Crayons – Preschool

Introduction Good Morning
Book  The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
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Flannel or counting rhyme Five Little Crayons
Five little crayons standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
The first one said, “I’m red, you know!” (wiggle the fingers as you talk about them)
The second one said, “I’m green like a tree”
The third one said, “I’m blue like the sea”
The fourth one said, “I’m yellow as the sun”
The fifth one said, “Being purple is fun!”
Five little crayons, happy as can be (hold up 5 fingers)
Coloring pictures with you and me (point to person and then self)
Source: Adventures of a Bookworm
Book I’m Feeling Macaroni and Cheese: A Colorful Book about Feelings by Tina Gallo
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Sign Language Color
Action Rhyme Colors
Red, red, red is the color,
The color that I spy.
If you’re wearing any red,
Raise your hand up high!Blue, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Green, Black,
Source: More Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan
Action Song Color Rhyme
by Jean Warren 
If your clothes have any red
Put your finger on your head
If your clothes have any blue
Put your finger on your shoe.
If your clothes have any green
Wave your hand so you’ll be seen
If your clothes have any yellow,
Smile like a happy fellow.
If your clothes have any brown,
Turn your smile into a frown.
If your clothes have any black,
Put your hands behind your back.
If your clothes have any white,
Clap your hands with all your might.
Source: King County Library System
Action Song Green Says Go
Green means “GO!” Go! Go! Go! (march in place)
Yellow means “Slow.” Slow… slow… slow. (march in slow motion)
Red means “STOP!” (stop suddenly)
Go! Go! Go! (move fast!)
Slow… slow… slow. (move slowly)
Stop!
Source: King County Library System
Action Song If You See Something Yellow
Tune:  “If You’re Happy and You Know It”If you see something yellow, wiggle, jiggle.
If you see something yellow, wiggle, jiggle.
If you see something yellow,
Wiggle, jiggle just like Jell-O.
If you see something yellow, wiggle, jiggle.
Source: Preschool Express
Dance Song  Beep Beep by Mr. Eric & Mr. Michael
Dance Song  Little Red Caboose by Old Town School of Folk Music
Closing Songs ABC, Count to 20
Goodbye Song  Skidamarink

Craft:

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Source: Crafty Pammy

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Crayons – Toddler

 

Introduction Hello Hello!
Book The Crayons’ Books of Colors by Drew Daywalt
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Flannel BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Turn around.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Touch the ground.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Reach up high.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Touch the sky.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Bend down low.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Touch your toe.
Adapted Traditional
Book Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin
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Nursery Rhyme Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes sir, three bags full.
One for my master and one for my dame,
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.
Traditional Rhyme This is Big Big Big
This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk
Sign Language Color
Action Rhyme Put Your Crayons
Put your crayons up (raise hands)
Put your crayons down (lower hands)
Hold your crayons up and turn around (turn in a circle)
Put your crayons up
Put your crayons down
Put your crayons on the ground (touch floor)
Source: Adventures of a Bookworm
Action Song Color, Color
Color, Color up and down
Color, color all around.
Color, color knees and toes,
Color, color on your nose.
Color, color on your tummy,
Color, Color on your mommy
Source:I have used this rhyme several times, but I no longer remember the original source.I laminated a bunch of different die-cut crayons and handed them out to the kids.unnamed
Dance Song  Paint A Rainbow Georgianna Stewart
Dance Song  Little Red Caboose by Old Town School of Folk Music
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 15
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft:

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Source: Crafty Pammy

Little STEAMers: Colors

Introduction Tickle The Moon
Tickle the Moon
Tickle your toes.
Clap your hands
And tickle your nose.
Reach up high.
Reach down low.
Turn around,
And say hello!
Source: Storytime Katie has a closing version she found on pinterest. I wanted an opening song, so my coworker reworked it to make an opening song.
Action Rhyme I Spy
I found different objects around the room and the kids had to guess what object I was describing. 
Book  The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
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Action Rhyme Color Rhyme 
If your clothes have any red
Put your finger on your head
If your clothes have any blue
Put your finger on your shoe.
If your clothes have any green
Wave your hand so you’ll be seen
If your clothes have any yellow,
Smile like a happy fellow
If your clothes have any brown,
Turn your smile into a frown.
If your clothes have any black,
Put your hands behind your back.
If your clothes have any white,
Clap your hands with all your might.
Source: King County Library System
Dance Song The Color Game Song by Jim Gill
Goodbye Song Tickle the Stars
Tickle the Stars
Tickle your toes
Turn around
And tickle your nose
Reach down low
Reach up high
Storytime’s over
So wave goodbye!
Source:My own modification

