Sometimes something special happens and what I share here on Jbrary inspires people to try new things. A few months ago I shared the amazing work of libraries who created displays, scavenger hunts, and contests around the book The Day the Crayons Quit. Awhile later I heard from Sarah Viviani, a youth services librarian in central Florida, who took those ideas and ran with it! Here is how she created a virtual event for families that included a crayon-making activity and science experiments. Firstly, she created her own set of giant crayons. I would pay money for these!
Prep the Grab-and-Go Bags
This program was open to families with children ages 3-7. When families registered for the program they received a bag with the following instructions. Here is the hat template and crayon word search.
Step 1: Tell the Story
If you have the e-book version you can share your screen for clean and crisp images. Alternatively if you’ve made the crayons you can hold up each one and read their letters, like a dramatized version of the story. Here is Sarah’s adorable set.
Step 2: Science Experiments
You can choose any experiments you want! Demo these for the families and talk about the science behind it. Here are some examples:
Watch this video of Sarah testing the rainbow paper towel art.
Step 3: Make Crayons
Using the supplies from the grab-and-go bags, lead participants in making their own crayon. They will need to have a black marker, scissors, and something to poke holes in the paper available at home.
Step 4: Continue to Play
Encourage families to continue to play with their crayons by building dioramas of what they believe their crayon would do during retirement. Sarah made one as an example to promote the program. Families can bring these into the library as part of a display or contest. They won’t finish them during the program – this is more of an at-home extension activity.
And here’s one that a family submitted after the program. Cuteness overload.
A huge thank you to Sarah for sharing this colourful virtual program idea. I think it would work just as well in-person. Have any questions for Sarah? Be sure to leave a comment!