Snow Stories: Cozy Books for Chilly Weather

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The snow covered trees are telling us that while winter may still be three weeks away, the cool season is already here! In the winter, my favourite thing to do is curl up with a good book under a cozy blanket. Here are some great choices for the cool winter ahead.

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Tween Scene: The Floor is Lava

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Hi friends! How are you all? It’s late November now, and kind of a weird time of year; the days are short, it gets dark so early, your Halloween candy is probably all gone, and the winter holiday school break seems so far away! How can you pass the time inside, (without driving your grown-ups crazy), and still have fun? Well friends, I have just the thing; The Floor is Lava!

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Colouring Challenge: Primary Colours Only!

Snap!
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Do you like colouring? Do you have the giant 64-colour crayon box? Well, I challenge you to make a super colourful picture with only three crayons! I got this idea after reading the book Snap by Hazel Hutchins, illustrated by Dušan Petričić. Evan loves colouring with his brand new crayons. One by one they start to break or disappear. But he learns how to mix colours and eventually colours beautiful pictures with only red, yellow, and blue.

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Tween Scene: Create Your Monogram Using Leaves

October is a month where the trees are full of colour, but November is a month where the leaves have fallen and the trees are bare. Nature is getting ready to welcome Winter. As I looked at the bare trees in my neighbourhood, I was drawn to all the leaves that have fallen on the ground. I wanted to use these leaves to give them a new purpose. Today, I’m going to show you how to create a leaf monogram.

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Snow STEAM Activities

Winter is almost here and don’t we just love it until about February 1st? If you’re anything like me, I’m all for the snow and fun but as soon as the holidays are over, I’m ready for spring to be here. This year is different, there has been a shift in our priorities and there is no time like the present to be present with our little ones. I used to think that I had to take mine to a heritage village and ride the Polar Express to make the winter season more exciting. Now, more than ever, I’m convinced that my little ones will cherish quality time spent and present parents over the non-existent winter outings I thought we needed to experience this winter. 

Billie’s Book Picks

Winter is Here by Kevin Henkes 

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Winter is here! Cozy up to the perfect story to get us ready for the winter season including beautiful snow falls, icicles, cooler temperatures. Winter stays and stays but then it makes way for spring to join us. Request it from the library. 

All Right Already!: A Snowy Story by Jory John

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Duck is thrilled with all of the snow that has fallen, not a little but a lot of snow has fallen. Do you think Duck can convince Bear to enjoy the snow with him? Bear likes to stay cozy and warm inside but Duck really wants to spend time with his best friend. Find out if Duck has his way. Request it from the library.

Winter Steam Activities 

Snowflake Crystals

Who doesn’t love crystals? This may look like a complicated endeavor but rest assured you will enjoy the process and be amazed with the results. If the anticipation of this STEAM experiment is enough, just wait until you find all the places to decorate with these beauties.

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Supplies

  • Borax Powder 
  • Water
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Mason Jars
  • Tablespoon, Measuring Cup, Bowl, Spoon
  • Popsicle stick
  • String

Instructions

1. Measure how many cups of water fill your mason jar. 
2. Mix every cup of water with 3 tablespoons of borax. For example: If your jar takes 3 cups of water to fill it, you will need 9 tablespoons of borax.
3. Dissolve all of the borax in the hot water, inside the mason jar. *For optimal results, make sure the borax is saturated.*
4. Create your snowflake with a pipe cleaner.
5. Tie your string to the snowflake (pipe cleaner) and suspend/hang it from the popsicle stick inside the jar of borax water. *Make sure the snowflake doesn’t touch the edges.*
6. Leave overnight and wake to a beautiful crystal. 

Snow Dough

Sometimes playdough doesn’t cut it or it’s dried out, crispy and stuck in the carpet. Here is a great recipe for sensory fun with ingredients you already have. 

How to make fake snow
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Supplies

  • Baking Soda
  • White Hair Conditioner
  • Large Bowl

Instructions

1.  Add 2 1/2 cups of pure baking soda and 1/2 a cup of white hair conditioner in a bowl.
2. Mix ingredients together until completely combined.
3. Enjoy hours of play!

Your Turn

I would love to see your colourful crystals and your snow dough, email your photos to childkpl@kpl.org.


POST WRITTEN BY MICHELLE F., CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMER

Tween Scene: Let’s Get Writing!

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well, and enjoying the awesome summer-like weather we have had over the past few days! Today we are going to explore writing about someone you know a lot about – yourself! 

Writing in a journal is a great way to record your thoughts and feelings about what is going on in your life. I know there are lots of demands on your time, and that it might seem overwhelming to add one more item to your busy life. Try writing just a sentence or two every few days. Here are some fun writing activities that will spark your creativity.

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Cootie Catcher Puppets

I played with cootie catchers, or fortune tellers as they’re also known, all the time at school. They are a fun way to tell silly jokes, ask funny questions, or dare your friends to do outlandish things. But their basic shape is also perfect for making a simple puppet for small hands that can encourage fine motor skills and great storytelling. We’ll make a silly shark puppet today, but with a little imagination and/or a quick internet search, you’ll find the possibilities are endless!

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November Book List: Pandemic Information for Kids

When I ask kids what the difference is between fiction and non-fiction books, they usually say that non-fiction books are “true” or “real”. While these words are good choices, I usually say that non-fiction books are full of “information”. This November, I’ve put together a list of our newest information books for you to check out that talk about what is happening right now. These books will help to answer your questions about the pandemic, social distancing, distance learning and more.

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Tween Scene: Sweet Science

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Scaaaaaaary greetings my friends! Today is Halloween, and while it might be different for you this year than last, there may be one thing that remains the same…candy! Oh, just thinking about all the different types of sugary deliciousness makes my sweet tooth sing! (and my dentist say, “cha-ching!”). Whether you’re a fan of sweet and sugary, tart and sour, hard or chewy, there’s a sugar laden treat that’s sure to please your sweet tooth too. But, what to do with candy that you don’t really like? You know the stuff I’m talking about; candy corn, old fashioned hard candies, and tootsie rolls, just to name a few. For me, it’s black jelly beans. Yuck! Well, I’ve got a simple experiment that will use up those black jelly beans while demonstrating a pretty neat scientific concept at the same time.

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