Activities

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Source: Hands On As We Grow

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The children are suppose to recreate the shape with LEGOs.
Source:Hands On As We Grow

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This was a brilliant idea. The kids LOVED this station! Super easy and cost effective.
Source: Happy Toddler Playtime

Gardens – Preschool

Introduction Good Morning
Book Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
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Flannel or counting rhyme 5 Pretty Flowers
5 (4, 3, 2, 1) pretty flowers (raise up five fingers)
In the meadow grew.
“Hmmm,” I said (touch chin like you are thinking)
“I bet they smell pretty too!”
I bent down to sniff (sniff big)
But they ticked my nose!(tickle nose)
Ah-CHOO!  (sneeze really big)
Oh, no!
Away one flower blows. (Remove one flower or drop finger down)
Source: Kids Blog Pasadena Public Library
Book The Bad Seed by John Jory
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Sign Language Garden
Action Rhyme Little Seed in the Ground
Little seed in the ground (crouch down on the floor)
Sitting so still (stay crouching)
Little seed, will you sprout?
Yes, I will! (jump up!)I repeated this rhyme three times and had the children act they were a seed growing. By the the third time, the kids acted like they were bursting through the dirt.
Source: Storytime Around the Year by Kimberly K. Faurot
Action Song Grow, Grow, Grow
Tune: Row, Row, Row Your BoatGrow, Grow, Growing tall. (raise hands slowly)
Flowers growing tall. (raise your hands over head)
I water my garden (mimic actions)
And pull the weeds
And flowers grow from seeds. (cupped hands unfold like blossums)Grow, grow, growing wide. (hands spread outward)
Pumpkins growing wide. (arms  completely out to the side)
I water my garden (mimic actions)
And pull the weeds
And pumpkin grow from seeds. (cupped hands move outward like a pumpkin growing)Grow, grow, growing deep. (hands lower slowly)
Carrots growing deep. (hands on the floor)
I water my garden (mimic actions)
And pull the weeds
And carrots grow from seeds. (cupped hands move away vertically, like elongating carrot)
Source: Storytimes For Two-Year-Olds by Judy Nichols
Action Song LOWERS GROWING SONG
Tune: “The Mulberry Bush”Have your children lay on the floor and curl up into balls.
Have them pretend they are tiny seeds buried in the ground.This is the way we sprout our roots,
Sprout our roots, sprout our roots.
This is the way we sprout our roots,
When spring time is here.This is the way we pop through the dirt,
Pop through the dirt, pop through the dirt.
This is the way we pop through the dirt
When spring time is here.

Additional verses:

This is the way we stretch and grow.
This is the way we shoot up so tall.
This is the way we open our buds.
This is the way we bend in the breeze.
This is the way we smile at the sun.
Source: Preschool Express

Action Song I’m a Little Green Weed
(to the tune of: “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a little green weed (crouch down)
growing fast! (stand up quickly)
I’m hiding in the garden (cover head)
but it won’t last. (shake head no)
Someone’s going to find me (hands over eyes, searching)
and give a SHOUT. (Cover hands over mouth on shout & say it louder)
Then bend right over (bend down)
and pluck me out. (Pretend to pull weed)
Source: Kids Blog Pasadena Public Library
Dance Song Hot Potato by The Wiggles
Dance Song Banana Dance by Dr. Jean
Closing Songs ABC, Count to 15
Goodbye Song  Skidamarink

