Arts, books and sports come together


By Aila Boyd - aboyd@civitasmedia.com



Area kids tracing each other on large sheets of paper, after which they colored the tracings of themselves.


A boy rolls marbles through paint in order to create a unique effect on paper.


An area high school student helps kids with paint activity.


A girl creating the Olympic symbol by dipping an empty toilet paper roll into paint.


Whoever said that arts, books and sports can’t go together certainly was not thinking of the summer reading program at the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library.

As part of the program at the library, preschool and elementary age kids learned that arts, books and sports don’t have to be mutually exclusive through a book reading and arts and crafts activity.

The event was titled “Ready, Set, Create!” and took place on July 14, with 10 a.m. being devoted to the preschoolers and 3 p.m. devoted to the elementary age kids.

Diane Blakemore, program assistant, started off the event by reading “Harold and the Purple Crayon Race Car” to the kids, with the book being part of the “Harold and the Purple Crayon” series. The book followed the adventures of Harold as he draws his way through a series of situations and predicaments.

One of the more comical things that Harold drew in the book were snow skies for his car, then immediately drawing “huge desert tires” as he made his way out of a snowy mountain and into the sandy landscape of a desert.

The event illustrated how art and sports come together by allowing the kids to engage in several arts based athletic activities. Some kids made paintings of the Olympic symbol in preparation for the summer games with empty toilet paper roles, while others made wind socks, paper plate soccer balls and traced each other onto large rolls of paper.

“There are some kids that are more athletically inclined, while others are more arts or books inclined and we wanted to bring them together to show that they can combine all three,” Blakemore said.

Originally a speeds stack activity was planned for July 15, but due to the fact that the supplies for the event had not arrived yet, Blakemore moved the “Ready! Set! Create!” activities forward. Blakemore assured that the speed stack event has been rescheduled for July 28. Speed stacks is an activity in which players attempt to stack plastic cuts in as little time as possible.

There are still more activities planned for the summer reading program. For preschoolers those include:

-The race is on! – Minute to win it games on July 21

-Speed stacks on July 28

-Record-breaking celebration on August 4

Upcoming 3 p.m. activities for the summer reading program for elementary kids include:

-School of hard knox with Mickey Heath on July 21

-Speed stacks on July 28

-Record-breaking celebration on August 4

Area kids tracing each other on large sheets of paper, after which they colored the tracings of themselves.
http://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_RSC6.jpgArea kids tracing each other on large sheets of paper, after which they colored the tracings of themselves.

A boy rolls marbles through paint in order to create a unique effect on paper.
http://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_RSC5.jpgA boy rolls marbles through paint in order to create a unique effect on paper.

An area high school student helps kids with paint activity.
http://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_RSC3.jpgAn area high school student helps kids with paint activity.

A girl creating the Olympic symbol by dipping an empty toilet paper roll into paint.
http://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_RSC2.jpgA girl creating the Olympic symbol by dipping an empty toilet paper roll into paint.

By Aila Boyd

aboyd@civitasmedia.com

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