This week theme will be shadow science. It's a tried and true theme from librarians and I'm hoping that parents and children will really have fun exploring this lab. This particular theme will be heavily modified due to a Halloween costume exchange program that will be happening with a partner organization. We will only have two stations, but it will not detract from learning about the shadows. ::MUAHAHAHAHAHA::
Station #1: Read about shadows
At this station, we will be compiling fiction and non-fiction books specifically about shadows or shadow related themes. Caretakers will pick a book to read with their kid and discuss something they learned. Afterwards, we will have a shadow matching game (a few different sets than the ones shared on ALSC's blog) where children will match pictures to their shadows.
Station #2: Make a story with shadow puppets
This station we will make a Victorian-esque shadow space for kids to tell stories. We will be using a station to set-up the following:
shadow puppet options
Our first shadow puppet options is to provide a handout with making shadow puppets with your fingers. We did discuss that if kids weren't able to make shadow puppets with their hands, the good 'ole popsicle stick method would do just fine. My volunteens will be creating some shadow puppet creatures soon, and we will just have a stack available for kids to play with. They will essentially drape a cloth (or the adult can hold it up) as they sneak into a space with a flashlight shining into the cardboard box. The little kid in me is super excited to start telling some scary stories in the shadows:
I hope to in the future, have a more detailed version of this STEM-lab, but I'll keep you posted how this straight-forward version turned out. This lab will not have a handout. There will be a paper with shadow puppet examples that caretakers can take home if they want to continue to practice their shadow making skills!
It was great seeing which books the kids wanted to pick out to read and hearing the parents discuss how afraid their child was "once" of the dark. We had such a great time doing this workshop! Parents loved that their kids went under our table with a flashlight to make shadows in a blocked off black fabric contraption that we made. #somuchfun #forgotpictures Moving along, the kids all took both the shadow puppet hand signs home and the ones on sticks. I even had the cutest interaction of a grandparent saying, "oooh! grab one of those so grandpa can show you how it's done." HOW OLD IS THIS GRAMP-PA?! :D I could just picture this steampunk grandpa going----"In the Victorian era, we didn't have television--" It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to utilize this STEAM lab in the full space of our storytime room whenever we repeat this.