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Kids Make: DIY Kites

Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Hole punch
  • String
  • Stapler
  • Markers
  • Streamers (optional)

Directions:

  1. Fold a piece of paper in half hamburger style.
  2. Use a marker to mark one quarter of the way in on the creased edge.
  3. Take the top left corner of the top half of the paper and bend it to meet the mark you just made.
  4. Do the same with the opposite corner to create the "wings" of your kite. Take care not to fold the paper flat, you want the paper to form a funnel for the air to move through when you are pulling your kite.
  5. Staple the corners in place. You now have the body of your kite.
  6. Use a hole punch to create a hole behind the staple.
  7. Decorate! Use cut paper and markers to turn your kite into an animal, add streamers or long strips of paper to the back.
  8. Tie a string into the hole punch.
  9. You're ready to fly!

Watch this project at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIivPH2CcOc

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Kids Stem: Cabbage Juice Chemistry

Supplies:

  • 2-3 purple cabbage leaves
  • 4 cups water
  • Blender
  • Strainer
  • Bowl
  • Paper towel
  • Several clear containers or cups
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Optional: liquid dishwasher detergent, fruit juice, clear soda or carbonated water, soap, salt, other kitchen substances (with grownup approval)

Directions:

  1. Tear 2 to 3 leaves off the head of a purple cabbage, tear leaves into smaller pieces.
  2. Put cabbage leaves into a blender with about 4 cups of water and with a grownup's help, blend on high until the liquid is very purple with a few chunks remaining.
  3. Strain cabbage juice into mesh strainer lined with paper towel, over a large bowl.
  4. Pour the cabbage juice into a container or pitcher. This purple cabbage juice is now your pH indicator.
    Purple cabbage juice contains a compound called anthocyanin. Anthocyanin will turn pink when mixed with acid, blue-green when mixed with a base, and purple when mixed with a neutral substance, such as water.
  5. Take 3-4 additional clear containers: add a spoonful of baking soda to one cup; add a few spoonfuls of vinegar to a second cup; add a bit of water to a third cup.
  6. Ask your grownup if you can use a small amount of dishwasher detergent into an additional cup.
  7. Now, you'll add some cabbage juice to each of the four cups you've prepared, even the one that's just water. When the purple cabbage juice is mixed with vinegar, what happens? (You should see the mixture turn pink.) Why? Vinegar is an acid. Pour cabbage juice into the container with baking soda, then also the cup with the dishwasher soap. What is happening to these two solutions? (Baking soda is a base, so it will turn bluish-purple. The dishwasher soap mixture should turn a vivid blue-green because dishwasher soap is very basic, or alkaline.) What happened when you added cabbage juice to just water?
  8. Line your four cups up on the counter. You will use these color results to compare other substances you want to test to see if they are acids or bases.
  9. Pink indicates an acid. Place this cup to the left. Purple (water) is neutral. Place this one in the middle. Blue-green is basic. Place this cup to the right of the purple cup. If you used dishwasher detergent, place this cup to the very far right. It’s one of the most alkaline substances you will find in a kitchen.
  10. Now, try adding purple cabbage juice to other substances you want to test.
  11. Compare the colors of your test mixtures and place them between the cups, where you think they should go. Soon, you will have a spectrum of acids and bases and you can compare the acidity of two substances, such as vinegar vs. orange juice.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nB1UzYZf4s&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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Kids Make: Crunchy Baked Cotton Balls

Supplies:

  • Cotton balls
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Food coloring
  • Baking sheet
  • Small bowls or cups
  • Either cooking spray or tin foil
  • An adult to help with the oven

Directions:

  1. Mix 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of water in the large bowl.
  2. Get your baking sheet ready by spraying it with baking spray or covering it with tin foil.
  3. Divide the flour and water mixture into 4 to 6 small bowls or cups, depending on how many colors you want.
  4. Add 5 to 8 drops of food coloring to each cup and mix well. Remember that you can make different colors by mixing the food coloring; red and yellow make orange and blue and red make purple.
  5. Dip each cotton ball into a cup. Be sure to cover the whole cotton ball with the mixture – make it nice and thick.
  6. Set the coated cotton balls on your baking sheet.
  7. Let an adult help you with this part. Bake your cotton balls in a 300 degree oven for about 45 minutes.
  8. After that, take the cotton balls out and let them cool completely – at least an hour. They should have a nice, hard, crunchy shell.
  9. Find a small hammer, a toy hammer, or even a rock. Take your cotton balls outside and - SMASH THEM WITH THE HAMMER! That’s right – smash away.

