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Maker Monday: Enchanted Engineering

Who knew that reading fairy tales could lead to engineering experiments?

Last month at our Zoom STEAM at Home event, we led kids through these fun building activities that were inspired by fairy tales. These projects are easy to do with stuff you probably already have around the house.

Robin Hood’s Bow and Arrow

Supplies: 2 popsicle sticks, (duct) tape, string, and an unsharpened pencil. 

You can experiment with different types of string and various lengths to see what works best. After you build it, place your pencil with the eraser on the string, pull back, and see how far your pencil goes! Just don’t aim at any screens or people please! 

The Three Little Pigs, Rapunzel, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears

For The Three Little Pigs, experiment with different materials to see what house is the strongest. You can use toothpicks, straws, LEGO bricks, or many other things you have at home. 

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For Rapunzel, try building a slide for Rapunzel to escape the tower. Our slide was made of toilet paper/paper towel rolls and tape. You can experiment with making the slide steeper so she slides faster, or more gradual so it’s slower. 

For Goldilocks and the Three Bears, try to build a bed that can hold the most weight (we used coins). Some ideas for materials are cardboard, bubble wrap, tin foil, and cupcake liners, but there are many things that would work for this activity. Once you’ve built your bed, stack coins and see how many it holds.

Have fun and keep building! For more activities to do at home, check out this page.

Notes from Storytime

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

Picture books often have lots of rhythm and rhyme, which help children hear the sounds of language.  This gives children a good foundation for distinguishing sounds in reading. 

To get in a rhyming mood, do this fun fingerplay together before reading a favorite dog-related picture book.

Five little puppies were playing in the sun. (Hold up hand, fingers extended.) 
This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run. (Bend first finger.) 
This one saw a butterfly, and he began to race. (Bend second finger.) 
This one saw a pussycat, and he began to chase. (Bend third finger.) 
This one tried to catch his tail, and he went round & round. (Bend fourth finger.) 
This one was so quiet, he never made a sound. (Bend thumb.) 

Move Over Rover by Karen Beaumont

I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Staff Picks For Kids

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many families wish to learn more about her life and her work. Check out our resource list or come see our display in Youth Services.

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg