New ACL BayNews Posted: The January 2015 BayNews (the newsletter for the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California) is now available on our website: http://www.bayviews.org . You will find ideas for programming, Readalikes for Hero stories, new storytime themes focusing on the 2015 Summer Reading program themes of “Read to the Rhythm” and “Every Hero Has a Story,” and much more.
Winter is a great time for a program based around the film “Frozen,” but the film is so popular you would attract a huge audience even in the summer! Here are some ideas for a “Frozen” crafts and games program:
Icebreaker: Have guests cut out paper snowflakes, and use them as nametags.
Display: Since “Frozen” is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” this is a great opportunity to promote his tales. Display his books, and other fairy tales.
Refreshments: How about snowcones, made with fruit juice? Or, serve frozen juice bars.
Snowball Playdough: Be sure to add white glitter to this recipe to make it look more like snow. http://www.yellowblissroad.com/snowball-playdough-recipe-free-printable-gift-tag/ .
Make Crowns and Reindeer Antler Headbands: http://sisterssuitcaseblog.com/2014/01/frozen-elsa-crown-sven-reindeer-antler.html.
Ice Painting: Mix equal parts Epsom salts and very hot water together. Paint this on black paper and let it dry; you will see ice crystals on the paper, resembling snowflakes!
Marshmallow Olaf: Using marshmallows and toothpicks, make Olaf Snowman snacks. Use pretzel sticks for arms, candy corn for his carrot nose, and raisins for eyes.
Games and Activities:
Pin the Nose on Olaf: Similar to the classic “Pin the Tale on the Donkey,” print out orange noses to pin on Olaf the snowman. See the template here: http://halegrafx.com/printables/free-frozen-pin-the-carrot-on-olaf-the-snowman-printable/.
Snowball Stomp: Using white balloons, blow up balloons just halfway, and tie one to each player’s ankle. Then, yell “Snowball Stomp” and players try to pop the other guest’s balloon, and be the last one with an intact balloon. Be sure to match up children of the same age so younger kids are not ‘stomped’ by older kids.
Shovel the Snow: This is a variation on the “Egg and Spoon” game. Have players transfer cotton balls one at a time from one side of the room to the other. They do this by placing the cotton ball on a spoon and walking quickly to a jar on the other side of the room, putting the cotton ball into the jar. Then they run back to do it again. Play in groups of children the same age, seeing who can transfer the most cotton balls in a set amount of time (two minutes is good). If the ball drops off the spoon, they go back to start again.
Movie Showing: “Frozen” is a natural choice for a Sing-along movie program. Be sure you have a movie license to show the film (www.movlic.com), and use the DVD that shows the lyrics onscreen as captions.
By Penny Peck, San Jose State Univ. iSchool