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Welcome to the Shine Kids Corner!☀️

This is our little corner of sunshine created for our favorite local kids and families.


~ Shine Storytime 2024 Dates ~

2024 Shine Story Time Dates Jefferson WI

Here you will find a mixture of upcoming events, Shine Storytime updates, recipes, kids’ activities, and more!

Next Shine Storytime with Ms. Adriane

☀️📖 Thursday, May 9 at 9:30 AM

Shine Storytime is held monthly on the community side of RE/MAX Shine located at 101 N. Main St, Jefferson, WI.

Children and caregivers enjoy a free hour of fun with a story, creative activities, and playtime. Sip a cup of coffee while connecting with other parents and kids from Jefferson County.

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Adriane Stuebs (Shine broker/owner), reads a story in front of the “Shine Van” at Wallace Park in Lake Mills

Upcoming Local Events for Families

Here are a few fun family-friendly activities happening around the Jefferson County area.

🌷 April Activities 🌷

🤸‍♀️ Check out Jump Around Gymnastics in Cottage Grove for Open Jump throughout the week!🤸‍♀️

April 1, 15 & 29 Library Kids Club (for Kindergarten-5th graders): Do STEAM challenge, play games, read books, or make crafts from 3:30-4:30 PM at the Watertown Public Library.

April 3, 10, 17, 24 Family Storytime: Join families for stories and songs from 10:00-10:30 AM on Wednesdays at the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson.

April 4 — Wilderness Academy: Archery: Science and Project-Based learning for ages 7+ from 10-11:30 AM at the Horicon March Education and Visitor Center

April 5 — Morning @ the Museum: Museum opens early for Kids 6 and Under to explore the Museum at their own pace at the Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson

April 7 – Dino Tea Party: Dress your best, enjoy snacks, decorate a teacup, and meet Rex, the Library Dinosaur at 1:00 PM at the Watertown Public Library.

April 8 — Homeschool Craft Buffet: Create fun craft pieces with other homeschool families at the Johnson Creek Public Library

April 10 & 24Games Club: Enjoy board games, card games, BINGO, and more from 2:30-3:30 PM at the Watertown Public Library

☀️ April 11 — Shine Storytime: Story & activities with Ms. Adriane from 9:30-10:30 AM at RE/MAX Shine in Jefferson☀️ (Watch highlights from past story times on our YouTube channel)

April 12 — Homeschool Silent Friday: Immerse your homeschool family in American Sign Language (ASL) while working on an easy art project from 10:00-11:00 am at the Karl Junginger Memorial Library in Waterloo.

April 13Superhero Party: Superhero fun from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Johnson Creek Public Library.

March 14Little Naturalists: Water Cycle: Help your littles develop a love for nature from 10:00-10:45 AM at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

April 15 Lego Club: Join other Lego enthusiasts and build a Lego creation to fit the monthly theme at the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson.

April 18 — Flicks and Bricks: Watch the movie Migration while building with LEGOS at 2:00 PM at the Sun Prairie Public Library

April 18 — Wilderness Academy: Pond Study: Science and Project-Based learning for ages 7+ from 10-11:30 AM at the Horicon March Education and Visitor Center

April 20 — Earth Day Celebration: Celebrate Earth Day with a scavenger hunt and hands-on activities from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

April 25 — Little Naturalists: Pond Dipping: Foster a love for nature with literature, music, and play for ages 7 and under from 10-10:45 AM at the Horicon March Education and Visitor Center

April 25-28 — Cinderella: Enjoy Jefferson High School’s Spring Musical at the JHS Performing Arts Center

April 27Family Yoga: Connect with your family and move your body from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Watertown Public Library.

Be sure to check out more local library programs! There are many opportunities to Play Pokemon, Build with LEGOs, Read to Dogs, do STEAM Challenges, and Meet with Homeschoolers.


Storytime & Other Fun Shine Activities

Last November’s Fall & Veteran’s Day Storytime

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Touch-A-Truck (or Staging Van 😉🚙☀️) in Lake Mills was so much fun!

We got to see so many friendly faces from the community and do crafts together in front of the iconic RE/MAX Shine Staging Van!

We hope this becomes an annual summertime event.

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August Shine Storytime Teddy Bear Picnic

We had such a fun Teddy Bear Picnic with stuffed animals for our August Storytime at St. Paul’s School in Lake Mills.

We love seeing our storytime friends & meeting new ones each month!

Enjoy this quick video of some of our Summer Shine Storytime fun on YouTube!

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May was a Special Mother’s Day Storytime

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Ms. Adriane’s Homemade Play-dough Recipe

Love the play-dough that was at November Story Time? This play-dough recipe feels great, smells great, and lasts a long time.

homemade playdough recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • food coloring (optional)
  • essential oils or spices (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients except the food coloring and oils/spices in a pot of lukewarm water.
  2. Stir over low heat until it’s a good dough consistency – it will be hard to stir.
  3. Remove dough from pot and allow it to cool a few minutes.
  4. Kneed in optional food coloring/essential oil/spices. Cinnamon and pumpkin spice are great for fall, but there are many other options, like lavender and orange!
  5. Now it’s ready for your kids (and you) to enjoy hours of creative play! 🧡

DIY Playdough Video

Ms. Adriane woke up super early to make this playdough for story time. Here’s a video so you can see how simple it is to make. Enjoy!


September Storytime

We had such a wonderful time with the families who attended Shine Storytime! We read a silly story, played with Calico Critters, babies, and trucks, put together an alphabet puzzle, and made fall creations with Play-Doh. Moms enjoyed iced coffee and the kids went home with a yummy snack. Thank you for coming!


Hooway for Wodney Wat Reading by Ms. Adriane

If you were unable to attend storytime, we missed you! Here’s Ms. Adriane reading Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester to your kids. This way your child can still enjoy a special piece of Shine Storytime (and maybe you can enjoy a few moments of peace 😉).


Shine Kids’ Activity Pages

Tap the button below to access Free Activity Pages we created to help you keep the kids’ hands and minds busy.

Mazes, Word Searches, and Coloring Sheets can be helpful while you’re viewing houses, if you need to leave for showings, or if it’s just been a long day and you need a little sunshine in your life!


School Supply Drive for Kids in Jefferson County, WI

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☀️ School Supply Drive with Jefferson County Board of Realtors

Thank you to everyone who helped us stuff the Shine van with donated school supplies to help local youth get ready for the school year!

School Supply Drive Stuff Shine Van