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TPiB: Magic in Books and Movies, past, present and future (part 1)

I am a huge fan of fantasy fiction, and whenever I can do anything that ties that into a program, I am all for it. Add in the huge popularity of a HUGE movie franchise, a recent movie release, and an upcoming movie, and it’s a recipe for excitement! Not to mention, they absolutely fit within the Collaborate Summer Reading Program themes…..

First up, Neville! Oh, wait, I mean, Harry Potter!

HARRY POTTER PROGRAM
ACTIVITIES
Pass the Mandrake
 
Decorate a stuffed item or plushy (or more than one for added chaos) to simulate the screaming mandrake plants from the world of Hogwarts. Gather everyone in a circle. When the music starts (to the soundtrack of the movies, of course), have the participants toss the Mandrake around the circle (if you have more than one, have one passed around the circle while one is tossed). When the music stops, those who have possession of the Mandrake are OUT. The winners are the ones who last the longest. 

Feed the Norwegian Ridgeback

Prepare a piece of cardboard by drawing a dragon face on it and cutting a hole where the mouth would be – large enough for say, rolled up socks or bean bags to be thrown through. Lean the dragon face against a chair and place it 6-8 feet away (depending upon the abilities and ages of your group). Create your own “food” for the dragon by decorating beanbags or rolled up socks to be fun.  Everyone takes a turn throwing three items of “food” into the dragon’s mouth.  If you want to make it harder, draw lines with masking tape on the floor in different distances and make them step back in each round, or design a three headed dragon (or substitute a picture of Fluffy,the three headed dog) and have them have to hit all three mouths.
Azkaban picture
 
Create a frame out of cardboard saying “HAVE YOU SEEN THIS WIZARD?!?!?!?” and AZKABAN PRISON NUMBER with hole for kids to put their faces through. Then have someone with a digital camera take pictures with the patrons making their scariest or weirdest faces. Upload them to the library’s social media site (as your policies permit) so that they can download them to their own social pages.
 CRAFTS
Draw Your Own Marauders Map
Newsprint or construction paper
Crayons
Stickers

Have the participants draw their own Marauders Map (from the Weasley’s twins)- a map of Hogwarts Castle and all the classrooms. Award prizes for the most creative, and who adds in the most detail.

Book of Monsters
Book or journal
Construction Paper or Paper Bag for Book Cover
Crayons
Googly eyes
Felt
Fake Fur
Feathers
Other Embellishments
There is an awesome tutorial about how to create bookcovers on Family Crafts– just have your youth bring their own book or journal.
Declare Your Allegiance
Drag out the button maker, and let your tweens declare their allegiance. Are they Hufflepuffs, Sylverin, Griffendors or Ravenclaws? Print out templates of the various house crests for them to color, then cut to size and create their own crest buttons. Get wild and let them create their own buttons to fit in the books. If you need examples, the books are rife with them: Hermione’s S.P.E.W. button, Ron’s buttons for the Chuddley Cannons or Draco’s Potter Stinks button…
Next, a classic and a recent release…. 
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL PROGRAM
ACTIVITIES
SORT YOUR TEENS
While the original Wizard of Oz that everyone is familiar with shows the citizens of the Emerald City, the Land of Oz is actually split into four separate sections, one for each of the witches to rule over.  Start out your program by separating out your teens into North (Gillikins- Locasta) , South (Quadlings- Glinda), East (Munchkins- Evanora), and West (Winkies- Theodora) for their respective lands.  If you have stations for crafts and activities, these can be used to rotate teens around the room.
 
Broomstick Races
 
Get four or more broomsticks (ask staff to help with borrowing them for the program- no wiffers allowed), and break your group into the number of teams. When the clock starts, the first person on each team has to fly around the room (skipping, no running for safety of all concerned) at least once (twice maybe depending on the size of your room), and then tag the next person on their team. The race is won when the first team finishes. You can bother teams (place obstacles and whammies in their way) by hitting them with blue raffia (water) or Toto, or other things from the original OZ movie which would send someone back to start.
Another various would be to have certain people be designated the wicked witches, while other are Tin Men, Scarecrows, Lions and Totos, and have the witches try and catch the others.
OZ Relay
In the movie, Oz has to do some quick changes in costumes, especially near the end. Have your tweens do a relay race by having two sets of clothes for each team (make sure they’re big enough for your biggest kid). Set each outfit (including a hat, pants, shirt, shoes, and tie) at opposite ends, and the teams in the middle. When you say go, have the first person from each team run to point A and get dressed, then tag person B in the middle. While person B gets dressed, person A must get UNDRESSED. When B is fully dressed, they run to the middle and they tag C, who takes A’s clothes back to start. C then tags D who takes B’s clothes back to start. Only one person can be missing from base at a time. Everyone from the team MUST take a turn getting dressed and MUST take a turn running the clothes back in order to win.
CRAFTS
Thinking about crafts for your teens and looking for inspiration?
What about creating hot air balloons and letting loose your own wizard to Oz?  Bkids has an awesome idea for hot air balloons using helium balloons, food product netting, and small baskets….  And if you can’t get helium use water bottles, baking soda and vinegar.
 
