Take and Makes for this Make project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.
Supplies and Directions:
Gather your supplies.
Provided in your bag: cardstock leaves to color and cut out, pipe cleaners
From home: colored pencils/crayons/markers, scissors, tape or glue
Color in your leaves (or find some real leaves outside!). Try mixing colors to get your perfect fall leaf. Using a marker or pen, draw faces on your leaves.
Cut out each leaf carefully (you might need a grownup’s help with this).
For each leaf: cut a pipe cleaner in half. Tape or glue both halves to the back for the arms and legs. Bend them however you like to make your leaf unique!
Have fun with your little leaf sprite friends!
Take and Makes for this project are available starting today, Oct. 8, 2021, at area PPLD libraries.
Supplies and Directions:
Materials Provided: White Tissue Paper, Balloon
Materials you Provide: Scissors, Head of Hair, Marker, Spooky Music (optional), tape (optional)
Cut several ghosts out of your tissue paper. Each ghost should be about 1.5 inches long. Draw eyes on each ghost with your marker.
Place your ghosts on a flat surface.
Blow up your balloon and tie the end. Rub it through your hair really fast for about 10 seconds to add a static charge.
Move the balloon near your ghosts. They should begin to rise toward the balloon. See if you can get them to rise, move, and dance around. You should be able to get the ghost to move from several inches away.
If you want the ghost to rise without sticking to the balloon, try taping just the tip to your surface.
The Science behind it:
As you rub the balloon through your hair, you are building up negatively charged electrons on the surface of the balloon. They are then able to pull light positively charged items toward them.
Take and Makes for this project for ages 9-12 will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Friday, Oct 1, 2021.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by making papel picado, “punched” or “perforated” paper. This traditional folk art is often made by drawing an intricate design and using a chisel to cut several layers of tissue paper. Because this art form is created using materials that disintegrate in the elements, not many historical pieces remain. Often elaborate, these festive banners are used at many celebrations in Mexico and areas with Hispanic roots and heritage. Use scissors to cut out your own version of this traditional art form.
Supplies and Directions:
Tissue paper, scissors, template (find online or draw), tape (washi or masking)
- Find or draw a symmetrical design to use as a template. Check out one of the links below for ideas. Fold the template in half.
- Stack two to three pieces of tissue paper in a pile and fold it in half.
- Slip the tissue paper inside the folded template so the folded edges are on one side.
- Cut out the outside of the template, cutting through the tissue paper inside.
- Cut out the inside shapes in the template, folding the template around to gain better access to the different shapes to cut out.
- Once the template is entirely cut out, remove the tissue paper pieces and unfold them.
- Repeat steps 1-6 with more templates and tissue paper.
- Using a long, flat surface, such as a table, unroll a long strip of washi or masking tape, leaving it attached to the roll.
- Starting at the end, attach the top of each papel picado (tissue paper design) to the washi or masking tape. Unroll more tape as needed, tearing it off the roll once all papel picado have been attached to the banner.
- Fold over any tape hanging over across the top of the banner.
- Hang your banner up and enjoy!
Adapted from https://happythought.co.uk/how-to-make-papel-picado/
More information about papel picado can be found at https://www.internationalfolkart.org/learn/lesson-plans/papel-picado-(d…
The homeschool team takes us on a tour of several creative spaces at Pikes Peak Library District, including: Library 21c Studio, MAC - loom and jewelry rooms, and the Library 21c Makerspace. Plus, an interview with a expert quilter plus a sewing lesson for beginners. Check out the booklist link below and the directions for the sewing project.
Check out this video: https://youtu.be/HuqP8-VqK1U?list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5SmuE8zkwQFmu
PPLD is excited to announce that patrons will be able to use a certain number of supplies for free when they visit a Library
makerspace. Whether you want to engrave a family photo on the laser cutter, 3D print a replacement part for your vacuum cleaner, or just learn how to use an embroidery machine, there will be materials available for you to use to test out your designs and explore the space.
In every session, you will have access to:
- $1 worth (20 grams) of 3D printing.*
- 1 piece of wood for the laser cutter (6”x12”).
