The Lego theme is Sports! Share your photos with us!
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The Lego theme is Sports! Share your photos with us!
We are excited to announce starting today Monday, June 15th we have Curbside Pickup Service Available!
All items must be available at the Marilla Free Library, search the online catalog (https://www.buffalolib.org/books-movies-music) and limit your search to Marilla Free Library
Call the library to schedule a pick up time. A face covering is required for pick up.
Curbside service is available Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 AM until 4 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 PM until 7 PM and Saturdays 10 AM until 3 PM
For more information, a detailed Q&A is available at https://www.buffalolib.org/sites/default/files/users/mar/files/Marilla%20Curbside%20Walkup%20Plan.pdf
The Marilla Free Library building remains closed until further notice; the library continues to monitor the situation. Precautions are being taken to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
Today we made water walk.
7 plastic cups or glasses
Food coloring (red, blue, yellow)
1. Fill the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th cups with water.
2. Add 7-10 drops of red food coloring to the 1st and 7th cups of water.
3. Add 7-10 drops of yellow food coloring to the 3rd cup of water.
4. Add 7-10 drops of blue food coloring to the 5th cup of water.
5. If you have full sheets of paper towels, cut them in half.
6. Fold the half pieces of paper towel in half lengthwise and again lengthwise. Then fold each paper towel in half.
7. Cut off excess paper towel so there isn't too much sticking out of the cups.
8. Now place half of the paper towel in the first cup and the other half in the second cup. Then place another paper towel half in the 2nd cup and into the 3rd cup. Repeat until the last paper towel in in the 6th and 7th cup.
9. Now wait and watch as the water begins to walk.
Today we made Doctor themed crafts. We made a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff.
Tacky glue or hot glue gun
Ear plugs (optional)
Cut out a strip of felt 12 by 3.5 inches. Cut out the other shapes needed. Cut ribbons to desired length depending on child. Template is available here:
1. Pull apart the cotton balls and place in the middle of the two smaller circles.
2. Glue the two circles together, place the ribbon in the between the pieces.
3. Create the band aid and glue that to the circle. Set aside to dry.
3. Take the headband and glue the ear plugs to bottoms. Then we glued a small piece of felt around the base of the ear plug to hold it in place.
If you don't have ear plugs just use the felt and wrap it around to create the ear pieces of the stethoscope.
4. Take the ribbon and glue it to the middle of the headband.
Blood Pressure Cuff Instructions
1. Take the long strip of felt. Glue the large circle to the center of it.
2. Flip the felt strip over and glue the ribbon on the back.
3. Glue a piece of Velcro to one side of the cuff.
4. Blow up a balloon. It should not be very large.
5. Take the two small felt rectangles, glue one to the bottom of the ribbon. Then put glue on the ribbon and second rectangle. Place the knot of the balloon on the ribbon and glue the second rectangle felt piece to it.
Beginning next Monday, June 15 the Marilla Library will be offering curbside and walk-up services. More details to follow soon, but phone requests will be taken and filled Monday 11-4, Tuesday 2-7, Wednesday 11-4, Thursday 2-7 and Saturday 10-3. We are so excited to be able to begin offering services again!
The building will not be open to the public at this time.
Exploding Baggie - this activity you will probably want to do outside.
Plastic sandwich bag
1/2 cup Vinegar
Square of toilet paper
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
Food Coloring (optional)
1. Put 1/2 cup of vinegar in the bag. Add food coloring to the vinegar (optional). Seal the bag leaving only a small section open to place the toilet paper pouch through.
2. Put 2 tablespoons of baking soda on the square of toilet paper. Twist top to create a pouch.
3. This step must be done quickly. Drop the pouch of baking soda into the baggie, squeeze as much air out as you can and seal the bag.
4. Give the bag a little shake and set on the ground and wait.
The solution will fizz and bubble inside the bag as the baking soda and vinegar mix. This is because carbon dioxide is being produced, which fills the baggie and the pressure builds until the bag pops.
Shaving Cream Marbled Paper was our art project for the day!
Newspaper or towel
1. First put down newspaper or a towel, this activity is messy.
2. Fill a shallow pan with shaving cream and smooth it out.
3. Squirt paint on the shaving cream. Use a stir stick to swirl the paint around.
4. Take your paper and push it into the paint. Not too deep. Let it sit for about 30 seconds in the paint.
5. Carefully lift the paper out of the shaving cream paint. Place on a flat surface.
6. Now take the scraper (we had one from the dollar tree), but if you don't have a scraper use a ruler.
Once dry you can use the art you created in a variety of ways. We made several different homemade cards. One we just folded the paper in half so the outside of the card was marbled paper. Others we cut out a shape and created decorations for the front. We also decorated an envelope flap with the marbled paper. Or you can just make a piece of artwork to hang.