Craft: It felt only right for the kids to make their own mini gardens. Sommer’s Lion Pride was my source of inspiration.
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Garden – Toddler

Introduction Hello Hello!
Opening Rhyme Be a Seed
Be a seed, (crouch down)
Small and round (make your hands into a circle)
Sprout, sprout, sprout up from the ground. (start sprouting) Shake your leaves for all to see (stretch your arms out wide while shaking leaves)
Stretch your arms up, you’re a tree! (Slowly raise your arms overhead like branches)
Source: King County Library System
Book There’s a Pest in the Garden by Jan Thomas
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Flannel PLANT THE GARDEN
Tune: “Frere Jacques”Plant the garden, plant the garden.
Watch it grow, watch it grow.
Count the pretty flowers,
Count the pretty flowers
In a row, in a row.

Plant the garden, plant the garden.
Watch it grow, watch it grow.
Count the yummy veggies,
Count the yummy veggies
In a row, in a row

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Source:Preschool Express

Book Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
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Nursery Rhyme Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
Mary, Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells
and cockle shells
and pretty maids all in a row!
Traditional Rhyme This is Big Big Big
This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk
Sign Language Garden
Action Rhyme Little Seed in the Ground
Little seed in the ground (crouch down on the floor)
Sitting so still (stay crouching)
Little seed, will you sprout?
Yes, I will! (jump up!) 

I repeated this rhyme three times and had the children act they were a seed growing. By the the third time, the kids acted like they were bursting through the dirt.Source: Storytime Around the Year by Kimberly K. Faurot

Action Song Butterfly Beanbag Rhyme
Butterfly
In the Sky
Flap your wings
And up you fly.
Back and forth
To and fro,
Up,up, up
And away you go!

Each child gets a beanbag or scarf. With each line, you move the bag from hand to hand above your head. On “up, up, up” start lifting the bag higher and then throw the bag in the year on “away”.

Source: More Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan

Dance Song I’m a Little Seed by Carole Peterson
Dance Song Jump in the Puddles by Carole Peterson
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft: It felt only right for the kids to make their own mini gardens. Sommer’s Lion Pride was my source of inspiration.
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Potty – Preschool

Introduction Good Morning
Action Rhyme Do you put your underwear on…
Do you put your underwear on your foot, on your foot?
Your underwear on your foot?
Uh-uh, uh-uh! (shake head)Do you put your underwear on your elbow, on your elbow?
Your underwear on your elbow? Uh-uh, uh-uh! (shake head)Do you put your underwear on your knee, on your knee?
Your underwear on your knee?
Uh-uh, uh-uh! (shake head)You put your underwear on, you put your underwear on,
you put your underwear on your head, head, head!
You put your underwear on, you put your underwear on,
you put your underwear on your head, head, head! (Put underwear on your head, or tap your head)
Book  Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds
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Coutning Rhyme Five Pairs of Underpants
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Five pairs of underpants hanging outdoors
One blew away and then there were four
Four pairs of underpants blowing in the breeze
One blew away and then there were three
Three pairs of underpants, each a different hue
One blew away and then there were two
Two pairs of underpants hanging in the sun
One blew away and then there was one
One pair of underpants, Just one pair!
Put it in your drawer so you’ll have a clean pair!Source:The Librarian is on the Loose
Book  Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera
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Sign Language Potty
Action Rhyme Head, Shoulders, Knees and UNDERWEAR!
Head, shoulders, knees and UNDERWEAR!
Head, shoulders, knees and UNDERWEAR!
Eyes and ears and mouth and UNDERWEAR!
Head, shoulders, knees and UNDERWEAR!We started off by yelling UNDERWEAR. Second time around we said it quietly.Source: Literary Hoots
Action Song Wedgie Song
When your underwear gets stuck
And slides up your crack,
Try not to panic
And don’t look back!
Do the wedgie!
Hey, hey!
Do the wedgie!When your butt gets hungry
And swallows your drawers,
Hopefully you’re inside and not outdoors.Do the wedgie!
Hey, hey!
Do the wedgie!