Extra fun:

Use more cotton balls to make a baked sculpture. Use the same dipping method, but keep the sculpture in the over a little longer – about 55 minutes. You can make and smash a crunchy monster!

To watch this project visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mvw4q6cr6xY&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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Kids STEM: Colorful Science

Colorful Experiment #1

Supplies:

  • Milk
  • Plate
  • Liquid Food coloring
  • Dish Soap
  • Q-tips

Directions:

  1. Pour the milk into a plate until you cover the bottom surface.
  2. Add drops of food coloring in middle of the milk in the plate.
  3. Coat the Q-tip in the dish soap and dip it in the milk. Watch what happens!

The science behind this reaction has to do with the way the soap molecules and the fat from the milk are interacting. Fat is hydrophobic, a type of molecule that repels water. By adding the soap, we are breaking up the hydrophobic fat particles and holding it inside the soap.

Colorful Experiment #2

Supplies:

  • Hard coated candy
  • Plate
  • Warm water

Directions:

  1. Put the candy pieces in the plate. You can place them around the edge, or any other design you can think of!
  2. Add some warm water to the plate, making sure that there is enough to cover the bottom of the plate. Watch what happens!

The science behind this interaction has to do with the warm water dissolving the color coating on the candies.
Each of the candies has a slight difference in the sugar content, which means they have different densities; they all take up a different amount of space. The reaction we are seeing here is called stratification, where water splits due to differences in the density of the materials.Try cold water and even different kinds of candy. What happens?

Watch these projects at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9geJ7KdXqK0&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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Black Lives Matter and so we celebrate Black Voices in stories for children. These picture books are available at the Pikes Peak Library District. Click on the pdf link below to see the booklist.

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Kids Make: Summer Solstice Celebration Crafts

Shadow Art

Supplies:

  • Animal toys
  • Blocks
  • Large paper
  • Marker
  • Watercolors or crayons

Directions:

  1. Set up toys and blocks in a sunny area outside, preferably on a hard surface.
  2. Put a large piece of paper next to the toys and position it so that the shadows of the toys can be seen on the paper.
  3. Trace the shadows with a thick, black marker.
  4. Try tracing several times throughout the day to track how the shadows change shape as the sun travels across the sky.
  5. Add watercolors or crayons to make your shadow art come to life!

Nature Crowns

Supplies:

  • Two long strips of paper 1 - 2 1/2 inches wide
  • Colorful paper
  • Cardstock
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stapler

Directions:

  1. Draw petal and leaf shapes on your colorful paper. You can create templates for your petal and leaf shapes by drawing on a thick paper, cutting out the shapes, and tracing it onto the colorful paper.
  2. Cut out flowers and leaves.
  3. Use glue and/or stapler to attach the long strips of paper.
  4. Glue on flowers leaves.
  5. Wrap your crown around your head to find the right length for you and then glue or staple it together.
  6. Your nature crown is now ready to wear!

Time Capsule Envelope

Supplies:

  • An envelope
  • Paper for writing or drawing
  • Markers or colored pencils

Directions:

  1. Decorate your envelope, write Summer Solstice 2020, and a include a future date when the envelope can be opened.
  2. Take some time to write about what today means to you. What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
  3. Take a walk and collect some nature treasures to include in your envelope, draw a picture, add in anything else you’d like!
  4. Put in a safe place to store until it can be opened again.

Watch these projects at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy4f4OV_KJ8&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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Summer Adventure presented by Children's Hospital of Colorado

Have an adventure with Pikes Peak Library District this summer! Our Summer Adventure presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado game helps kids and teens stay engaged and active over the summer months, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We know you’re looking for at-home activity ideas, and we are here to help!

Anyone ages 0 - 18 can participate and win prizes through reading, moving, and imagining. Either participate in one of our virtual programs or use one of our activity ideas!


Read, Imagine, and Move activities for ages 0 - 12.

