Build a Band

We were looking for another passive program to have at our library for <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Jamuary</a>, when we came across <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>this</a>&nbsp;on <em>Pinterest</em>. &nbsp;<em>Pinterest&nbsp;</em>is sort of the best, amiright? &nbsp;Anywho, I could envision us doing a music version of this and mentioned it to Brittany who I’d put in charge of figuring out the passive portion of our month. &nbsp;After all, any time she works on the passive events we seem to get excellent participation.

The next day she presented to me&nbsp;<em>Build a Band.</em> She had found free clip art and put a cool sheet together, but had trouble making the numbers look good with the instruments. &nbsp;I offered to step in, and she was totally cool with it. &nbsp;Have I mentioned lately how much I love my team? It’s a lot.

Well, after futzing with it a bit in&nbsp;<em>Photoshop</em> I finally realized what was bothering me: the images all seemed very “clip-arted” in and not unified like you’d like a band to be. &nbsp;What I ended up doing was printing off what we had so far, and then tracing the instruments that I wanted with a blue pencil. &nbsp;After that, I used a Sharpie to ink the coloring sheet. &nbsp;Once I’d printed off a copy (goodbye blue pencil marks), I scanned in the sheet and made my tweaks on it.

And here it is! &nbsp;As with pretty much everything on my blog, feel free to copy/adjust/reuse it:

<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><img class=”alignnone  wp-image-1307″ title=”Click on this for a pdf. Also, feel free to take off my library’s logo at the bottom (usually I remember and save a non-logo copy for Hafuboti, but I forgot this time).” src=”″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”763″></a>

I also made a sign that mimicked Brittany’s&nbsp;<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><em>Rock and Read Hall of Fame&nbsp;Inductees</em></a>&nbsp;sign. It summed up how to play (basically using our inspiration word-for-word since I tend to overcomplicate things by over explaining – heh).

<img class=”alignnone  wp-image-1308″ title=”Our fun instruction sign – the same instructions are posted on the back side.” src=”″ alt=”A red, black, and white two-sided sign (since it’s placed on a table) giving instructions to the children on how to play the game – there’s some room for their own creative interpretation on how to play.” width=”584″ height=”490″>

We also used another&nbsp;<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><em>Pinterest&nbsp;</em>idea </a>and put our dice into those plastic toy vending machine containers – love it! &nbsp;It’s a bit noisy in our tiny space, but it beats losing the dice or fearing that an unsupervised child would try to swallow one.

<img class=”alignnone  wp-image-1340″ title=”The only bummer with this is that the covers are pretty cloudy.” src=”″ alt=”Using toy containers for vending machine toys to hold dice so that children will have to work hard to lose them, and also to choke on them.” width=”584″ height=”438″>

It started off somewhat popular, but halfway into the month, I’d call it a bit of a flop. &nbsp;I don’t know if it’s because there’s a lot of rules to it, or if people don’t expect this sort of thing at our library. &nbsp;I’ll definitely return to this post and update it by the end of the month.

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