When your tighty-whities decide it’s time to hide
And find a hiding spot up in your backside

Do the wedgie!
Hey, hey!
Do the wedgie!
Source: Veggies with Wedgies: Doin’ the Wedgie by Todd Doodler

Action Song   Super Silly Tango by Mr. Eric & Mr. Michael
 Action Song  Tummy Tango by Kids in Motion
Closing Songs ABC, Count to 15
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft: My craft somehow got misplaced after storytime, so I do not have my sample to display. However, here was my inspiration that I took from a Pinterest board.

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Potty – Toddler

 

Introduction  Hello Hello!
Opening Rhyme Silly Underwear Song
On my foot, I wear my underwear.
It is such a silly pair of underwear
That my foot will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly underwear go?   On my knee, I wear my underwear.
It is such a silly pair of underwear
That my knee will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly underwear go?   On my elbow, I wear my underwear.
It is such a silly pair of underwear
That my elbow will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly underwear go?   On my head, I wear my underwear.
It is such a silly pair of underwear
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly underwear go?
Adapted from SurLaLune Fairytales
I had a pair of underwear that I would put on my different body parts. At the very end, I put the underwear on my head.
Book  What Color is Your Underwear? by Sam Lloyd
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Nursery Rhyme One, Two Buckle My Shoe
One, two,Buckle my shoe;
Three, four, close the door;
Five, six, pick up sticks;
Seven, eight, lay them straight:
Nine, ten, A big fat hen!
Book  The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach
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Traditional Rhyme This is Big Big Big
This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk
Sign Language Potty
Action Rhyme Put Your Pants On
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3
Leg to the left,
leg to the right
Wiggle and jiggle and pull ’em up tight.
Leg to the left, leg to the right
Wiggle and jiggle and pull ’em up tight.
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3
Source:Jbrary
Action Song Where Oh Where Has My Underwear Gone?
(Tune: Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?)
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Oh where, oh where has my green underwear gone?
Oh where, oh where can they be?I’ve looked up high, and I’ve looked down low,
Did someone hide them from me?Pink, Orange, Blue, Yellow

The kids would come up and give me the right color underwear.
Source: Read Rabbit Read

Dance Song  Super Silly Tango by Mr. Eric & Mr. Michael
Dance Song  If You’re Happy and You Know It by Songs for Wiggleworms
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft: Somehow my craft went missing after storytime. My inspiration was taken from a Pinterest board. My sample was similar to this one.
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Wild Animals – Toddler

 

Introduction  Hello Hello!
Activity Zoo Noises
I’m a bear – hear me growl!
I’m a lion – hear me roar!
I’m a snake – hear me hiss!
I’m a zebra – hear me neigh!
I’m an elephant – hear me grunt!
I’m a monkey – hear me squeak!
I’m a giraffe – I don’t make a sound!
I’m really a child – Hear me laugh!!
Source: Librarian Lisa’s Storytimes 
Book Do Crocs Kiss by Salina Yoon
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Activity I’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don’t like it very much
Oh no! He’s got my toe!
Oh Gee! He’s got my knee!
Oh My! He’s got my thigh!
Oh Fiddle! He’s got my middle!
Oh Heck! He’s got my neck!
And I don’t like it very much
Oh Dread! He’s got my – GULP
Source: King County Library SystemThe kids and adults really enjoyed this activity. My tunnel is kind of pain to put back, so we talked about the kids’ favorite animals while I wrestled the tunnel.
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Book  If You’re Happy and You Know It by James Warhola
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Traditional Rhyme This is Big Big Big
This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk
Nursery Rhyme Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout.
Down came the rain
and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun
and dried up all the rain
and the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again
Sign Language Lion, Zebra, Elephant
Action Rhyme Alligator, Alligator
Alligator, Alligator, swim around
Alligator, alligator, don’t make a sound.
Alligator, alligator, if we tap,
You close your jaws with a big great snap.
Source: Storytime Magic with a slight modification on my part.
Dance Song  Wag Your Tail by Super Simple Songs
Dance Song  The Animal Hokey Pokey by Jack Hartman
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Skidamarin

