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August 30, 2018

Summer Field Guide: Issue 3

These activities were created and written by the New 42nd Street Summer Apprentices, Kevin Burns and Kendall Bowden.

With summer winding down and school just around the corner, finding time for family fun is more important than ever! In this Summer Field Guide, we highlight the three shows in our 2018-19 season created for the very young. They are Boing!, The World Inside Me (for ages 0–2 and ages 2–4) and Bout à Bout


In Boing!, it's the night before Christmas and these bouncy brothers can't get to sleep. Filled with excitement over Santa's visit, the pair play with their teddy bears and use them to tell all sorts of stories. Here are a few easy steps to create your very own teddy bear out of a brown bag.

Materials: Paper Bag Teddy Bear Worksheet, crayons or markers, an adult with scissors, glue stick, googly eyes and a brown paper bag

Step One: Ask your adult to print out the worksheet so you can color in the arms, nose, mouth and ears! Feel free to make your new friend colorful, patterned or the traditional brown.

Step Two: With the help of your adult, cut out each part of the bear with scissors. 

Step Three: Lay your paper bag down, with the bottom facing up. The paper bag is going to act as the body of the puppet. Glue the parts of the body on to the paper bag as shown below.

Step Four: Open the bag and insert your hand inside. Open and close your hand to make the puppet talk.

Step Five: Play with your puppet however you want to! You could create puppet shows, take it on adventures or ask your adult to read the following books to you and your new pal.
Otto Goes to Bed
Otto Goes to Bed by Todd Parr

In this colorful book, Otto the dog does not want to go to bed until he realizes that if he does, he can dream about all his favorite things.
Ten in the Bed Ten In The Bed by Gill Guile

There were ten in the bed, and the little one said, "Roll over! Roll over!" So they all rolled over and one fell out. Illustrator Gill Guile brings the classic nursery rhyme to life in this colorful counting book.
I Don't Want to Go to Bed
I Don't Want to Go to Bed! by Julie Sykes

In this tale, Little Tiger doesn't listen to Mommy Tiger when she says that it's time for bed. Instead, he runs off into the jungle to visit his friends and gets lost. Read to find out if Little Tiger can find his way back home. 
The Going to Bed Book
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

In this classic kid's book, a group of animals on a boat goes through their bedtime routine together. 

The World Inside Me

The World Inside Me is all about what's inside of your body. This summer, venture out into New York City to learn about the science of things outside of your body!

New York Hall of Science
The New York Hall of Science, located in Queens, is a creative and fun place to learn all about the wonders of the world. Two exhibitions that are perfect for kids under five are:

  • The Preschool Place is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of kids from birth to 6-years-old. There are even sing-alongs, story times and art activities featured during weekends and holidays.
  • At the Science Playground, visitors of all ages and abilities can explore the scientific principles of motion, balance and simple machines.

American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the most renowned museums in New York—there's always something new to explore. Feast your eyes on the famous dinosaur collection or journey to the far reaches of the cosmos at the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
New York Aquarium
You can find the New York Aquarium in Coney Island where it's been a mainstay of aquatic entertainment since 1896—making it the oldest operating aquarium in the United States. Make sure to stop by to say hello to some of the 8,000 undersea animals from more than 350 different species.

Bout A Bout
Bout à Bout follows the adventures of a little rope hero as he journeys through a world full of shapes, sounds and color. Let your very own hero know how much you admire them by making them a card.

Materials: A writing utensil, a piece of paper, an envelope and markers, crayons, glitter or any other decorations you may want to use

Step One: Fold your piece of paper—hamburger or hot dog style.

Step Two: On the inside, write a few words about your hero. Try to tell them why you chose them be your hero. Here are some ideas:
  • Do they cook your favorite food?
  • Do they have a fun job?
  • Have they taught you something special?
  • Have they helped you?
Be sure to write your note inside of the card so you can decorate the front and back.

Step Three: Decorate your card! Maybe you could do one (or more) of the following:
  • Paste a photograph of you and your hero on it.
  • Write their name in glitter glue.
  • Draw your hero with a cape on their back.
  • Draw you and your hero together in your favorite place.

Step Four: Place your letter into the envelope and give it to your hero to show them how much you appreciate them. If your hero lives far away, mail it to them with the help of a grown up.

Not finding the show you're most looking forward to in this Summer Field Guide? Check out the rest of our entries here!
Kevin Burns
Kevin Burns is a student at SUNY New Paltz studying Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and minors in Theatre Arts and Visual Arts. This summer, he was an Apprentice in the Communications Department for The New 42nd Street. He has previously interned for the Fine and Performing Arts Department at SUNY New Paltz and for the Madison Theatre at Molloy College. His interests include theater performance, graphic design and drinking large amounts of iced coffee.
Kendall Bowden
Kendall Bowden was a Summer Communications Apprentice for The New 42nd Street. She is currently a junior at New York University where she studies drama. She loves singing, making music and writing—but has a very hard time keeping up with the Kardashians.
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