Friday, April 3, 2020

Weekend Boredom Busters - Diving Into Sharks

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We are temporarily reviving our Children's Blog to provide some resources for families who are stuck at home during this period of social distancing due to COVID-19. We will put together a variety of activities for you and your families every day at 1:00 pm. Watch for weekend Boredom Busters on Saturday and/or Sunday. See which ones you can do, and if you get the chance, share the results with us on any of our social media platforms, which will be listed at the bottom of this blog.

Today's theme is Diving Into Sharks! 

Amazing Shark Facts: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/12-shark-facts-may-surprise-you
https://www.scubadiving.com/uncommon-shark-facts

- Sharks do not have bones
- Sharks have really good eyesight
- Shark skin feels like sandpaper
- Whale Sharks' spot patterns are as unique as fingerprints
- Greenland sharks eat polar bears and reindeer


Sharks Up Close: https://explore.org/livecams/sharks/shark-meditation

Sharks can seem scary, but most of the fear surrounding them comes from misinformation. Sharks rarely attack humans, and they certainly don't hunt them despite what films like Jaws would have us believe.

Let's check out some Live Shark Cams!

Shark Lagoon

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Check out other live zoo cams here.


Crafty Sharks: https://sweetrosestudio.com/2015/07/20-simple-shark-crafts-for-kids.html

There's lots of different ways to engage in our love of sharks. Crafts are a wonderful artistic medium. Let's check out some different shark crafts we can make at home!

Newspaper Shark Craft: https://iheartcraftythings.com/newspaper-shark-craft.html

For this craft, you'll need:

- light blue, dark blue, black, and white paper (or white paper that you can paint)
- newspaper
- google eyes (or white paper and black markers, or glued on buttons)
- scissors
- glue (or tape in a pinch)

Shark Puppets: https://picklebums.com/images/printables/picklebums_shark_puppets.pdf 

For this craft, you'll need:

- printed template (or draw your own)
- glue
- popsicle sticks
- markers (optional)

Cupcake Liner Shark: https://iheartcraftythings.com/cupcake-liner-shark-kids-craft.html

For this craft you'll need:

-  gray/silver cupcake liner (or white liners and gray/silver paint)
- mini gray/silver cupcake liner (or liners you can paint)
- white cupcake liner
- blue & red paper
- googly eyes (or white paper and black marker)
- white chalk marker (or white paint)


Hopefully these activities help break up the day and get your family learning all about sharks! 

If your kids loved these activities, feel free to send us feedback or pictures on any of our social media platforms, linked below.

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Weekend Boredom Busters: Going on a Bear Hunt

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We are temporarily reviving our Children's Blog to provide some resources for families who are stuck at home during this period of social distancing due to COVID-19. We will put together a variety of activities for you and your families every day at 1:00 pm. Watch for weekend Boredom Busters Saturday and/or Sunday. See which ones you can do, and if you get the chance, share the results with us on any of our social media platforms, which will be listed at the bottom of this blog.

This weekend's theme is Going on a Bear Hunt!

Bear Hunt: https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2020/03/28/bored-kids-are-going-on-a-bear-hunt-and-its-adorable/

This idea has taken off around the world, and it has made its way to our community as well. Kids can explore their community (while being mindful of physical distancing) and hunt for bears in windows and doors! 

Here's a map of locations in Sylvan Lake where you can hunt for bears!

Don't forgot to hunt for bears at the library - we have 4 bears for you to find! 


Bear Crafts: https://www.diythought.com/8-fun-bear-crafts-preschoolers-will-love/ 

Check out these fun and simple bear crafts, see which ones you can make. I especially love the spiced bear craft. This would be a wonderful aromatic addition to your child's bedroom, or to change the mood in your playroom. 



Bear Songs

Check out these bear songs while you're exploring on your bear hunt!

Teddy Bear Teddy Bear Turn Around

The Bear Went Over the Mountain


Bear Treats: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/gingerbread-teddy-bears/ 

Ginger-bear cookies are a lovely, delicious treat! Make big bears, little bears, mama bears and mama bears, and decorate them to your heart's content.

Another easy way to make these is with Cutout Gingerbread Cookies. You can even make bear-shaped Sugar Cookies!


Hopefully these activities help break up the day and get your family engaging in a fun weekend bear hunt!

If your kids loved these activities, feel free to send us feedback or pictures on any of our social media platforms, linked below.

