App of the month

Stack the countries

This month we will talk about an interesting app for children 8 years old and up that won the Editor’s Choice Award from Children’s Technology Review.      It works with devices that use iOS 4.3 or later or Windows 8.1.

Stack the countries is an educational geography game that teaches and quizzies kids on the countries of the world and their shapes, neighbors, landmarks, capital cities, languages, flags, and other geographical facts. Gameplay involves reading questions and choosing from four different countries the correct answer. If the player answers the question correctly, they get to drop the country and stack them one on top of the other. One has to use his judgment and avoid to knock down the stack of countries. Kids can rotate the county on the screen before dropping it, until enough countries are stacked up to reach the checkered line. Then the player receives a random country as a bonus, that gets placed on the world’s map that looks like a puzzle.

Once kids receive 20 countries, a second game called Map It is unlocked. After one collects 50 countries, a third game called Pile Up is unlocked. With more then 1000 questions this app engages children or adults in a fun and quite complex game while expanding their knowledge about the world’s geography.

stack the countries

If you enjoy this app and you are interested in other similar apps, try            Stack the States or Presidents versus Aliens by the same                              developer, Freecloud Design, Inc.

Mrs. Andreea

Drop-in Programs for Children this Week!

Is your school on Spring Break this week?  Children’s Services has some drop-in activities especially for you!

Family Fun
Tuesday, April 8, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
All ages can drop in between 1:00 and 4:00 for Wii games, LEGOs, coloring, and more!  Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.

Spring Break Movie
Thursday, April 10, 2:00-3:45 p.m.
Come see a very popular movie that was released on DVD last month– you probably have it on hold right now!  We can’t name the title on the blog, but we can tell you if you call (630) 685-4181.  All ages, preschoolers with an adult.

If you are in grades 4-6, we also have room for you to sign up for two more programs this week, Make Your Own Puzzle on Thursday afternoon and a Diary Party (for all fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, and Dear Dumb Diary) on Friday afternoon.

Party in your PJs!

Bedtime Math

Children aged 6 to 9 can sign up now for the Bedtime Math Pajama Party on Tuesday, April 8, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Come enjoy snacks, wacky math problems, and tangrams and giant dominoes you can take home to keep!  Pajamas are encouraged, but not required.


Spring Break Fairy Fun

Fairy Gardens
April 9
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
For grades 1 – 5
Register now!  Limit 20.

What a fanciful way to welcome spring!  Floral designer Kathleen Obirek will guide you as you create a plant arrangement complete with a little winged figurine!  Ms. Obirek furnishes all materials at no cost to you, so just register and come to the program.

Here are a few books to inspire you:

Fairy Houses and Beyond
Fairy Houses and Beyond by Barry and Tracy Kane

The Fairy Ring
The Fairy Ring, or, Elsie and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure

Afternoon of the Elves
Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle

Fairy World Crafts
Fairy World Crafts by Kathy Ross

Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child
Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child by Bob Graham





Special Programs during Valley View Spring Break

Sign up now for special programs the second week of April!  Each of these programs is free.

Bedtime Math Pajama Party
Tuesday, April 8
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Ages 6-9
Put on your pajamas and come to a party!  We’ll enjoy snacks, wacky math problems, and puzzles and dominoes you can take home.

Fairy Gardens
Wednesday, April 9
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Grades 1-5
Floral designer Kathleen Obirek will guide you as you create a fantasy plant arrangement complete with a little winged figurine!

Spring Stuffed Animal Sleepover and Snack Time
Wednesday, April 9, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Ages 4-7 with an adult
Children ages 4 – 7 years can bring a stuffed animal and a caregiver!  The stuffie will spend the night at the library.  When the lights go out, the toys will be having wild escapades in the dark.  The children will pick up their toy friends the next day at Snack Time and see what mischief they all got into in the night!

Diary Party
Friday, April 11
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Grades 4-6
Join us for a party celebrating some of our popular book series including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, and Dear Dumb Diary!

We will also offer drop-in programs that do not require registration; please see our calendar for more details.

Sign up for Arts and Fables

At Arts & Fables, children ages 2 to 6 listen to a story and make a craft.  Sign up now for Arts & Fables on Friday, March 28, at 9:30 or 10:30 in the morning.  Create your own Rain Stick to keep!

rain stick


How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

The number π is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and is approximately equal to 3.14.  On March 14 (3.14), many students will celebrate Pi Day by baking pies.  In recognition of Pi Day, I thought I would highlight one of our favorites, How to Make and Apple Pie and see the World.  This book takes you all over the world, collecting ingredients to make an apple pie (Italy for wheat, France for eggs and so on).  Check out this book or movie and enjoy seeing customs from all over the world.