Design Your Own Giant Book Shapes

24 05 2011

Okay, so… I have a pack of these “Design Your Own Giant Book Shapes” that I purchased from Oriental Trading Company to use for our summer reading program. I thought it would be fun to color these in and then stick the business-card sized sign up slips summer reading club participants are filling out on the front for fun displays.

Trouble is… these bad boys are 28″ by 22″. Artsy people of the world… what would you recommend to color these (they’re your basic white cardboard right now). I’d like something quick and easy (so recommending colored pencils is not going to win you a gold star).

I don’t necessarily want to just slap a bunch of poster paint on them… I’d like to be able to see the lines defining the book without having to be real fussy about it, if that makes sense.

Anyone?





It’s a Girl!

7 05 2010

So… who freaked out and frantically clicked through when they read the title? Come on… you can admit it. LOL.

I’d like you to meet… LA Baby.┬áSo what’s the story? In Ames, we looked high and low to find Anastasia a realistic looking and feeling baby that didn’t have a computer inside. We use LA Baby in our baby storytimes to demonstrate what the caregivers can be doing to connect with their own real-life babies. Some librarians use a teddy bear or a puppet to demonstrate on, which is fine, but it was very neat to see how the babies connected with LA Baby. There was one boy once who kept crawling over and touching LA Baby and looking at the face. The library I am at now has done a few baby storytimes each year in partnership with the local ECFE, but I’d like to try to get a regular group going. I ordered a LA Baby of my very own so I can practice, practice, practice. I have oodles of plans at my fingertips, so I have plenty of material to work with, I just need to channel my best Anastasia to present it as well as she does!

LA Baby is clearly a girl at the moment, but I think she needs some gender neutral clothing and a gender neutral name.

I found the doll on this site called Annie’s Attic. The doll smells like it came out of a potpourri factory, so I’m hoping I can air it out this weekend. Happy Mother’s Day to all the real moms out there!