Cotsen Children’s Gallery inside of Firestone Library is one of my favorite places in Princeton, but it got a whole lot better since we returned earlier this month. Now that Thomsen is three, he can attend Tiger Tales! The program begins with a story and ends with a craft. We have gone twice, and both times have been amazing. Thom’s first Tiger Tales was based around the book, DogFish by Gillian Shields. He loved it, but Errol and I couldn’t believe how complicated the craft was. It was a goldfish made from a box with all these parts: several pieces of paper, a bent wire hanger leash, a magnet… definitely a multi-step process. Thomsen loved the fish, however, but could never have been able to complete the craft without some serious adult-intervention.
We were more prepared this morning to make a mini-masterpiece. The story was Room on the Broom by Axel Scheffler, and we made brooms as our craft. A broom complete with the accessories of a cauldron, pinwheel, and a dragon to live in the cauldron. (Read this great book!) After the broom construction, Dr. Dana took all the children to the foyer of Firestone and had set up a broom-flying obstacle course. After each child completed the course, they were each given a Broom Flying License from the New Jersey DFV (Department of Flying Vehicles). The kids loved it! I was just in awe of this great program we get to participate in, and it’s free!