Every Child is an Artist!
There’s an art wall by the project table in the Children’s Room, where kids can always find supplies to sit down and make something creative. They can take their projects home, leave them to display, or make two, one to take and one to display.
The projects that go on the table are great for tactile learners and creative kids. They all support one of more of the five practices of the Every Child Ready to Read Initiative of the American Library Association.
The leaf project was to decorate a paper leaf with colorful paper bits. It’s amazing how different they were from each other! It tied in with the Writing aspect of the initiative. Picking up the mosaic bits and working with a glue stick helps develop the fine motor skills needed to write, and reading and writing go hand in hand.
There’s a lot to do in the Children’s Room these days. When kids visit the library they can CREATE
(project table,) DO
(crawl through the giant caterpillar, play a board game,) READ
(book, magazine,) PLAY WITH
(train table, computers,) LISTEN TO
(snuggle up with together on a cozy couch,) or ATTEND
something (a library program- see what there is for your child!).