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Early Lit Bits: Games and Activities

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Use Your Cents!

Introduce your child to three-dimensional art using low or no-cost supplies from local recycling centers. This “secret garden” made with materials from Learning From Scratch is constructed of mesh, formica samples, wire and yarn. The materials cost a only few pennies. Working with craft materials provides children with important sensory experience and helps them develop fine motor skills.

 

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Early Lit Bits: Booklists

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Lighten up! Enjoy these playful picture books that promote movement, dance, games and fun for children and adults to share.


 

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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Can you carry a tune? Did you know that singing with children helps them learn to read? Learn why in this Ready to Read video from Kent District Library:


 

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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Spotlight

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

The Alto Branch is currently featuring a Science Imagination Station sponsored by Consumers Energy. Kids can experiment with building blocks, magnetic gears and child-safe mirrors. These fun activities will be sure to inspire budding scientists and engineers.


 

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Early Lit Bits: Games and Activities

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Play-Grow-ReadSave money and stir up some fun at the same time by making your own Slimey Putty and Moon Sand with these printable craft recipe cards featured on KDL’s Play-Grow-Read site.

 


 

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Early Lit Bits: Booklists

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Cool Picture Books: Our Youth Staff Love these Books; Your Kids Will Too!

 

 


 

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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Celebrate thankfulness with Gratitude Attitude by Recess Monkey. Talking with your child about respect, gratefulness and saying “thanks” is a great way to demonstrate appreciation and increase their vocabulary.

Click here to reserve a copy of this CD with your KDL card.

 


 

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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Spotlight

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Parents often ask where we get some of the cool toys that we feature in our KDLville areas.

We love these magnetic boards from Lakeshore Learning. Holding the stylus helps children develop fine motor skills. And the best part? No loose pieces to pick up or step on!


 

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Early Lit Bits: Games & Activities

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Mom, I’m Bored!

Traveling over the holidays? Kids bored because of too many snow days in a row?

Print some fun scavenger hunt cards from our PLAY-GROW-READ! website. Use them on the road, outdoors or inside the house on a cold winter day.

Make these fun felt socks. Keep them in a zippered plastic bag in your carry-on luggage or purse and play a fun matching game if you get stuck at the airport over the holidays.


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Everyone Loves a Parade 

There are many opportunities to watch a parade this time of year. Whether you visit a high school football game or catch a holiday parade, the booming rhythm of a big band can get your child excited about music and movement.

Try out different instruments at home, then get ready to march! Pots and pans make great simple drums. Take turns leading the band. Set the tempo with a drum and play along as you march around the room. Practice playing fast and slow, quiet and loud.

Little Pig Joins the Band by David Hyde Costello provides lots of marching band inspiration. Each member of Little Pig’s family finds a place in the band, but Little Pig just can’t seem to find an instrument that works for him. Then he discovers that the band needs a leader!

For more musical inspiration, try one of KDL’s many classical music CDs available for children.

— Sara M. at the Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch

 


 

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