Tales & Travels Summer Reading Program Recap of the Week – CONCEPTS

Our Youth Summer Reading program had another busy week! 

On Monday, who knew that you can make Jell-O into playdough. Believe it or not. At our Summer Reading Program, we mixed, measured, and took in a great big “whiff” of the fruity scent of Jell-O. It was a tempting snack until flour got mixed into the batch. We made Jell-O Playdough Fractions, then it was time to learn about fractions. Have you ever learned about fractions using scented playdough? What a blast! We finished up by poking and connecting fruit chews with a smile into 3-D geometric shapes.

On Wednesday, we blew and blew and blew, until we were almost blue in the face as we blew up our balloons to make, The Electric Butterfly Flutter STEM experiment. Did you know that friction will cause electrical charges, and if you rub a balloon on top of your hair, your hair will look messy because of all of the static? Oh, what fun!

Fridays, are always so much fun and music was at the top of our day. We played to the beat of the BOOMWHACKER and learned about vibrations. Ellie showed us how to create the Guitar and the Rubber Band with a Cup, Drums with Music Activities. For our FUN FRENZY FRIDAY, we made the Rainbow Stick Snack, and to top it all off, enjoyed storytime with Ashley.

Check out the Activities and YouTube videos that go along with the Summer Reading Program!  

This Week’s Stop – OUR WORLD

July 26Fossil Dinosaur Footprints, Animal Cracker Sort 

July 28:  Bread in a BAG! YUMMY! 

July 30:  Apple Jelly Soap, Johnny Appleseed Seed Art, Food Frenzy Friday Box -Vanilla Cupcake in a Cup!

Check out our Summer Reading Program page for more information!

Tales & Travels Summer Reading Program: This Week’s Stop is CONCEPTS

A new week has begun for our Youth Summer Reading program, it is all about concepts. For those that were out of town enjoying summer vacation or learning new skills last week, we sure did miss you. We look forward to catchin’ up with you this week!  Don’t forget to bring your Balloon Bowl to share with others.  If you did miss anything check out the activities and YouTube videos that go along with the Summer Reading Program!     

This Week’s Stop – CONCEPTS

July 19: Jell-O Playdough Fractions, Building Shapes with a Smile! 

July 21: The Electric Butterfly Flutter 

July 23: Guitar and the Rubber Band with a Cup, Drums and Making Music, Rainbow on a Stick! [Food Frenzy Friday Box]

Time is flying by, next week, we will have a guest named Laura DeCook talking with us about the Wooly Mammoth!

Tales & Travels Summer Reading Program – STORIES

Our Youth Summer Reading program has another busy week planned!  This week we are stopping in the neighborhood of STORIES; here is this week’s lineup!  

Wednesday, July 14:

  • Oatmeal Scented Goat Milk Soap
  • Fieldtrip:  Let’s get ready to meet the REAL Goat Lady herself!

Friday, July 16:

  • Paul and Bernadette’s Balloon Bowl
  • Cookies and Cream Popcorn

Check out our Summer Reading Program page for more information!

Check out the Activities and YouTube videos that go along with the Summer Reading Program! 

Tales & Travels Summer Reading Program Recap of the Week – CELEBRATIONS

Our Youth Summer Reading program had another busy week! 

On Monday, “Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You”, that might be a hint at what we did on this day, YEP, we made a CAKE! It smelled delicious, and the air was filled with the aroma of vanilla sprinkled with frosting, YUMMY! Believe it or not, science was part of baking this cake. We also studied the plastics used for making Shrinky Dinks as we created key chains of from our very own handprints.

On Wednesday, BAMB, CRACK and POP, goes the sound of fireworks! Oh boy, if you think science isn’t part of fireworks, you may want to think again. We listened and learned that fireworks are one big chemistry lab in the sky. WOW! We made Star-Spangled Slime with Ellie, and to show off our patriotic flair we glued and dabbled in paint to create decorations called Fourth of July Wind Streamers!