- 5 buttons for the button maker.
- 1 piece of wood for the CNC.
- 2 sheets of embroidery backing for the embroidery machine.
- 1 sheet of vinyl for the Silhouette Cameo or Curio die cutters.
*This amount is calculated from the standard $0.05 per gram rate for printing. Anything over that amount will be charged at the usual $0.05 per gram rate.
PPLD’s makerspaces can be found at:
- Library 21c: Make and Make II
- East Library: Make at East
- Sand Creek Library: Make at Sand Creek
- Manitou Springs Library: Make at Manitou Springs (Note: This does not apply to the Manitou Art Center’s makerspace.)
We hope to see you soon!
Love ooey, gooey slime? This is a great recipe to do at home. Click on the link below to see the directions to this cool project.
Explore the world of making this October with All Pikes Peak Makes! A maker is someone who creates – to be innovative, to solve problems, to bring something beautiful into the world, or simply to have fun. They have an idea and they bring it to life. Making can encompass just about anything, from high tech to low tech to no tech, from art to fabrication to artistic fabrication, from needles to table saws to software. Join us Mon., Oct. 11 - Sun., Oct. 24 as we celebrate making in the Pikes Peak region – by exploring outer space as well as local maker hubs, tinkering, thinking, and, of course, making!
Celebrate making with us!
All Pikes Peak Makes @ Knights of Columbus Hall Are you ready to get hands-on with some creative projects? Looking to learn more about creative organizations and resources in our community? Join us for APPM @ KCH!
- When: Fri., Oct. 22 from 4 - 9 p.m.
- Where: Knights of Columbus Hall
This year, due to pandemic safety measures, we'll be getting together for a smaller All Pikes Peak Makes event at the newly opened Knights of Columbus Hall. Local creative organizations will bring hands-on projects for the whole family to enjoy. Explore the world of making this October with All Pikes Peak Makes!
MESO – Mobile Earth and Space Observatory The MESO bus is coming to PPLD for All Pikes Peak Makes! MESO is a “science center on wheels" with hands-on educational and research activities focused on earth and space sciences, renewable energy, and scientific instrumentation.
- Wed., Oct. 13 from10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fountain Library
- Thu., Oct. 14 from 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. at Mobile Library @ Ellicott School
- Sat., Oct. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Library 21c
- Mon., Oct. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at High Prairie Library
- Sat., Oct. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Manitou Springs Library
Participants explore the process of science, and in-depth scientific concepts. Scientists-educators engage people directly with scientific tools such as solar and celestial telescopes, spectroscopy, infrared cameras, augmented reality sand table, gravity wells, and much more!
Community Makerspace Tours
- Monumental Impact You know the library offers makerspaces, but did you know there are other great makerspaces in our community as well? Join us for a tour of Monumental Impact, a space designed to help high school students with programs in technology, engineering, and entrepreneurship. Interested in robots? This is the tour for you!
- When: Fri., Oct. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.
- Where: Monumental Impact
Drop in at any time during these hours, but the first 20 attendees of this tour will receive an exclusive APPM tote bag with ideas about how to make it your own!
- Manitou Art Center You know the library offers makerspaces, but did you know that we have an amazing new relationship with the Manitou Art Center as well? The Manitou Library is now co-located with the MAC and PPLD cardholders have access to their incredible facilities. Join us for a tour of the Manitou Art Center, which to provides an environment in which artists, tinkerers and collaborators can flourish. Interested in woodworking, metalworking, textiles, or ceramics? The MAC has equipment and space for all of these and much more - this makerspace tour is for you!
- When: Sat., Oct. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m.
- Where: Manitou Art Center
While you’re visiting, be sure to check out the MESO bus in the parking lot! Learn more. Drop in at any time during these hours, but the first 20 attendees of this tour will receive an exclusive APPM tote bag with ideas about how to make it your own!
- Visit a PPLD Makerspace Visit a PPLD Makerspace between Mon., Oct. 11 and Sun., Oct. 24 and receive an exclusive APPM tote bag with ideas on how to make it your own.
