You know what I wish? That one day the stars align and the theme of the B.C. Summer Reading Club matches either the Collaborative Summer Library Program or the iRead Summer Reading Program. You all have some amazing ideas! Today’s post will shine a light on the creative work being done this summer with the iRead program featuring artwork from The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers.
These activities fit perfectly with the theme of “Reading Colors Your World,” but it could totally be used year-round. Crayons are used for writing, and writing is one of the five early literacy practices after all. The rainbow colours would make also make a beautiful addition to a Pride display. Basically, I will be stealing and using this in Vancouver as soon as possible.
I would like to give a special thank you to Ron McCutchan, Head of Youth Services at Princeton Public Library in Illinois and Sophia from the Maplewood Public Library in Missouri. They have graciously shared their designs and activities here for all of us to use.
Book Walk and Scavenger Hunt
At the Princeton Public Library, Ron led his team in creating a word scavenger hunt and book walk around the main shopping district in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce. Along with a page from the book, these adorable crayons hid in store windows while holding up a secret word that families wrote down on their scavenger hunt card. The crayons are now decorating the children’s department post-hunt. What I love about this activity is that you could easily set up the scavenger hunt inside or outside of the library, you can change the secret words to fit a theme, and the crayons can be used as decorations in any display, So many bangs for your buck!
Want to create your own set? Use the following documents to help you along the way:
- Crayon Craft Instructions
- Crayon Wrappers
- Crayon Wrappers Template – if you want to make your own
- Crayon Tip Template
Craft, Photo Contest, and Crayon “Retirement”
Sophia at Maplewood Public Library also took the theme and ran with it. First she made some DIY crayon people and shared the instructions on the library’s social media channels to encourage families to create their own writing buddies. I love instructions with photos – so great for kids!
To increase engagement, the library is also doing a crayon “retirement” event at the end of the summer where you can adopt one of the crayon people. Is this not the cutest thing ever?!! And to top it off they are running a crayon photo contest where families can adopt a crayon or make one of their own and then take pictures of them doing fun and silly things during retirement. I’m obsessed.
Thank you to Ron and Sophia for sharing these ideas! I can’t wait to make some crayons of my own.
As a very random side note, as a child I learned to pronounce crayon as “crown” and have to consciously change my pronunciation every time I say it otherwise I get some very confused looks from kids. Just me?
Will you be making any special displays or scavenger hunts this summer? Any other cool ideas you want to share relating to Summer Reading? Any words of praise for Ron and Sophie? Comments are open and ready 🙂