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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    A very pheasant little craft indeed

    by Libraries@CW&C, over 1 year ago

    With thanks to West Cheshire Museums:


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    Discovery Zone - some great stuff from York

    by Libraries@CW&C, over 1 year ago


    Have a look at the great ideas and videos from the York Festival of Ideas, including building a speaking machine (!) and graffiti at http://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2020-online/discovery-zone/.

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    Museums crafts and activities

    by Libraries@CW&C, almost 2 years ago

    There's a ton of fun things to make and do on the Cheshire Museums crafts webpage too - from chariots to sailing boats to butterflies!

    http://events.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/event/childrens-activities/.


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    Activity packs

    by Libraries@CW&C, almost 2 years ago


    Check out the CHALK! Activity packs brought to you by Cheshire Dance. The packs have been specially designed by the super talented Emily O’Shea, for children and their families to use chalk drawings to inspire movement and creativity!

    There are 3 CHALK packs catering for different age groups and abilities and they are now available for you to download FREE!

    There are 10 activities in each pack. Each activity will tell you how to set it up, how to play and more if you want to add a challenge!

    What else do I need?

    One or more pieces of chalk

    ... Continue reading

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    I-spy everyday treasures

    by Libraries@CW&C, almost 2 years ago
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    Free "Silly Steam" activity pack and videos

    by Libraries@CW&C, almost 2 years ago

    Click here to open up a 16 page book of activities specially created by our friends at Radiate Arts. The pack includes: colouring in a sea serpent; an owl finger puppet, magic squares, stress heads, make your own Dimetrodon model, colouring in a unicorn; making a robot and volcano; crosswords; spot the difference; greeting cards; dot to dot; a fiction operated dinosaur, masks and a stick puppet! Wow!.

    Videos to help to show you how to make some of the wonderful things are at:

    Pop! Goes the Owl (p.1) https://youtu.be/oA2EVvbYF2o

    Stress Heads (p.2) https://youtu.be/X1dQ7u07yP8

    Deadly Dimetrodon (p.3) https://youtu.be/OeQ_x7Uj8pQ

    Super... Continue reading

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    Lost Chester in 3D

    by Libraries@CW&C, almost 2 years ago

    Make your own standing-up recreation of long-lost old Chester!

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    Starting Well Activities @Home

    by Libraries@CW&C, almost 2 years ago


    Have you visited the Starting Well Team’s Activities @Home page yet? You will find an array of fun activity ideas to explore with your little ones and keep them busy over the summer -www.startingwell.org.uk/topics/activities-home

    You will also find useful video links on how you can support your child with the following activities:

    · Playdough – this is a great opportunity for young children to let their imagination run wild! Their creations can be anything they want...cakes, dinosaur footprints or maybe even a wiggly worm at the bottom of the garden https://www.startingwell.org.uk/topics/activities-home/play-dough-toy-library/

    · Mark Making - you don’t have to... Continue reading

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    Insitute of Physics: How to make a waterproof hanky

    by Libraries@CW&C, almost 2 years ago


    Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0pTK26O8oU before you start and then read below ...

    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 glass or transparent cup
    • A plate, one with a raised edge works nicely
    • Water
    • Fabric handkerchief (or any type of cloth really). Don’t use a paper hanky, it won’t work!

    What to do:

    In this activity you'll be tipping glasses of water upside... Continue reading

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    Silly Squad "Be Silly Be Happy" colouring in sheet

    by Libraries@CW&C, almost 2 years ago