Wednesday, August 17, 2016

TD Summer Reading Club Week 7: Ages 9-12

Week 7: Miles and Miles of Reptiles

This week we learned all about... You guessed it, reptiles! We talked about all the different sorts of reptiles you can find, whether it's a snake, alligator, turtle, lizard, you name it! We learned that in order to be a reptile you must be two things:

1. Cold blooded - This means that their bodies react to the temperature of their surroundings.  When they get too warm, they can go into the water or shade to cool off and go back in the sun to warm up again.

2. Covered in scales -  Scales protect their bodies and they can be hard or soft, large or small. A crocodile’s back has large, bumpy scales. A snake has slimy and smooth scales.

After learning all these cool facts about reptiles we got ready to start our first activity, spaghetti and marshmallow towers! I gave all the kids a whole bunch of uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows and had everyone work together to try and build the biggest and tallest tower. It was a blast! 

Then after that we all went outside to play Cops and Robbers before heading back inside to make this week's craft, snake chain puppets! Here's how you can make them too:

  • Craft foam 
  • Stapler 
  • Construction paper 
  • Glue 
  • Black marker 
  • Party blowers 
  • Scissors 
  • Snake puppet stencil


1. Take pattern and cut snake head out of the craft foam. 
2. Fold the head in half and staple on both sides. 
3. Draw eyes on the snakes head using a black marker. Then cut a hole where the “X” is with scissors. Slide the party blower through the hole. 
4. Cut stripes of light and dark green construction paper. 
5. Thread one strip through the back of the snake’s head and staple to form a loop. Continue threading strips through the last loop, making a chain tail. 

Tune in next time for our final week of the Summer Reading Club where we will go on a safari!