We finished our winter break programs with, I think, the best yet. For the first hour, we watched one of the Planet Earth segments: Pole to Pole. I've seen this several times before, but the beauty of our planet always overawes me. I was very excited that all the kids sat through the whole thing--the awesomeness of nature is just as entertaining as any cartoon.
For a while now, I've been collecting random bits of librarian life--boxes and paper from packaging, receipt wheels, that sort of thing. After watching Planet Earth, the kids used all that junk that would have been thrown away and made some truly cool creations! With the new year approaching, and recycling more necessary than ever, it was encouraging to be reminded that kids love to create with anything--even stuff adults consider garbage.
From the awesomely bizzare to the bizzarely awesome, these kids definitely created works of art.