Thoughts from Fun Van

Train Story and Craft

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Mrs. Amber Shares one of her son’s favorite bedtime stories Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld  (Illustrator).

There are many fun craft ideas that can be paired with a train book. Below are two examples, a shape train and a tape resist train.

Creating a train out of cut out shapes and glue is a fun way to let your child’s imagination grow. Set out a variety of shapes in different sizes and just see where their imagination takes them.

Shape train craft

A tape resist craft can be made by putting down tape or contact paper and coloring over it, making sure the area around the tape is colored or painted. In this example we used Kwik Sticks a great tempura paint stick that is low mess. Then one you have finished covering the page let your kiddo help pull off the tape to reveal your picture (this is a good fine motor activity).

Tape resist train craft

If you do a cookie craft with your children…

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…they will want to read a story with you too!

Ms. Kat reads If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff  and Felicia Bond (Illustrator). Sharing also a cute cookie craft to try with your young children.

Calming Toddlerobics

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Try some calming toddlerobics activities with your little ones. Ms. Ryanne shares some great ideas to help you and your children reduce stress.

Celebrate Diversity

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Mrs Ryanne, Ms Kat, and Mrs Georgia are sharing their favorite books about culture, food and places.

Let’s Chat Some More

Join Ms. Kat, Mrs. Ashley, and Mrs. Ryanne as they chat about books they are reading with their kids, play a game and more

Mirror Craft

Check out this fun mirror craft activity. This is a great craft to pair with books and conversations about self esteem.

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Library Resumes Services

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The Apache Junction Public Library will resume more services on Monday, June 1.

The library, at 1177 N. Idaho Rd., will resume open browsing and checkout of materials inside the building. Holds pick-up and drop-off at the drive-thru window, as well as copying, faxing, scanning, printing and limited computer use, by reservation, will continue.

The library encourages all to follow federal and local guidelines on physical distancing, and washing hands as always. The library will rearrange some furniture to accommodate the guidelines and asks visitors to keep visits as short as possible.

Other programming, including in-person activities, remains suspended and the children’s area, including the computers and the castle, remains remain closed.

For more information, please call the library at (480) 474-8555.

Week 11 Craft

Let’s talk about the rain cycle and do some crafts. Today’s crafts deal with the water cycle. For the first demonstration you will need: a clear glass or plastic container, shaving cream, blue food coloring and water. The second craft/fine motor practice station requires the following supplies: a sheet of blue construction paper, white paper, a crayon, a ruler, a pencil, scissors, blue straws, glue and yarn.