Fun with math and art!

Tonight in Full STEAM Ahead! we had fun learning about tessellations and making our own tessellation art.

We started with small squares of card stock, made lines to divide them into four pieces, then cut them apart and taped them back together. Then we traced our new shapes, which fit together perfectly! We also colored them in, using crayons, markers, or colored pencils.

To see all the photos, click here.

Here’s how you can do this at home:

1. Start with a small square of paper.
2. Write STAR in the four corners (S in upper left, T in upper right, A in lower left, R in lower right).
3. Draw one line (any way you want) across the page side-to-side, and another line up and down.
4. Cut along the lines so you have 4 shapes.
5. Put the new corners together so it spells RATS and tape together.
6. Trace around the new shape on a piece of paper. Move the shape next to the first tracing and trace again. The shapes should fit together with no gaps.

You’ve made a tessellation!

Here’s a link from PBS Kids for more activities.

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STEAM @ the library

Tessellation art

Tonight for Full STEAM Ahead! we will be making tessellation art, which combines math and art! Come in and learn about tessellations, learn how to make your own designs, or use one of ours.

Full STEAM Ahead! is for kids ages 4 & up, with a grown-up.

7 pm in the Children’s Program Room.

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Lots of dots and spots

Books about dots and spots

This week Ready, Set, Kindergarten! was all about dots and spots. I got in the spirit by wearing a polka-dotted shirt and socks (sorry, no picture).

Our books were fun, and we had lots of counting going on. We also had fun placing Dog’s spots on him and then “washing” him clean. Everyone also got to put the spots back on the ladybug.

After the stories and songs, all the kids made pictures using dots.

So many dots!

To see all the photos, click here.

Next week: Pets!

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2014 Books to Share

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

Your Westchester Library System Children’s Librarians put together a list of their favorite books published in 2014. You can check the list here.

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Library closing due to snow

Due to the inclement weather, the library is closing today at 5 pm. We’re open tomorrow from 1 pm to 9 pm.

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Good Day for Soup!

Since it’s so cold outside, we decided to make soup at Family Storytime!

First we read some stories:

Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
The Wolf's Chicken Stew

and
Soup for One by Ethan Long

and we made Stone Soup on the flannelboard:

then we made our own soup:

      

    

You can see all of the pictures here.

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Lost & Found

Books about things lost and things found.

Today was all about things that are lost… and found!

We started with Knuffle Bunny, a story about a little girl and her lost stuffed bunny, and we ended with a bear who finds a little stuffed bunny. Why do so many bunnies go missing in children’s books? In between, the kids all had a great time trying to find a tiny ladybug.

The kids (and their grown-ups) loved the hidden picture activity at the end of storytime. They did a great job finding all the hidden pictures–and it wasn’t easy!

A little help from a friend.

Just a little help from Mom.

To see all the photos, click here.

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

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