- Take and Make: Solar Bug Make your own solar powered insect that moves around and makes noise! Cut out your bug, decorate it to the nines, and then make a simple circuit using conductive tape, a solar cell, and a motor. Take and Makes will be available beginning on Mon., Oct. 11 at locations TBD. Available while supplies last.
- More about PPLD makerspaces & studios
- Guides for using the makerspaces & studios
- Curated resources for making at home
- Creative Services YouTube playlist
- Discovery Kits
These events are in partnership with Cool Science.
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.
Supplies and Directions:
Materials we provide: Plastic cup, plastic sandwich bag, rubber band
Materials you provide: scissors, water, interesting specimens to observe
Directions (see pdf link below for additional step-by-step photos):
- Cut a hole in the side of the cup along the bottom. This doesn’t need to be neat. It’s designed as an access point for you to get specimens into the bottom of your cup.
- Stretch one layer of the plastic bag over the top of the cup and secure it with a rubber band.
- Find a specimen and put it in your cup through the hole. (A specimen is an insect, leaf, flower, etc.)
- Pour a small amount of water onto the plastic wrap. You want it to be a small pool.
- Look through the water at your specimen. The water has created a lens and magnifies your specimen.
- Repeat with other specimens.
How it works: A microscope uses mirrors and lenses to bend light so that an image appears larger than it is. In our microscope, the water creates a convex lens. It bends the light that passes through it and makes the specimen appear to be bigger.
- TP tube
- Mylar sheet
- Cardstock circle
- Markers or other things to decorate
- If you'd like, decorate your tp tube.
- Cut the mylar sheet into 3 equal pieces that fit to make a triangle inside the tube without falling out. Cut them a little bigger to start first. We cut ours 10 cm x 3.6 cm (3.94 inches x 1.42 inches).
- Line up the mylar strips with a tiny strip between them. Tape them together. Then tape them together into a triangle. The shiny side is toward the center. Slide the triangle into the tube.
- Cut the straw so the bendy end is about 6 inches long. Tape it to the tp tube so the bendy part hangs over the end.
- Cut out your cardstock circle. Poke a hole in the center. Decorate the circle using markers, stickers or anything else you have at home.
- Place the straw through the hole in the circle. Slide it until the circle is over the bendy part of the straw so it turns easily.
Look into your kaleidoscope and manually turn the circle. You should see lots of changing designs!
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Friday, August 20, 2021. Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/bShFYRZCMW4?list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFenhH3jVzKk-QmaHXdAFOBq
Supplies and directions:
Provided in your bag: rocket template, straw, and pipette
From home: markers, scissors, and tape
Color your rocket and cut it out.
Trim your pipette with scissors so that it fits on the back of your rocket; tape in place with the
opening pointing down.
Trim your straw to whatever size you want, put it in your pipette, and you're ready to launch!
Give your straw a big puff of air and watch your rocket fly!
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries starting this Friday, August 13, 2021. Watch this project at https://youtu.be/zGzv7SBx9Iw
Supplies and Directions:
- 4 washable markers
- A pipette
- A paintbrush
- White paper
Materials You Provide:
- A few crayons of different colors
- A small glass of water
- A cookie sheet or other flat board or tray
- Some scotch tape
- Use some scotch tape to tape the corners of a piece of the white paper to a cookie tray or other flat board. This will help to keep your paper from blowing away.
- Find a sunny spot in a window or a place outside to set your tray. It should be a spot where the sun will shine on your paper for several hours. Use the pipette to make a puddle of water in the middle of the paper. Make the puddle big enough so that the water almost reaches the sides of the paper. Use a crayon to draw around the shape of the puddle. Be careful to draw around the water, not through it.
- Wait an hour or so and check on your puddle. Did the puddle shrink? Did it change shape? Use a different color crayon to draw around the puddle’s new shape.
- After another hour or so, check again. Each time you check, your puddle will be smaller and you will need to draw a new line with a different color crayon around the new shape. This process will take some time – at least a few hours - so you can do other things while you wait.