Read, Imagine, and Move activities for ages 12 - 18.


The adventure runs from June 1 – July 31. You can set up your account now at ppld.beanstack.org. Or, print a game card below.

Also check out our FAQ.

Beanstack FAQs: ppld.beanstack.org/faq

Click here for group registration information.

Be in the know!

Sign up to receive emails for summer virtual programs, activities, and more for ages 0 - 18 in June and July. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Completed your Adventure?

Ready to pick up your prizes? Complete your registration in Beanstack and head to your local Library!

We want to know what you think! Please complete the survey below to be entered to win an iPad!

Children/Teens (en español)
Parents/Caregivers(en español)


Summer Challenges

This summer, we're challenging you to use your imagination and create! Your entry could be featured on social media and the homepage of ppld.org. We'll select one winner for each challenge, who will win a $25 gift card to Poor Richard's Books & Gifts. Show off what you've made and be inspired by the creativity of others.

  • Challenge 1: LEGO Build

    Click here to see everyone's creations!

  • Challenge 2: Rock Painting

    Find the perfect rock, grab your painting supplies, then add your unique message, design, or masterpiece. For an extra challenge, try painting several rocks that together tell a story! Be sure to include #ppldsummerchallenge on your rock and hide it somewhere outside! Post a photo on Facebook between Thu., June 18 - Wed., July 1st.

    Entries must include #ppldsummerchallenge and tag @ppldkids or @ppldteen to be eligible to win. Or email your photo to summerchallenge@ppld.org and we will post it to social media for you.

    For inspiration, tips and tricks, check out Rock Painting 101 YouTube videos or this website. Go out and explore nature and look for other rocks hidden by friends. If you find one with the hashtag #ppldsummerchallenge be sure to post a picture and let us know where you found it!


Calendars


Game Cards

You can track on the Beanstack app, pick up a game card at any curbside location or participating distributors, or click here to download and print a physical game card from home! (en español)

Need a version that uses less ink? Click here!

Participating Distributors:


How to Play the Game

  1. Complete an activity (either Read, Imagine, or Move) any day in June and July to earn points.
  2. Record the dates you complete an activity on a printed game card or in Beanstack. You can log your progress at ppld.beanstack.org or by using the Beanstack App, available in Google Play or the App Store.
  3. You earn 50 points for each day that you complete an activity. You will receive a prize for participating in the game, plus you’ll be entered in the grand prize drawing when you reach 1500 points (30 days of activities).
  4. Prize pickup will begin in July. Check back here to find the most up-to-date information on how to pick up your prizes.

If you need assistance, call (719) 531-6333 or visit ppld.org/ask to find different ways to get in touch with our staff.


As our programs will be virtual this year, you can download themed video conferencing backgrounds below!


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Kids STEM: DNA Spiraling Suncatcher

Supplies:

  • 18 gauge jewelry wire
  • 200 or so beads (pony beads, jewelry beads, or any beads that will fit on your wire)
  • Small wire cutters
  • Small pliers or other tool for bending the wire
  • Piece of string or ribbon for hanging

Directions:

  1. With the wire cutters, cut two lengths of 18 gauge wire about 24 inches long and 6 to 8 more shorter pieces about 3 inches long.
  2. Wrap the two long pieces of wire around a round bottle or jar that has a circumference of about 7 inches, then release the wires. They should fall into a loose spiral.
  3. Using the small pliers, twist one end of each spiral into a small circle. This is so that your beads will not fall off.
  4. You’ll need 65-75 beads to fill the length of each of the two spirals. If you work with a partner, you can each choose beads for one spiral. (These will be sun catchers when you’re finished, so make them pretty!)
  5. When the spirals are full: Using the small pliers, twist the top end of each wire into another small circle to hold the beads on.
  6. Loop the piece of string or ribbon through both spirals at the top so they hang together.
  7. Now, using the small pliers, attach one end of each of the short pieces of wire along the length one of the two spirals and fill each one with beads, leaving enough wire to attach the other end to the second spiral. Space the shorter pieces out evenly. These should make what looks like a spiraling ladder with beaded rungs along the length of the ladder. It helps to have a partner to hold the spirals for you while you work.
  8. You have made a beautiful DNA Sun Catcher! Hang your DNA double helix model in the window to remind you how beautiful and unique you, and each of us, are.

