Children’s book of the week: I Want My Hat Back

In ‘I Want My Hat Back’, a bear is searching for his missing hat.  He meets various animals along the way, and he receives a lot of different answers to his question.  This is a funny story which ends with a twist.

I Want My Hat Back Little Angel Theatre puppet show

Little Angel Theatre has created a fantastic puppet performance of ‘I Want My Hat Back’.  It’s a beautifully designed set, with live music, and a mesmerising central performance!  Click here to see for yourselves.

Make the bear puppet from ‘I Want My Hat Back

Sam Wilde from Little Angel Theatre demonstrates here how to make the bear puppet from ‘I Want My Hat Back’.  This is quite advanced, so more suitable for older children, with help from an adult.

How to make a simple origami hat

It is super-easy to make a folded paper hat, and if a rabbit steals your hat, you can just make another one.  Have a go yourselves over here.

Make a forest scene 

Candlewick Press have created this activity pack to celebrate Jon Klassen’s ‘Hat’ trilogy.  The forest scene is a fun way for kids to explore Jon Klassen’s illustrations.  Click here to find out more.

Jon Klassen’s ‘Hat’ trilogy activities

Walker Press have published some activities for the ‘Hat’ trilogy, including the Matching game.  Can you remember which hat belongs to which animal?    Try it out over here.




Children’s book of the week: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

This week for our children’s book of the week, we have We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.  This is a wonderful tale of adventure as a family bravely venture out to find a bear. We’re not scared, are you?

Watch Michael Rosen tell the story

The glorious Michael Rosen performs his story – or is it a poem?  This tale of resilience and courage is more relevant then ever.  Michael Rosen is very funny and lots of children will know him from his hilarious ‘Chocolate Cake’ video.  Check him out here?

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt map and binoculars

Budding adventurers can create their own map plus some cute cardboard binoculars by clicking here. After all the cutting, gluing and finger painting, kids can get immersed in re-enacting the story in their own home.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt art project

Perfect for pre-schoolers, this art project takes its inspiration from Helen Oxenbury’s charming illustrations. Lots of textures and different techniques make this a fun sensory activity for young children.  Try it out over here.

Bear Crawl – Fun activities for kids 

One of Joe Wicks’ favourite exercises, the Bear Crawl gets kids moving around in a fun way that builds strength and coordination. A great choice for home school PE lessons!  Click here to start crawling.

Origami Bear finger puppets

Older children will enjoy learning a new origami design with this easy to follow tutorial over here.


Children’s Book of the Week: Errol’s Garden by Gillian Hibbs

Errol loves growing plants at home – in fact, he is an awesome indoor gardener!  We found five ways for kids to enjoy the story and to do some real and imaginary gardening.

Listen to Gillian Hibbs reading Errol’s Garden

Tucked away here on Youtube is this reading of ‘Errol’s Garden’ by the author Gillian Hibbs.   Gillian has included a fun challenge at the end of the story: design you dream garden with Errol!

How To Regrow Your Veggies

It’s super-easy to regrow vegetables using scraps of veggies from your fridge.  Ava’s video shows you how to regrow spring onions with quick results.   Find out more here.

Mini Indoor Garden

Pick up some indoor gardening hacks with Gillian.  The first hack uses a recycled strawberry container as a mini greenhouse – it’s perfect for growing sunflower seedlings.     Click here to find out more.

Flower Pot Craft for Kids

Children can create a decorative flower pot using a recycled coffee tin.  Punch a few holes in the base and it could be used to grow some lovely basil or chives.   Have a go at growing your own here.

DIY: Make a watering can from an old milk jug 

Give younger children their own gardening duties with a recycled watering can.  This watering can holds a satisfying amount of water so your child can give plants a really good soak.   Click here to find out more.

Saturday Story & Craft at Kensal Library

Shamrock faces for St Patrick's Day 2017 at Kensal LibraryAt our regular story and craft session we made these cute shamrock faces to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

We started with a template of a shamrock printed onto green paper and drew on a face and added googly eyes.  Next we put a small amount of tissue paper and then stuck on the other side of the shamrock to make it puffy and finally tied a piece of ribbon around the stalk.

