Mind of a Craft Program Planner
We’re planning fall programs during this very busy summer!
Here’s a look at program planning, from inside my head, mine – I can’t speak for anyone else.
- First, set a date and decide who the program will be for. This one will be on a Wednesday at 10:00, so I’ll plan for toddlers and preschoolers, mostly, but there will likely be a wide age range of kids who attend with their grownups. So, not too hard but not babyish.
- Next, pick a book. Turtle Time by Sandol Stoddard is a picture book I like, a good readaloud for a group, about a girl who learns to slow down because her ideas of how to play with a turtle make her turtle retreat. It’s a bedtime story, but mostly about slowing down, so that’s okay.
- Find a project. I found this idea on Pinterest a while ago and put it on my board of ideas for 2018. It looks like the rare project that I want to do pretty much as suggested. Although there’s no way glitter will be involved! (There will be glitter on these crowns – just a bit! Glitter lingers in the Children’s Room forever.)
- Make a sample turtle , so I can put a picture in the event calendar. Here’s where I have to slow down a bit myself, and try to picture how this will work best with the age group. I decide to use goofy eye stickers instead of googly eyes because the tissue paper gluing will already take a bit of time for the kids. My first try is a small light paper plate, but it’s hard to glue on, even on the uncoated back, because the plate keeps smashing down. A strong paper plate is much better, and with the rim cut off, it looks more like a turtle shell.
- Take a photo with a neutral background, then email the turtle photo to myself.
- Upload the picture to the library web site to get a URL so I can use the picture. The goofy eye sticker still looks odd. Oh, it’s upside down? If the eyes are right-side up, the glasses are upside down. Huh. That’s goofy, all right, but looks better with the eye part right.
- Take another picture with the eyes turned over, this time on the green lid of a bin. Email and upload again.
- Add the program on e*vents with the photo.
- Since the supplies are out to make the sample, set aside the sample, some goofy eye stickers, paper plates, the pattern for the head/legs/tail, and tissue squares into a bin and put it on top of the desk to wait for October. See you then…