What happens next?

Choose an activity from the menu below. Click on a heading, read the session description, see what themes are covered, how long it lasts and how many people can take part. Not for you? Choose another.

Once you’ve chosen your activity please email: dinah.wylde@kirklees.gov.uk and the librarian team will spring into action!

If you don’t see anything you feel that is suitable for your group or setting then please get in touch. We’re always happy to discuss story ideas and other possible activities.

Community Picnic

Community Picnic

Description:

Children create their own ‘perfect picnic’ from a large selection of food including healthy options & treats. These will be print outs on card for the children to cut out and colour. Each child could have their own ‘tablecloth’ or it could be a group effort.

Conclude by reading ‘Sam’s Sandwich’ and if possible share some healthy snacks.

Themes covered: Healthy eating, community, sharing, co-operating, team work.

Age range: 4 – 10 year olds

Maximum number: Tbc – depends upon venue

Length of session: 45 – 60 minutes

Resources required: Card, scissors, crayons, felt tips, glue sticks, snacks, hand gel, anti-bac wipes & hand wipes.

Materials we provide: See above.

Location: Library or Outdoors (depending on the weather)

 

 

Draw A Story

Draw a Story

Description:

Drawing Graphic pages novel pack – To include: Page templates, Graphic novel template pages, Starter prompts – Pictures/words/sentences, Pencil and felt tip, Rubber, pencil sharpener

Themes: Creativity, Hear your voice, Different ways of creating stories instead of just writing, Literacy, *to still be added to*

Age range: 8 – 12

Maximum number: 8

Length of session: 60 minutes

Resources required: See above plus selection of age appropriate graphic novels to look at

Materials we provide: Pencil, Pen, pencil sharpener, rubber, A4 graphic novel template sheets, Brown paper bag

Locations: Library or Outdoors (depending on the weather)

Little Clouds

Little Clouds – LC

Description:

We will read the book The Cloud by Eric Carle.

Children will then talk about clouds, maybe look up at the clouds and describe what shapes they can see, how the clouds move, change shape etc (or look at some pictures of clouds).

Talk about what clouds are made from and what they do.

Children will then make their own interesting cloud shapes e.g. animal, house, tree, person etc using white crayons and cotton wool.

Themes covered: Science, shapes, art/craft, imagination.

Age range: 4 – 8 year old

Maximum number: 15

Length of session: 60 minutes

Resources required: The Cloud by Eric Carle, Turquoise blue paper, Cotton wool roll, White pencils/crayons, Glue, Sellotape, Scissors

Materials we provide: See above

Locations: Library or Outdoors (depending on the weather)

 

Make A Flag

Make a Flag

Description: Design and make your own flag.

Themes: Identity, Community, Creativity, Imaginative storytelling.

Age range: 8 – 11 year old

Maximum number: 8

Length of session: 60 minutes

Resources required: Printed flag template, Pencil, Pen, Felt tips, Pencil sharpener, Rubber, Straws, Sellotape, Flag making books

Materials we provide: See above

Locations: Library or Outdoors (depending on the weather)

Pick A Winner

Pick a winner – FS

Description:

Look at the illustrated books shortlisted for the Greenaway medal and choose a favourite.

All attendees can appraise the books individually before sharing their thoughts with the rest of the group – perhaps ‘Dragon’s Den’ style.

They can choose a personal favourite and then through collaboration attempt to ‘pick a winner’.

 

Themes covered:Visual literacy, reading, discussion/debate, collaboration.

Age range: 8 – 13 year old.

Maximum number: 8

Length of session: 60 minutes

Resources required: Shortlisted books

Materials we provide: See above

Locations: Library or Outdoors (depending on the weather)

'Poet-Tree' Plates

‘Poet-Tree’ Plates – NB

Description:

Children can create their own piece of creative writing by thinking of a poem, and writing it down on a paper plate, with a leaf shape stencil on it.  These can then be cut out and hung outside on a tree.  Creating a lovely ‘poet-tree.’

Environmental themes could be used with this, with books and resources from the library to be used alongside the craft.  ‘Green-themed’ poems can be read out to the children to give them ideas for their own poems.

The leaves can be various colours and textures, with coloured pencils, etc to use to colour in the leaves.

 

Themes covered: Creative Writing, Environmental themes, Bibliotherapy -Health & Well-being, Art & Design.

Age range: 7 – 11 year old

Maximum number: 15

Length of session: 45 minutes

Resources required: Paper Plates, Scissors, String, coloured pencils, felt-tips, paints, some ‘Green’ themed books from the library.

Materials we provide: See above.

