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Page history last edited by Jane McManus 12 years, 10 months ago

Libraries are more than books. Some kids need a little direction to get the creative juices flowing. I gleaned  the following from a PUBYAC contributor. If you're a member, check out the archives for 7-2010. Please add  YOUR comments. Your colleagues would appreciate hearing what works, and what didn't!


  • name tag with a silly name (i.e.: Waxy Moonbeam Stephanie) on it (this was just for fun)
  • a door prize entry form.




  • Sponge Juice. This was lemonade we served in SpongeBob Dixie Cups.



  • After completing the Mad Lib, the children can go to various stations.
    • Sponge painting (Purchase some inexpensive sponges, some of which are rectangular and some of which volunteers can cut into other, basic shapes). Children used the sponge shapes and tempera paint and painted on cardstock. 
    • Picture BINGO. We made up BINGO cards with pictures of things you'd find at the beach (bathing suit, beach ball, etc.) and had some small seashells as card markers. When a person had a BINGO, he or she rolled a prize die to determine what he or she won. (Bookmarks, candy, books, and cocktail umbrellas).
    • PIN--the Pants on SpongeBob. We drew and laminated a picture of SpongeBob for this activity. 
    • TOSS--Chum Bucket. This activity didn't last long because our Plankton figurine broke. This activity involved children tossing Plankton and trying to get him to land in a plastic bucket.
    • FLOOR--Jellyfishing. Print and laminate some cartoon-looking jellyfish and put a paper clip on each one. On the back of each fish was written a 1, 2, or 3. The fishing poles were long, narrow wooden dowels with yarn for fishing line and magnets on the ends. Whatever fish the children caught had a designated prize. For example, we had stickers in bin 1, bookmarks in bin 2, and candy in bin 3. So if a person caught a jellyfish with a 1, he or she got a sticker.
    • FLOOR--SpongeBob Twister. I found images of the four main SpongeBob characters (SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Sandy), printed them, laminated them, and put Velcro on the back (so they would stick to our carpet), then laid them out in rows like a Twister board. Ask Twister players to remove their shoes before starting.
    • RELAY--
    • After about an hour of the "breakout" activities, gather everyone together again and we drew for door prizes. 



  • Get adults to help serve snacks and control the games



  • About an hour-and-a-half should be sufficient.

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