Children's & Parents' Services Department eNews
Week of June 5, 2020
With the Children's and Parents' Services Department
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Keep an eye on our library web program calendar for upcoming virtual programs. Click HERE to view.
Upcoming Programs
Kahoot Challenge!
Friday, June 5 until Sunday, June 7, 9:00pm
Test your knowledge of this week's trivia for kids and see how you rank.

Try it out HERE
Crafts & Activities
Try making this easy recipe found in the book, Good Housekeeping, KIDS COOK! by Good Housekeeping.

You can download the book HERE or on the Libby app.
Breakfast Foods - Round 2!

Last week we learned how to make our own pancakes!! Well this week we are going to learn how to make our own waffles! The thing I love about waffles is that unlike pancakes they get crunchy on the outside. My favorite thing to do is decorate my waffles with pretty strawberries and some delicious whipped cream! What do you like on your waffles? Maybe some chocolate chips, bananas, or even walnuts! Let’s get creative!!! -Miss Casey 
Th e ULTIMATE Waffles (Makes 8 servings)

Total Time: 20-30 minutes

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of old-fashioned uncooked oats
  • 1-1/2 cups of buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Let's Get Started!
  1. In a medium bowl combine oats and buttermilk, let soak for 20 min
  2. Heat your waffle maker!
  3. Combine all ingredients into one bowl including oats and buttermilk.
  4. Pour on your batter and wait until ready
  5. Once out of the waffle maker, serve with your choice of toppings! I like strawberries and whipped cream and ENJOY!!

Make enough for the whole family to enjoy.

Are you missing our cooking classes with Chef Rob? Check out our Facebook page for his newest cooking demonstrations and recipes and you can bring him right into your own kitchen.

No registration necessary!
Here’s a great way to get the kids moving and burning up energy! Now that the weather is warming up, grab the kids along with your favorite device, head outdoors and let the fun begin. Most of the resources are free and appeal to all age groups.

BeachBody : Beachbody is offering free kids workouts!
Cosmic Kids : Yoga for Kids
Fitness Blenders : Free 25-minute fitness videos for kids
Fluency & Fitness : Helping students exercise their brains and bodies. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Group Hiit : Short, fun workouts to burn energy and increase strength.
GoNoodle : Movement and mindfulness videos
Just Dance : Short Dance Videos from Just Dance
Kidz Bop : Dance along videos for kids.
Little Twister Yoga : Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans
'The Empathy Song'. Please share and watch this video with your children. It's a song that asks the listeners to put themselves in other kids' shoes to help promote empathy and compassion for others.  

Watch HERE
Soap Foam Sensory Play

Note: This recipe requires a hand mixer

It was warm and sunny this weekend, so we took out our kiddie pool for our son to play in. He asked to add bubbles and then I thought of this recipe. This is something you could do in a kiddie pool or the bathtub or if you don’t want to make that much of a mess, you could just put it in a clean empty bin or bowl.

I’m going to give you a recipe that makes one large mixing bowl worth. If you are using a kiddie pool or bathtub than increase the amount of baby wash, water and flour. There is no set amount, just increase those ingredients until you get the consistency you want of soap foam. You make the recipe, then pour it into the bathtub, kiddie pool or whatever container you’ve decided on.

This is a very easy recipe:
  • 1/4 cup tear free baby wash
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • Food coloring (optional)
*If you want colors, just keep in mind that you have to do the above recipe for each separate color.*
Also you don’t have to use the flour, your soap foam just won’t be as thick without it. If you do use the flour and decide to try the foam in the bathtub, just cover your drain and scoop out the foam and dispose of it in the trash so you don’t clog the drain with the flour.

Here is how you make it:
  1. Add the baby wash/ soap, water, flour, and the optional drops of food coloring (add more or less drops depending on how intense you want the color) to the large mixing bowl
  2. Put the hand mixer over the mixing bowl and start it on medium and then go to the high setting until you see little peaks start to form in the soap foam.

*This recipe works best within the first 10 minutes you make it but will still be fun to play with once it starts to fizz out.* Have fun!! Miss Tara R.
Miss Kathy fans, make sure to watch our Facebook page Friday mornings for her weekly baby and toddler programs. Babies and Toddlers class starts at 10:00 a.m. and class for 2-3-year olds starts at 10:30 a.m. No registration necessary!
Hmm...what else can we do with things we probably already have at home? How about practicing small motor skills, visual discrimination, and left/right recognition with your preschooler, using nuts and bolts?  (I don’t know about you, but I could open a hardware store with the nut & bolt remains from so many home projects over the years...and I’d love to have someone match them up for me! - Miss Debbie D.)

Putting out an assortment of larger nuts and bolts for your child, make sure he/she understands how to match them up and put them together. Here is a good opportunity to teach the expression “Righty-Tighty, Lefty-Loosey”. Have your child practice and experiment with how that phrase is true. Remember, it’s not the hand you’re using, it’s the direction you turn something to make it tighter or looser, just like with a jar lid.

This could keep someone busy for a good long time...!
Fairy tales always have happy endings. But first there must be a challenge, something to test the main character. Cinderella lives with awful stepsisters until she meets her prince. The three little pigs finally outwit the big bad wolf. Whether in an anthology (above) or individual fairy tale (below), follow these adventures while helping your child’s imagination grow.

Available on the Libby app and Overdrive HERE
For older fairy tale fans there are chapter books series (below) that deliver these classic tales with exciting twists: Fairy Tale Reform School (Jen Calonita), The Land of Stories (Chris Colfer), Liesl Shurtliff’s Fairy Tales , The Sisters Grimm (Michael Buckley), Ever After High (Shannon Hale) Fairy Tale Comics , Whatever After (Sarah Mlynoski), A Tale Dark and Grimm (Adam Gidwitz), Fairy Tale Matchmaker (E.D. Baker), Grimmtastic Girls (Joan Holub) and The Ever Afters (Shelby Bach).

All are available on the Libby app and Overdrive  HERE . Search by title, series title or author.
Backyard Safari

Fun Fact: Did you know that you can tell how a Blue Jay is feeling by the crest of feathers on its head?

It’s Blue Jay Week in the Nature Corner. Check out our second in depth Backyard Safari Spotter’s Guide on the MMS Community Library Facebook page to learn all about our colorful, feathered friends. We’ll be giving everything you want to know, including where to spot them, what to look for, and plenty more fun facts!   
Virtual Adventure

Our National Parks are a natural treasure many of us never get a chance to experience, quarantine or no. Why not use some of your indoor time to visit some of these majestic places? The National Park Foundation, the charitable partner of our National Parks Service, offers virtual tours of many parks across the nation for you to freely enjoy from the comfort of your home. Check it out!
At Home Learning

Celebrate the recent launch of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft with some space-themed science education! NASA has its own STEM themed website for educators, parents, and children who want to learn all about space. Visit the NASA STEM Engagement website and see for yourself. They have experiments, activities, and games for students of all grade levels. Print and color in a picture of a space suited astronaut, craft a moon-phase calendar, or build your own rocket!
Kids Gardening

Make your own plant person and watch it grow.

Click HERE for the activity.
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