Silly Squad Under 13s Reading Challenge

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The Summer Reading Challenge is now closed.

Well done to everyone who did so much reading over the Summer and to those of you who attended our great events. For the national Summer Reading Challenge, click here. For details of what is currently happening in libraries, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays. This year, the Summer Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. The Challenge will run to mid-September.

There are lots of ways you can get involved:

  • Find out about the great stuff you can join in, for free, over the summer, like storytellers and live dance classes by selecting Online events
  • Be in with a chance to win a £20 book token by entering one of our competitions by selecting Competitions:
  • Listen to or post a truly terrible joke or learn how to craft by clicking on Crafts and Jokes

Get involved now by selecting from the tabs below.

The Summer Reading Challenge is now closed.

Well done to everyone who did so much reading over the Summer and to those of you who attended our great events. For the national Summer Reading Challenge, click here. For details of what is currently happening in libraries, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays. This year, the Summer Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. The Challenge will run to mid-September.

There are lots of ways you can get involved:

  • Find out about the great stuff you can join in, for free, over the summer, like storytellers and live dance classes by selecting Online events
  • Be in with a chance to win a £20 book token by entering one of our competitions by selecting Competitions:
  • Listen to or post a truly terrible joke or learn how to craft by clicking on Crafts and Jokes

Get involved now by selecting from the tabs below.

Crafts and Jokes

Below are some ideas for some fun things you can make this Summer and some truly terrible jokes from library staff. Do you recognise any? And can you do better? 

Feel free to post craft ideas or jokes below. This is just for fun so no prizes for this one apart from knowing you’ve shared a craft idea or made someone laugh (or groan!).

You can add text and photos to your post.

Thank you for sharing your craft or joke with us.

The Summer Reading Challenge has now ended in Cheshire West and Chester Libraries but these crafts are still fun to do!

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    Silly Squad Sudoku

    by Libraries@CW&C, over 1 year ago
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    Wordsearch and colouring sheet

    by Libraries@CW&C, over 1 year ago
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    Viking hoard

    by Libraries@CW&C, over 1 year ago

    To play, copy and paste on to Word to either play on screen or print off ...

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    Make your own treasure chest

    by Libraries@CW&C, over 1 year ago

    This guide to making a treasure chest has been made by the wonderful Museums Service for us. Copy and paste into Word to print.


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    The Silly Squad Games

    by Libraries@CW&C, over 1 year ago

    The Olympic Games may have been postponed but here are ideas so you can hold your own! Choose an activity yourself or play with others. See how many you can complete over summer in this just-for-fun challenge. Make sure you have the permission of your parents or carer too!


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    Rubber Band Bass Guitar

    by Libraries@CW&C, over 1 year ago


    Pick up some good vibrations in this activity to try out with your family and discover the physics behind every bass-line.

    See https://youtu.be/GJ-i1KJKqgk for the video.

    Before you start:

    These experiments have not been specifically safety tested for home use but we believe them to be safe if the instructions are followed. Adult supervision or direction is recommended as appropriate. All experiments are carried out at your own risk.

    What you’ll need:

    A rubber band. If you have different shapes and sizes, even better!

    What to do:

    In this activity you’ll be listening to sounds by putting your finger in... Continue reading

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    The one about French footwear ...

    by Libraries@CW&C, over 1 year ago

    Q. What do you call a Frenchman wearing sandals?

    A. Philippe Philopp

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    How to make an archaeology notebook

    by Libraries@CW&C, over 1 year ago

    Archaeologist’s notebook – Freddie in The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates (by Jenny Pearson) loves facts. So do archaeologists! Make and fill in your own mini notebook with facts about an interesting object you’ve found.

    How to make your Archaeologist's notebook:

    • Choose 'Fit to page' when you print out the notebook, then trim the white border off all four sides of the print out.
    • Fold the sheet of paper into 8 equal sections along the lines which say 'fold'. Open it back out again afterwards.
    • Cut down the middle of the sheet along the thick black line where... Continue reading
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    Get a head - How to make your very own Silly Squad head

    by Libraries@CW&C, over 1 year ago

    Materials

    Balloon, Newspaper (roughly torn into small pieces), PVA glue, Water, Vaselene, Large bowl, Small tray or shallow container, Paint Brush, Clothes peg, Piece of wire shaped to make a hook / loop, Poster Paints, Piece of ribbon or string.

    Instructions

    You will get messy so make sure you wear old clothes!


    1) Cover the surface you are working on with a plastic sheet or old paper.

    2) In a small tray or shallow container mix the PVA glue and water together - 2 parts PVA glue to 1 part water.

    3) Blow up the balloon, tie a knot in... Continue reading