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Hello, Little-New Yorkers! This month we are celebrating the start of the school year by reading stories all about school, friendship, and being yourself!
When a little bean has trouble fitting in with the coolest beans at Beanside Elementary School, he changes everything about himself in the hope of being cool - from the way he walks to the way he wears his hair. But it turns out coolness doesn’t come from your outside, it comes from confidence in yourself and the way you treat others. The Cool Beans show the little bean that all it takes is “a wink or a nod or a smile in just the right moment,” or “dusting somebody off, helping them up again, and pointing them in the right direction!” Today we are making our own Kindness is Cool sunglasses, inspired by The Cool Bean, written by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald. Follow along with the steps below, and don’t forget to join us live at 3:30 pm every Tuesday via Zoom and Friday in-person for our Little New-Yorkers Hello Song, silly games and dances, a craft, and, of course, our read aloud!
- Cool Bean Sunglasses Template
- Something to color with: markers, crayons, pencils, pastels, or a cool combo!
- Glue Stick
* A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Coloring
You’ll see you have lots of sunglasses to choose from - you can make them for yourself, and for your family and friends! Sharing is always cool. What colors will you use? Will your sunglasses be pink, like the sunglasses of one of the beans in the story? Or maybe they’ll be striped? Or decorated with mini-dinosaurs! It’s up to you! You can also think about what someone else in your life might like. Would your favorite stuffy like polka dot sunglasses?
STEP 2: Cutting
It’s Careful Cutting O’Clock! Use your scissors to cut out your funky frames and amazing glasses arms.
STEP 3: Cutting the Lenses
This next step can be a little tricky - definitely feel free to ask a grown-up for help. You need to cut out the center of your glasses so you will be able to see when you put them on. Start by using a sharp pencil to poke a hole right in the middle of each lens. Like this:
Now, you can put your scissors in the hole and cut out the lenses the rest of the way.
STEP 4: Folding
Do you see the dotted lines on each arm of your glasses? Use your fingers to fold back along each dotted line.
STEP 5: Gluing
Next, use your glue stick to put your glasses together. One arm on each side.
STEP 6: Done!
Wow you look soooo cool! But remember, true coolness is inside your heart - our glasses remind us of that. Each side says “Kindness is Cool!”
Who will you share a pair of glasses with? I shared one of my pairs with Lowly Worm at the New-York Historical Society. Looking good, Lowly! How kind of you to read to those mice!
Now that you are as cool as the Cool Beans, how will you use your coolness to help others? As you start the school year, you can make sure to look out for any friends who might be having a hard time.
Thanks for following along. We hope to see you, and your creations, at Little New-Yorkers soon! We’d love to see your artwork - join the conversation and tag us on social media @nyhistory.
Written by Meagan Raker