The Lego challenge is to build a Monster! Share your photos with us!
Today we did simple science to inflate a balloon.
20 oz bottle of soda
1 package of pop rocks
1. Use a funnel to put the pop rocks into the balloon. Remove the funnel from the balloon once all the pop rocks are inside.
2. Carefully open the soda. Now put the mouth of the balloon on the top of the soda. Do not let any of the pop rocks drop into the soda when doing this step.
3. Shake the pop rocks into the soda. Wait and you will see the reaction when your balloon inflates. Hold the balloon onto the soda bottle so it does not come off.
Pop rocks are made up of pressurized carbon dioxide gas. When they come in contact with moisture the gas is released. Soda also contains pressurized carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide gas released from the pop rocks dissolving and the soda fills the balloon.
Today we made bubble art!
1. Fill the bowls half way with warm water. Add in food coloring.
2. Add a little squirt of dish soap, you can add more if needed. Stir gently.
3. Gently blow into the water with the straw to create bubbles. You want the bubbles to form just over the top of the bowl.
4. Press the paper on the bubbles, you may need to try this a few times and add more food coloring if needed.
5. You can repeat these steps with various colors.
Another way to create bubble art is by taping straws together. Then dip the straws into the bubble mixture and blow bubbles onto the paper.
Some ways to use the bubble art is to cut shapes out of it to hang. Another idea is to use it for homemade cards.
The Lego challenge is to build a spaceship! Share your photos with us!
Rainbow Rain in a Glass!
5 oz of vegetable oil
Food coloring - red, blue and green
16 oz of cold water
1. Pour the cold water in the glass container. Set aside.
2. Pour the vegetable oil in a glass.
3. Add food coloring. Stir vigorously.
4. Pour the oil and dye mixture into the water. Watch what happens...
The food coloring is water based so it does not dissolve in the oil. When you mix them you see droplets of food coloring stuck in the oil.
Oil is less dense than the water so it floats on top. The food coloring is denser than the oil so it will travel to the oil water border. The food coloring will eventually dissolve into the water.
Today our craft is a Star Wreath to help us celebrate Memorial Day.
Red and Blue Paper
Ribbon or Tissue Paper
1. Cut the center out of your paper plate. We used an exacto knife.
2. Cut stars out of the red and blue paper.
3. Glue the stars to the paper plate.
4. Use ribbons, tissue paper or streamers to decorate the wreath. Make a little loop with ribbon or string at the top to hang your wreath up. We hung ours on the front door.
The Lego challenge theme this week is Bugs! Share your photos below!
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Today we will show you how to make Rock Candy.
Skewer or chopstick
Narrow Jar or glass
1 cup of water
3-4 cups of sugar
Food Coloring (optional)
1. Clip the clothespin on the wooden skewer and place in the glass. Cut the skewer so there is about an inch between the bottom of the glass and skewer. Take apart and set aside.
2. An adult will need to do this next step. Boil 1 cup of water. Once the water is boiling add in your sugar 1/2 cup at a time, stir until it completely dissolves. Keep adding sugar to the water until no more will dissolve. This step will take some time and it will take longer each time you add the sugar. The ratio of sugar to water should be roughly 3:1. When no more sugar will dissolve let water come to a simmer. Now remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes.
This creates a super saturated solution. Once the solution cools the sugar comes out of the water and becomes sugar crystals again.
3. You can dip the skewer in water or in the sugar solution, then roll in sugar. This will help aid the crystal growth. Let the skewer dry completely. It is important to let it dry before submerging it in the sugar solution.
4. Once the sugar solution has cooled have an adult carefully pour it into the glass. This is where we added our food coloring, but it can be added during step 2.
5. Once the wooden skewer is completely dry attach the clothespin and slowly submerge it into the glass. Do not let it touch the sides or bottom of the glass. Carefully place the glass somewhere where it will not be disturbed.
If after 24 hours you do not see any crystals starting to grow, the solution may not have had enough sugar in it. You can remove the skewer and pour the solution back into a pan. Reheat and add additional sugar.
6. Now you wait about 7 days for your rock candy to be ready. Depending how big you want your candy you could leave it in the solution longer than 7 days.
We started our candy on Wednesday, we will keep checking the growth everyday. Next week we will update on how big the crystals grew.
Today's craft is a balloon powered race car.
