M is for Music

July 29, 2014

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! was buzzing with sound today as we shared books, songs, rhymes, and most of all music.

Not only did we listen to some fun stories, we also sang “Old McDonald Had a Band” and played in our very own orchestra. Then all the kids got to make their own musical shaker. This took some work, and we had a very large crowd, so I wasn’t able to get too many photos. But here are a few. To see the rest, click here.


Join us next Tuesday at 2 pm for stories and more about colors.

Getting ready to battle!

July 29, 2014

Tanmay, Arjun, Tristan, Janessa, Bailey, and Emilia

Our Battle of the Books team is so excited! They received a full set of brand-new books, thanks to the Friends of the Ossining Public Library. The Friends were generous enough to purchase 6 sets of the books the team members will be reading for this county-wide competition.

Thank you, Friends of the Ossining Public Library!

Check out this link for more information about Westchester Library System’s 1st Battle of the Books.

Glowing Fireflies

July 28, 2014

For today’s crafternoon we used soda bottles, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and paper to make fireflies.


Each crafter went home with a glowstick to put in their firefly so it will shine bright! when it gets dark.


Go to our Flickr page to see more.




for children entering grades 3-6


July 25, 2014

On July 16, we had an AMAZING turnout for our Life-size Candyland program.


35 children made their way through Peppermint Forrest, over Popsicle Peak, and  around Gumball Gulch


to Candy Castle


and their sweet reward.

Click here to see more photos on our Flickr page

OPL’s “Minute-to-Win-It”

July 25, 2014

On Wednesday, 14 competitive children split in to 4 teams for the Children’s Room first ever “Minute-to-Win-It” Program!


For those of you who are unfamiliar with “Minute-to-Win-It”, it is a game show in which contestants must race against the clock to complete simple tasks (using household items) in 60 seconds. Usually, there are 10, 1 minute challenges in each episode of the television game show. In our version we had 4 main challenges and an additional super difficult tie-breaker challenge.

Our first challenge was called the “Skittle Sort”.  For this challenge, two members of each team were each given 30 seconds to separate a bowl of skittles by color.


Skittle Sort

The second challenge was called “Dizzy Mummy”. In this challenge two new team members had 60 seconds to work together to wind themselves up in a roll of toilet paper without it breaking. This ended up being a lot harder than it looked.

The third challenge, called “Elephant Walk”, was definitely a competitor favorite. In this challenge, team members had to wear a pair of pantyhose on their heads. Using a tennis ball in one leg of the pantyhose, the team members had to swing their heads back and forth to knock over as many bottles as they could before the ran out of time.


“Elephant Walk” in progress

The last challenge was called “Junk in the Trunk”.  In this challenge, contestants had to wiggle their backsides in order to get Ping-Pong balls out of the boxes strapped to their backs.

wiggling and fast as they can in "Junk in the Trunk" challenge

wiggling and fast as they can in “Junk in the Trunk” challenge

The final challenge resulted in a tie. The tied teams competed in a tough tie breaker challenge called “Yank Me”. In this challenge, competitors had to build a tower of cups and index cards. Then, very quickly and carefully they had to remove the index cards in order to stack the cups.

suspense!! as the tie breaking challenge is about to begin

suspense!! as the tie breaking challenge is about to begin

 Team Four emerged victorious as the “Minute-to-Win-It” champions!!

Everyone who participated in the game and in the audience left with a free book.

1st Place: Team 4

1st Place: Team 4


Thank you to everyone who competed!!

You put played a good game & put on a great show!!

See more pictures of the game on our Flickr page

Splash me! Splash me!

July 22, 2014

Water! Bubbles! Splash! We had a very wet time today in Ready, Set, Kindergarten!  From books about splashing and bubble baths to an interactive story (with water spritzes!) to chasing bubbles, all the preschoolers had a great time today.

We read some fun stories,

chased bubbles, and got wet.


Everyone made a bubble wand to take home.

To see all the photos, click here.

Join us next Tuesday at 2 pm for stories and activities about music.

Crafters get Inked!!!

July 21, 2014

In today’s crafternoon our crafters got inked!!!


Using pencils and tracing paper they drew their own tattoo designs.

0721141648 Then they were inked using special tattoo pens (eyeliner). The tattoos were then sealed with spray on bandage.

 (Parents: Never Fear. The tattoos will come off when rubbed with some soap and water.)

Check out our Flickr page for some more sweet tattoos pics!


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