Our Community Reads @ The Apple Shed 

We had an excellent Our Community Reads program at The Apple Shed. What a great event, and it was a beautiful day for an outdoor event.  Here are some photos!

Miss Caitlin reading some veggie-themed stories to the group


The Apple Shed provided such a cool craft! Flowers made with vegetable stamps!

…casually hangin’ out in the corn slide with some books

…we have a winner!

Art Hour, again!

For this Art Hour session, we kept it simple, yet with lots of room for creativity and experimentation. We tested out painting with lots of different tools, including bath poofs, fake flowers, dish scrubbers, dish sponges, paint rollers, and, of course, a variety of actual paintbrushes.

I think I’ve posted about this before, but I’ve been using a lot more open-ended, process-focused art projects than pre-prepared, cookie cutter crafts, and the results have been great! The kids get to be creative, and I get to throw things on the tables and see what they are into. Win-win, if you ask me!

Here are pictures of the different stations:

Kids got to carry their picture from station to station and use the different paints and tools at each to make a unique masterpiece.


Here are a couple of the day’s creations!


Head Start today– Books with mostly white covers…

This week’s Head Start storytime theme was “Books With Mostly White Covers…That Also Happen to be Super Interactive and Fun”, and BOY DID IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE. The books DID indeed have mostly white covers! They WERE super interactive and fun!

Press Here by Herve Tullet- Always super fun and interactive. They all got REALLY into the blowing, and were AMAZED at the changes that took place between each page turn.

Mix it Up by Herve Tullet- While they were all loved and drove the kids wild, the group favorite was Mix it Up. One kid even got it confused with Ellen Stoll Walsh’s Mouse Paint and asked “Does this one got rats in it?!” [insert cry-laughing emoji here]

The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak- This group had heard The Book With No Pictures before, but that didn’t stop them from thinking it was hilarious and asking me to read it “Again, again!” I told them that unfortunately I had to go back to the library and work.. I would have loved to stay and play for the rest of the day though! We finished up with the usual giant group hug, and I went on my way back to the library for more Summer Reading fun!

Art Hour    

We had lots of fun at Art Hour this week! We had a few different stations, with different art supplies to try out! I’ve been trying out more “process art” things lately, and I’ve found that the kids and parents are really running with the open-ended-ness of the art projects. Plus, it’s SO easy for me– All I have to do is cover tables and get out art supplies! Here are some pictures of a few of our stations:

Liquid Watercolor in Spray Bottles


Variety Paintbrushes and Stamps



…featuring these AWESOME Tri-Color Crayola washable markers. These were SUCH a hit!


Cleanup was a doozy, and the carpet may or may not now have liquid watercolor speckles on it, but it was well-worth it! We will be repeating this program two more times over the summer, with different art supplies.