I have been doing a Fundama Club with 25 fifth graders at my school. We meet once a week for 50 minutes and we have the best time! They absolutely LOVE making and playing with the toys. I am so glad I found your fantastic program and website! Our final goal is to go on our school's morning show and show off our toys and talent. Thank you so much for this great resource. We're having a wonderful time!
Mary Alice Hudson, Media Specialist, Cape Fear Elementary
Cape Fear, NC
Some of your library regulars may love reading stories while others use the non-fiction section to satisfy curiosity about dinosaurs, bugs, and sports (oh my!) There’s also that third group that might come for programs and gaming nights, but avoid reading. How can you develop programs to engage all three? How can you bridge fiction, non-fiction, and active learning?
The Connections Page provides the resources needed to get tweens and teens excited about juggling through hands-on workshops that you can run regardless of your juggling skill level. A reading list with both fiction and non-fiction books will help them dig deeper and explore their new interest in juggling. These resources can also serve as a model for other programming ideas to help bridge this gap.
This site has been developed with libraries in mind, but can easily be adapted for schools, camps, and afterschool programs.
FlowCircusKids.com: A new website that illustrates the captivating stories that skill toys tell about culture, trade, natural resources, and human nature. People have been playing with skill toys for thousands of years and as different as one culture may be from another, we are all connected by the desire to play.
Watch: Videos introducing some of the toys and demonstrating how they are used.
Build: Do-It-Yourself instructional videos.
Play: Activities encouraging families to use the site, visit their library, and have fun together.
Teach: Activities for programmers like you. Ideas are broken down into passive programs such as a Skill Toy Bingo card, and active group activities such as a World Map Mural and 21st Century Hieroglyphs.
Other: Original drawings and photographs of the skill toys, categories of toys to help visitors see connections between various toys, and ideas for skill based play with everyday objects.
PlayFundama.com: A website for programmers with videos and instructions providing hours of fun programming. The best part - the only supplies you need are masking tape, string, paper cups & dowels! Your groups can learn about toys from around the world and then have a chance to make their own. We have created 6 different models of Fundama, but the sky is the limit in what kids will create. The Basic is perfect for younger audiences while the Ladder and Six challenge tweens and teens. In an age of shrinking budgets, you'd be hard pressed to find a better program on a shoestring budget.
Training Sessions: Flow Circus is available for hands-on training sessions to help your staff take full advantage of these free resources. We are available to present sessions at conferences or regional meetings. The sessions are free if we are on tour in your area.
Training sessions have been conducted at Pennsylvania Library Association, State of North Carolina Summer Reading Program Workshops, Connecticut Library Consortium Southeastern Roundtable, YMCA Campfire Conferences, American Camping Association - Southeast Conferences, North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs Synergy Conference
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