Window Games

I have a lot of fun trying to decide what to do with our giant front windows that take up most of the face of our building.  One idea that I’ve been exploring (once before with the Epic Picture Find) is having games or activities be the display.  So far I don’t think that I’ve really hit on the best combination of prep-time vs. payoff, but by golly, I’m going to keep trying.

For this month I had been planning a display that was inspired by this post, but I wanted to have fun with our dragon mascot and Photoshop.  I also immediately had a vision of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?  and so Where in Gretna is Booker T. Dragon? was born.

I had the best time going around town taking pictures and sort of setting up in my mind the way I’d insert the images of our mascot.  And for the most part what I saw in my mind’s eye became reality.  Here’s four of my favorite in a montage (because everything’s better in a montage).  Wait.  That’s film.  I guess this here’s a collage (because most thing’s are consolidated in a collage):

I ended up making nine pictures total that were numbered (both front and back so that kids could either do the game inside or outside).  I also made a little worksheet that the kids would pick up at the circulation desk. If they turned in a complete and correct worksheet, then they’d win a sticker featuring Booker.

Here’s what the whole shebang looks like:

The one thing I’m so glad that I thought of doing was putting a piece of black construction paper between the two printouts of the images. This gave them a nice black border, and also blocked the light so the pictures were solid and easy to see.

As of my writing this post, only three children have done the game – and all three had a blast.  One girl even wanted to keep her worksheet as a momento.  Two of the kids put their sticker of Booker on their library cards.  The best part was watching a mom and daughter interact as the daughter kept trying to get hints from the mom.

But this is the thing that kills me: any time we have passive programming (which, admittedly, has only been introduced this year to the library with my encouragement), I am shocked at how little the patrons will initiate the activity on their own.  However, if we point it out (and this includes the giant picture find – how do you miss that?) then both children and parents have a wonderful time together which is one of the main goals.

I do hope to figure out a way to get both children and adults more motivated to do the things that we create for them.  If I figure out what on earth works, then I’ll be sure to share – I’ll definitely continue experimenting.  If you happen to know the answer (or have suggestions), then please share!

2 thoughts on “Window Games

  1. Love the idea of activities for kids that involve the parent(s)! Will get back to you if I come up with ideas for getting more parents and children involved.

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