Hello, friends! There’s something about being fully vaccinated that has me returning to my old loves. (Well, vaccines and dust bunnies but we’ll get to that in a moment.) Like Katie, I want to get into a semi-regular blogging routine again. Writing pushes me to reflect and connect, two things I need now more than ever.
So here’s where I’ll start: The idea so exciting I danced around the room in a moment of pure joy.
A little background first. This summer I’m doing a few Zoom programs for kids as part of my library’s Summer Reading Club. One program is called Story Sleuths and it’s aimed at kids in grades K – 3. In truth, I was dreading planning this program. Was there a creative bone left in my body after months and months of Zoom training? Could I plan an engaging virtual experience for kids that encouraged interactivity, supported literacy, AND showcased the awesome books we have at the library? Oh thee of little faith!
I settled on reading a surefire hit, Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman, and I knew I wanted rhyming to be the loose theme. Then I remembered one of my all-time favourite storytime books: Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas. Hmmm, I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to do something different than read the book? Wait, I pondered, doesn’t this book have an easy-to-remember plot and odd-shaped characters who would be theoretically easy to replicate? Hmmm, I ruminated, wouldn’t it be possible to make this book into a puppet show??!!
Miss Alison to the rescue! I can never thank all the youth services bloggers of yore for the treasure trove their blogs still contain. I knew in that moment I could create an epic virtual puppet show.
The next day yarn scraps were strewn across the floor. Hot glue threads stuck to my computer mouse. Coloured pencils were dumped unceremoniously on the table. I was in the zone.
And here are my beautiful bun-buns: Ed, Ned, Ted, and Bob. Bob had an unfortunate run-in with orange hair dye. At least that’s what I’m telling the kids. I used chopsticks instead of feet so I can hold them up easily. Everything else follows Alison’s instructions. They are the perfect size for a computer screen and can be clipped together at the bottom for easier maneuvering.
For the puppet show I had a colleague help me out. We grabbed a broom handle and a vacuum attachment as props. I wrote a script that includes a narrator who interacts with the kids and asks them to help with the rhymes. It was the most fun I’ve had in a long, long time.
And that is the story of how the Rhyming Dust Bunnies inspired me to blog again.
What’s new in your corner of the world? What types of blog posts would you like to read? I’m pretty much in a constant state of wanting human interaction so I would be extra pleased if you left a comment today. Thank you for reading, now and always.