The Kent District Library is here to provide you and your child with the skills needed to succeed in school and in life. KDL's Early Lit Bits newsletter is full of FUN and simple activities that will help foster that growth. For more information regarding the skills your child needs before he or she learns to read, visit the Play-Grow-Read section of the KDL website. You can also stop by any KDL branch in order to speak with one of our helpful youth librarians. We hope to see you soon!
|Learning with Crafts|
Spring is a good time to talk about our planet and to do an earth friendly craft related to the April 22 holiday Earth Day. These simple and easy to make finger or hand puppets can be made by reusing old or mismatched mittens or gloves and other scrap materials.
What you need: old gloves or mittens, scraps of yarn, felt, fabric, buttons, beads, stickers, etc, glue, scissors, needle and thread. Start by cutting off one finger of a glove and then stitch or glue up the loose end to prevent unraveling. Decide what puppet you want to create and decorate it by sewing or gluing the pieces on to make parts like eyes, a mouth, hair or whatever you need for your character. Now you have a puppet that can be used to retell favorite stories or make up your own, which both help develop narrative skills.
Job Site by Nathan Clement
Nathan Clement, a graphic artist, gives us a superb book about big and heavy machines. From a bulldozer to an excavator to a compactor, all of the machines work together to complete one project...a park! The crisp illustrations make the machines the major focus with both close-ups and shots from further away. The minimal text makes this a great choice for young children. Boys and girls who enjoy construction sites will love to recognize their favorite big machines. Books with interesting words and pictures are a great way to encourage a child's growing vocabulary. Vocabulary is one of the six skills that promote early literacy.
If you are interested in introducing the traditional style of Reggae music to your children, try checking out the Disney Reggae Club CD. It features many of today's greatest Reggae artists including UB40 and Ziggy Marley.
The songs are taken from Disney movies such as The Lion King, The Jungle Book and The Little Mermaid so it will be easy to sing along!
Interested in more Reggae music for children? Check the online catalog for more listings and place a hold on your favorite today.