THE SCIENCE: DNA is short for deoxyribonucleic acid. Long strands are connected by genetic material to form a double helix. Inherited traits from your ancestors are located in your DNA. DNA is found in all living organisms.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuTVAt31POw&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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Kids Make: 3D Garden Art

Supplies:

  • Paper, any color
  • Cupcake liners, large and small
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Buttons or stickers
  • 5" pieces of pipe cleaners or twist ties

Directions:

  1. Flower: flatten a cupcake liner. Fold it in half and trim around the edge of the liner, cut the edge so that it's scalloped like a flower petal. On the colored paper, using a marker, draw a stem. Glue the center of the back of the flattened, cut liner at the top of the stem. For a leaf, cut a flattened cupcake liner into small slices. Cut the edges of two slices, making them more pointy at the end like leaves. Glue onto the stem of your cupcake liner flower.
    Cut a smaller cupcake liner and glue to the center of your flower. Add a button or sticker to the very center of your flower. Bend edges of flowers outwards for a 3-D effect.
  2. Dragonfly: fold a quarter of a liner in half and in half again to make a long skinny triangle. Cut the edge again in a curvy way. Open it up and cut it down the middle. Cut each piece down the middle again. Take two small pieces and glue onto the paper to make the wings, add a piper cleaner bent double and twisted together for the body, leaving the ends free for antennas. Glue onto paper between the wings.
  3. Sideways Butterfly: Take a quarter of a cupcake liner and fold once. Cut a curvy edge. Pinch the liner piece in the middle so that it sticks up in the center. Do another. Glue both onto the paper just at the edges and place two twisted pipe cleaners cut short, or twist ties below the wings, leave the ends free to be antennas. For a front facing butterfly, take four quarters of a cupcake liner and cut wavy edges. Place and glue on the paper, with two on each side, add a pipe cleaner in the middle, leaving the ends as antennas.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmHgRfJ-FPk&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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Kids STEM: LEGO Balloon Car

Supplies:

  • Balloon
  • Legos (may vary):
    • (1) 1x2 window (no glass)
    • (2) 2x10 flat plates
    • (1) 2x12 flat plate
    • (6) 3/4" wheels
    • (3) 2x2 axles
    • (1) 2x2-2x1 tall sloped grey brick
    • (1) 2x1 tall white brick

Directions:
Assemble Lego pieces to create a car.
Tips: make the car lightweight, long, and build a tall stand for the balloon to attach to. Insert the balloon into the window (or whatever you create to hold the balloon), inflate the balloon, place on flat surface, and let it go! Measure to see who's car has gone farthest.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF4_xMovgG0&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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KidsMake: Dry Ice Bubble Art

Supplies:

  • One small block of dry ice (about 1 lb.) broken into large pieces. (Do not touch dry ice with bare skin, it will burn!)
  • Large bowl on a tray
  • Table covering
  • Warm water
  • Dish soap
  • Food Coloring
  • Paper (any kind)

Directions:

  1. Pour warm water into the bowl.
  2. Add 2-3 squirts of dish soap (it may help to stir the solution gently at this point although I didn't).
  3. Add a chunk of dry ice using tongs or garden gloves.
  4. As bubbles rise up, add food coloring (2-4 colors).
  5. Lay paper over the colorful bubbles and press gently into bubbles. Add a different color and repeat with another piece of paper.
  6. Keep adding warm water and chunks of dry ice. Or start over with a fresh batch.
  7. Enjoy your wonderful bubble art!

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=852TC3_bSbU&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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J.K. Rowling's newest book, The Ickabog, will be published for free starting on May 26 until July 10 on https://www.theickabog.com/home/. The book will be released chapter by chapter (or more) every weekday. The book will be officially published in November 2020 with the royalties being donated to help people affected by the coronavirus. This is not a Harry Potter book but a brand new story.

There is also an illustration competition for children! Visit the website https://www.theickabog.com/home/ for more information.