Friday, Ellie showed us that Popcorn is an edible science. Now, why would that be the case I wonder? Ellie shared with us that moisture inside a kernel of popcorn, HEATS UP and goes POP, and voila, you get to enjoy crunchy tasty popcorn right out of the bag. We mixed ingredients and made Bath Fizzy Science. For a creamy chocolaty snack, we twisted and turned pipe cleaner into this adorable, Flower Pot Pudding dessert!

Check out the Activities and YouTube videos that go along with the Summer Reading Program!     

Next Stop – RHYMES and SONGS

Monday, July 5:  No Programming

Wednesday, July 7:

  • Elephant Blow Your Trumpet
  • Radiant Recycled Lizard

Friday, July 9:

  • Magnet Wand Painting
  • Train Whistle
  • Food Frenzy Friday – Rice Crispy Treats

Check out our Summer Reading Program page for more information!

Tales & Travels Summer Reading Program Recap of the Week – FAVORITES

Our Youth Summer Reading program had a busy week!  On Monday, Pete the Cat stopped by for a visit and taught us about creating a tactile map, it was layers of fun when our fingers touched and decorated along each level of the map. We even had a building challenge called the “Buttons and Play-Doh STEM Challenge”. Did you know that the oldest world map is made out of CLAY and is over 2,520 years old? That is REALLY old!


On Wednesday, we didn’t stop having fun with Pete the Cat, we put water and a marble inside of a maze while we squished and sloshed the marble to the end of the maze. We even created our very own maze by using puff tubes that looked like CHEETOS® Puffs and attached them to tactile Braille Paper. Now, here is a fun fact, did you know the largest Corn Maze in Iowa is over 60 acres big, that is same size of 50 football fields, that is a lot of corn!

Friday, we had fun under the Big Top learning all about balance while “Walking the Tightrope” and doing the “Circus Monkey Acrobats.” Now watch out, we learned a whole new way to exercise, it is called the POI, you will have to check it out! Also, on Friday we put on our little Baker’s Hat or Snack Maker’s Hat as we made delicious treats from our “Food Frenzy Friday’s Box.”

Check out the Activities and YouTube videos that go along with the Summer Reading Program!     

Next Stop – CELEBRATIONS

Monday, June 28:

  • Two-Ingredient Soda Birthday Cake
  • Shrinky Dinks Science

Wednesday, June 30:

  • Star Spangled Slime
  • Fourth of July Wind Streamers

Friday, July 2:

  • Popcorn the Edible Science
  • Bath Fizzy Science
  • Flower Pot Pudding

Check out our Summer Reading Program page for more information!

Tales & Travels Recap of the Week – TRANSPORTATION

Our Youth Summer Reading program had a busy week!  On Monday, the tide was up at the ocean when we sprinkled salt and made zig-zag waves among the colorful boats catching a glimpse of the pulsating rhythmic lights beaming from the lighthouse. Did you know that a lighthouse sends signals to boats to warn them of the weather? We had fun making our very own Morse Code Bracelets and necklaces too!

On Wednesday, we counted down with the NASA space station. Can you believe this, we felt as if we were right there listening to the countdown when Neil Armstrong BLASTED OFF INTO SPACE! Wow! When we landed safely on the moon, we completed our trip by making Moon Rock Art with sparkles.

Friday, the sound of the train Clicked and Clacked along the railroad tracks. So how does a train stay on the track? Is it with glue, big fat rubber tires or is it because of the shape of the train wheel? If you guessed the shape of the train wheel you are correct! Oh boy, look out, it is a chain reaction, cups tumbled, no problem for us, we stacked them back up, just to do it all over again. 

Check out the Activities and YouTube videos that go along with this week’s Summer Reading Program!     

Next Stop – FAVORITES

Monday, June 21:

  • Pete’s Special Map
  • Buttons and Play-Doh Tower STEM

Wednesday, June 23:

  • Pete’s Special Maze
  • MAZE GAME!

Friday, June 25:

  • Walking the Tightrope
  • Circus Monkey Acrobat
  • Circus Spinning

Check out our Summer Reading Program page for more information!