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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Windy Weather

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Windy WeatherPlay-Grow-Read

With the warmth of Spring comes lots of fun things to do outside with small children. Take advantage of a windy or wet day to talk about the weather. Is it windy, cloudy, sunny or wet outside? Is it warm or cool? Have fun making simple weather crafts with recycled materials from around the house. Plastic grocery bags make wonderful kites and parachutes. Empty plastic bottles can be turned into rain gauges. When the fun is done, simply toss the materials into your recycling bin.

Materials:

  • plastic grocery bags
  • plastic pop bottles
  • tape
  • string or yarn
  • permanent marker
  • scissors

Directions:

Kite

Make a simple kite by tying a piece of string to each handle of a grocery bag. Tie the two pieces of string together with a knot about 12 inches from the end of the handles. Attach a long piece of string to the point where the two strings meet. Take the kite outside on a windy day to see if you can get the kite to fly.

Parachute

Tape together the two handles of a plastic grocery bag. Use tape to secure small objects such as sticks to the joint where the two handles meet. Stand on a raised deck or playground equipment to release the parachutes so that they float to the ground. Experiment by attaching several parachutes to heavier items such as small toy cars to see if you can make them float slowly to the ground.

Rain Gauge

Cut the bottom 4 inches off a plastic pop bottle. Use a permanent marker to mark one inch increments on the side of the plastic bottle. Set the bottle in an open space with the open end pointed up.  Check the gauge the next time it rains to see how much rain has fallen.

–Anjie G. at KDL’s Walker Branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — Computer Books

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Find help for tech issues in our Computer section!  This week’s Top Ten highlights some of the most popular Computer books at KDL right now:

Top Ten Computer Books 05-16-2014

 

And if you’re looking for more tech help, check out our upcoming Speak to a Geek programs.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing SongMay is a great month to celebrate rhythm and music. Save all those left-over plastic Easter eggs and put them to good use as maracas and shaker instruments. Choose some interesting ingredients for filler, like dried rice, pasta, beans, gravel, metal pop can tabs or even sand. Fill each egg with a different substance to make a unique sound, then seal with hot glue or clear adhesive tape. For older children, try filling two eggs with each substance to create a matching game! See if your child can identify which eggs sound the same. Eggs can easily be stored in an egg carton.

Have your child copy your movements as you sing this fun shaker egg song to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down:

 

Can you shake along with me?

Can you shake your eggs with me,
Eggs with me, Eggs with me?
Can you shake your eggs with me?
It’s so easy!

Place your shaker on your knee,
On your knee, on your knee.
Place your shaker on your knee,
It’s so easy! (Add as many verses as you like, using the same pattern.)

For even more fun, try a selection of children’s music to add to your shaker egg activities:

–Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake Branch


 

Happy Mother’s Day!

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KDL Top Ten — Crafts

Friday, May 9th, 2014

If you love all things creative, grab some books from our Crafts section.  Stitch, knit, crochet, paint, bead, decoupage, felt, refurbish… You get the picture.  Have fun!  And enjoy this week’s Top Ten:

Top Ten Crafts 05-09-2014

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Early Lit Bits: App Review — My Little Town: Toddler’s Seek & Find

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Toddler's Seek & FindMy Little Town: Toddler’s Seek & Find is an app that lets kids explore. It is also a great opportunity to talk with your child as you play and interact with the detailed scenes. Using colorful and expressive hand-drawn animations, the app opens into a town where each tap makes entertaining actions unfold. Make the clouds rain, open windows, ring the alarm, ride the bus, etc. As you play, talk to your child about what they see and hear. Check out the free lite version of this app on the Apple App Store. The full version is available for $2.99.

— Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia Township Branch


 

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KDL Top Ten — Cooking International Mexican

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo — This week’s Top Ten serves up 10 of the most checked-out Mexican cookbooks at KDL:

Top Ten Cooking International Mexican 05-02-2014

Find these and others in our Cooking International section.   And if you love cookbooks, you’ll be happy to learn many are available through KDL’s OverDrive eBooks site!  Download one today.


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Nest”

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

NestNest by Jorey Hurley

Robins are a welcome sign of spring, and this simple picture book is a wonderful way to explore these birds with your child. Hurley writes just one word per two-page illustration, taking the reader from nest, to egg, to flight, then back to nest again. Talk with your child about what robins do each season as you read together. What things do you like to do in spring, summer, fall and winter? Identify the letters you see on each page and talk about the season each picture portrays. Look out your window and see if you spy a robin. Talking together is a great way to increase vocabulary and gets your child ready to read!

–Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield Branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — Home DIY

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Get handy with this week’s Top Ten.  These are 10 of the most popular titles in KDL’s Home DIY section this month:

Top Ten Home DIY 04-25-2014

And if you like this list, but can’t get to the library, visit KDL’s downloadable magazine service Zinio.  There you’ll find popular DIY magazines like Family Handyman to give you some step-by-step home improvement inspiration.

 

 


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Recycled Planters and Watering Can

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Recycled Planters and Watering Can:Play-Grow-Read

Spring is just around the corner. It’s time to garden. Gardening teaches patience, nurturing skills and even builds vocabulary as children learn the names of different vegetables and plants. Repurpose containers from around the house to make fun planters and a simple watering can.

Materials:

  • Seeds (fast-growing seeds such as beans or grass work well)
  • Potting soil
  • Yogurt cups, coffee pods, old baby shoes, empty eggshells or stale ice cream cones
  • A one-gallon milk jug
  • Drill with small drill bit (adult use only)

To Make:

Look around the house for fun containers to use for planting. Any small plastic container will do. Stale flat-bottomed ice cream cones make excellent seedling planters and are completely biodegradable. Simply start a seed by sowing it in a cone filled with soil and plant the whole cone in the ground once the seedling is established. Outgrown shoes and boots also make fun outdoor planters too. Fill a planter with soil and sow the seeds according to the directions on the package. Water gently and set in a sunny window.

Make a simple watering can by drilling several small holes in the cap of a milk jug. Partially fill the jug with water so that it’s not too heavy for children to lift and screw the top on.  Encourage children to water the plants and observe the seeds as they sprout and grow.

To Use:

As the seeds sprout, talk about the different parts of the plant: the root, stem and leaves. Use a ruler to measure the plant every day or take a picture of the plant every day to record its growth.

–Anjie G. at KDL’s Walker Branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — Adult Inspirational Fiction

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Stir the soul and brighten your day with this week’s Top Ten!  These are ten of the most popular Adult Inspirational Fiction titles at KDL this month:

Top Ten Adult Inspirational 04-18-2014

Tell us: What’s your favorite Inspirational title?

 


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