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Boat Challenge

On Tuesday, February 20th, the Idea Place hosted a boat building challenge. Participants used a single 12×12 inch piece of aluminum foil to build boats, test out their buoyancy, and challenge their maximum capacity. The children could either work individually or in pairs. Collin had the strongest boat which held almost 100 marbles before sinking […]

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February 22, 2018

Chinese New Year

This past Friday, February 16th, the Idea Place celebrated the Chinese New Year. Ms. Brianne taught our participants a little bit about what Chinese New Year is and the traditions that they practice. They also used tea to make ancient looking art, created their own red and gold good luck envelopes, and listened to stories […]

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February 22, 2018

Yarn Hearts for Westhampton Care Center

The Children’s Department is making yarn hearts to donate to patients at the Westhampton Care Center. Our goal is to make a heart for every resident at the home, that’s approximately 175 hearts! Baskets of materials can be found at the Adult Reference desk, the Teen BLVD reference desk, and by the Idea Place showcase. […]

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February 6, 2018

Winter Olympics Training

On Monday, January 29th, Ms. Marie helped our young patrons prepare for the upcoming Winter Olympics with some training activities of her own! First, participants warmed up with stretches and jumping jacks. Next, our young athletes competed in library versions of bobsledding, curling, and biathlon. In the images below, bobsledding was played on scooters with […]

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January 31, 2018

Hot Chocolate Boards

This past weekend, Miss Brianne hosted a program called Hot Chocolate Math Boards. Participants traced and cut out 6 paper mugs which were glued to a blue paper background. This page was then laminated which allowed the children to write on the boards with dry erase markers. They used marshmallows to help with addition and […]

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January 29, 2018

Just You & Me

A Time for Kids hosts a program on Mondays called Just You & Me. Just You & Me is for children ages 18 months through 5 years (not yet in Kindergarten). Children are encouraged to learn through play and observation with fun activities that promote reading readiness. They sing, dance, read, complete a craft, play […]

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January 29, 2018

Mom and Me Sensory

This past week, the Idea Place started a Mom & Me Sensory class that was a big success! There was one session for children who have begun walking to age 3 and a separate session for children ages 3-5. There were different activities designed to stimulate the senses and develop fine or gross motor skills. […]

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January 18, 2018

Pancakes for Dinner Storytime

On Tuesday, January 16th, the Idea Place hosted a “Pancakes for Dinner” storytime. We read Mr. Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley, Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary Chamberlin, and If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff. Once we worked up our appetites by reading about pancakes, we made some of our own! Everyone […]

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January 18, 2018

Indoor Miniature Snowmen

On Monday, January 8th, in the wake of the weekend snowstorm and freezing cold temperatures, the Idea Place decided to stay inside and make Indoor Snowmen instead! We read a few books, including Blizzard by John Rocco, Why is the Snow White? by Heinz Janisch, and The Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor. Then, we […]

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January 9, 2018

I SPY Showcase

This month, the Idea Place showcase is set up like an I SPY game! There are 6 different items for you to find; stop in and see if you can spot them all! Looking for something to do inside on these cold and wintry days? Check out an I SPY book by Jean Marzollo and […]

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January 2, 2018