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Boredom Busters: Chemistry

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We are temporarily reviving our Children's Blog to provide some resources for families who are stuck at home during this period of social distancing due to COVID-19. We will put together a variety of activities for you and your families every day at 1:00 pm. Watch for weekend Boredom Busters on Saturday and/or Sunday. See which ones you can do, and if you get the chance, share the results with us on any of our social media platforms, which will be listed at the bottom of this blog.

Today's theme is Chemistry!

Sugar Crystals (Rock Candy): https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/grow-sugar-crystals-rock-candy/

You can also use food colouring and flavour extracts to add some extra fun to this experiment. Try some different things and see what works best!


Elemental Haiku: https://vis.sciencemag.org/chemhaiku/ 

How cool is this? And perfect for Poetry Month! Read up on some of these haiku poems, and then try to create your own. Mary Soon Lee wrote an entire book of them!

Check out this interactive Periodic Table of Elements!


Cloud in a Jar: https://www.giftofcuriosity.com/weather-science-how-to-make-a-cloud-in-a-jar/

All you need for this chemistry experiment is a lidded jar, ice, hot water, and hairspray!

If you don't have hairspray, try the variation below with matches - with parent supervision, of course.


Watercolour with Salt: https://www.scratchmadejournal.com/blog/painting-with-salt-watercolor-tutorial

This is a great project to experiment with. Create some fantastically textured snowy scenes with black paper and white paint. Create a rain-spotted scene with blues and greens. The only limit is your imagination!


Hopefully these activities help break up the day and get your family engaging in the joys of chemistry.

If your kids loved these activities, feel free to send us feedback or pictures on any of our social media platforms, linked below.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Boredom Busters: Colour Explosion

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We are temporarily reviving our Children's Blog to provide some resources for families who are stuck at home during this period of social distancing due to COVID-19. We will put together a variety of activities for you and your families every day at 1:00 pm. Watch for weekend Boredom Busters on Saturday and/or Sunday. See which ones you can do, and if you get the chance, share the results with us on any of our social media platforms, which will be listed at the bottom of this blog.

Today's theme is Colour Explosion!

Travelling Waters: https://funlearningforkids.com/rainbow-walking-water-science-experiment-kids/ 

This is a simple and fun colour experiment to do with your kids. Try it in a straight line, a circle, or get even more creative with your shapes. Much fun to be had!


Stained Glass Sugar: https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/stained-glass-sugar/

The project requires the use of heat, so supervision is a necessity, but the finished product is both beautiful and edible! Your masterpiece awaits!


DIY Kaleidoscope: https://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/1008403/diy-kaleidoscope-craft-for-kids/

This activity requires a lot of materials, but look around and see what you can scrape together for it. If all else fails, a Pringles tube, aluminum foil, sequins, and tissue paper will have the same effect. The only limit is your imagination!


Balloon Splatter Painting: https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/balloon-splatter-painting-with-tools-fun-outdoor-art-project-for-kids/

This is definitely an outdoor activity, so aim for a sunny day when doing this one. Parent supervision is a must with this one, but in lieu of a screwdriver, you can also use a safety pin or a thumbtack to pop the balloons. With older children, we've also used darts and popped the balloons from further back.

Let your creativity loose and have some splatter-paint fun!


Hopefully these activities help break up the day and get your family engaging in some excellent explosions of colour.

If your kids loved these activities, feel free to send us feedback or pictures on any of our social media platforms, linked below.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Boredom Busters: Dramatic Play

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We are temporarily reviving our Children's Blog to provide some resources for families who are stuck at home during this period of social distancing due to COVID-19. We will put together a variety of activities for you and your families every day at 1:00 pm. Watch for weekend Boredom Busters on Saturday and/or Sunday. See which ones you can do, and if you get the chance, share the results with us on any of our social media platforms, which will be listed at the bottom of this blog.

Today's theme is Dramatic Play!

Let's look at the Importance of Pretend Play. Engaging in pretend play helps develop: 

- Language skills
- Social & Emotional Skills
- Thinking Skills
- Imagination

Other benefits to dramatic play: 

- Relief from emotional tension
- Children feel powerful
- Understanding use of symbols
- Differentiate between fantasy and reality. 

Puppet Show: http://www.legendsandlore.com/mkpuppets.html

Sock puppets and paper bag puppets are fun and easy! You can decorate them with lots of extras or just one or two things, and tell great stories. Be prepared to be silly, and have lots of fun!