- After your puddle is completely dry, you should see rings of different color crayon shapes on your paper. Use the markers to color in between the crayon shapes. You can do this any way you want. Then wet the paintbrush in your glass of water and brush over the marker colors you made on the paper to spread the colors. It will look like a watercolor painting! The water won’t stick to the places where the crayon is, so you will still be able to see the original shapes.
You and the power of the sun have teamed up to make some beautiful Evaporation Art!
Here’s the science behind the project:
Evaporation happens when water, a liquid, turns into vapor, a gas, and rises up. You’ve seen what happens to a puddle after a rainstorm. Does the water stay there forever? No. The heat of the sun causes the water to turn into a vapor. It evaporates, and the puddle disappears. The same thing happens in our project. The little puddle you create will evaporate and shrink when exposed to the heat of the sun until it is gone.
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area libraries beginning, Friday, August 6, 2021. Be sure to check out Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, August 14!
Materials and Instructions:
- Scissors (you provide)
- Bam! and Pow! icons (found on PDF below)
- Epoxy sticker (clear & round)
- Magnet with adhesive sticker
- Cut out a “Bam!” or “Pow!” icon found in the PDF linked below. There are two of each icon on this sheet in case you make a mistake! Or, cut out a 1" circle and decorate it.
- Place your icon face up on the table. Take the backing off the clear plastic epoxy sticker and press the sticky side to the top of the colorful side of the icon. You want to be able to see the icon through the sticker. If there is a piece of plastic on the non-sticky side of the epoxy sticker, peel it off and discard.
- If the magnet has a separate adhesive sticker, peel the paper backing off one side of the double-sided adhesive sticker and attach to the magnet. If the adhesive sticker is already attached, skip this step.
- Remove the backing from the sticker attached to the magnet and stick the magnet to the back of the paper circle.
- Congrats you have a magnet! Repeat for the second magnet.
Can your water balloons survive a big drop? Find out with this experiment.
- One balloon
- One plastic shopping bag
- One rubber band
- Add water to your balloon, don't fill the balloon, leave lots of room to tie the balloon closed.
- Cut the ends of the handles of the bags. Tie or rubber band them to the knotted end of a water balloon.
- Go outside and drop it from a high place to see if it breaks when it lands.
- Test and retest until your balloon breaks.
- Try it again with another balloon.
See what else you can attach to your parachute and let drop.
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area libraries beginning, Friday, July 23, 2021. Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/nrhKBIg0sl4?list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5SmuE8zkwQFmu
Supplies and Directions:
Provided in your bag: a paper bowl, streamers, fishing line, assorted decorative materials (decorative materials vary amongst bags)
From home: glue, markers, tape, other decorative materials (optional)
Color and decorate the outside of your bowl. Make sure to leave room to draw some eyes if your jellyfish needs them!
Cut your streamers in half longways and glue/tape them to the inside rim of your bowl so they are hanging down.
Poke a hole in the middle of your bowl and string your piece of fishing line through it; tape it on the inside so it stays in place.
Hang your jellyfish up (you can use a piece of tape to attach the other end of the fishing line) and enjoy your new, colorful friend! Give them a name too!
Take and Makes for this project, for ages 9-12, will be available at area PPLD libraries starting Friday, July 16, 2021. Watch the YouTube tutorial here: https://youtu.be/5o6RJm9AMGY
Note: If you are not familiar with macrame knotting, watching the YouTube tutorial is highly recommended. The pdf file below will show all the steps in pictures.
- Attach the cords to the keychain clasp. Secure each of the 48” pieces of cord to the keychain clasp using larks head knots. To create a larks head knot, fold one of the pieces of cord in half. Hold the cord close to the middle so it makes a little loop. Slip this behind the keychain clasp. Pull the two ends of the cord around the keychain clasp and through the loop and pull tight. Your cord should now be wrapped tightly around the keychain clasp. Repeat for the other two 48” pieces of cord.
- Use the safety pin or some tape to secure the clasp to something stable. You are now ready to start knotting!