Locations: Library or Outdoors (depending on the weather)

Spirit Animals

Spirit Animals activity – TH

Description:

Starter: Activity where children move to different places in the room corresponding to different animal pairs, eg Would you rather snakes or spiders? Polar bears or panda bears?

Introduction: Discussion of animals associated with human characteristics, eg sly fox, timid mouse.

Discussion of animals in books with human characteristics/spirit animals in books.

Read an age-appropriate extract (could be The Bird Within Me by Sara Lundberg or from His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman)

Development: What animal would be your spirit animal? Why? What characteristics reflect your personality/strengths? What would it look like? Use air drying clay to model their spirit animals.

Conclusion: Show and tell (animals book display) Which animal themed book would they like to read and why?

Themes covered: Books, Animals, Strengths in their personalities, Art

Age range: 8 – 13 years

Maximum number: 30

Length of session: 60 – 90 minutes

Resources required:Working with air drying clay so potential to get messy. Plastic tablecloths for tables indoors or to use like picnic blankets to work on if outside would be good. Paper and pens/pencils useful.

Materials we provide: Books, Air drying clay

Locations: Library or Outdoors (depending on the weather)

Spy-brarian: Solve the puzzle of the missing books

Spybrarian – Solve the puzzle of the missing books

Description:

Read a chosen chapter of Spybrarian by Jon Mayhew.
Discussion – Do you know any other fictional spies? What qualities are needed to be a good spy? Have you read any other spy/detective books?
Show some examples that can be borrowed from libraries

Missing books from the library
Printable decoder activity- children can make a decoder each
Split into small groups of two’s and three’s. Using the code breaker work out which book titles have been stolen from the library.
The first group to finish are the winners. All receive a Spy Certificate.

Finger print activity:
Learn about fingerprints – children make their own spy finger print cards.
Facts about fingerprints true or false quiz.
Detective Science: Fingerprinting – Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls (frugalfun4boys.com)

Signpost children to LAL- Spybrabrian and Twitch

 

Themes covered: Science, Reluctant readers, Storytelling, Team building, Problem solving, Literacy

Age range: 7 – 10 year old

Maximum number: 10

Length of session: 60 minutes

Resources required: Magnifying glasses, Pencils, Index cards, Scotch tape, Printable decoder.

Materials we provide: See above

Locations: Library or Outdoors (depending on the weather)

Story Cubes

Story Cubes

Description:

  • Demonstration of how Storycubes work, listen to an example and learn the different ways to use them (eg, roll one at a time and add them into the story in the order they come, or roll them all at once and arrange them to make a story).
  • Sit in a circle and create a big group story with each child rolling one cube and using the picture on top to add to the story.
  • In smaller groups round tables, give each group a pack of cubes and take it in turns for each person to roll the cubes and note which ones they have.
  • Everyone writes a story based around the images on their cubes.
  • There is the option to work individually, in pairs or in small groups.
  • Stories can be illustrated if time allows/people want to.
  • Come back to the circle and share the stories (if people want).

Possible extension exercise:

  • Make a book…fold 2 sheets of paper into a simple book and write their story in there…(e.g. one cube per page and include either a greater depth story or a mixture of story and illustrations on each page.) Participants might like to create a comic.
  • Design and colour a front cover.

Variation: Create the story in pictorial form for younger children/non English speakers.

 

Themes covered: Writing, storytelling, interpreting images, book making, illustration

Age range: 5 – 8 (or 4 if they’ve just finished Reception) or 9 – 13 years.

Maximum number: 30

Length of session: 60 – 90 minutes

Resources required: A4 paper, pencils, rubber and pencil sharpeners and 1 or 2 staplers (to be used by grown-ups). Optional: pencils crayons, pens, crayons.

Materials we provide: Story Cubes

Locations: Library or Outdoors (depending on the weather)

Swashbuckling Adventures

Swashbuckling AdventuresLC

Description:

Read “Captain Sparklebeard” – talk about what qualities a good pirate might have e.g bravery, courage, adventurous. Each child can then think about an adventure they would go on as a pirate and have a go at drawing a map of their adventure including interesting points along the journey such as “crocodile river” or “treasure buried here” After this (as an extension exercise) children could then write a passage from a journal of their adventure as a pirate.

 

Themes covered: Pirates, history, adventure, storytelling, imagination, map drawing, creating characters, creative writing

Age range: 6 – 10 years

Maximum number: 15

Length of session: 60 minutes

Resources required: Coloured pens and pencils, A3 parchment paper for maps, ribbon to make maps into scrolls, A4 paper.

Materials we provide: See above.

Locations: Library or Outdoors (depending on the weather)