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Jul 27

Weekly SRP Activities: Stars and Fairy Tales

Posted on July 27, 2020 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Summer Reading weekly activities
This summer, we're imagining our stories every day! Come to the Tabb Library to pick up activity bags for crafts, science experiments and more. Can't make it this week? Don't worry. Activities with related videos will be available on our YouTube page. Activities without videos will be posted right here!

Craft Time: Stars

A constellation is a group of stars that form a pattern. Many constellations were seen as characters or creatures from mythology and are named for them. You probably can find the Big Dipper and maybe the Little Dipper. The Big dipper is not a constellation. It is part of the Ursa Major constellation, also known as Great Bear. The Little Dipper is also called Ursa Minor or Little Bear.

A Greek myth says that Zeus turned Callista into a bear to protect her. Years later, Callista’s son Arcas was hunting and was about to throw a spear at the bear, not knowing she was his mother. Zeus was able to stop Arcas in time. Zeus then turned Arcas into a little bear and sent them both into the sky. One version of this myth even explains that the “tails” of the bears are so long because Zeus held onto their tails and swung them into the sky.

A Native American tale says the three stars in the handle of the Big Dipper are hunters who are chasing the bear across the sky. Around October, one of the hunters stabs the bear. It lives but its blood falls onto the leaves of the trees. That is why leaves turn red in the fall. The bear then finds a cave in the constellation Corona Borealis where it sleeps through the winter. In spring the sky hunt starts all over.

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What constellation would you like to make? Below find instructions to either create a picture of a real constellation or make one of your own. You could even make a constellation out of your own name!

Instructions:
From Astro Adventures, Lesson 1: Create a Constellation © 2003 Pacific Science Center

  1. Use strips of paper, ribbon, or yarn to make an outline of name or picture.
  2. Then glue or draw stars to the ends of the lines and where the lines meet each other.
  3. Glue extra stars in the sky around your constellation.
  4. Write a story telling the origin of your constellation and send your stories and pictures of your creation to youthservices@yorkcounty.gov.
Additional Resources

Preschool Story Time: Fairy Tales

An example of a decorated gingerbread manOur fairy tale theme is Classic Fairy Tales! While there are so many fairy tales to choose from, we're featuring one of our favorites: the Tale of the Gingerbread Man! Print out the Blank Gingerbread Figure sheet linked below. Then color and decorate the gingerbread person however you wish. Let your imagination run wild!

Have fun and don't forget to send pictures of your creations to youthservices@yorkcounty.gov!


Summer Reading Details

This year for summer reading, we're imagining our stories every day! If you haven't registered for summer reading yet, there's still time to get in on the fun! Participation is virtual this year. The Beanstack website and app lets you track your progress toward challenges that encourage reading and fun. And we're providing a variety of story time, craft and science programs on our YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Just visit our Summer Reading page to get all of the details and to sign up!