BLOCK TIME: Young readers build a better world

Published 3:30 am Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The youngsters who are participating in the Summer Reading Program at the Troy Public Library are intent on Building a Better World.

Teresa Colvin, TPL children’s librarian, said the 4- and 5-year-old children know and hopefully understand that we should all take care of the world that we live in.

“And, there are many ways that, even young children can help build a better world,” she said. “On Monday, the young ‘readers’ participated in reading activities and several hands-on building or constructing activities.  We had a good time and learned a lot.”

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The focus of storytime was on the “construction” theme. Colvin read the children the story of the “four” little pigs, and that’s right – four, not three. The children constructed houses made of straw, sticks and study wood blocks.

“The big, bad wolf came and huffed and puffed and he blew down the houses that were made of straw and sticks but no matter how much he huffed and puffed, he could not blow down the house that was made of wood blocks,” Colvin said. “We read other books about construction and all of the materials that we use to build things.”

Colvin said the children had some very creative ideas about the construction of new houses for the little pigs and seemed sympathetic to their causes.

“We played a bowling type game where the children tossed a ball at a cup pyramid to see how many cups they could knock down,” she said. “They got to knock down a ‘house,’ much like the houses that belonged to the three little pigs’ that got blown down.”

The children also colored finger puppets to take home. Their finger puppets may be used to share the story of “The Three Little Pigs” and/or the story of “The Four Little Pigs.”

The children will probably be eager to tell the story of the “Four Little Pigs” and parents will surely be amazed at their abilities to tell a good “from scratch” story.