Craft:
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Source: I Heart Crafty Things

Wild Animals – Preschool

 

Introduction Good Morning
Action Rhyme Monkey See, Monkey Do
Monkey see, monkey do
The monkey does the same as you! (point to children)The monkey claps, claps, claps his hands (clap hands)
The monkey claps, claps, claps his hands (clap hands)
(Let the kids pick what the monkey does… stomp feet, cover eyes, jump up and down, etc.)
Source: Miss Meg’s Storytime
Book  Animal Soup by Todd H. Doodler
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Board Rhyme I’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don’t like it very much
Oh no! He’s got my toe!
Oh Gee! He’s got my knee!
Oh My! He’s got my thigh!
Oh Fiddle! He’s got my middle!
Oh Heck! He’s got my neck!
And I don’t like it very much
Oh Dread! He’s got my – GULP
Source: King County Library SystemThe kids and adults really enjoyed this activity. My tunnel is kind of pain to put back, so we talked about the kids’ favorite animals while I wrestled the tunnel.
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Book  Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
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Sign Language Lion, Zebra, Elephant
Action Rhyme Now I’m Up, Now I’m Down
Now I’m up (stand up)
Now I’m down (crouch)
See me waddle all around.
Put my hands behind my back…
Like a duck I’ll say “Quack, quack”. (waddle around room, quacking)
Source: King County Library System
Action Song I’m a Little Lion
I’m a little Lion, nice and brown
I’m in the field wearing my crown
When I feel like talking I will roar
It’s very loud want to hear some more?
Roar!
Source: The Storytime Handbook: A Full Year of Themed Programs, with Crafts and Snacks by Nina Schatzkamer Miller
I modified it slightly.
Action Song Great to be Wild and Free
I’m running with the zebras, I’m running with the zebras.
Isn’t it great to be wild and free? I’m running with the zebras.
I’m slithering with the snakes; I’m slithering with the snakes.
Isn’t it great to be wild and freed? I’m slithering with the snakes.
I’m howling with the wolves. I’m howling with the wolves.
Isn’t it great to be wild and free? I’m howling with the wolves.
I’m chomping with the crocs. I’m chomping with the crocs.
Isn’t it great to be wild and free? I’m chomping with the crocs.
Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A Year’s Worth of Ready-to-go Programming by Carol Garnett Hopkins
Dance Song  The Animal Hokey Pokey by Jack Hartman
Dance Song See Ya Later Alligator by Laura Doherty
Closing Songs ABC, Count to 15
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft:
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Source: I Heart Crafty Things

American Girl: Luciana (February 2018)

Overview To kick off our 2018 American Girl program, we did Luciana Vega. I found a TON of space activities and crafts that I could do with my patrons. There were the ones I ultimately picked.
Introduction First order of business was to give a quick background on Luciana and why we were going into her world this month.
Group Activity Waning Moon with Oreos
Who doesn’t love Oreos? This was my first thought when I was researching activities for this session. I quickly found the moon phase project.I had a powerpoint that discussed the different phases of the moon. With each phase, the kids either licked or scraped off the filling of the cookie.28783431_1521245074591201_5423077596225902188_nThis activity was on several different websites. The worksheet came from Teachers Pay Teachers.
Group Activity Star Constellations
Our next activity was making a constellation out marshmallows. I guided the kids into making the big dipper.IMG_4079
Galaxy Jars Galaxy Jars
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I would recommend writing out the rules, so the adults know the exact order on how to do the jars. I spent a good amount of time reiterating the sequence.

The second advice is not the SHAKE the jar, but rather, swirl it enough to mix the colors.
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The pink and purple jar was a jar that was fully shaken during the process. It eventually settled and did have some differences between the colors. The jar on the right was swirled.

Passive Activity Moon Walk
Our last activity was a moon walk replication. I bought some car sponges and had the kids attach it to their feet. I strongly recommend buying the thickest sponges for this activity. I unfortunately bought thinner ones, so the kids had to stack multiple sponges for their walk.IMG_3874 28783184_1521245584591150_3754129997395500038_n