Moving and Grooving

photo by Miika Silfverberg via flickr

photo by Miika Silfverberg

Not only is music fun to listen to, it’s fun to create! Music helps children develop their listening skills and is an important element of early literacy. So, enjoy some musical activities with your crew.

Freeze Dance

Play some of your family’s favorite tunes, and dance to your heart’s content. Then, when  least expected, yell “freeze!” and stop the music. See what funny positions you all wind up in. How long can you hold them? For some retro fun, play the 1958 tune “The Freeze” by Tony and Joe.

Music Mania!

Bring out a variety of songs with a variety of tempos. Ask your kids to dance accordingly, encouraging them to speed up if the music is fast and take it easy when the beat slows down. Join in the fun, setting an example, for instance slowly sliding during a ballad or doing jumping jacks while a dance song plays. See who can come up with the most interesting move. Continue reading

Every Scientist Needs a Lab Coat

It’s a summer of science at your library, so pull out your safety goggles, test tubes, skeleton models, microscopes, magnifying glasses and other scientific gear. Make lab coats using the following instructions, and create your own mad scientist names.

picture of a lab coatWhat you need:

  • white t-shirt, prewashed
  • cardboard
  • fabric markers
  • yardstick
  • pocket template, copied at whatever size you wish

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Summer Reading 2014

picture of chemistry setGet ready for Summer Reading! You can stop by your library or bookmobile and sign up starting on Monday, June 2. The library’s Summer Reading program is a fun way to stay engaged in reading and learning over the summer, and this year we are celebrating all thing science.

The program is free, and there are versions for all ages, from the youngest babies to kids, teens and even adults.  Find out more about Summer Reading!

Websites We Love: Lego Quest Kids

Lego Quest is a non-competitive, creative building challenge for LEGO loving kids and their families. What started among a few family friends grew like wildfire to include 800 kids in over 20 countries, and you will quickly see why.

Sample Quest: Monochromatic color scheme.

Pick a color, any color, and use only that color of LEGO.

Build anything. The sky is the limit. A structure, a sculpture, functional, non-functional – anything at all, but you can only use one color!

Now see what kids around the world created. Continue reading

MU ParentLink Spring Tiger Family Fest

Tiger Family Fest logoMark your calendar for the MU ParentLink Spring Tiger Family Fest on April 26, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event has free activities for your family including a bounce house, face painting and more. You can even visit Bookmobile, Jr. while you are there!

Event location and parking is at ParentLink, 4800 Santana Circle in Columbia.