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June 17, 2014

Farmers' Museum to offer Story Time

An active family story hour for children in preschool through first grade will be offered Tuesdays at The Farmers’ Museum. Story Time will begin June 24. 

On ten Tuesdays this summer, children accompanied by a grown-up hear a story read aloud. Then they play a game, sing a song, or make a craft in one of the museum’s historic buildings. Each week features a different story and activities related to the story. Each installment will begin at 10:30 a.m. 

June 24: “Mortimer’s First Garden” by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Dan Andreasen (2009). Children will plant sunflower seeds in small peat pots they can take home.

July 1: “The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitch­en” by Diana Prichard; illustrated by Heather Devlin Knopf (2013). Children will search sugar maple trees for tap holes and learn how maple products are made from sap.

July 8: “Stanley Goes for a Drive” by Craig Fra­zier (2004). Children will visit the farm and look for the black horse and spotted cow in the book. They will also see how clouds are made.

July 15: “One Sunday Morning” by Yumi Heo (1999). Children will visit the Empire State Carousel and go for a ride, and make their own carousel animal from clay.

July 22: “The Cheese” by Margie Palatini; il­lustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (2007). Children will play the parts in the book, then they will make cheese curds.

July 29: “The Folks in the Valley” by Jim Ayles­worth; illustrated by Stefano Vitale (1992). Children will vis­it the blacksmith shop and explore “I for iron,” or the Morey Barn and explore R for rope. Then they make some rope to take home.

Aug. 5: “Mooshka: A Quilt Story” by Julie Paschkis (1996). Children will visit Bump Tavern and talk with the interpreter about staying there. 

Aug. 12: “A Farmer Boy Birthday,” adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Farmer Boy” (1933); illustrated by Jody Wheeler (1998). Children will visit the farm and watch a team of oxen, then try to follow commands such as “gee,” “haw” and “whoa.”

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