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Checkers Library TV!

Checkers and Snoozer celebrate the fun year of reading road trips they have while on a trip around Fuzzleland collecting New Year’s books!

Recommended books

Happy New Year Pooh – Kathleen Zoehfeld

Grumpy Monkey Get your Grumps Out – Suzanne Lang

Maisy’s Chinese New Year – Lucy Cousins

Chinese New Year – Fay Robinson

New Years Day – Dana Meachen Rau

New Year’s Polar Bear craft!

 

 

Checkers and Snoozer travel to Winter Woods to collect a tree so they can celebrate the Holiday season. Along the way, they learn about different cultures and their Holiday celebrations. 

Recommended books:

Is it Hanukkah Yet? Nancy Krulik

An Early American Christmas Tomie de Paola

The Legend of the Poinsettia Tomie de Paola

Celebrations Around the World – DK books

Christmas Around the World – Mary D Lankford

Gingerbread Craft!

 
 
Checkers and Snoozer collect a new board game and learn how to play. While on their journey, they learn about games all around the world.

Recommended books:

Mr. Jack-In-The-Box by Jan Spear

Toys Come Home by Emily Jenkins

Games: Learn to Play. Play to Win by Daniel King

Sidewalk Games Around the Worlds by Arlene Erlbach

Jack in the Box

 

 

Checkers and Snoozer travel to the Fuzzleland gym to exercise and play sports. Along the way they check out some energetic books!

Recommended books:

You are a Lion and other Fun Yoga poses – Taeeun Yoo

Henry Gets in Shape – Robert Quackenbush

Yoga for Kids Simple Animal Poses for Any Age – Lorena V. Pajalunga

A Kid’s Guide to Fitness The Busy Body Book – Lizzy Rockwell

Basketball craft

 
 
Thanksgiving- Checkers and Snoozer take time to discuss what they are thankful for, learn about Thanksgiving history, and read thanksgiving books.
 
 

 
 
Recommended Books:

The Very First Thanksgiving Day – Rhonda Gowler Greene

Sharing the Bread An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Story – Pat Zietlow Miller

We Give Thanks – Cynthia Rylant

Non Fiction

Squanto’s Journey – Joseph Bruchac

1621 A New Look at Thanksgiving – Catherine O’Neill Grace

 
 
 
 
 
Going to the Dr.- Snoozer goes to go to the Doctor for a checkup with his doctor, Dr. Dan! Checkers will also be discussing books about going to the doctor.

 
Recommended Books:
Going to Doctor
Picture Book/Reader
Pete the Kitty Goes to the Doctor – Kimberly & James Dean
Here Comes Doctor Hippo – Jonathan London
Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor – Stan Berenstain
Non-Fiction
Community Helpers Nurses – Christina Leaf
The Human Body – Carron Brown and Rachel Saunders
 
 
 
 
Snoozer becomes a superhero, complete with a new costume! Along the way, Checkers teaches Snoozer about Superhero history and the two visit the Strong National Museum of Play!

 
Recommended Books:
Superheroes
Picture and Reader Book
I am a Super Girl! Kelly Greenawalt (Reader)
I Will Be Fierce by Bea Birdsong (picture book-There’s a Superhero in Your Book – Tom Fletcher
DC SuperHero Girls – Shea Fontana
The Mighty Thor – Jason Aaron
NonFiction
The Moviemaking Magic of Marvel Studios Heroes & Villains – Eleni Roussos
 
 
 
Checkers and Snoozer learn about disabilities and how they affect humans and even animals!

Featured Books:

Picture Books

We’re All Wonders – R J Palacio

Rescue & Jessica – Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes

Non Fiction

Just Ask Be Different, Be Brave, Be You – Sonia Sotomayor

All the Way to the Top How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything – Annette Bay Pimentel

Down and print the dolphin activity!

 

It’s a Halloween special from Checkers and Snoozer!

 

Checkers and Snoozer explore the extraordinary world of music. They will learn music history and the secret behind how music affects our emotions.

Featured Craft: Xylophone
Featured Books Highlighted
Fiction
Jazz baby – Lisa Wheeler
Miguel’s Music – Liz Rivera
Non Fiction
Ah, Music!- Aliki
Children’s Book of Music – DK Publishing
Trombone Shorty – Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
Hey Charleston! – Anne Rockwell
 
 
 
Snoozer is going on a space mission! Checkers and Snoozer will be reading some of the coolest space books and learning more about astronauts, the moon, and other planets in our solar system!

 

Featured Craft: Rocket Ship

Print this template and make your own rocket!

 
Recommended Books:
 
Picture Books
Alistair in Outer Space – Marilyn Sadler
Green Wilma Frog in Space – Tedd Arnold
Non Fiction
Space Visual Encyclopedia – Carole Stott
 
Featured Books:
Mission to the Moon! – Jordan Brown – Reader Book
Glow In The Dark Book Space – Nicholas Harris
 
 

In this episode, Checkers and Snoozer are visiting a real fire department! Along the way, they will be learning all about fire safety and reading fire safety books.
 
Recommended Books:
 
Picture Books
Stop drop and Roll – Margery Cuyler
No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for kids (and Dragons) – Jean Pendziwol 

Non-Fiction
Fire Safety – Nancy Loewen
 
Featured Books:
Fire! Fire! – Gail Gibbons
Firefighter’s Handbook – Meghan McCarthy
In this episode, Checkers and Snoozer are visiting a real fire department! Along the way, they will be learning all about fire safety and reading fire safety books.
 
Recommended Books:
 
Picture Books
Stop drop and Roll – Margery Cuyler
No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for kids (and Dragons) – Jean Pendziwol 

Non-Fiction
Fire Safety – Nancy Loewen
 
Featured Books:
Fire! Fire! – Gail Gibbons
Firefighter’s Handbook – Meghan McCarthy
 
 
 
It’s science time! Checkers and Snoozer are off to perform a science experiment! They will be reading science books and making crafts along the way!
 
Books recommended for this episode: 
Libby Loves Science Mix and Measure – Kimberly Derting 
Cece Loves Science Push and Pull – Kimberly Derting 
Max & Mo’s Science Fair Surprise – Patricia Lakin 
 
Non-Fiction 
Mason Jar Science: 40 Slimy, Squishy, Super- Cool Experiments – Jonathan Adolf 
DIY Science Outdoors – Suzanne Fossey
Kitchen Science for Kids: 26 Family Friendly Experiments for Fun Around the House – Liz Lee Hienecke

 
 
In this week’s episode, Checkers and Snoozer are on a mission to learn where fruits and vegetables come from, why they are important and how we can grow them right in our backyard!
 

Make & Take Banana
Fruits Crossword Puzzle
 
 
 
Checkers and Snoozer discover the amazing world of 3d printing. They will visit a real graphic design company and learn how to print Checkers a new watch

 

 

Make & Take Watch

 

Checkers and Snoozer travel to a museum to see a real dinosaur egg. Along the way, they talk about great dinosaur books and discover amazing things about Dinosaurs!

 

 

 

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All About Art

Fireworks Painting

How to Paint Like a Bird

Marbled Planet Art

Make a Treasure Map

Salt Dough Fossils

 

Summer STEM

Build a Bird’s Nest

Homemade Space Satellite

Tornado in a Bottle

Make your own Dinosaur Skeleton

Magic Milk Science Experiment  with Ms. Amy!

Water Fireworks Science Experiment!