What’s Happening This Winter?

Cabin fever is no joke, but we have what you need to blast those winter blues away! January and February Programs Storytimes for all ages Building Blocks for ages 3 to 5 Storytime Plus for ages 2 to 5 Family Place Play and Learn for ages 1 to 3 Stories and More for ages 0 […]

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Snow Volcano

Ryder shows children how to make their own volcanoes using very simple ingredients.   Who's ready for it to snow now?!  

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Dancing with Your Ice Cream

Who knew that ice cream could also get your wiggles out? Busy Toddler has a simple craft to try: Making Ice Cream in a Sandwich Bag. You can even make it with almond milk if your house is dairy free!

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Wowing with Winter Science

Try these simple snowy experiments when the cold weather and snow storms are keeping you cooped up. Snow Science Simple ways to catch snowflakes and study them. Freezing Liquids Experiment from Little Bins for Little Hands Put those freezing temperatures outside to good use. Colored Ice Transfer Activity from Busy Toddler Keep even the littlest […]

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Engineering Skills: Your Child Has Them!

Ever watch your child solving a problem? Their minds are hard at work engineering solutions! Helping them brainstorm possible solutions can go a long way towards encouraging their critical and flexible thinking skills, leading to more creative minds. It's also important to let them know that failure is a natural step. Their failure is just […]

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Free Flying Crafts

There are no rules for this week's crafting idea! I love watching what children create when they're given free reign. No examples, no restrictions, just creativity! Set out a bunch of materials you have around the house. Be creative with this, too! Try anything from crayons and paint to rice and bottle caps. This is […]

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Yes, And?…

Get your silly hats on! Yes, And… is an improv game that is perfect for getting children to use and sharpen their creative thinking and decision making skills. In order to play, all you need to do is come up with a simple sentence. It could be "The sky is blue!" or "I'd like pizza […]

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We Need Diverse Books

Have you seen the hashtag #wndb and wondered what it was about? There's a big push in the library world to get books about different types of people into children's hands. Librarians want all children to not only see their lives reflected in stories, but to have windows into the lives of others. Reading diversely […]

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Making Faces

Get your silliest faces ready! The Iowa Farmer's Wife came up with an idea to encourage diversity and empathy. Cut out pictures from magazines of facial features on children and babies (eyes, ears, etc.) with different expressions and accessories and place magnets on the back of each piece. Find a metal surface (fridge, dishwasher, or cookie sheet) and […]

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The Same on the Inside

Wondering what to say when your child asks about skin color? Kids Activities Blog came up with this easy way to show toddlers and preschoolers that we're all the same on the inside. Find white and brown eggs or dye them in bright colors using food coloring and vinegar. Crack the shell and let your child see […]

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