Todd Parr, children's author, shows how he makes a book on his website, www.toddparr.com. He's given permission to share his material too. He's not only famous for great children's books, but valentines too.
- White or light colored paper
- Markers or crayons
- Fold any size piece of paper in half. Fold one side up to meet the first fold.
- Create a picture of an animal or person on the folded paper. Make sure to put the mouth of the creature at the fold.
- Then open up the picture and make your creature look scary!
- Fold it back up and show the folded picture your friends and family. Say, “Isn’t it cute?” Then open up your picture quickly for a fun joke.
- Bowls or containers to use to make the ice
- Large tray with sides or cookie sheet
- Liquid watercolors or food coloring – please note that food coloring can stain
- Droppers and/or a spoon
- Fill a variety of bowls or containers with water and freeze them at least overnight. Different sizes and depths are preferred.
- Remove the ice shapes from their containers and place them on the plastic tray or cookie sheet.
- Give your child a bowl of table salt – the cheaper the better. Have them sprinkle it on the top of their ice. They can also use a dropper to drop warm water on.
- Watch as ravines form down the side of the ice as the salt melts it!
- Squeeze a little bit of a food coloring onto the ice and watch what happens! The food coloring or liquid watercolors will highlight the ravines, crevasses, and tunnels that are forming.
- Discuss how salt melts the ice.
Hot Cocoa Mix:
- Glass Jar (We use a Starbucks® Frappuccino® Jar)
- Gift Tag
- Ziploc bag (optional)
- Hot Cocoa Mix
- Mini M&M’s®
- Chocolate Chips (Mini)
- Peppermint Swirl Candies
What to Do:
- Pour two servings of Hot Cocoa mix into the jar. (Depending on your mix, you’ll require different amounts.)
- Pour 1 Tablespoon of M&M’s and 1 Tablespoon of mini chocolate chips into the jar.
- Put your peppermint candies and ¼ cup of marshmallows into a bag, and carefully squish into the jar.
- Seal up the jar.
- Use twine to attach a gift tag.
- Your mix is ready for gift giving!
Note: If you don’t mind a little mix on your marshmallows and candies, you can leave the bag out.
For an added look, you can paint your caps. Just make sure they dry before you try to seal the jar up!
To make your own LEGO prints, all you need is:
- LEGO bricks
Dip your bricks into the paint and stamp them onto your paper. It’s best not to over saturate the bricks. Experiment with different designs. Try using all sides of the bricks.
- Plastic trays
- Eye droppers
- Paper cups
- Put paint into paper cups and use the water to thin out the paint.
- Put your paper on a plastic tray.
- Dip an eye dropper into the watered down paint and drip it onto your paper.
- Gently blow the paint drips through a straw to spread the paint across your paper.
- What kind of designs can you make?
- Paper plates or pie pans
- Put paint on plates or pans.
- Dip the Q-Tips into the paint and use like paintbrushes.
- Experiment! What kind of designs can you make?
- Rubber bands
- Small box/container
- Paper cut to fit the bottom of the box
- Put a piece of paper in the bottom of the box.
- Stretch the rubber bands across the top of the box.
- Use a paintbrush to cover your rubber bands with paint.
- Pull on the bands to splatter the paint on to your paper.
- Cut out one large star and four small stars.
- Cut four strips of white paper.
- Fold paper strips accordion style.
- Glue or tape together.
- Draw a face.
- Assorted cups and/or jars
- Paper plates or pie pans
- Put paint on plates or pans.
- Dip the top of a cup into the paint.
- Press the top of the cup on to the paper to make a circle.
- Experiment! You can use different-sized cups to make a variety of circles, or dip the bottom of the cup into the paint to make a solid circle instead.
- Kool-aid squeeze bottles
- Straws with different diameters, one needs to fit inside the other.
- Masking tape
- Duct Tape
- Drink all the juice and then clean and dry the bottle.
- Tape the small straw to the opening of the bottle. Insert a bit into the bottle, make sure air is flowing through straw.
- Cut paper into a square, fold over itself and tape in the shape of the top of a rocket, it should be a point.
- Tape the large straw at one end so that no air can escape from one side.
- Put the large straw over the small straw, put the rocket nose on top, and SQUEEZE bottle to shoot rocket. MAKE SURE NO ONE LOSES AN EYE!
- With a square of duct tape fold a triangular shape, leaving a lip of sticky tape exposed to tape onto the straw. These are fins, kids can use them as decorations but also to experiment. See if your rocket flies better or worse with the fins added.
Make a paper flowers out of coffee filters and droppers with liquid water colors!
Supplies: jars or cups, droppers or pipettes, liquid water colors, coffee filters, scissors, wax paper (to protect the surface you’re working on)
Directions: fill the jars with different water colors and add water to make a solution. Cut out flower shape in coffee filter paper. Use droppers to apply droplets to your coffee filter paper. Once you’ve colored the flower, let it dry before hanging in the window. (Project from High Prairie Library)
Kids at Monument Library enjoyed a Marshmallow Build STEM program by figuring out how to keep their structures from crashing. Kids used toothpicks, straws, and spaghetti!
PPLD Kids built incredible towers, bridges, and mazes! We designed our own marble mazes with paper plates. Next, using only 20 binder clips, 20 paper clips and 30 tongue depressors, we tested our mettle building the tallest tower and the strongest bridge. Our tallest tower was 13 inches and our strongest bridge held 16 books! This is definitely something you’ll want to try at home. Do you think you can beat Palmer Lake Library’s record?
Build a Bird A Better World: Get crafty with stuff around the house to build a bird home or feeder for your back yard. Check out these cool creations made by High Prairie Library kids.
On the first Wednesday of every month, you can find "Messy Art" happening at the Manitou Springs Library. Messy Art is designed to provide children opportunities to experience open-ended, creative exploration of art away from home. We encourage children to get messy and focus on the process of creation rather than the final product. Please contact Manitou Springs Library for more information.
We are enjoying all the creative submissions from our Summer Adventurers. Check out Ember's Taco Stand.
"Here is a picture of the Taco Stand that I built with Legos. (My mom helped, too!)
My favorite thing about the Taco Stand is the jail cells for bad guys and a disco floor!"
Ember completed this as part of his Summer Adventure "Make" badge for ages 8-11.
Other "Make" activity options for 8-11 include:
1. Attend a PPLD 7UP Program at your library.
2. Make a pet rock. Tell us what you named it!
3. Make or bake something to eat. What did you make?
4. If you are 9 or older, visit a Makerspace with an adult. If you are under 9, attend any library program
where you get to make something! Find library Makerspaces here."
5. Paint or draw a picture.
6. Build something with cardboard, Legos, or straws. Optional: Send a picture to
firstname.lastname@example.org for us to post on Facebook.
7. Make a gift for a friend.
8. Make your own journal or book.
9. Make a musical instrument. Click here for some ideas.
10. Make something of your own choosing with whatever materials you wish! Tell us about it.
Login to https://ppld.beanstack.org to see more Make challenges for other age groups. Keep adventuring! And, don't forget we also offer weekly Lego Build programs at our libraries, another opportunity for kids to complete their "Make" badges. Check our program calendar.