Fizz Boom Read: Electricity & Light Storytime- PreSchool

Fizz Boom Read: Electricity & Light Storytime- PreSchool

I was really stumped for more ideas for FIZZ BOOM READ for my pre-schoolers.  It seemed as if shapes/numbers/colors were just too simple.  AND THEN IT CAME TO ME (aka I went online and found this awesome starter by Storytime Secrets)

Electricity & Light Storytime Miss Meg's Storytime

Electricty & Light Storytime!

I started off by asking if they knew what electricity is and used a light switch as an example: “what happens when we turn the light switch off?”.  I then handed out glow sticks, turned the lights off, and we watched this video:

Electricity & Light Picture Books

What’s Going on in There by Geoffrey Grahn
Blackout by John Rocca
Night Light
Night Lights by Nicholas Blechman
Very Lonely Firefly
The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle

The favorites here were Blackout and What’s Going on in There!

Electricity & Light Songs

Mr Sun
(in sign language)
We have been doing this weekly in baby storytime and pre-school storytime using Sunflower Storytime’s awesome cheat sheet!

Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me.
Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
Hiding behind a tree
These little children are asking you
To please come out so we can play with you.
Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
Please shine down on,
please shine down on,
Please shine down on me.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Plug it in, Plug it in
Okay friends, this one has a backstory.  In 5th grade we had an electricity unit and there was a group project and we had to make a song about electricity.  This was the song my group made up.  In 5th grade.  That I still have memorized.  As do many people I went to school with.  IT IS AN EAR WORM.  Anyways, not sure if it was inspired by a song we heard or maybe the glade plug in commercials.  Also channeling a bit of my inner Jbrary here for this.


Plug it in, plug it in electricity
Plug it in, plug it in electricity
There are two kinds of electricity
Static and current electricity
Static builds charges in one place
Current flows through a conductor
Plug it in, plug it in electricity
Plug it in, plug it in electricity

Feel free to use this!  If you repost I just ask for credit :)

I also did an extension activity that will be in a later Flannel Friday post :)

For our craft I had this REALLY AWESOME electricity coloring page but I fail because I can’t find it again. So sorry.  If I happen upon it again I will update this. If not, just google “electricity coloring page” and there are some nice ones.

Other resources

Storytime Secrets: Fizz Boom Read! Preschool Storytime Starter: Light and Electricity
STEM Storytime Pinterest Board
E is for Electricity Pinterest Board
Never Shushed: Preschool Storytime- The Dark

Maker Morning: Engineering for kids

Maker Morning: Engineering for kids


Last week our theme for maker morning was Engineering and it was also my theme for our weekly Science Lab.  This post will be a combination of the two because the two programs were similar and I feel I would repeat myself if I separated the two.  Maker morning is a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) based learning environment open for 2nd grade through 9th graders.  Each week has a theme and we try to have three or four activities that cater to that wide range of ages. This is collaborative program with the teen department and children’s department and I work on it with one of library director’s.  The Science lab is for pre-school through 6th grade.

Engineering for Kids!

I started the Science Lab program with Rosie Revere, Engineer and an explanation of what an engineer is.  I also made sure that each of the kid knows (and this was part of the book too) that it is okay to not get it right the first time and an engineer is constantly learning from his or her mistakes.

Rosie Revere Engineer



This was a super simple idea: Cups!  We just had a bunch of Solo cups available and they could do what they want with them.  They had a lot of fun making super tall towers and structures. We had all ages (pre-school through my high school volunteers) interested in this activity.  This was also a good project that taught teamwork.

Balloon Powered Lego Car

Balloon Car

Balloon Car

Maker Morning

The rules were simple: create a Lego car that was powered by a balloon.  Eventually this one became part of the cup activity and we were trying to make cars powerful enough to knock over the huge cup tower. A lot of the parents got really into this activity and loved the challenge of knocking over the cups.

Construction Squares

Construction Squares

I have done this activity from Happy Hooligans and both times it was a success.  This was great to have for both programs because of big age ranges.  A lot of the younger kids enjoyed this activity and really got into the building. The prep work for this one does take same time as you need to cut out the construction squares and then cut the slots into them.

