Geronimo Stilton Paws Party

Over a hundred attendees gathered at the Central Library on July 9, 2014 for a Geronimo Stilton Paws Party, featuring cheese tasting, clue hunting, code breaking, and mouse crafts!  The attendees were mostly kids ages 7-12.  Additionally, a dozen teen volunteers donated their time and talent to make this happen!

Kids copying the "footprints" at the Crime Scene
Kids copying the “footprints” at the Crime Scene. Volunteers are handing out clues.

Upon arrival, each child participant received a bag that included a copy of Rodent’s Gazette, magnifying glass, a Geronimo Stilton bookmark, and a pencil.  Each bag was also pre-numbered for a raffle drawing at the end of the program.

Starter bag
Starter bag

 

The entire group started out in our Story Room to receive instructions.  All kids were expected to have an older sibling or parent to help them along.  Then they were off to various stations around the library collect their clues.  The goal of the hunt was to (1) collect all three clues, (2) solve the mystery, and (3) complete their own Rodent’s Gazette.

Rodent’s Gazette

Page 1:
Instructions, photo, footprint drawings

Rodent's Gazette page 1
Rodent’s Gazette page 1

Page 1 requires kids to go to the crime scene (see instructions on page 2) and draw footprints AND go to the photo booth to take a picture.

Polaroid camera
Polaroid camera
Geronimo Stilton and Thea Stilton cutouts, painted by teen volunteers Helen A. and Mariah D.
Geronimo Stilton and Thea Stilton cutouts, painted by teen volunteers Helen A. and Mariah D.

Click here for the template.

 

Page 2-3
Crime Scene (connect the dots), clue pasting, Crossroads, and solve the mystery

Rodent's Gazette page 2-3
Rodent’s Gazette page 2-3.  The Peter Pan drawing (a copy of the actual drawing from the fireplace in our Children’s Room) was sketched by teen volunteer Mariah D.

The three clues were given away at the following three stations:  Crime Scene, Crossroads, and the Mouse Print /mouse ears.

 

Crossroads
Crossroads:  This was made with cardboard and paint (acrylics & tempera).

 

Page 4:
Cheese tasting & Word Search

Rodent's Gazette page 4
Rodent’s Gazette page 4

Page 4 required kids to make mouse ears (with headbands and construction paper) and then gather the clues from the Mouse Print station.  Once they’ve gotten the clues from the Mouse Print, they could solve the Word Search.

Mouse Print
Mouse Print

 

Cheese tasting

Kids also had a cheese tasting and record their review on the Cheese Review portion.

Finally, the group gathered at the Story Room for a short Geronimo Stilton film–which did not work very well because of technical difficulties, but no one seemed too upset about it.  I used this time to prepare the raffle.

Geronimo in Cartoon from geronimostilton.com
Geronimo in Cartoon from geronimostilton.com

We raffled out two Geronimo Stilton posters and solved the mystery!

Geronimo Stilton posters from ALA

 

Mystery is solved!

Solving the mystery.  Geronimo was painted by teen volunteer Helen A.
Solving the mystery. Geronimo was painted by teen volunteer Helen A.

 

Volunteers that helped during the event:  Andrea H., Christina A., Emilio O., Kara E., Marina R., Nicky R., Sebastian B., Yeji C., Yolanda A.

Volunteers who helped prepare for the event:  Helen A., Mariah D., Tamar M.

Jane Gov

Jane is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Central Library. She purchases YA books for the library system and maintains the teen booklist, online resources, and webpages. She oversees Teen & YA programs including Summer Reading, Advisory Board, Zine, book reviewers, and volunteers. She also conducts a few kids events and storytimes. Jane is a contributor to VOYA Magazine and a YALSA Board member. A majority of her free time is spent with her corgi Lord Tyrion of Pasadena. She tweets as @missjanegov.

One thought on “Geronimo Stilton Paws Party

  • April 28, 2018 at 8:10 pm
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    This activity looks amazing!!!
    Could you advise how to get the mouse print? I would like to use this activity for my daughter’s birthday party

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