Club Next is an after school program for Kindergarten through 3rd grade where children participate in hands on activities designed to build life skills. Activities include stories, crafts, science activities and the last few months have been focused on food. We're just finishing up a curriculum written by Tonia Durden, the assistant professor and early childhood extension specialist at the University of Nebraska, called Making Food. Here they learn the importance of food safety, health, and nutrition. To wrap up this curriculum students will finally apply all their learned skills to create a well balanced menu plan of their own using the recipe books from our library, while snacking on an example of a well balanced breakfast that includes dairy, protein, fruits, vegetables, and grains. Of course, they love the after-school-snacking, which was an integral piece of this particular curriculum!
These next few months are scheduled to include activities revolving around recycling and reusing, outdoor skills, and experimenting with foods. There are quite a few activities we are so excited to introduce; like making our own paper, crafting with old book pages, fizzing sherbet, and a balloon candy experiment. Which will also include some snacking I'm sure.
- Becky Lowery
Kimball Public Library
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