Or, create your own flying monkeys!  Take a standard, like these from Oriental Trading Company, and let the teens decorate with markers, and add in construction paper wings for your own flying monkey army!
 
If your teens are into jewelry, check out Spoonful’s Shrink Oz charms!  If you don’t have the means to create shrink charms at work it would mean taking your work home with you, or morphing it around to mod podging pictures onto bottle caps or other media, but I love the effect!  Or, if you don’t want to let your teens loose with mod podge, search around craft stores for iconic beads and charms that would fit the theme and let them create away.
 
You can make personalized snowglobes easily with pictures, empty jars and glycerin.  Instead of calling them snow globes though, call them tornado globes. Complete instructions here.

Modify crafts you already know and love to fit the theme: You can do Oz themed marble magnets, bottle cap crafts, or felties. Teens can use images from the movie or use words like heart, brain, courage.  In fact, you can ask teens: If they were going to see the Wizard, what would you ask him for?
You can set up a scavenger hunt throughout the library and have teens search for a heart, brain, courage, ruby red slippers and more.

Next Up? A new release! The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones . . .

TPiB: Leaving Kansas for OZ- Oz the Great and Powerful

So, my teens and I are so over anxiously awaiting the release of Oz The Great and Powerful so badly you cannot believe it.  In fact, one of them has his birthday that day, and my teens start their spring break on the 7th, and they are begging me to go to the midnight showing. 
Or the 9 p.m. as the case may be.

At any rate, if your teens are like mine, you *need* to do programming for the new movie.  Click through the break for awesome things to do with your teens and to tie in with the movie and the books!

COSTUMES
Invite your teens to dress up in their favorite characters from the books or the movies.  There’s not just the new release and the Judy Garland movie either.  There’s The Wiz, The Muppet’s Wizard of Oz, and Return to Oz as well, not to mention SciFi Channel’s Tin Man.  If you can, give out prizes for the best costume, most original, best steampunk interpretation- the categories are only limited by your imagination.  They don’t have to be big prizes, either- most of the time, teens could benefit from passes that would give them extra time on the computer, or an extra week of time on a book loan, or $5 off their fines. 

SORT YOUR TEENS
While the original Wizard of Oz that everyone is familiar with shows the citizens of the Emerald City, the Land of Oz is actually split into four separate sections, one for each of the witches to rule over.  Start out your program by separating out your teens into North (Gillikins- Locasta) , South (Quadlings- Glinda), East (Munchkins- Evanora), and West (Winkies- Theodora) for their respective lands.  If you have stations for crafts and activities, these can be used to rotate teens around the room.
 CRAFTS
 
Thinking about crafts for your teens and looking for inspiration?
What about creating hot air balloons and letting loose your own wizard to Oz?  Bkids has an awesome idea for hot air balloons using helium balloons, food product netting, and small baskets….  And if you can’t get helium use water bottles, baking soda and vinegar.
 
Or, create your own flying monkeys!  Take a standard, like these from Oriental Trading Company, and let the teens decorate with markers, and add in construction paper wings for your own flying monkey army!
 
If your teens are into jewlery, check out Spoonful’s Shrink Oz charms!  If you don’t have the means to create shrink charms at work it would mean taking your work home with you, or morphing it around to mod podging pictures onto bottle caps or other media, but I love the effect!  Or, if you don’t want to let your teens loose with mod podge, search around craft stores for iconic beads and charms that would fit the theme and let them create away.
You can make personalized snowglobes easily with pictures, empty jars and glycerin.  Instead of calling them snow globes though, call them tornado globes. Complete instructions here.
Modify crafts you already know and love to fit the theme: You can do Oz themed marble magnets, bottle cap crafts, or felties. Teens can use images from the movie or use words like heart, brain, courage.  In fact, you can ask teens: If they were going to see the Wizard, what would you ask him for?
You can set up a scavenger hunt throughout the library and have teens search for a heart, brain, courage, ruby red slippers and more.
SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE
Since it is a tornado that starts our story, you can have a science moment at your program with the classic tornado in a bottle experiment.  Complete instructions are here.
 
TAKE HOMES
For take homes, think about printables, like these bookmarks from Spoonful.  Or let your teens loose with pictures from magazines or royalty free images from the internet, and have them create and laminate (with clear booktape) their own bookmarks to create their own take home crafts.
 
Or let teens create hot air balloon collages.  Take outlines of hot air balloons print them out on either plain white paper or card stock (depending on what your photocopier/printer will handle) and let the teens loose with your leftover magazines.  They can go in strips horizontal, vertical or any which way, or take pictures from the free images from the books and movies and create collages of different characters within.
What ideas do you have for the Oz premier?  Share in the comments!