Camp Out: https://www.mykidsadventures.com/how-to-have-an-indoor-camping-experience/ 

Indoor camping is a great way to break up your every day normal and have an "out of the house" experience, without actually leaving the house.

Check out this Indoor S'mores recipe! Try fishing in the tub (with some water friendly toys)! Do some virtual stargazing!


Scene Acting: https://www.stagemilk.com/acting-scenes-for-kids/ 

Kids love acting out their favourite scenes from movies. Encourage them! Turn on the soundtrack to their favourite movie, and have them act it out. Turn on a film or show with the sound off, and have them provide the words for the scene.


This activity is geared towards older children, but you can adapt it for younger ages.

If all else fails, you can never go wrong with Charades



Pretend Play Meteorologist: https://earlylearningideas.com/weather-station-dramatic-play/

Forecast the weather for today, tomorrow, and the rest of the week. You can check Environment Canada for accurate results, or have the kids predict their own weather. Bonus activity: prepare for extreme weather scenarios, such as a hailstorm!


Hopefully these activities help break up the day and get your family engaging in some fun dramatic play.

If your kids loved these activities, feel free to send us feedback or pictures on any of our social media platforms, linked below.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Boredom Busters: Origami

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We are temporarily reviving our Children's Blog to provide some resources for families who are stuck at home during this period of social distancing due to COVID-19. We will put together a variety of activities for you and your families every day at 1:00 pm. Watch for weekend Boredom Busters on Saturday and/or Sunday. See which ones you can do, and if you get the chance, share the results with us on any of our social media platforms, which will be listed at the bottom of this blog.

Today's theme is Origami!

Corner Bookmarks: https://www.redtedart.com/origami-bookmark/ 

This is a fairly simple origami project, and the kids can add all sorts of embellishments to them to jazz them up. Add ears, shapes, different colours, stickers, etc. So much creativity in one tiny package! 




Jumping Frogs: https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/origami-jumping-frogs-easy-folding-instructions.html 

These little guys are a little more complex, but they're tons of fun to play with once their done. Make your own frog army and stage a battle! Create an origami puppet show to "Five Green and Speckled Frogs". Have fun with the possibilities!



Shark Cootie Catcher: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/shark-cootie-catcher/

Baby shark will never be the same. This one involves more cutting than just traditional origami, but the kids will have fun with their mini shark puppets. If you don't have different coloured paper, just use markers to decorate these feisty sharks!


Check out more fun origami activities here.


Hopefully these activities help break up the day and get your family engaging in some great physical activity.

If your kids loved these activities, feel free to send us feedback or pictures on any of our social media platforms, linked below.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Boredom Busters: Build It

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We are temporarily reviving our Children's Blog to provide some resources for families who are stuck at home during this period of social distancing due to COVID-19. We will put together a variety of activities for you and your families every day at 1:00 pm. Watch for weekend Boredom Busters Saturday and/or Sunday. See which ones you can do, and if you get the chance, share the results with us on any of our social media platforms, which will be listed at the bottom of this blog.

Today's theme is Build It!

Toothpick Structures: https://artfulparent.com/toothpick-sculptures-kids-13-fun-toothpick-construction-ideas/ 

Let your creativity soar! Try different edible objects - marshmallows, gummies, cookies, sugar cubes, etc. - to build any structure you can imagine. The possibilities are endless!


More activities here.  


Clay Creations: https://www.highlightskids.com/activities/crafts/make-homemade-clay

You can make all sorts of different shapes and colours with this recipe. Add all sorts of extras to your creations to make them really pop! 

Check out how to make geometric shapes with playdough and straws!


Bird House Building: https://www.fancymomma.com/milk-carton-juice-carton-bird-feeder/

This is an in-depth activity, but the rewards are worthwhile. Birds are migrating home, and they will be looking for food! Make you own birdhouse with recycling you have around the house, and 

Learn more about birds from the Ellis Bird Farm!

Don't have enough supplies at home? You can also make an easy bird feeder with pipe cleaners and cheerios! 


Hopefully these activities help break up the day and get your family engaging with building and constructing fun things!

If your kids loved these activities, feel free to send us feedback or pictures on any of our social media platforms, linked below.

Library staff are available by phone (403-887-2130) or email Monday-Friday, 9:00 am 5:00 pm.

You can access all of our digital materials (eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more) through our website. If your membership is expired, or you need a membership, call us at 403-887-2130 and we can help. 

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