Our guest blogger is Jennifer Regan, the Youth Services Coordinator from Manteno IL a community of 10,000 about 50 miles south of Chicago. SHe shares a program and the planning that would go into it!
Target Age Group:3 – 5 year old and their families
Scheduling Strategy:6:00 – 7:00 pm. Having the program in the evening allows more working parents to attend the program and allows the school-aged children to attend. This time period falls between dinner and bedtime for most of this age group.
Budget:$10.83+ (if you need to order sunglasses and depending on how many)
$1.89 Quart of Pineapple Juice
$1.25 Quart of Ginger Ale
$1.69 One Pound of Peanut Butter Cookies
$6.00/dozen Plastic sunglasses (Oriental Trading)
Program Description and Plan
“Meet the Mice!” will be an active program targeting preschool age children and their families. It will be held in the evening and run for one hour. We will introduce families to the wonderful world of Kevin Henkes by sharing a few of his books, singing some songs, and then letting the families explore three different stations. A display of Kevin Henkes books will be available for check-out. Kevin Henkes has a fantastic websitefull of free resources that can be used for this program.
Kids will construct a purse from a sandwich bag and pre-cut purple construction paper and glue dots. A preprinted paper square that states “_______’s Purple Plastic Purse” will allow the kids writing practice to fill-in their name. A staff member will be on hand to give out a pair of plastic sunglasses (we have a number of sunglasses left over from summer reading, so we would not incur this expense) and 3 paper quarters(free clip art) for the completed purse.
Mouse Stick Puppets
From Kevin Henkes website, children will take pre-printed, pre-cut mouse characters, color them and use glue dots to attach them to popsicle sticks. Wemberly, Lilly, Chrysanthemum and Owen are available.
From Kevin Henkes website, “Don’t Cry Over Spilled Punch” and peanut butter cookies (Chester & Wilson’s favorites) will be served.
Print out mouse nametags, type & print songsheets so parents can sing along, purchase supplies for punch and cookies, make punch, set out cookies, print name plates and cut out materials for Lilly’s Purse craft, assemble a sample of purse, print out and cut out mouse shapes, assemble a puppet sample. Room set-up: 3 tables set up around the perimeter of the activity room for stations, leaving plenty of room for storytime and singing.
This program will engage children by:
Listening to stories about issues they may be facing (worried about starting school)
Crafts/practicing skills such as coloring, gluing, and writing their name
Eating snacks and socializing with children of the same age group.