We’ve been thinking hard about fun, creative things we can do with our families or the people in our bubbles over the coming weeks, and after talking to the other librarians we couldn’t resist issuing you with the Book Domino Challenge.
It’s like regular dominoes, but more bookish!
How does the Book Domino Challenge work, you might ask? It’s simple — work together with your bubble-mates to take any number of books, stand them on their ends in a row, and try to create the longest unbroken domino chain you can. Don’t have enough books at home? Not a problem! You can use DVDs, CDs, playing cards, LEGO™, blocks, TV remotes, pieces of wood, even actual dominoes — anything you can find that’s rectangular in shape and can stand on its end.
We’d love to see your dominoes too! You can take photos or videos of your Book Domino Challenge chains and tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Let’s be creative together in our bubbles!
Stuck for ideas? Check the videos below for two examples of book dominoes put together by your librarians back in 2013. Happy toppling!
Lego has always been a favourite in the Children’s non-fiction collection, but have you ever considered using your own lego collection to make history? Not only is the 2017 Guinness World records in the Top 10 but, they are also accepting bids for the largest Lego pyramid ever… with teams of unlimited size! So round up your mates, and their mates and their… so on and so on and who knows, Guiness World record 2018 could contain your name!
If you could design and make something, what would it be? Something so amazing and fantastic that your friends are going to be sooooo jealous.
What about a robot that cleans your room or hover shoes that you could zoom around on. Maybe a small pill that has all your vegetables hidden inside (even broccoli) and when you swallow it, it tastes like chocolate or strawberries and cream.
This website has some great inventions that kids have designed and they have been turned into real products. I really like the scooter.
So get your thinking caps on and start creating. You might like to check out some of these great books to get you started.
Everyone loves toys – yes even adults love them. I bet a lot of mums and dads out there have a special toy from their childhood tucked away in the cupboard somewhere.
If you had to pick a favourite toy, what would it be? Do you love lego, or Star Wars toys. Maybe you are a Barbie or a My Little Pony fan. Perhaps you have a drone that you fly around or do you prefer to ride on your bike or scooter.
Whatever it is you might like to learn some funny and interesting facts about toys.
Did you know that:
The word “toy” comes from an Old English word meaning “tool”.
Dolls are considered to be the oldest toys in history.
The Yo-yo is believed to be the second-oldest toy in the world. It was used in 500BC in Ancient Greece.
Barbie was introduced in 1959 and cost $3. Every second, two Barbie dolls are sold in the world.
The first toy advertised on television was Mr. Potato Head.
Play-Doh was originally used to clean wallpaper.
Kermit the Frog is left-handed.
And last but not least did you know that LEGO is the world’s No. 1 tyre manufacturer. It produces 318 million tyres every year. That is 870,000 tiny tyres in a day. Wow that’s amazing!
There are heaps of cool books in the library about the history of toys as well as books that teach how to build and construct them.