Science Is Child’s Play
Anne Moser, senior special librarian with the Wisconsin Water Library, wants kids to jump around with frogs. Not literally, although a little jumping in the classroom or library might be all right. Moser has created a free educational STEM kit called “Jump around with frogs!” It’s one of several she will be producing over the coming months in an effort to encourage literacy and science learning for children ages three to 10.
The STEM kits are a natural outgrowth of the popularity of Moser’s story-time activities for libraries and classrooms across Wisconsin. Moser is spread too thin to meet the demand, so she developed activities that other librarians and teachers can do themselves. “They’ll be able to open up the kit and use it out of the box. The kit is an easy way to add science into an educational curriculum or library,” Moser said.
The 14-by-16-inch pouch kit includes a guide, books about frogs, songs and a craft that involves creating a frog out of a paper bag, “which gives children a chance to take the story home with them,” Moser said. The information meets early-childhood state science standards. Other kits are on the way. Moser is creating STEM kits on the topics of buoyancy and winter.
Five frog kits are available for free loan and shipping through Wisconsin Libraries’ Delivery Network. Fill out the book request form found here: go.wisc.edu/gmp2a6. The call number to use on the form for the kit is 281681.