Thursday Craft Program – Summer Reading Kick-off!

It’s time! Summer Reading has officially started! Our theme this year is “Reading by Design” and I’m doing some great programs this summer to coincide with that theme.

For the first program, I decided to speak directly to the design theme by having kids design their own marble mazes. What fun!

I selected a variety of books on mazes and a couple on marbles, but here are my favorites:

  • Marbles: Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes is a charming early chapter book about a beautiful marble and how guilt can ruin all your joy. I loved the message about honesty in this one.
  • Mazes: Thump, Quack, Moo by Doreen Cronin is a hilarious tale of a corn maze that may or may not turn out exactly as it’s designer had planned. For fans of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, this is a guaranteed winner!

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Our craft was a blast! I had a stack of dishpans that we’d gotten at the dollar store for some reason or another, so all I had to buy was a bag of marbles and some colored straws. Add some scissors, a bottle of glue, a few pipe cleaners, and some permanent markers (if you want to get fancy), and that’s it!

I told the kids there were no rules as to how they created their designs, and they took me seriously. Some were basic and navigable…

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Others…not so much…

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But they were all fun to create, and the kids made up their own rules if they couldn’t exactly be used as mazes. Either way, they were designing something unique and having a great time in the process. I call that a success!

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