Laugh, Play, Read at the Library

Laugh, Play, Read Literacy Night has begun again. If you haven’t attended a Laugh, Play, Read program at our library, here is a snippet of what you can expect.

Once a month at our Main Library and once a month at a branch location, I set up a couple tables with different literacy-based activities designed to let children have fun playing and exploring while their parents learn ways to replicate them at home. Most of the programs have a make-it-take-it component that allows parents to create a project to take home.

Last night, we did Sensory Explosion at North Branch. Sensory Explosion is one of my favorites because it involves making playdough, playing with puzzle pieces in the colored rice tub, making letters in sand and exploring rough surfaces to draw and write. We made Bubble Dough, an extremely easy to make form of playdough. I used hair conditioner (the brand that costs less than $1), corn starch, and a little olive oil. According to the recipe, shower gel or hand soap will also work in place of conditioner (but it is what I had on hand). The children had so much fun pretending it was a turtle or hat, but they also used playdough mats to practice forming letters and numbers.

The programs are designed for children 3 to 8 years old. Most of the activities we do can be tailored to any of the ages and grade levels within that range.

Keep a lookout for a program nearest you. We will be doing several different themes:

If You Build It: Laugh, play, and learn new ideas for teaching early reading skills to your children by building with blocks and other materials. Make your own literacy games to take home.

Games, Games, Games: Laugh, play, and learn new ideas for teaching early reading skills to your children with homemade and repurposed games. Make your own literacy games to take home.

ABCs 123s: Laugh, play, and learn new ideas for teaching early reading skills to your children. Make your own literacy games to take home.

Storytelling: Laugh, play, and learn new ideas for teaching early reading skills to your children by bringing the pages of favorite stories to life. Make your own literacy games to take home.

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