What a whirlwind! Summer reading kicked off this week, and so far, everyone is still in one piece! We had two coworkers out on vacation (which normally doesn’t happen the first week, but there were special circumstances), so naturally, everyone is feeling a bit frazzled and exhausted by today. But so far, we’ve registered a little over 1,000 kiddos from birth to twelve years old, and next week, we will have more help! =)
I’ve been feeling a little behind since I had to take some vacation time myself last week. One thing I had to do this week was plan an outreach visit activity for this afternoon. Anyone who knows me knows that this is one of the most panic-inducing things I could ever have to do. I’m the type of person who normally has my programs planned several months in advance, and has all the supplies ready to go like a month out. Planning and scraping something together the week of is not my style at all.
Luckily, I had already decided on the book I wanted to read: Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood has adorable retro illustrations, snappy rhyming text, and a whip-smart heroine who isn’t interested in marriage and just wants to repair space ships. It’s a great choice for “A Universe of Stories” or any STEM program!
If you follow Much Hamsters on Instagram, you may have already figured out that to accompany this book, I decided that we should make a helmet, much like the one that Cinderella wears to the ball in the story (which prevents the prince from knowing who she is). Inspired by this post, a coworker and I threw together a craft that the kiddos absolutely loved!
Our local Kroger gave me sixty paper bags (no questions asked!), so I have plenty to do this for another group later this month! The back side of the bags was perfect since there’s no logo there. I cut a few inches off the top of the bag so that the top of the helmet would rest closer to the tops of the kids’ heads. The windows for the faces are roughly nine inches by five inches, but that’s not an exact measurement. I pre-cut the holes and my colleague taped colored cellophane inside, so there was a good bit of prep. I provided the kids with markers, glue sticks, and other paper scraps that they could use as antennae, microphones, buttons, etc. They really enjoyed wearing these around and pretending that they were in space (or robots). All in all, not too shabby for a craft that was pulled together at the last minute! But I have to say, I hope this isn’t setting the tone for the rest of the summer. I was not meant to plan this way! Sound off in the comments: How far in advance do you have your programs planned?