Feeling Fancy: Our Fancy Nancy Tea Party

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

-Megan Mosher
Library Assistant II Youth Services

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The Colors of Us

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The Colors of Us
Karen Katz

February is Black History month and to celebrate I created a program based on the picture book, The Color of Us by Karen Katz. I began by reading the book to the children and answering any questions they had.  The character in the book, Lena, makes an interesting statement that I was sure to point out to the children and ask their opinion.

The story begins with Lena and her mother preparing to paint self-portraits. While Lena’s mother explains mixing colors for the right brown, “The right brown?  But Mom, brown is brown,” Lena states. “That’s not so,” her Mom says. “There are lots of different shades of brown. Let’s take a walk. You’ll see.” So our adventure with Lena and her mother began.  This book celebrates the differences and similarities we all share.

The children enjoyed comparing our skin colors and discussing the color paints we would need to blend together.  We all had fun trying to match our many shades we brought to the program.  Cinnamon, French toast, creamy peanut butter, chocolate brown, honey, cocoa and butterscotch to name a few.

Check this book out at MPL and celebrate the color of you!

-Serena Sciarretta
Library Assistant II Youth Services