Edible Architecture

Edible Architecture

 Edible Architecture

Edible Architecture

This is no way a new idea and I have seen it on pinterest all over the place but it was still a hit (and cheap!). I think I first saw the pin from Deceptively Educational.  This station had a challenge: to get your tower 8 inches high!  We had two kids actually complete the assignment.

and my favorite… Magnetic Marble Run!

Magnetic Marble Run

Magnetic Marble Run

So I have done this idea before just on a piece of plywood and taping toilet paper rolls on, similar to this marble run by Lemon Lime Adventures. I wanted to take it a step further and make it more science-y be creating a magnetic board.  I started with a huge piece of plywood (I didn’t want the marble run to be too easy!) and painted it with Rust-Oleum Magnetic paint.  Here is where I went wrong: for the huge piece of board I have I should have used two cans of the paint.  Instead I was forced to stretch it thin and because of that it was very weak (hence the duct tape in the pictures).  I then spray painted over the black magnetic paint with a metallic paint so that it looked more magnetic.  The next part was an experiment in itself:  I needed to make the pool noodles magnetic.  First, I cut them in half and then in section to make the track part of the marble run.  I learned that the basic stick on magnets don’t work because a) they don’t stick on and b) definitely not strong enough.  I also bought these huge heavy magnets but they were way too heavy.  The ones that seemed to work (and glue on) the best were the Neodymium Magnets.  Since the board itself wasn’t strong enough we did end up having to duct tape on many of the tracks.

It still worked great and was a huge hit!  It definitely required team work because the board was so big and multiple kids wanted to work on it at once.


All of these programs were very well received by both the kids and parents!

Maker Morning: Coding

Maker Morning: Coding


This summer one of my director’s and I are trying a new series called “Maker Morning” which is a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) based learning environment open for 2nd grade through 9th graders.  Each week has a theme and we try to have three or four activities that cater to that wide range of ages.

Our first weeks theme was programming and coding!

Maker Morning: Coding
Our interactive white board: Star Board

iPad Stations

iPad Programming and Coding

We have two iPads for public use, one in the teen section and one in the kids section.  For this program we took them out of there areas and loaded up some coding apps for a variety of ages.
These are the apps we used: (each link will bring you to the appstore and the review link will bring you to Common Sense Media)

Tynker, review
– Recommended ages 7 and up but we have a 4/5 year old who loves this app
Lightbot, review
Kodable, review
– This one was another big hit
Daisy the Dino
Hopscotch, review

Computer Programs

We just used the website for One Hour Code.  It’s Angry Birds themed so that attracted the kids.  This was definitely better for the 10+ age group as it gets pretty in depth and complicated.

Binary Code Bracelet

Binary Code Bracelets

I got this activity right from the CSLP 2014 handbook, pages 187 and 203.

We used our initials for doing the binary code because each letter was pretty long.  I told them to write it all out first so it would be easier. The finished products were all really cute and it was great for the younger kids to learn about patterns.

Binary Code Bracelets

How did it go?

For having such a variety of age ranges it went well!  The only issue was maybe finding more basic coding apps for the younger kids, but if their parents were helping them than it did seem to go more smoothly.  If you were to do this program I would recommend playing all the games and computer programs first so you are well versed in what to do. We also had each kid fill out one of these for us to display in the library, hopefully near our 3D printer and makerspace.

Coding @ Your Library

Fizz Boom Read: Stealthy Science

Fizz Boom Read: Stealthy Science

The great thing about a science themed summer reading program is how easy it is to include lots of little fun sciencey tidbits in your programs or displays.  In addition to our programs I wanted other opportunities to sneak in some science which I have called stealthy science! All of these things are on going and are meant to spark a conversation between parent and child and are relatively easy and quick to do!



Magnet bottle

Magnetic Bottle

Prep time: low

Materials: empty and clean plastic bottle

Pipe cleaners

Magnetic wands

Basically just cut up pipe cleaners and stick them in a bottle! Make sure your bottle is completely dry.
I also made a little label for the bottle that says “Fizz Boom Read: why do you think the pipe cleaners are attracted to the magnetic wand?”

I actually had one of the 6th graders who was hanging out at the library one night help me with this one and it was great because he then went and got a few of his friends because he was so excited to show them what he helped to make and then they all had fun playing around with the magnets!

