Childish Films Festival Shorts
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Childish Films Festival Shorts

In April of 2013, Childish Films introduced families to several short independent films that are both family-friendly and engaging. While Childish Films doesn’t appear to be happening at the library anymore, you can still view these festival shorts at home. These films were selected by the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, and specifically chosen for kids.

 If, like mine, your kids like to watch their favorite videos over and over and over.  You can find them here. We enjoy most of these short films enough that sometimes, we have short film nights at home.

The Tadpole (Guillaume Delaunay, France, 2 min).

Papa Cloudy: Heartfelt Stories of a Gentle Cloud (Akiko McQuerrey, USA, 5 min).  If you like this, there are several more Papa Cloudy videos on Vimeo, too.

How Shammies Guessed (Edmunds Jansons, Latvia, 2 min).

Jillian Dillon (Yvette Edery, USA, 4 min) – I’ve shared this one before, but its worth a repeat.  It’s a sweet story about loving yourself for who you are.  “Jillian Dillon” copyright Yvette Edery, Director/Producer “The Foretoken Collection” from Yvette Edery on Vimeo.

The Town Musicians of Bremen (Masataka Hiroyasu, Japan, 4 minutes) I loved this folktale when I was a kid.  Sorry, I couldn’t find this one.  We will all have to wait until Saturday.

How Shammies Teeter-Tottered (Edmunds Jansons, Latvia, 2 min) (How Shammies teeter-tottered from Atom Art on Vimeo.)

Into Spring (Udo Prinsen, Netherlands, 5 min) – We really need this film around here this week.  Here is the trailer. (Moving Han: Into Spring from Moving Han on Vimeo.)

Aston’s Presents (Uzi and Lotta Geffenblad, Sweden, 9 min) –It’s fun to watch foreign children’s films and realize you don’t need subtitles.  Children are just universal.  Here is a short excerpt (Aston’s Presents – excerpt from Zigzag Animation on Vimeo.):



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Sing, Play, Learn with MacPhail Center for Music at Your Local Library

What is Sing, Play, Learn
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Chances are, if you’ve taken your kids to storytimes at libraries and bookstores around town, you’ve noticed that many spend nearly as much time engaging the children in singing and music as they do reading aloud. Music is a wonderful tool that can be used in early childhood to enhance literacy. I took advantage of MacPhail Center for Music’s free outreach program at my local Ramsey County Library branch today, bringing along my youngest daughters (ages 3 and 17 months). Titled “Sing, Play, Learn”, the class is a full 45 minutes of connecting the rhythms of music and language.

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MacPhail brings their lineup of six themes to libraries throughout the seven-county Twin Cities Metro. During our class, we explored ways in which musical play promotes body awareness. Naming parts, moving them to the beat and playing simple start-and-stop games with them highlighted both literacy skills and impulse control. It was also just plain fun watching my toddler daughter try to imitate the instructor!

How to Sign Up for Sing, Play, Learn

The program is free and, consequently, very popular. Advance registration is required at some locations, strongly suggested at others. Make sure to call ahead. Classes across the Metro are also winding down as the school year draws to a close. Check with your local library for upcoming dates

About the Author: Anne Kingston is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.

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