American Girl fans from Kindergarten-6th grade met on May 15 to discuss the American Girl of the month, Kirsten Larson. We talked about what it was like growing up on the American frontier, tried blueberry muffins, and created some fun crafts.
Kirsten Larson migrates to the American frontier from Sweden to the United States at age nine. In the book “Happy Birthday, Kirsten!” Kirsten’s friends sew a quilt for her birthday gift. This was a fun pastime for children in the 1800’s and quilts held special meanings for both the receiver and the quilter. With that in mind the first craft was for each girl to decorate their own quilt square.
The finished product!
Next we made our very own American Girl necklaces using a Scrabble tile kit with epoxy stickers and small jewelry bails. The girls traced and cut out their American Girl printed images, attached the image to the tile with an epoxy sticker, and fastened the bailer to the back of the tile with a small glue dot. Then we put our new pendants on a chain necklace and proudly wore them home.
We all had a wonderful time during our American Girl Kirsten book club and all of the girls worked really hard on their craft projects. Be sure to stop by the Mooresville Public Library’s Youth Services department to see the quilt that the girls made together!
Library Assistant II
Kids Create is a fun craft program for children ages 2-5. In March we celebrated St. Paddy’s Day by making a Pot of Gold craft, Shamrock Crown, Leprechaun stick puppet and a St. Paddy’s Day card. The children enjoy making crafts and we always try to incorporate a different painting technique in each session.
Pinkies up, it’s time to party Fancy Nancy style! On February 28, 2014 the Mooresville Public Library hosted its first Fancy Nancy Tea Party. Children were invited to come to the library dressed in their finest apparel to attend a special tea party and to participate in crafts and activities based on Jane O’Connor’s popular Fancy Nancy books.
First we listened to the original Fancy Nancy story. While I read the story, the children ate their cookies and sipped lemonade. I chose to go with lemonade instead of actual tea because children tend to prefer it, and I could serve it cold and not worry about anyone getting burned or how to keep it warm. During the reading we practiced holding our pinkies up and saying fancy French words such as merci, which is French for thank you.
The children were then invited to play at the stations set up around the room:
Create a Plume: The children made a fancy plume (pen with a feather). You simply take a feather and put it on the end of the pen and wrap it with flower tape and voila! You have a plume pen that even Nancy would be proud to tote around. I set up paper on the wall to let the children sign their signature with their new pens.
Bibliophile: Nancy loves books so I set out a variety of books available for checkout or just for reading during the program. They weren’t all Fancy Nancy books, although a great many of them were. I also included the Pinkalicious series by Victoria Kann, The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett, and several other princess themed books.
Dress-Up Station: At this station I put out dress-up clothing. I had boys and girls in my group so I made sure that there was something for everyone including Minnie Mouse costumes, fairy wings, princess dresses, a construction hat, tools, and a fireman outfit. Everybody loves to dress up and accessorize!
Star Wands: I glued a star template onto a large Popsicle stick and the children designed a spectacular star wand to take home with glitter glue, jewels, and crayons. Here is the link for the star template that I used.
Play Dough: Nancy loves to bake and decorate! At this station, the children created some culinary creations of their very own with play dough and cupcake, pizza maker, and baking toys.
Insects: Nancy also loves bugs, especially butterflies. At this station I put out a green rice sensory bin with plastic bugs (from the dollar store) and cups to scoop them up with. Here is the recipe to make your own rice sensory bin. The children learned and explored more about the insects with magnifying glasses and real bugs encased in resin.
We all had a blast reading about Nancy and getting our dress-up on. Check out more books about Nancy at the Mooresville Public Library’s website and for further Fancy Nancy ideas check us out on Pinterest and look under our Where Did You Find That? board for more crafts and activities to do with Nancy and her friends!
Library Assistant II Youth Services