Pouch caps (from applesauce or baby pouches)
Washi or duct tape
1. Cut one straw in half, these will make up the axels for your car's wheels. You want to be sure the straw is slightly longer than the juice box.
2. Next put the wooden skewer inside the straw halves and cut the skewer so it is a little bigger than the straw. We didn't have wooden skewers so we used the skinny straws from juice pouches (like capri sun).
3. Put modeling clay inside the pouch lids.
4. Put the wooden skewer in the clay for one wheel and slip the straw over the skewer. Place the second wheel on the opposite side. Repeat with second set of wheels.
5. Now tape the wheels to the juice box.
6. Take the other straw put it inside the balloon and tape it so no air can escape. We found that a larger straw worked better, like the ones you get at McDonalds.
7. Tape the balloon straw to the top of your race car.
Now try your car. We had to move our wheel axels closer together for the car to move better.
The Lego challenge is to create your favorite food! Share your photos below!
Today we made Elephant Toothpaste!
1/2 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
Active Dry Yeast 1 packet or 1/2 Tbsp from a jar
1. Mix the packet of yeast (if you don't have packets use 1/2 Tbsp from jar) with very warm water for about 30 seconds. Set aside.
2. Place an empty water bottle in a baking dish to keep the mess contained. Pour 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide into the bottle. Add a few squirts of dish soap into the peroxide. Swirl around.
3. Add a few drops of food coloring to the water bottle. Swirl around to mix. We used 10 drops which was too many. We ended up with blue hands for awhile after.
4. Now take the yeast mixture, give it a stir and add it to the water bottle. You can use a funnel or pour it right into the bottle.
5. The foam and bottle will be warm because of the exothermic reaction.
6. Clean up right away after because the yeast will start to smell if you leave it sit.
Hydrogen Peroxide is chemically similar to water but with an additional oxygen atom. When you add the yeast it acts as catalyst that causes oxygen to be released rapidly. That leaves the water and oxygen. The dish soap traps the released oxygen in the form of foam.
As promised here is another fun way to make flowers using tissue paper.
Tissue paper various colors
Pipe Cleaner (optional)
1. Stack layers of tissue paper neatly in front of you. Depending how many sheets you use and how wide you cut the tissue paper your flowers will be larger or smaller.
2. Along the short edge, fold the stack in an accordion fold. Folds should be about an inch, do this till the whole length of tissue paper is folded.
3. Staple the center going through all layers. If you want the have stem on the flowers you can staple a straw to the paper.
4. You can cut both ends into a shape. Different shapes will change how your flower looks.
5. Fan out the sides and begin to separate the layers. Fluff and shape your flower. For extra support we put a pipe cleaner in the straw.
Now using the coffee filter flowers and these you can make a beautiful bouquet for Mom!
Here is a creative way to make flowers using coffee filters and tissue paper.
Coffee filters (2 per flower)
Green pipe cleaners
1. Fold each coffee filter in half three times.
2. Cut a petal shape from your folded filter. Do not cut the side, just cut along the top. Unfold your filter.
3. Next we traced our flower shape on to tissue paper and cut it out.
4. Paint the coffee filter with watercolor. You can put put it directly on the filter and use water to spread it with the brush. Another way we tried was to put a very small amount of water in the bottom of a cup. Wet the watercolor and fill the brush with as much color as possible. Put the brush in the cup of water and swish it around to add the color to the water. Repeat till the water is desired color. Now use your paint/water to paint the coffee filters this will create a pale coloring on the filter. You can also dip the filter in the paint water and the filter will soak up the color.
5. Allow the filters to dry completely.
6. Poke a tiny hole into the center of each coffee filter and tissue paper.
7. We bent one end of the pipe cleaner to create the center of the flower. Now slide the first coffee filter down the pipe cleaner and squish it. Add the tissue paper layer and squish. Add second coffee filter flower and squish.
Later today we will show you another fun way to make flowers.
Throughout the day, we will be showing you how to make a few different crafts that you can use as gifts for Mother's Day.
First we have a cute idea for a homemade card for Mom!
Paper for Card
2 Cupcake Liners
Glue Stick and White Glue
Green Pipe Cleaner (optional)
1. Fold paper to create a card. Then decorate the inside with your message for Mom.
2. Cut out a leaf and stem. If you want you can use a pipe cleaner for the stem. Glue your leaf and steam to the front of the card. If you are using a pipe cleaner you will need to use white glue to glue it on. We recommend putting something heavy on it to keep it in place while drying.
3. Flip one cupcake liner inside out so the color is on the inside. Now glue the liners together so there is color inside and out. Glue to the card.
4. Glue a picture inside the card.
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