- Tie diagonal double half hitch knots. Take the two pieces of cord on the left. Wrap the right cord (the working cord) around the left cord (the filler cord) and pull the end of the cord through the loop. Pull the knot tight and position it toward the top of the filler cord. Repeat to have two (or a double) knots. The working cord becomes the new filler cord and the cord directly to its right becomes the new working cord. Wrap the working cord around the filler cord and pull the end through the loop. Pull the knot tight and position it slightly lower at a diagonal to the first set of knots. Repeat to create your second double half hitch knot.
- On the right, make three diagonal double half hitch knots going down and to the left. Repeat the steps above, only going the opposite direction. This will form a nice V shape.
- Continue this process for six more rows (there will be seven all together). You should have two double half hitch knots going from left to right and three going from right to left for each row.
- For the eighth row, starting on the left you’ll do the one diagonal double half hitch down and to the right, then you’ll hold both the filler cord AND the working cord from the first knot together and tie the second diagonal double half hitch over them both (down and to the right).
- Then switch over to the right side and do the same process. The first diagonal double half hitch down and to the left will be normal. For the second knot, you’ll hold the filler cord and the working cord from the first knot together and tie the knot over them.
- Finish with a wrapping knot at the bottom. Grab the 20″ long piece of rope and hold it against the ends in a U shape. Then begin wrapping firmly right under the last row of double half hitch knots. Wrap around four times. Thread the end of the cord you’ve been wrapping with through the loop underneath the wraps (the bottom of the U you made earlier). Then pull the short cord sticking out of the top of the wraps until the loop slides up under the wraps about halfway. Don’t accidentally pull it out of the top! Trim the two ends of the wrapping knot and push them up under the wraps. Knot your thread near the end, leaving a couple inches of tail at the end so that you can tie off your thread when you’re done.
- Now for the fun part! Cut the fringe at the bottom in an inverted V shape (like a fish tail, or a mermaid tail in this case). If you have a macrame or pet brush, use that to brush the strands out really well. You can also pick the strands apart to create the fringe. Once it’s brushed out, trim it again back into the upside-down V shape. Optional: If desired, you can spray the fringe tail with a stiffener such as some Aleene’s Stiffen Quik spray to help it hold its shape.
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning this Friday, July 9, 2021. Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_g0THNq4WI
Film Canister Rockets propel with a strong force. Please provide adult supervision and stand back about 6 feet as the canister flies. Personal safety goggles are recommended. This project is best done outside as the rocket may fly over 20 feet into the air! In addition, the “Alka-Seltzer” used for propulsion could be harmful if ingested.
Supplies and Directions:
Materials provided: film canister, Alka-Seltzer tablets
Materials you provide: water
- Put on your safety goggles and head outside with your materials. (If you must do this inside, do not turn the canister upside down in step 5.)
- Break an Alka-Seltzer tablet in thirds.
- Fill your canister a third full of water.
- Quickly drop an Alka-Seltzer piece into your water and snap on the lid.
- Continuing to work quickly, turn the film canister upside down and place it on the ground. Step back 6 feet.
- In about 10 seconds, you will hear a pop and watch your canister fly!
- If the canister hasn’t launched in about a minute, you may have a leak. Look around your area for evidence of a leak. Pick up the canister while aiming it away from you to empty it and try again.
- If your canister doesn’t launch or doesn’t fly far, try some of the experiments listed below.
The science behind this:
When you combine the Alka-Seltzer tablet and the water, they produce carbon dioxide. Pressure builds up inside the canister as the gas is released. The gas builds until the lid is blasted down and the canister is propelled upwards. Real rockets use rocket fuel to produce thrust in a similar way. If you’d like, you can create fins and a cone out of paper to control your rocket’s path.
Extensions: Experiment with the following:
- Does water temperature affect either timing or height of the propulsion?
- How does the size of the tablet piece affect the time it takes for the rocket to launch?
- How do your paper fins & cone affect the rocket’s path?
- What amount of water gives your rocket its highest flight?
- What amount of water gives your rocket tis quickest launch?
Lemonade slushies are a great way to beat the summer heat! There's little to no mess. They're fun for all ages and you get slushy goodness.
Take and Makes for this family project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Friday, July 2, 2021.
Supplies and Directions:
Materials provided in the Take and Make kit: 1-gallon Ziploc, 1-quart Ziploc, 2 lemonade packets.
