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FLASHCARD STORY | Cosmic Panda: Chapter Two

8 Jan

Ta da! …

Introducing the second installment of THE INTERGALACTIC ADVENTURES of COSMIC PANDA.

If you’d like to read about Cosmic Panda’s intergalactic adventures, click on the PDF at the end of the post (please be patient while it downloads — the story is 62 cards long).

I’ve formatted the story to print double-sided so that you can read the story on the back whilst showing the picture front to your audience:

I hope you enjoy COSMIC PANDA and I invite your feedback.

Peacecakes!

… lots of giraffes!

FLASHCARD STORY | Cosmic Panda: Chapter One

8 Jan

In a previous post I wrote that I really liked YouTube’s “Cosmic Panda” Beta release graphic of a supercute panda and that I wanted to archive him for posterity by turning him into a flashcard story.

Ta da! …

Introducing the first installment of THE INTERGALACTIC ADVENTURES of COSMIC PANDA.

If you’d like to read about Cosmic Panda’s intergalactic adventures, click on the PDF logo at the end of the post (please be patient while it downloads — the story is 45 cards long).

I’ve formatted the story to print double-sided so that you can read the story on the back whilst showing the picture front to your audience:

I hope you enjoy COSMIC PANDA and I invite your feedback.

(BTW, Chapter 2, “Trouble at the Double Helix,” is  in production. Stay tuned for its début on Guybrarian in the supernear future.)

Space Bunny!

… lots of penguins!

EXTRAS FOR STORYTIME:

Note that the dialogue in COSMIC PANDA is in script form. To liven things up, I’ve made a character chart and stick puppets. Before I start the story, I go over the characters using the chart and then pass out the sticks (multiple copies of each).

Whenever a character in the story has a speaking role, the members of the audience with that character stick hold up their  character. In a few places, up  to four characters speak at once. Try it — it’s fun!

To wrap things up, I hand out a Cosmic Panda colouring sheet and button.

PDF > FLASHCARD: Cosmic Panda Character Card 

PDF > STICK PUPPETS: Cosmic Panda – Main Characters for Chapters 1 + 2

PDF  > COLOURING SHEET: Cosmic Panda – Fill in the Stars

BUTTONS!


FLASHCARDS | Shapes

4 Jan

I really liked the way my little felt monsters turned out and decided to photograph some close-ups of the little guys’ ID shapes and turn them into flashcards. PDF below.

PDF > FLASHCARDS: Circle Square Triangle Rectangle Diamond Heart

PDF > FLASHCARDS: Circle Square Triangle

FLASHCARDS | Cosmic Panda

17 Dec

I thought that YouTube’s “Cosmic Panda” was extra-cute and thought I should grab some images of him before he disappeared forever.

I made some flashcards; now I’m thinking of how to incorporate them into a storytime. Perhaps a felt board story about Cosmic Panda’s intergalactic friends?

WEEKS LATER … Well, I didn’t go for the felt board idea. Instead, I’ve been working feverishly on a fairly long and complex story about Cosmic and his galaxy of friends that I’m printing on card stock. So far, I’m up to two chapters.

Click on the last link below to see how this project unfolded. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about Cosmic Panda and his intergalactic adventures.

PDF > FLASHCARDS: Cosmic Panda (Original Version; Complete Version > link below)

Google Operating System | No More Cosmic Panda

PORTFOLIO | Marketing Tools for Storytimes

16 Dec

What’s the point of throwing a par-tay if no one shows up?

I think it’s extra important to spend time developing catchy marketing tools to get the message out to your audience.

This portfolio is where I park my marketing projects for future reference.

ARCHIVES | Clip Art from Clker

6 Dec

Guybrarian highly recommends Clker online royalty free public domain clip art. This site has some really tasteful clip art that you can have fun modifying.

This post is my repository of my favourite Clker images, some of which I’ve had fun toying with.

Please me know if you’ve found some other great site with NICE clip art images.

 

 

UPDATE: Check out openclipart.org for more creative inspiration!

GRAPHICS | »I ♥ MY LIBRARY!«

4 Dec

Here are some files for library types and those who love them (with extra special thanks to the many anonymouse clip art artists!):

    

GRAPHICS | Summer Reading Club

27 Nov

Here are some photos of graphics and other projects for the summer reading club at a small branch library. The year’s theme was “Savour Each Word” and the Club’s artist was the immensely talented Rose Cowles (link below).

The apple theme was repeated with apple-shaped helium balloons suspended from the ceiling in the children’s area:

A basket full of faux apples (many were fooled!) completed the “Savour Each Word” theme — it hid a treasure chest of small SRC prizes:

I also marketed the SRC to children and their parents at the Gordon Neighbourhood House Multicultural Fair:

GRAPHICS | Babytime + Family Storytime Poster

26 Nov

Clip art from the web + Futura typeface (my choice for children!).

GRAPHICS | Read. Learn. Grow. Banner

26 Nov

A creative project for a small branch library.

I designed and constructed a 20-foot-long supergraphic using images of water, air, and land baby animals with their mothers …

… set on an azure blue banner of corrugated paper (I love that stuff!) and glued the words READ. LEARN. GROW. on it to spark children’s curiosity about the world around them.

ABOVE > Conceptual design

BELOW > Laying out the design before gluing

ABOVE > Before

BELOW > After

BELOW > The new mascots for the children’s club room

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