Saturday, August 20, 2011


Great After School Program


From art and board games to
food and music,
this program will amaze and entertain.
Come and hang out with your friends.
Refreshments provided.
Date: Thursdays
during the school year.
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Ages: 7-12

Jazz for Kids at the Library

Jazz for Kids and Jazzy Cartoons

Join Cheryl Fisher, Eric Allison and their musician friends for a great jazzy afternoon at the library. 
Jazz music based on well-known music
for children and cartoon favourites

Drop-in on Sunday,
 August 21, 1 - 2:30

Friday, August 19, 2011

SPLASH! Summer Reading Club: 6-12's Week6

Sea Monster Madness!

1. Introduction:
1. Ask the children if they can think of any mythical creatures (Big Foot, vampires, werewolves etc.) Next, ask them if they can think of any mythical creatures that live in water.
2. Show the children pictures of various mythical creatures that you find in books or on the internet. Provide them with a brief description of each. The following are just suggestions, there are many more to choose from.
Mermaids/mermen/merrow: Creatures that have the head and torso of a human and the tail of a fish.
Selkie: Selkies are seals that can shed their skin to become humans. They are from Irish, Scottish and Icelandic folklore.
Dragon: Dragons appear in the mythology of many cultures. In many Asian legends dragons are associated with rainfall and bodies of water. They are typically large, wingless creatures with clawed feet that live in rivers, lakes or ponds. The white O-Gon-Cho dragon of Japanese folklore lived in a deep pond. Every 50 years the dragon rose from the pond and became a gold-colored bird.
Water Leaper: A creature from Welsh folklore that lives in swamps and ponds. It is described as a giant frog with a bat's wings instead of forelegs, no hind legs, and a long, lizard-like tail with a stinger at the end. It jumps across the water using its wings.
Lusca: A sea monster from the Caribbean, resembling a giant octopus.
Loch Ness Monster: A giant creature (also known as “Nessie”) with a huge rounded body and a long neck. According to legend, Nessie lives in Scotland in a lake called Loch Ness (Loch is the Scottish word for lake.)
Kraken: A huge sea monster said to resemble a giant squid. According to myth, the kraken lives off the coasts of Norway and Iceland.
Sea Serpents: A giant snake-like creature that lives in the sea. Sightings of sea serpents have been reported for hundreds of years.

2. Game: Where’s Nessie
While some people have claimed to have seen the Loch Ness Monster, there is often a long stretch of time between sightings – obviously Nessie is good at hiding.
Play Hide-and-Go Seek in the Library. The last child to be found is the honorary Nessie!

3. Group Craft: Sea Monster Madness
-Large strips of white paper
-Strips and shapes cut from books, magazines, craft paper, wrapping paper and tin foil
-Anything else you can find for decoration
  1. Beforehand, prepare by folding the strips of paper lengthwise into three equal parts. The top section is going to be the head, the second section the body, and the third section the tail.
  2. Give each child one of these folded papers and a pencil. Warn them not to look at one another’s pages. On the top section they can draw the head of an imaginary sea creature. Encourage them to be creative. The only part of their picture that should extend onto the next section of the page is the neck lines (so that another child can add a body to the monster without seeing the head).
  3. Fold the paper so that the head is hidden, and pass the page with the necklines showing onto the next child. Everyone should not have someone else’s page. Each child can then add a body onto the necklines on the second section of the page. When they are done, they can extend two lines onto the last section of the page – these lines will have the tale added to them.
  4. Once again, fold the page over so that the third section of the page (with the two little lines on it) is the only section showing. The children can then pass their pages on again, and another child can add a tail to the picture.
  5. The pictures are then ready to be opened up to reveal a one-of-a-kind sea creature!
  6. The sea creatures can now be decorated with markers, feathers, tin-foil, scraps of paper and whatever else can be found!

