MakerSquare: Fly Swatter Painting

Slap paint to create a new piece of art. Source.


·         Paint

·         Poster Board

·         Fly Swatter


·         Place the poster board on a flat and sturdy surface.

·         Pour the desired amount of paint dots all over the poster board. Think of the paint as little flies.

·         Have your child swat at the “paint flies” to create a new piece of art.

·         Let the artwork dry once your child is done painting.

Sensory Sprouts: Earth Day Planets

Create your own mini Earth planets. Source.


·        Cotton Pads

·         Pipette

·         Green Concentrated Watercolor

·         Blue Concentrated Watercolor


·         Add water to the green and blue watercolor containers. Stir well.

·         Using the pipette, let your child dribble the blue and green paint to create an Earth.

Makersquare: Water Bead Painting

Create your own water bead painting inspired by waves.


·        Cups

·         Water Beads

·         Paint

·         Poster Board

·         Box or Container


·         Place your water beads in water and let them sit overnight.

·         Once your water beads have fully grown, remove the excess water and divide your water beads into the two cups.

·         Dump one paint color into each cup and mix the paint well with the water beads.

·         Place your poster board into a box or container with sides.

·         Dump each cup of water beads into the container and roll the beads around to create a piece of art.

·         Try to roll the beads in way to create a water effect.

Sensory Sprouts: Puffer Fish

This was inspired by glove bunny craft on tiktok/facebook. However, I wanted to make my own version of it that fit our summer reading theme. A Puffer Fish!


·        Cup

·         Glove

·         Eyeball Sticker

·         Sticker Jewels

·         Straw

·         Rubber band

·         Markers (not provided)


·         Decorate the bottom of the cup with markers.

·         Lay the glove flat and place the eyeball sticker on the thumb of the glove.

·         Decorate the rest of the glove with the sticker jewels.

·         Place the glove carefully over the top of the cup.

·         Secure the glove to the cup with rubber band.

·         Find the hole in the cup and slide the straw into the hole.

·         Carefully blow the puffer fish up!

Swashbuckling Treasure Hunt

Description:We did a scavenger hunt around our library. Kids received a treasure map of the various areas to explore. Once they visited a location a performer or employee would give them a sticker verifying they had explored that area.
My coworker created this treasure map with all the areas for exploration.


We hire a local performer group almost every season. They are fantastic! The first station was the Mermaid location. The mermaid sprayed glitter into the kids’ hair.


I made a semi circle of six different buckets. In each bucket was sand that was hidden with gems and coins. Kids were able to find a coin and gemstone to take home. I did a provide two buckets of water for rinsing off hands.


We had two pirates who made balloon swords for the kids. The only thing I would change would be putting this station inside. The black balloons would get too hot and pop.


This was inside our storytime room. Kids were able to enjoy the tattoo lounge and enjoy the catch of the day with Shark Bait.


This was inside our big meeting room. My coworker found a parrot craft and an ocean beaded necklace craft. We did construct kits. This allowed families to either to bring home their craft or do it at the library. It also controlled how much supplies were used.


IntroductionWelcome by Miss Carole
Daily ReportMonth, Date, Day, Season, Weather
BookCrankenstein by Samantha Berger
Recognition RhymeStress Ball
1-2-3-4-5 Squeeze the ball and slowly count to 5.
Then relax your hand and count to 5.
I handed out pom-poms and we used these for squeezing.
BookThe Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfelt
Action RhymeEmotion Action Song
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re mad and you know it, cross your arms.
If you’re frustrated and you know it, stomp your feet.
If you’re excited and you know it, jump up and down.
If you’re sad and you know it, make a frown.
If you’re scared and you know it, hide your face.
Action GameRed Light and Green Light
Happy and Sad
Draw a happy face on one side of the plate and a sad face on the plate.
Give examples and the kids hold up their plates to tell me if they are happy or sad.
Dance SongRun Baby Run by Casper Babypants
Dance SongCan’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake
Dance SongStretching and Counting”
Touch the floor and count to four 1-2-3-4
Stretch up high and count to five 1-2-3-4-5
Now let’s sit and count to six 1-2-3-4-5-6
Source: Lady Librarian’s Literacy, Lifestyle, and Lookbook Log
Closing SongsABCs and Counting
Goodbye songSkidamarink By Old Town School of Folk Music

Craft: A feelings light. Kids can help communicate how they are feeling by utilizing red, yellow or the green light.


IntroductionPut Your Little Foot By Miss Carole
Daily ReportDay and Weather Report
BookDuck & Goose, How Are You Feeling? by Tad Hills
Recognition RhymeBoo Boo
One, two I’ve got a boo-boo
Three, four, oh, it’s sore!
Five, six, blow it a kiss
Seven, eight, put the bandage on straight
Nine, ten now it’s better again!
Source: King County Library System

I handed out Band-Aids and the kids were able to put on it on their boo-boos.
Weekly RhymeThis 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: Melissa Depper, a children’s librarian in the Denver metro area

We do it twice. Once with our traditional hand movements and the second time with ASL.
BookGlad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley
Weekly RhymeClap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap your hands with me.
Clap your hands let me see
Clap your hands with me.

Beep, beep, beep your nose.
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders.
Tap, tap, tap your knees.
Shake, shake, shake your feet.
Source: Found this on another librarian’s site years ago.
Action RhymeI Have Feelings
Tune: Frere Jacques
I have feelings;
I have feelings.
Look at me, and you’ll see.
Sometimes I feel _____,
Really, really ______.
Look at me, and you’ll see.
Source: Totally For Twos
Tune:  “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
Cry, cry when you’re sad.
Just between me and you.
Don’t be afraid to shed a tear.
It’s the thing to do.
Source: Preschool Express
Action RhymeI’ll Hug You
Tune: The Farmer in the Dell
I’ll hug you
When you’re sad
I’ll hug you
when you’re glad,
I’ll hug you
When you’re feeling scared,
I’ll hug you
When you’re mad.
Source: Busy Bees: Fun for Two’s and Three’s
Dance SongRun Baby Run by Casper Babypants
Dance SongIf You’re Happy and Know It by Blippi
Closing SongsABC, Count to 5
Goodbye songSay Goodbye by Miss Carole

Craft: A feelings light. Kids can help communicate how they are feeling by utilizing red, yellow or the green light.