Materials you provide at home: water, salt, ice, spoon, cup (optional), towel (optional)
- Place ice cubes and salt in the gallon sized Ziploc bag. Start with 15-20 ice cubes and 1-2 tablespoons salt.
- Mix HALF of a lemonade powder packet and 8-10 ounces of water in the quart-sized Ziploc. Remove as much excess air as possible and seal the bag.
- Place the bag with lemonade into the bag of ice and salt. Seal the large Ziploc.
- Shake or knead the bags for about 5 minutes until your lemonade has become a slushy. If the bags get too cold, wrap them in a towel.
- Carefully remove the lemonade bag from the larger bag. You don't want to get salt in your lemonade. Pour it into a cup to eat it or eat it right out of the bag.
If it seems to be taking too long, add more salt and ice.
Other beverages also work, so experiment to find your favorite.
We need your help to create art for Panorama Park!
The tile art project will include over 7,000 individual tiles made by the community that will come together to create a beautiful statement piece that celebrates the diversity and unity of Southeast Colorado Springs.
Please attend a FREE tile art workshop to put your personal touch on the park through the tile art project.
Tile-making workshops will be happening throughout 2021 and tiles will be fired at Sand Creek Library. The mural will be installed in Panorama Park once the renovation is finished (goal of late Spring 2022).
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area libraries beginning Friday, June 25, 2021.
Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/ZZNhvJJAAdo?list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5SmuE8zkwQFmu
Supplies and Directions:
Provided in your Take and Make bag: a paper plate, four craft sticks, sequins
Supplies from home: glue, markers, other decorative materials
- Cut your paper plate in half; you now have two halves to make two fans.
- Take your first half and two craft sticks, cross the craft sticks like an X, and glue/tape them to the back of the plate. This will be your handle.
- Using sequins, markers, crayons, paint, whatever you like, decorate your fans for summer! Keep one with you on hot days to stay cool!
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Friday, June 18, 2021.
Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/dQVo4jP7a_c?list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5SmuE8zkwQFmu
Supplies and Directions:
Materials provided in Take and Make kit: container for boat, plastic straw, rubber band, balloon
Materials you provide: sharp pencil to poke hole, container of water.
- Poke a hole in one of the short sides of the boat using a sharp pencil. It should be nearer to the top.
- Slide the balloon onto one end of the straw. (Pro tip: Blow the balloon up a couple times to ease expansion when on the straw.)
- Rubber band the balloon into place. Blow the balloon up through the straw to test if it’s secured.
- Stick the straw through the hole in the boat with the balloon on the inside. Having the balloon inside the boat allows it to move forward through the water.
- Test your boat by blowing the balloon up through the straw. Pinch the straw to keep the balloon inflated until it can be released in water such as the bathtub or pool.
- Watch your boat zoom off. How does air power move your boat across the water?
- Bend the straw in the back of the boat to make it turn.
Take & Makes for Harry Potter Bookmarks, for ages 9-12, will be available at area PPLD libraries starting Fri., Jun. 11, 2021.
Supplies and Directions:
Supplies Provided: 2 pieces of Origami paper & 2 Harry Potter themed stickers
Optional Supplies Needed (from home): Markers or other items to decorate the bookmarks if desired
See pdf instructions below for more pictures to go along with each step, or watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTBlwPG3Q6s
- Place the paper on the desk with the side that has the pattern or color you want to show facing down. Fold it in half from bottom to top and crease. You should now have a triangle.
- Take the bottom right corner, fold it up to the tip of the triangle, and crease. Repeat this with the bottom left corner and crease. Now unfold both corners. You should see lines from creasing it where the dotted lines are in the picture to the right.
- Now grab the tip of the triangle. There are 2 layers of paper there from where we folded it in half. Grab just the top layer and fold it down so that the tip of the triangle is touching the bottom point where the two creases meet. This will expose the other side of the paper. It should now look like this, with a little pocket in the middle of the triangle:
- Now take the bottom left corner and fold it up to cover the left half of the triangle. Crease, then tuck the top part of it into the pocket you formed in step 3.
