Alien Creations

 

Introduction For the end of summer reading, I was looking for a program that wouldn’t require much guidance but would allow the kids to have fun. Solution: Food creations. Putting the spin of the summer reading theme, I came up with Alien Creations. I picked several different activities that the kids could easily create without much help.
Station 1: Melted Aliens This was a super cost-effective food station. I pre-made green jello. I then had whipped cream and eyes for the kids to make their own melting alien. This was actually one of the most popular stations. Jello is a winner with the kids.
Jello aliens
Station 2: Alien Family This inspiration came from Newspaper Cat. However, I slightly modified it. I could not find white chocolate-covered pretzels to save my life, so I opted for regular pretzels. I then gave the kids squeezable frosting and M&Ms to create their own alien family.
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Station 3: Alien Home Since I was giving a TON of sugar, I wanted a healthy activity as an option. This station was not the favorite…for obvious reasons. The parents were grateful. The kids were more meh. I cut the rice cakes into half and had some bananas already sliced up. Peanut Butter was on a separate table. I did ask if there were any allergies to it before I opened it.
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Station 4: Make Your Own Alien This was the easiest station to throw together. I found random food items and created a buffet. The kids were able to go through and create their own alien. This was the favorite all-around. The kids asked if they could go through it several times. It might be the reason why so many left hyped up…
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Pancakes and Pajamas

Introduction Welcome – Bienvenidos
Action Rhyme Mix a Pancake
Mix a pancake, (roll hands over one another)
stir a pancake (make stirring motions)
Pop it in the pan (“Pop” down)
Fry the pancake (Rock gently side to side)
Toss the pancake (Jump up high with arms above) 
Catch it if you can (Bring baby down again)
Source: King County Library System
Book Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
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ASL Pancake
Action Rhyme Red Pajamas
Tune: Bumpin Up and Down in My Little Red WagonJumping up and down wearing red pajamas,
Jumping up and down wearing red pajamas,
Jumping up and down wearing red pajamas
Won’t you be my darling?Turning all around wearing red pajamas
Turning all around wearing red pajamas
Turning all around wearing red pajamas
Won’t you be my darling?
Source: King County Library System 
Action Rhyme There was a Little Man
There was a little man
And he had a little crumb (tickle baby’s cheek)
And over the mountain he did run (run fingers over top of baby’s head)
With a belly full of fat (jiggle baby’s belly)
And a big top hat (pat head)
And a pancake stuck to his bum, bum, bum! (pat baby’s bottom)Source: King County Library System 
Action Rhyme Dog is Sleeping
Dog is sleeping, don’t wake it up.
Dog is sleeping, don’t wake it up.
Dog is sleeping, don’t wake it up.
Now we’re very quiet. Shhhhh.WAKE UP dog, it’s time to play!
WAKE UP dog, it’s time to play!
WAKE UP dog, it’s time to play!
Now we’re very LOUD!Cat is sleeping, don’t wake it up.
Cat is sleeping, don’t wake it up.
Cat is sleeping, don’t wake it up.
Now we’re very quiet. Shhhhh.WAKE UP kitty, it’s time to play!
WAKE UP kitty, it’s time to play!
WAKE UP kitty, it’s time to play!
Now we’re very LOUD!
Source: MC Flannelfinger 
Traditional ABCs
Parachute Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Activity We had some amazing volunteers who helped us make pancakes and serve them to our storytime patrons!