SPLASH! Summer Reading Club: 2-5's Week 6

Pond Party!
2-3’s and 4-5’s

1. Finger Play: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
One, two, three, four, five - Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten - Then I let it go again.
Why did I let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
The little finger on the right

2. Action Song: Five little ducks
Five little ducks went out one day,
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said: "Quack, quack, quack, quack."
But only four little ducks came back.
(add lyrics)

4. Song: I'm a Little Fishy
(Tune: “I'm a little teapot”)
I'm a little fishy
Watch me swim
Here is my tail
Here is my fin
When I want to have fun with my friends
I wiggle my tail and dive right in

6. Action Song: Five green and speckled frogs
(can be sung with a felt board or puppets)
Five green and speckled frogs Sat on a speckled log Eating some most delicious bugs YYYYUUUUMMMM YYYYUUUUMMMM One jumped into the pool Where it was nice and cool Then there were Four green and speckled frogs GGGGLLLLUUUUBBBB GGGGLLLLUUUUBBBB

8. Craft: Hanging Fish
-Construction paper
-Bits of magazines, coloured papers and aluminum foil cut into circles
-Hole punch
-Crepe paper streamers (a variety of colours and cut into strips a few inches long)
-Some string or yarn
-Googly eyes
1.      Beforehand, cut circles out of construction paper, tin foil and old books or magazines. Also, print a fish outline (it is simple to either find one on-line or draw one) onto white construction paper. I fit two fish on each piece of construction paper.
2.      The children can each receive a fish outline. Have them colour the tail and the head of their fish. They can also add on googly eyes.
3.      Next, they can cut the outline out.
4.      They can then glue the round pieces of colourful paper onto the body of the fish as its scales.
5.      Have them choose three streamers and either glue or staple these to the backside of the tail.
6.      Use the hole punch to make a hole near the tip of the fish’s nose and tie a piece of string through it to hang the fish by.

Friday, August 12, 2011

SPLASH! Summer Reading Club: 6-12's Week 5

Pirate Plunder!
6-8's and 9-12's

1. Craft: Build-your-own Beard
-Beard outline on black paper
-Thin strips of black paper
Give each child a black piece of paper that contains the outline of a beard, and have them cut the outline out. They can then take several thin strips of black paper and wrap them around the pencil to make them curl. Glue the curly pieces of paper to the outline to make a pirate beard. Next, take a piece of string long enough to tie around the child’s head and staple the string to the backside of the beard. Tie on the beard for a fearsome pirate face.

2. Game: Plunder the Pirate
-Cut out pictures of coins
Before hand, use the newspaper to make a stick by rolling it up and then pulling the center out. You want this stick to have a fairly long reach and not to be hard enough to hurt anyone if struck. Have the children sit in a circle around a chair, and place the picture of treasure under the chair. Choose one child to play pirate, give them the paper stick and sit them on the chair blindfolded. The other children can then try to noiselessly steal the treasure from under the pirate’s chair while the pirate tries to catch them with the stick. If a child gets tagged with the stick, he or she becomes the next pirate. If all of the treasure is stolen, the children can call out “Pirate, you’ve been plundered!” and another child can take a turn.

3. Game: Treasure Toss
-Tin Foil
-Fake jewels
-Some kind of standing stick

Shape the tin foil into large bracelets, and glue the jewels onto them. Make a mark on the floor for the children to stand behind. They can then take turns trying to toss the bracelets onto the stick.

4. Activity: Treasure Hunt
• Brown paper
• Crayons, markers
• Scissors
• Lighter or tea bag to make paper look old

1. Have multiple pieces of the treasure map hidden around the program room or children’s department.
2. Each piece of the map leads you to the next and on the back of each piece is part of a map. This map must be put together once all the pieces are found and will ultimately guide the children to their buried treasure! (You can make (or buy) a treasure box and fill it with prizes).
3. Children need to work together to find clues.

5. Craft: Cannon
Courtesy of Busy Bee Crafts at 
-White glue
-Popsicle sticks (about 12 per child)
-Clothes pins (about 12 per child)
-Rubber bands
-Plastic spoons
-Marshmallows (for cannon balls)

Detailed instructions with pictures can be found here:
For this craft, the glue needs to be dried completely before using the catapult.

6. Activity: Picture Perfect Pirate
-Pirate garb
-Pirate background
The kids can take turns putting on pirate garb, and posing for pictures in front of the pirate background.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

SPLASH! Summer Reading Club: 2-5's Week 5

Booty and Barnacles!
2-3's and 4-5's

1. Activity 1: Talk like a Pirate
Talk about all of the different things that pirates say and practice talking like a pirate (AAARRR! Yo-ho-ho! Shiver me timbers!). You can also practice making tough pirate faces.

2. Read: Sheep on a Ship

3. Poem: Pirate Plank!
(Have the children help with the exclamations at the beginning of each line. They can get louder and louder each time)
Aaaarr! said the pirate as I sniffed his sailing clothes.
AAArrr!! said the pirate as I whoofed and plugged my nose.
AAARRRR!!! said the pirate when I said he kinda stank.
AAAAHHHH!!!!!! said I, as he made me walk the plank!

