Because I'm slightly insane, I volunteered to be in charge of our first every story time. In a way, I'm extremely out of my element leading story time. After all, I'm a high school math teacher. But, I've been volunteering with kids at my church since junior high. I teach Sunday school, children's church, volunteer at church camp, and direct VBS. So, I'm no stranger to working with kids. I've just never worked with them in a library setting.
My sister volunteers with a mentoring program at an elementary school. One of the activities they did was to read If You Give a Pig a Pancake and make paper plate pigs. Feeling uninspired, I decided to steal this idea and use it for our inaugural story time.
Since the library already had the book, all I needed to buy was some super cheap paper plates. The more expensive plates have a grease coating on them that keeps the crayons and markers from writing well on them. Cheap paper plates are the way to go for this activity! I will also be able to use these to make Paper Plate Unit Circles in Trig this year!
|My Paper Plate Pig, Bessie|
|Story Time Crafting Supplies|
I think most of the kids had already read or heard the story, but they still listened attentively. The majority of our time was spent making our own pigs. The kids were so creative when it came to making their own pigs. Some of the adults were a little stressed that the pigs were not all pink, but I enjoyed watching their minds at work! For example, I would have never thought of making a hat for my pig to wear!
I took a package of feathers to use for decorating even though my sister insisted that pigs did NOT have feathers. I think the feathers added a lovely touch to the pigs.
We ended up having 11 children for story time. I think this was a great turnout for our first time.
Of course, I had to take pictures of the most adorable creations:
|"Puss In Boots"|
|A Blue Pig|
|Another Blue Pig|
|A More Abstract Pig|
|Pig With Heart Cheeks|
Eventually, he was able to finish his pig with the help of his mother. He insisted that he wanted his pig to have a Cat In The Hat hat. But, he ended up with more of an Abraham Lincoln hat. The yellow feather covered his pig's ear, and he was in tears at one point because he thought his pig only had one ear.
|Abraham Lincoln Pig|
|Pig with Small Wiggly Eyes|
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