Saturday Share – April 19, 2014

Thank goodness it’s Saturday! Take a look at the great shares that were sent in this week, and remember that you can submit your own to hjw2991@gmail.com to see it featured here. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit, and especially those of you who sent in multiple shares. This blog wouldn’t be possible without you. Hope everyone enjoys their Easter weekend. See you again next time.


Crafts & Activities

Penny shared a two fantastic paper plate crafts. The first one a lion that would pair well with any lion or jungle themed Storytime and the second a fox, which could be used with the “What The Fox Says” book.


Dr Seuss Inspired - Easy Fox {Kid Craft}

Fox Paper Plate

View how to make it here:

Paper Plate Lion

View how to make it here : http://artclassideas.blogspot.com/2011/08/paper-plate-lion.html


Lucy shared her Easter  & Earth Day themed crafts she did with the kids at her library this week.

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Easter Bunny


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Easter Egg


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Earth Friend

Jennifer shared two fun crafts with us. First is the Egg Painting activity that her Messy Art Club had the joy of doing. She includes step by step on how the program went, as well as a supplies list (240 eggs were purchased! That’s a lot of eggs.).

Egg Painting

View the blog: http://inshortbusy.blogspot.com/2014/04/messy-art-club-painting-eggs.html

Second she shared her program “Annual Spring Break T-Shirt Party”, which looks like fun for all ages! This is a great way to keep children busy while school is out.

Spring Break T-Shirt Party


Travis shared this information for a fun Earth Day activity: “Go for a nature walk and pick some leaves. The first lesson I learned in botany is that plant identification starts with the different shapes of leaves, all so different, veined and beautiful. These are so much fun to do with the broad end of a broken crayon. I added a little fine detail to mine, while Myla, across from me, added some stars in the sky to hers. This is a very simple craft with a lot of room for creativity. It really celebrates the beauty of nature.”  Below is a picture of the activity Travis did along with the nature walk. I love the simplicity of this, and it could even be used again in the fall.

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Nature Walk Craft

Need book ideas to use with this activity? Take a look here: http://www.squidoo.com/garden-storytime

I’m sharing the egg paintings that my little helpers & I did at home this weekend. First I did food coloring and water, to paint with eggs for Nivea. This would be cute for a toddler activity if you didn’t want to get messy with paint. For babies I suggest you find a great way to strap down the cup, because I simply taped it, and Nivea tossed the water every where.

Food color painting with Nivea.

Second Kiley painted with paint using plastic eggs, and it went really well. She made some neat designs and looked on Pinterest to find some different ways to use the eggs.

Kiley using eggs and paint.


Storytimes, Outreach & Programs


This week Anne shared her Eggs! Storytime, filled with fun egg related books such as Duck and Goose by Tad Hills. The craft with her program was too cute not to share, take a look at this Humpty Dumpty –


Humpty Dumpty Band-Aid Puzzles

View her blog here: http://itsybitsymom.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/eggs/

Keren shares her Egg Storytime as well, that shows the books she used and a very cute egg craft. This book Except If by Jim Averbeck, is shown on her blog which I’ve never seen before but it looks very fun. (I might have to get this book now)


View her blog here: http://intentionalstorytime.wordpress.com/storytime/eggs/

Chantelle sent in three Storytime shares from the Cockburn Library this week. First is Storytime with Karen, which is themed B for Babies! If the books weren’t already cute enough, the craft really brings some cuteness. Take a look at it –

Picture of completed craft project

Rock A Bye Baby Craft

View this Storytime here: http://www.cockburnlibraries.com.au/storytime-with-karen-2/

Second is Pram Jams with Mary, which gives tips on “baby massage”.

View the Storytime here: http://www.cockburnlibraries.com.au/pram-jams-with-mary-2/

Last is Storytime with Jessica which features an ever so fun Dr. Seuss theme. Don’t miss out on this post, it contains books and crafts to go along with.

