Animals provide lots of fun discussions about sounds and colors, but height is another way to look at animals too.
This month at the Des Plaines Public Library, we are exploring the idea of measurement using animals. Come check out our alcove area on the second floor, where we invite kids to mark how tall they are and compare their heights to actual sizes of animals and other kids.
I’ve always been a bit of a rule breaker (more about that here), and although I believe children need guidance and limits, my slightly rebellious spirit has definitely influenced my parenting style.
I am the parent who, when a craft project is handed out at a library storytime, steps back and lets my child get to work (stepping in only when the entire contents of an Elmer’s Glue bottle is about to be spilled onto the floor).
Does this mean I have a collection of abstract, purple paper panda bears at home? Yes -- absolutely.
But I take a hands-off approach not only because it gives me a chance to take a few sips my tea (bonus!), but because I firmly believe encouraging creativity is incredibly important.