- Repeat this with the bottom right corner, covering the right side of the triangle and tucking it into the flap.
- You have a bookmark! Just stick the page into the pocket you’ve formed to mark where you are in a book. You can decorate your bookmark using markers, pens, or colored pencils or by using the provided stickers.
Take and Makes for this project, for ages 5-12, will be available at area PPLD libraries Friday, June 4, 2021.
Secret Decoder Assembly
- Cut out both wheels from the template. Click on the pdf file below to find the template.
- Place the smaller wheel on top of the larger wheel, lining up the dots in the middle of each wheel.
- Poke a paper fastener (brad) through both wheels and fasten on the bottom. You can use a pencil to poke a small hole to make it easier to push the brad through.
Decode a Secret Message
- Spin the smaller, inside wheel around until the outer and inner letters match the key on the secret message. For example, the key AZ would mean that the letter “Z” on the inner wheel would line up with the letter “A” on the outer wheel.
- Decode the message by finding the letters on the outer wheel and writing the corresponding letter found on the inner wheel down on a piece of paper.
Write a Secret Message
- Write out your message on a piece of paper.
- Decide on your secret code. Chose any two letters and spin the inner wheel around until your chosen letters line up on the outer and inner wheel.
- Find the letters for your secret message on the inner wheel. Write down the corresponding letter on the outer wheel.
- Write the secret code on a new sheet of paper so no one can see your original message!
- Give the secret code and the decoder to a friend. Tell them the key (the two letters you chose) and see if they can figure out your secret message!
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Friday, May 28, 2021.
Spring is a great time to learn more about the birds that live in Colorado Springs! Look at the photos on the bookmark in your Take and Make and check off the birds that you can find (or click on the birds bookmark below to print). There may be some hidden in plain sight at your library location! Or head outdoors to see how many species you can spy. With your Take and Make laminated copy, erase your checkmarks with a damp cloth and use the bookmark again and again. See the bird identification chart below for bird species names.
Checkout the Birds Resources pdf below also. There are websites and books to check out.
Photo by mana5280 on Unsplash
Take and Makes for this project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning this Friday, May 21, 2021.
Supplies and Directions:
Gather your supplies.
Provided in your bag: art paper, assorted tissue paper colors, paint brush
From home: water
Pre-wet your art paper using your paint brush and water.
Put your colorful tissue paper squares on your art paper however you like. This is process art which means you get to decide what to do and have fun doing it!
Using your paintbrush, brush water all over your tissue paper. Make sure you are soaking it pretty well; the colors will be more vibrant.
Once it is dry, peel your tissue paper pieces off and display your colorful creation!
Take and Makes for this STEM project will be available at area PPLD libraries beginning Fri., May 14.
Supplies and Directions
Materials Provided: 12 drinking straws, duct tape
Materials You Provide: Scissors, ruler, drinking glass filled with water, level surface that can get wet (or if not, something to protect it), sturdy chair to stand on.
While sipping a drink through your straw seems fairly simple, it’s actually a complicated process. As you sip, you are lowering the air pressure inside your mouth and the liquid is pushed up into your mouth.
In this activity, you’ll experiment with the length of your straw. Are you able to create a long straw that actually works? What is the longest straw you can create and drink out of?
Let’s get started and find out.
- Cut 2 lengthwise slits in one end of each plastic straw. The slits should be about ½" long. An adult can help with this is necessary.
- Slip the cut straw end over the uncut end of another straw.
- Cut the strip of duct tape into short 3/4” strips.
- Wrap tape around your joint so there is an airtight seal. (Why do you think it’s necessary to have an airtight seal?)
- Test your straw by placing the end of the straw into your glass of water. The glass of water should be on a level surface that can get wet. Try taking a drink. It’s best to hold your straw vertically.
- If you’re able to drink, try adding more straws one at a time. Test after each addition.
- If you’re unable to drink, then check each connection to see if it’s airtight. All holes will need sealed with your tape.
- As your straw gets longer, you may need to stand on a chair to drink. You can also test your straw with different angles.
- What is the longest straw that you created that worked?