5. Read: Pirate Pearl

6. Activity: Pirate Pokey
(Just like the Hokey Pokey, but with a pirate twist)
Put your black beard in,
Put your black beard out,
Put your black beard in and shake it all about;
Do the pirate pokey and turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about (clap and yell AAARRRR!)
…hook hand
…tough fist
…pirate booty
…peg leg
...big boot
…whole salty self

8. Craft: Craft: Pirate Parrot
• Parrot outline
• Scissors
• Glue
• Bright feathers
• Googly Eyes
• Markers
• Masking tape

1.      Each child recieves a piece of paper with the parrot outline on it from
2.      They can begin by coloring their parrot.
3. They can then paste on the googly eyes and bright feathers.
4. Once they are finished decorating, they can (with help, if necessary) cut out the parrot.
5. The tab on the outline can then be folded and taped, and masking tape can be used to attach the parrot onto the child’s shoulder.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

SPLASH! Summer Reading Club: 6-12's Week 4

What to do on a Rainy Day!
6-8's and 9-12's
1. Activity: Toilet Paper Game
-roll of toilet paper

Have the children and parents sit in a circle. Go around the circle with a roll of toilet paper and ask each person how many sheets of toilet paper they want. Do not tell them what it is for! Give a minimum and maximum number that they can choose. For example between 2 and 20. Once everyone has chosen each person must tell the group a number of things about themselves, including their name. They must tell the group the same number of things about themselves as the number of sheets of toilet paper they took. One thing must be their name.
2. Activity: Bingo
-Bingo cards (
-Box to draw from

3. Game: Indoor basketball
-Tape to make marks
-crumpled papers
-basket or box to hang
-paint friendly tape

1.Tape lines on the floor to mark distances from the waste basket.
2.Have your child "scrunch" up the paper for balls while you tape out the floor.
3.Start shooting "hoops". Begin at the easiest tape line and work your way back

4.Activity: Paper air-plane flying contest

Let the kids choose an air-plane pattern and paper. They can then decorate their planes. When they are all finished, they can line up and see whose plane flies the farthest.

5. Make a rainy-day-die
Materials: die outline (without the dots)
Give each child a paper with the die outlined on it, and give them a list of things to do on a rainy day (like building a furniture fort, baking, drawing a picture, making somebody a card, etc). On each of the six die faces they can write or draw a picture of one of the activities. They can decorate their die, then cut it out and glue it together. When it is raining, they can toss the die to pick an activity.

Friday, August 5, 2011

SPLASH! Summer Reading Club: 2-5's Week 4

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring!
2-3's and 4-5's

1. Activity 1: Brain-STORM
Talk about all of the different things that the kids like to do in the rain. Give them some ideas, like drawing a picture for someone, or making a furniture fort, or baking with an adult. Talk about how they dress when they go out in the rain, and about things that are fun to do outside when it’s raining (like puddle-jumping or looking for worms.

2. Poem: Thunder Crashes
Thunder crashes.
Lightening flashes.
Rain makes puddles,
I make splashes.

4. Poem: Splash
"Splash," said a raindrop
As it fell upon my hat;
"Splash said another
As it trickled down my back.
"You are very rude," I said
As I looked up to the sky;
Then another raindrop splashed
Right into my eye!

5. Read: Fix-It Duck

6. Activity: Paper-folding story
Use a sheet of paper to tell a paper folding story. Use the basic outline found at but with some additions and deviations.

8. Craft: Craft: Rain Sticks
• Paper towel or toilet paper tubes (one per participant)
• Toothpicks
• A bag of rice or other small grains
• Tin foil circles, (approx. 10 cm in diameter) (2 per participant)
• Elastics
• Markers
1. Before the program, poke a number of holes (using a large needle, or any sufficiently pointy object) into the rolls, and cut out the tin foil circles.
2. Each participant should be given a paper towel tube. Participants can begin by decorating their tube.
3. Seal off one end of each tube with one of the circles of tin foil and an elastic.
Pour several spoonfuls of rice into each tube. Then, use the second circle of paper and the tape to seal the rain stick.
4. When the rain stick is turned over, the sound of the rice bouncing off the toothpicks should generate a soothing rain sound.