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A Tween Tale

by: 
Sarah, Golden Library

Earlier in the year, our Teen Librarian was struck with an unfortunate bug and needed to stay home from work that day. There was a Tween Time scheduled for that afternoon, and although my specialty area is programming for the 3-and-under set, I bravely agreed to take on the tweens for an hour and a half.

We thought that we had a program activity lined up - but, unfortunately, the bin of program materials did not arrive as scheduled! I have to admit, I was a bit panicked. What on Earth was I going to do with a room full of tweens on such short notice??

Drooling dimpled babies? Terrible two-year old toddlers? No problem! 

Tweens?? Problem!!

Then it struck me. I'd use some of the toddler toys to make a super fun program. I'd do....Angry Birds!

I got out the foam blocks, connector toys and beanbags that we usually use at toddler programs. I scrounged up some styrofoam cups. Then I went to the internet and printed out some Angry Birds and Pigs to tape onto the beanbags and cups. Thus, live-action tabletop Angry Birds was born! :)

As luck would have it, I had a feisty group of tween boys at my program that day. They helped tape the Birds to the beanbags and the Pigs to the cups. Then, they took the blocks and got busy building elaborate levels to conquer with their Birds. And at last, it was time to launch! 

About 30 seconds later, 15 minutes worth of beautifully-constructed level lay in ruins on the table and floor. And the kids were psyched! They picked everything up and started to build all over again!

An hour and a half of tabletop Angry Birds later, parents stopped by to pick up their happy offspring who had nothing but good things to say about their program experience.

I have to admit, I had a ton of fun with the tweens that day. I'm still terrified of them, naturally, but we did have an awful lot of fun with toddler toys. ;)