Join us for our hands-on storytelling adventures, Tales for Tots, held each Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 11 am. Book readings are typically followed by a craft activity related to the story that guests can take home.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Locations vary by date and are listed below.
Included with regular venue admission
Upcoming Tales For Tots:
Tuesday, December 3 (Museum of Ancient Life)
A Christmas Spider's Miracle by Trinka Hakes Noble and Stephen Costanza
Long ago in a faraway place there lived two mothers. One, a humble peasant woman who struggled daily to provide for her children. And the other, a mother spider who also worked hard to care for her family. And although it would appear they were as different as night and day, these two mothers had more in common than would first seem.
Based on an old Ukrainian folktale, Trinka Hakes Noble spins a tale of the grace that can be found in the true spirit of Christmas and will make you look at spiders in a new light! Then we will make your own magical Christmas Cobweb!
Wednesday, December 4 (Farm Country)
Chilly Milly Moo by Fiona Ross
Milly Moo wants only one thing: to churn out the finest, tastiest, creamiest milk around. But there's just one problem. She's always too hot! While all the other cows snicker and bask in the sun, Milly Moo's milk bucket keeps coming up empty. Nada! Zilch! Just when she's sure that the farmer will banish her, Milly Moo wakes to a freezing cold morning. It's her last chance!
This book is a sweet way to teach kids that we are all different, but everyone’s talents are important! So come to Tales on this chilly day for a sweet treat from Chilly Milly Moo!
Tuesday, December 10 (Museum of Ancient Life)
The Twelve Bots of Christmas by Nathan Hale
Take one robotic Santa, nine cyber-reindeer pulling his techno-sleigh, and twelve days of Christmas circuitry and wizardry—and this incredible holiday offering is guaranteed to add up to every gear-head's delight!
This unique spin on the familiar song just begs to be read aloud, as it retains the cadence and lyricism of the original. With two turbo doves and three wrench hens leading the way, young readers will be thrilled to join Robo-Santa on his annual round of gift giving. Nathan Hale has created a special delivery for all robot fans.
This book is by Utah native, Nathan Hale who even drew some of the murals here at the museum. We are making a funny little robot finger puppet that you can play with for Christmas or any time of the year!
· The Twelve Bots of Christmas by Nathan Hale
· Take one robotic Santa, nine cyber reindeer pulling his techno-sleigh, and twelve days of Christmas circuitry wizardry-and this is one holiday offering, guaranteed to add up to every gear-head's delight! A unique spin on the classic song, young readers will be thrilled to join Robo-Santa on his annual round of gift giving. BEEP BOP BOOP... today we will make a little robot puppet!
Wednesday, December 11 (Farm Country)
Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
If there's one thing Llama Llama doesn't like, it's waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree . . . but how long is it until Christmas? Will it ever come?
You will know just how much longer you have to wait when you make a fluffy llama countdown!
· Tues. Dec 17th, Museum of Ancient Life
The Dinosaurs' Night before Christmas by Anne Muecke and, Nathan Hale
The traditional Christmas poem gets a wild and woolly new treatment in this wonderfully illustrated book, sure to attract dinosaur fans. A young boy is asleep, but “there arose such a clatter,” so to speak, from the museum across the street that he heads over to see what’s up. What’s up is the dinosaurs, starting to wake from their millions-of-years’ sleep. Bones turn into scales and feathers, and soon the huge reptiles are on the move. For a moment the boy wonders if an approaching dino wants to eat him, but there’s a bit of mistletoe hanging around that leads to a kiss instead of a chomp. The text mostly keeps to the rhythm and scan of the original, though it goes on much longer and occasionally takes a rhyming roundabout. It’s the acrylic artwork that’s the standout here. The well-crafted dinosaurs, in eye-popping colors, really do seem as if they’ve come to life, and their ferocity is neatly combined with their jollity
Hear a story illustrated by a Utah local, Nathan Hale, make a beautiful Dinosaur Ornament for your tree, and don’t forget your camera or cell phone for a picture with our very own “Santa-saurus” DIGGERCLAUS
Wednesday, December 18 (Farm Country)
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss
“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” No holiday season is complete without the Grinch, Max, Cindy-Lou, and all the residents of Who-ville, in this heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit on even the smallest and coldest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old.
Come bring your little ones and make the tastiest Christmas tree in Whoville and meet none other than the Grinch’s loyal little sidekick, Max the rein-dog!
Tues. Dec 24th CHRISTMAS EVE, NO STORY
Weds. Dec 25th, CHRISTMAS, NO STORY
Tuesday, December, 31 (Museum of Ancient Life), NEW YEARS EVE
“First Night” by Harriet Ziefert
What could be more fun than dressing up, marching in a parade, and ringing in the new year with music and fireworks? Leading this parade is the lucky little Amanda Dade. With baton in hand, she keeps a cast of one-of-a-kind, humorously-clad characters in line. Harriet Ziefert's funny rhymes will have readers chanting along as they follow the parade's progress.
Then, we will make our own noise makers for a little parade to celebrate 2014!
About Our Supporter:
Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) is the presenting sponsor of Tales For Tots. With SSFCU’s generous donation, the Tales for Tots program will receive support in providing education through reading books to thousands of children. SSFCU chose to partner with Thanksgiving Point as it shares core values in giving back to the community, especially in Utah where the young population demands more learning opportunities. In addition to monetary support, SSFCU employees will be volunteering as book readers and helping with crafts at Tales For Tots. To learn more about SSFCU, visit www.ssfcu.org.