Junior Explorers: ages 5-8
Click on History of Easter Eggs for Kids to watch a video.
Click here for a less common way to dye Easter eggs with things you probably already have at home, like uncooked rice, food coloring, and clear plastic cups OR baggies.
For Lego patterns for Easter egg designs, try this link.
This link will give instructions for a pasta Easter egg craft.
Choose from these links for free printable coloring pages from Crayola:
ARE RABBITS AND HARES DIFFERENT?
Click this video link to learn about how rabbits and hares differ from each other.
This link will take you to an easy paper-plate bunny craft. (Remember to scroll down.)
Click here for a printable, realistic coloring page of a rabbit. (More printables available by scrolling down.)
Is Bugs Bunny a Rabbit or a Hare? This video link will help you decide.
APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
During April our library is having a Poetry Competition. You can enter your poem and maybe win a Amazon gift card. To help you get started, check out these cool pages.
To watch a child-oriented introduction to poetry, click here.
Listen to some fun poetry:
- “Sick” by Shel Silverstein
- “Once, I Laughed My Socks Off” by Steve Attewell
- "7 Little Limericks" for kids (poems and pictures by kids)
For two creative, fun poem-writing activities, click here:
Handprint poem activity: Trace around your hand; write "all about me" in the palm; write five words that describe yourself in the fingers. First poem for children that is all about them!
Sensory poem: Think of a subject and then describe it with see, feel, hear, smell, and taste words. Click here for a worksheet WITH a picture box OR here for a worksheet WITHOUT a picture box. (Must scroll past examples to find printable worksheet.)
This link explains what a limerick is: Limerick Poems for Kids.
RAIN, RAIN, RAIN
Click this link to learn about the water cycle.
"Rain", a poem by Shel Silverstein, can be found with this link.
To listen to The Rainy Day, a book by Anna Milbourne and Sarah Gill, click this link.
One Rainy Day is a book by M. Christina Butler about a hedgehog in the rain. To have it read aloud, click here.
The Rain Came Down, by David Shannon, can be heard by clicking here.
This less on helps meet State Core Standards
1st Grade, 2
2nd Grade, 4
3rd Grade, 5.1
4th Grade, 2
WHAT & HOW DO BIRDS EAT?
Click here to watch and learn what birds eat?
This link will show you how to make a homemade bird feeder with items you probably already have at home.
To make a bird feeder using Legos, click on this link for an idea.
WHY DO BIRDS SING?
Click this video link to learn about bird songs.
This link will take you to free printable coloring pages of many different kinds of birds.
For some interesting facts about birds, click here.
Outdoor activity idea: Go on a walk around your neighborhood or a park with your family. Count how many birds you see. Highland Glen Park is a great place close by to see lots of birds and enjoy being outside.
WHO IS ST. PATRICK?
Watch a video clip about the history of who St. Patrick was and why he is celebrated on March 17 every year. (Parents, this link takes you to YouTube. Be prepared for ads.)
Click here to explore some interesting facts about clovers (called Shamrocks in Ireland) and to try a lucky science experiment of your own, just like the guys in the video clip. (Parents, this link takes you to YouTube. Be prepared for ads.)
Click on this link for a craft idea. Look at how much a cross-cut green pepper looks like the shape of a clover. (Scroll down after clicking on link.)
Click on this Lego creation link for a project challenge that any leprechaun would find fun.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT IRELAND?
Click on this link to learn a traditional Irish dance step and see some Irish dancing.
Click here to learn how to speak with an Irish accent.
Have there ever been snakes in Ireland? Click to find out.
Why is green such a popular color in Ireland?
Here is an easy shamrock craft. If you don’t have any green paint, green food coloring would probably work also, and then you could eat it.