The “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series by Jeff Kinney is still popular with readers grades 3-6, and a program based on the books is sure to be well attended, especially by boys. Here are some ideas adapted from Sarah Mae Harper, of the AC Bilbrew Library in Los Angeles County, which she posted to the PUBYAC listserv. These program ideas celebrate Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, published by Amulet on Nov. 15, 2011. Set during a blizzard, this type of program would be great to hold during Winter/Christmas vacation, when the tweens are likely to come to the library for something to do. You could also adapt some of these ideas if you are promoting the newest Kinney book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, set for release on Nov. 13, 2012. It concerns Greg and his friends planning for the middle school Valentine’s Dance.
Snowball fight with:
This can also be a literacy activity, where you have the kids write a snow or winter related word on each of 3 pieces of paper, which they make into snowballs. Then, you have the snowball fight. After the fight, each kid picks up 3 snowballs and uses their 3 words in a poem or sentence about snow/winter.
1. take a white plastic bag
2. holding the bottom with one handle, squeeze it through a circle made from your other hand’s thumb and forefinger so the bag becomes a thin tube.
3. fold the tube in half, and half again
4. secure the middle with a rubber band
5. cut the edges off
6. poof it up
7. toss it in the air!
Cabin Fever games/activities:
Mad libs (maybe with a passage from the book)
Cabin fever song from Muppet Treasure Island
Jigsaw puzzle (maybe one of the Wimpy Kid ones)
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Unwrap Hershey kisses while wearing bulky gloves
Minute To Win It games
Decorate “lockers” out of craft paper on the wall
Snow shovel race with balloons
Snow clothes race
Ice skating with stocking feet on tiled floors or on wax paper or paper plates on carpet
Bucket of “snow” with “treasures” buried
Igloo out of milk jugs
Snowflake wrapping paper
Turn of the lights and break out the flashlights
Styrofoam peanuts for snow/snow angels
Food and Drinks:
Pretzel log cabins