Hope you all had a great St Patrick’s Day!

Our next Story & Craft will be on Saturday 8 April.


Chocolate event with Canela Fina! at Brompton library

Our old friends Canela Fina! delivered yet another great event for Brompton library with their chocolate event for children. We had a full house with everyone champing at the bit to get to the eating part of the event. Of course, that came at the end, so before that we had a history of where chocolate came from and how it’s made, all with graphics on our screen, and then the chocolate song with hand actions that was so fast in the end no-one could keep up with it… but had great fun trying!

Then came the part that everyone had been waiting for – tasting the white, brown and black chocolate before drawing pictures of the Aztec god of chocolate (I hadn’t known there was one!) and then, even better, being given two little doughnuts to decorate with chocolate sauce (white and brown) and sprinkles.

Well, you can’t go wrong with chocolate, can you?


Harry Potter Moving Portraits at North Kensington Library

On Wednesday, 1st February and Saturday, 4th February North Kensington Library opened its doors to Harry Potter fans of all ages and invited them to take part in a series of special Harry Potter Book Night craft workshops.
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#HarryPotterBookNight at Kensal Library

This event was the perfect craft for Harry Potter fans.

We kicked off Harry Potter Book Night 2017 by making trunks like the one Harry uses during his stay at Hogwarts.

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Goodbye Summer Reading Challenge 2016: Big Friendly Party at Brompton

Last Saturday saw Brompton Library put this year’s Summer Reading Challenge to bed with our annual finishers’ party. The Roald Dahl theme this year was massively popular with the kids and many of them hoovered up the few titles they hadn’t already read. We supplemented his novels with joke books, revolting rhymes, biographies and autobiographies.

In the end an impressive 89 children completed the challenge, and the party was well attended! They had a great time – Katie lead the party, ably assisted by our long-standing friend and volunteer Lisa and they were treated to some great games and free juice and nibbles to keep them going as they played some very energetic games such as Duck, Goose (new to me) and musical chairs and statues (old favourites).




They also reviewed the books they’d read and enjoyed and talked about the craft events they’d come to at the library. Katie got some great feedback after the party and the kids and their parents agreed that the party was a great idea to round off the summer. Well done to everyone who took part and roll on the Summer Reading Challenge 2017- I wonder what it will be?

Steph Webb


Party time at Chelsea Library!


Last Friday we hosted the Chelsea Library Summer Reading Challenge party. We had over seventy completers and one hundred parents and children turned up to dance to Diane’s Latin American compilation and find Willy Wonka’s golden fridge magnet—the winner is yet to come forward! Please if you find the golden ticket nestling between packets of shrimp shaped haribos and some savoury crackers contact Chelsea children’s library! Continue reading “Party time at Chelsea Library!”

Canela Fina! First anniversary celebration

I can’t believe that our wonderful providers of Spanish storytelling and dance events, Canela Fina!,  have only been around for one year! Many of you will know of them from the  bi-lingual children’s events they put on for us during school holidays  (including this week!), mixing stories, dance, movement and music and teaching the non-Spanish speakers a few words and phrases as they go.


As organisers of their events in Kensington and Chelsea, Sandeep and I were invited to share this milestone with them in a chartered pod on the London Eye and what a great experience it was! Although the weather wasn’t really conducive we enjoyed the food and refreshments (canapes and wine!) but mostly we got to meet other people that they work with and had a long chat with Maria about her plans for the future and other events she could provide for adults as well as children.


Canela Fina! have come a long way since their first session with us, always creating a new programme for each series of events and I like to think we’ve helped and encouraged them along the way. Their next programme this half term is Storytelling- Los 3 cerditos y Caperucita Roja (the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood).


Here’s to their next year!

For more half term events please see our children’s events page.

Steph Webb