not going to write detailed directions. You will know most of it by looking at the pictures. Have fun!

Pizze Costume
We made this pizza costume last Halloween and had a parade in the library. Everyone just loved it!

*The pizza crust is from a paper grocery bag. Cut an up-side-down triangle from the open side of the bag. Cut a hole in the middle of the closed side (bottom) of the bag.
*Cut out “pepperoni”, “green pepper”, “mushroom” shapes from colored paper. Cut small pieces of yellow and white yarns as “cheese”. Crumble small brown tissue pieces into balls to make sausage.
*Glue all the “ingredients” onto the “crust”.

Mother’s Day Wristband
We made this pretty wristband for Mother’s Day. The message on the strip said “Happy Mother’s Day” in English and Chinese.

*Cut out flower padels from any colorful paper, even tissue paper will work.
*Have children glue flower padels and a pompom on the strip then staple/tape the ends of strip together.

Duck Mask
“Here a quack, there a quack, everywhere a quack quack” was what happend at the library after we made this mask.

*Cut out a big circle from yellow paper and fold it in half. Glue it to the bottom of the paper plate. (Use small plates for small children.)
*Add a few yellow yarn pieces to the top of paper plate to give it some hair.
*Tape a stick (straw, pencil, popcicle stick, etc.) to the back of the plate for holding.

Spiral Bug Mobile

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