This has been out for about three weeks and it has been a great hit!  I have it near the front desk and I love seeing kids come up to play with it and then watching the parents start a discussion about wht exactly is happening

Water fountain

H2O Water Fountain

Prep time: medium

Materials: paper and a drinking fountain (or bubbler for you wisconsin folk)

Super simple: facts about water taped up at the drinking fountain!  All I did was search some kid friendly websites for information about H2O. I wanted to make sure it was all kid accessible language. I also included a picture of the atom and the element.

Fizz Boom Read Scavenger Hunt

Fizz Boom Scavenger Hunt

Prep time: medium
Materials: Paper and a lot of it! We also have stickers and temporary tattoos as prizes.
AND I have already done half the work for you: Here is a PDF of everything you should need to set up your own scavenger hunt SCIENCE SCAVENGER HUNT

We always have a similar scavenger hunt set up so it was just natural for me to use the CSLP clip art to make it fizz boom read themed this summer! This is a great passive program that once it is set up can be enjoyed all summer without any more prep work.  I make the sheets the kids carry around and then hide the images all around the children’s area.  A good tip if you are going to do this is to have a cheat sheet at the front desk so staff knows where they are when kids ask.


Famous scientists

Famous Scientists

Prep time: low

A display highlighting biographies of scientists. This display was really great for me to learn where we had holes and I learned that we definitely need more female scientist biographies, the only one we could find was Marie Curie and it wasn’t even a very appealing biography.

Chalkboard trivia

Chalkboard Facts Chalkboard Facts

Prep time: low

My office door is directly behind the children’s circulation desk and we recently painted my doors with chalkboard paint. If this something you could do I highly recommend it! It has been a great discussion point that nearly everyone in the children’s section will notice.

During other times of the year I can use the door to highlight events coming up or cool programs we are running.  For now, though I am using it for science facts! We have had three different facts and pictures so far. One of our childrens department staff, Laura, who is  in the process of receiving her MLS, did the periodic table fact.
**Literally as I am typing this a parent goes to her daughter: Did you know a lightning bolt travels at 14,000 MPH? YOU DO NOW!**

Periodic table display

Prep time: high

Materials: paper!!

This is an awesome display I first found on pinterest.

We did ours a little differently than the original one and used the actual periodic table elements and numbers.  Laura and I then went through and found book titles that started with those first letters.  When possible we used non fiction or science related books. We got lucky and actually had a book titled Nitrogen for N.  My favorite was the superman book for Krypton, K.

Luckily for me, Laura is extremely organized and had a very good system for assigning books and making sure each color and element was in the right place.

If I were to do this again I would want to include the element names on each sheet.

Fizz Boom Read: Movement- Pre School

Fizz Boom Read: Movement- Pre School

Be ready to wiggle, jump*, laugh, and play in this movement themed storytime!
*do not plan this storytime after you spent a night of contra dancing at a library school friends wedding and have incredibly sore calves

We started with our new opening song that I adapted from Rickety Tickety:
Fizzy, Boomy, Sciency,
Can YOU say your name for me?

Movement Picture Books

Stretch by Doreen Cronin
Stretch by Doreen Cornin and Scott Menchin
Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Hop, Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Dancing in my Bones
Dancing in my Bones by Slyvia Andrews, illus. by Ellen Mueller
Wokka Wokka
How Do You Wokka-Wokka by Elizabeth Bluemle, illus. by Randy Cecil
**This one was a favorite among the parents!**

Movement Songs & Rhymes

Dance Any Way You Want To
source: Librarian Jenna

Dance any way you want to
Dance any way you please
Dance any way you want to
But stop when I say freeze.
Jump as high as you want to…
Dance as fast as you want to…
Dance as slow as you want to…

Thumbs Up Chant
source: Jen in the Library

Thumbs up! (Do action, and have audience repeat the line back as they do it)
Thumbs up!
Arms out!
Thumbs up!
Arms out!
Feet apart!

Keep building until you are doing a lot of ridiculous movements all together.  My pattern of actions for this is usually: Thumbs up, Arms Out, Feet Apart, Knees Bent, Bottoms Out, Head Tilt, Tongue Out.

Shake Your Sillies Out- Wiggles

Icky Sticky Bubble Gum- David Landau

Wiggle It- Koo Koo Kanga Roo
if you have a projector this would be a fun music video to watch!

This was a very simple storytime to put together and required very little preparation!