Paper Plate Flowers (Preschool, Kindergarten)

Paper Plate Flowers (Preschool, Kindergarten)

Last Monday, we hosted our first Arts and Crafts in the Park of the year.  I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of numbers, so I wanted a craft that could easily accommodate whoever came our way.  The winner?  Paper plate flowers! This craft was originally geared towards preschool and kindergarten, but we had kids of all ages wanting to give it a try during our Arts and Crafts at the park program.  It's a nice one, because you can make it as simple or complex as you like. Ready to get … [Read more...]

Preschool Story Time Round-Up

Preschool Story Time Round-Up

For the past few years, we've been spending Monday mornings at a local park, reading stories and doing simple crafts with kids.  This year, we're trying something a little different.  We'll be focusing on art projects and structuring the program as more of an open house so parents can come and go as their schedule allows.  I'll be posting soon about our art projects of choice, but I thought I'd salute the past by doing a round-up of last year's books and projects in case you're looking for some … [Read more...]

Art Show Extraordinaire

Art Show Extraordinaire

We have wrapped up the Story Time and Art in the Park program a bit early this year due to a new little one in our family.  This year, we concluded the park programs with an amazing art show, curated by our amazing outreach director.  Throughout the summer, we allowed kids to submit work for the art show and then invited them to an art show at the end of July.  Check out the results! Anne took the time to "frame" all the pictures and put up a description next to each set. String Art, … [Read more...]

Story Time Prayer Board

Story Time Prayer Board

This summer, we once again held our annual Story Time in the Park program, but we also added an "Art in the Park" component for the older kids (you can read more about the changes and reasoning in this post).   Since it was going to be a shorter season for us, we decided to not recruit volunteers from our church (we were hoping to pull the story time attendees into getting a bit more involved) to serve in the park, but rather to serve through prayer. We put up a "Join us in Prayer" board … [Read more...]

Story Time in the Park: Dinosaurs

Story Time in the Park: Dinosaurs

Things have wrapped up early this summer for our Story Time in the Park program (due to a new baby arriving any day).  We finished our last session this week and I wanted to try to share as much as I could before signing off for a bit. Dinosaur Preschool Story Time We had been trying a new format to try to get kids and parents a little more involved and hands-on during story time, but it turns out it's a little hard to engage 10+ preschoolers in a brand new activity at once.  So, instead, … [Read more...]

Preschool Story Time: Cats

Preschool Story Time: Cats

Well, the weather finally turned nicer here in Pennsylvania and we've been enjoying our weekly story time in the park!  Last week, we learned all about cats and dogs. We didn't get to all the activities I had planned, but here is what was on the schedule for the day! Opening Activity: Bring stuffed cats and dogs for kids to play with while we wait for everyone to arrive.  Talk about pets they have at home. Welcome Songs A,B,C Hello Song If you’re wearing red today… (Mary had a little … [Read more...]