Pipe Cleaner Glasses

View the Storytime here: http://www.cockburnlibraries.com.au/storytime-with-jessica-2/

Jennifer also shared 2 Storytimes this week. First up, Kindergarten Outreach: Animal Friends, which consisted of her doing the program for three classes, each with six books.

View the Storytime here: http://inshortbusy.blogspot.com/2014/04/kindergarten-outreach-animal-friends.html

Last is her Circus Party Storytime, which is a must look at! This program brought in around 300 people with all of its fun activities that are provided. Just looking at it, you can see that this Storytime is screaming FUN all throughout it. Props to you Jennifer and the people who help you put this great program together.

Circus Party!

Check out both the blogs on this at these links:




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Saturday Share – April 12th 2014

It’s Saturday Share Time! I apologize to those who came to visit the site last weekend and noticed there was no share. From time to time we all need a little break, but the site is back up and we have some great new shares. Thank you for stopping by to visits, and remember if you would like to submit a share, simply email me your shares, along with your name & a few words about it to hjw2991@gmail.com.


Crafts & Science Experiments

Lucianne Pastorello-Espino shares weekly with us some the lovely crafts she does in her programs. This week she shares a letter ‘D’ craft and a wacky bookmark, both are sure to get the kids creative skills going.

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Penny Richardson shares some Easter ideas with this adorable popsicle Easter bunny she found on Pinterest.


Click here for step by step instructions: http://www.sassydealz.com/2014/03/popsicle-stick-bunny-craft-kids.html

Melanie Greenberg being quite the artist she is, generously shares her free coloring page of the month. Don’t let this one pass you by!Free Earth Day coloring page to print

Get it here: http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2014/04/earth-coloring-page.html

Keren Joshi shares with us a science experiment that is sure to get all the kids and even adult’s attention. You may have heard of it before, it’s not a solid, it’s not a liquid…it’s FLUBBER!! This experiment is perfect for the Summer Reading theme.


Check out her blog on how it went here: http://intentionalstorytime.wordpress.com/hands-on-science/spring-break-flubber/

I’m sharing a robot my sister & myself made during the time the blog was down last week. The items we used were: a formula can (we have tons), construction paper, magazine scraps, and hardware supplies.


Storytimes, Outreach & Programs

Larissa Stretton shares with us her “April Fool’s” Storytime.

The session started out with this wonderful nonfiction easy book. The 4 and 5 year olds loved it!

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Once the book was finished she asked the children if they had their own rock collections they had at home. Larissa then shared her little rock collection.

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For craft time the kids had a chance to paint their own rocks. Since it was April Fool’s day the kids glued a thin strip of paper that said “turn me over” to the top of their rocks.  (Now take a second to think this one over….Imagine yourself getting a rock from one of these kids and you turn it over, you now realize you took orders from a rock! I’m sure they giggled their little butts off at this quite a few times.)

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While the kids waited for the craft to dry, they listened to another book.

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Larissa thank you for your funny share! I’ve been given one of these rocks before and I felt a little silly afterwards turning it over. It’s a great craft for the kids to do.

Susan Jeffery shares the ever so popular Library Village blog. This post features why Baby Storytime is important. (Let me say if you haven’t checked out their page on Facebook, please do they are fabulous! )

Check out the post here: http://libraryvillage.blogspot.com/2014/04/baby-story-time-story-time-matters.html


Keren Joshi brings to us Fun with Math, and while the two words don’t normally sound good together in a sentence, her post proves otherwise. This program brings education and fun together in such a fashion that kids will want to come back for more.

Check it out here: http://intentionalstorytime.wordpress.com/hands-on-science/fun-with-math/


Book Recommendations 

For anyone who ever has a book they loved, send the title in & it’ll be displayed here for everyone to check it out.

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Check out Melanie Greenberg’s e-book version of her book!

Get the book:  http://www.randomhouse.com/book/96000/its-my-earth-too-by-kathleen-krull
Learn about the book http://mermaidsonparade.blogspot.com/2010/04/its-earth-day-go-green.html


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