Elementary school age programs

All That Glitters

Books To Share

  • King Midas: the Golden Touch by Demi.
  • Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter by Diane Stanley.
  • Sunken Treasure by Gail Gibbons.
  • Tutankhamen's Gift by Robert Sabuda.

Books To Show or Booktalk

  • By the Great Horn Spoon: A Gold Rush Adventure by Sid Fleischmann.
  • Gold Fever! Tales from the California Gold Rush by Rosalyn Schanzer.
  • The Goose's Gold by Ron Roy.
  • Jason's Gold by Will Hobbs.
  • Lost Treasure of the Inca by Peter Lourie.
  • Treasure Of Bessledorf Hill by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.


Fill a jar with gold foil chocolate coins, silvered almonds, and red, blue, clear, and green wrapped candies. Let the children guess how many candies are in the jar. The child who guesses closest wins the candy.


  • "If I Had a Silver Coin" by Wendy Cope in First Verses: Finger Rhymes, Action Rhymes, Chanting Rhymes, Counting Rhymes compiled by John Foster.
  • "Golden Goose" in Falling Up by Shel Silverstein.
  • “I Wish I Had a Dragon” in The Dragons are Singing Tonight by Jack Prelutsky.
  • “Good Luck Gold” by Janet S. Wong in The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children’s Poems edited by Donald Hall.

Puppet Show

The Golden Touch

Use the script for “The Golden Touch” available in Amazingly Easy Puppet Plays by Dee Anderson to present a puppet show of the myth of King Midas. This show requires three characters: King Midas, his daughter, and a wizard. For older children, use this puppet show to encourage them to develop their own shows from other myths and fairy tales. Invite them to present the puppet shows to younger children.


Tell the story of “The Horse of Seven Colors” by Hector Felipe Cruz Corzo in Jade and Iron: Latin American Tales from Two Cultures by Patricia Aldana. An enchanted horse helps his young friend win the golden ring he needs to marry the princess in this Guatemalan folktale.

Reader’s Theater

“The Forty Thieves” in Multicultural Folktales: Reader’s Theater for Elementary Students by Suzanne I. Barchers.


Make New Friends

(Traditional; usually sung as a round.)

Make new friends

And keep the old:

One is silver

And the other's gold.

A circle's round,

It has no end:

And that's how long

I'll be your friend.


Glitter Snow Globes

  • Small glass jars, such as baby food jars, with lids
  • Small plastic trinkets, figures, and miniature items
  • Waterproof glue or a glue gun to be used by an adult
  • Glitter or metallic or plastic confetti, available from party stores
  • Distilled water
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Waterproof sealing tape

Provide each child with a small glass jar, an assortment of plastic trinkets, and waterproof glue. After the child selects from the trinkets, glue the object or objects to the inside of the jar lid. Allow the glue to dry. Glue guns dry quickly but must be used by adult assistants.

Place a small amount of glitter or confetti into the jar. Add a few drops of liquid detergent to the jar and then fill it with distilled water. Carefully place the lid on, displacing as little water as possible. Wrap sealing tape to cover the area where the lid edge meets the jar. Be sure the jar is sealed and then shake it up!

Concho Belt

  • Lightweight cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tape
  • String or heavy yarn
  • Plastic straws or large gold or silver beads
  • Pencils
  • Hole-punch

Cut out oval, round, or square shapes from the cardboard. Children should cut 5-8 “conchos” and cover each with aluminum foil. Punch holes on the ends of each concho. Cut small lengths of yarn and tie to each end of one concho. Add a couple of beads or 2” pieces of plastic straw as separators before tying on another concho. Repeat until the belt is long enough to go around the child’s waist. Finish with several straw pieces and a final knot on each end before putting on the concho belt.


Use Caroline Feller Bauer's Leading Kids to Books Through Magic to do magic tricks with a change bag. Change bags are sold in magic shops or you can make your own using Bauer’s instructions. The bag has two compartments, allowing you to change items deposited into the bag into something else. For example, put glittery beads in the bag and bring out a necklace; put in four shiny quarters and pull out a dollar bill.

Guest Speakers

Invite a geologist or rock collector to show rocks and minerals and talk about collecting.

Audio Recording

“Village of Gold” on Coconut Moon by The Green Chili Jam Band.


  • Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain. (94 minutes)
  • Jock: A True Tale of Friendship. (90 minutes)
  • King Midas and the Golden Touch. (30 minutes)

Web Site

Gold Rush


Professional Resource

Leading Kids to Books Through Magic by Caroline Feller Bauer.

Quick Links


Texas Reading Club 2004 Programming Manual / Color Your World...Read!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011