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: CD Case Robots

Supplies:

  • 1 CD Case (empty) with clear cover or small shallow square gift box without lid.
  • 1 piece of cardboard cut from cereal box
  • 1 piece of colored construction or printer paper
  • Small pieces of colorful scrap paper
  • 1 barcode cut from any cardboard or paper product
  • Liquid glue and/or glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Miscellaneous small items--Examples: Stickers (especially Foamies), bottle caps or other small plastic lids.
  • Craft bling: small Beads, pipe cleaner pieces, buttons, paper clips or tiny binder clips, circle stickers (file folder labels), bendable straws (pieces), tiny flat or connector LEGO pieces, very small keys, old puzzle pieces, metal nuts and washers

Directions:

  1. Glue construction paper to a piece of cardboard, or just use the brown cardboard.
  2. Decorate CD case. Open case and place fun small items inside the case, glue items if needed. Close the case, set aside.
  3. Take construction paper or cardboard. Leaving space in the middle for the CD case. Glue on paper legs, arms, and head of robot.
  4. Glue on CD case to make the body of the robot.
  5. Decorate the robot's face with fun items.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6vaRll6nJE

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Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:


Bricks of Wheat
By Cooper Alvin

As I come home from school, filled with resent,
I see cold cream of wheat, hard as cement!
I thought what could be built with such hard a material,
Build skyscrapers out of this rock-hard cold cereal.
A new way of building! Who would of thought evolution
Could lead to such a disgusting solution.

Cream of wheat bricks! Now that’s something new!
Guess the trick to construction is edible goo!
Someone says: “The tallest building is inside Dubai.”
“That’s nothing! Build it with soup!” I reply.
We’d build it high and we’d build it wide.
Why would we do it? ‘Cause nobody’s tried.

A cream of wheat pool? No, that’d be just gross.
A cream of wheat coaster? (sigh) That’d be shunned on by most.
A cream of wheat car? Something no one would borrow.
Well, I’m out of ideas! Come back tomorrow!


Chocolate Peppermint Delight
By Emily Lunsford

One day during lunch,
My friend and I chatted.
She asked,
“If you could invent a dessert,
ANY dessert,
What would it be?”
We started sharing,
And worked together to imagine…
The Chocolate Peppermint Delight!

A chocolate lava cake,
But with peppermint bits in the lava!
Sweet, creamy vanilla ice cream,
With chocolate chip cookie crumbled in
On top of the cake.
A peppermint shell,
For the luscious ice cream.

Topping it off,
Caramel sauce,
And don’t forget
The flavorful peppermint sauce!
Whipped cream generously deposited
Around the plate,
And up the cake.

Coming out from our dream
Of heavenly desserts,
We smiled, thinking about
The luxurious treat.
Our mouths watering,
We looked down at our trays of cafeteria food.
And our otherwise fine tacos,
They didn’t seem nearly as good anymore.
Nor did our fruit cups,
Or our milk.
With the Chocolate Peppermint Delight on our minds,
Everything else faded in comparison,
To a dull gray.

It’s funny how a daydream,
A vision of succulent delicacies,
Can bleach perfectly fine food,
Leaving only the fantasy,
Bright and colorful.
That day I learned
That pure imagination
Can achromatize
Reality.


Bitter and Sour
By Azul Padilla

I’m grabbing a mango
Dancing like a weirdo
Cutting the mango
Nice and yellow
I ask my mother
Can you pass me the chili powder
I sprinkled it all over
Bitter and sour


How to Make a Pot of Rhino Stew
By Avery Pilkington

How to make a pot of rhino stew:
Add these five things to your Crockpot
Slice up some carrots
Chop up some potatoes
Dice up some worms
Add one huge RHINO
Add a dash of ground herbs
Put the lid on
Cook for SEVEN HOURS


The Life of a Cupcake
By Maya Rebugio

They put me in the oven to bake.
Me, a depressed and miserable cupcake.
Feeling the heat, I started to bubble.
Watching the others, I knew I was in trouble.

They opened the door and started my life.
Frosting me with a silver knife,
Decorating me with candy jewels.
The rest of my batch looked like fools.

Lifting me up, she took off my wrapper.
Feeling the breeze, I wanted to slap her.
Opening her mouth with shiny teeth inside,
This was the day this cupcake died.


I Love Pasta That’s No Doubt
By Madison Smith

Hear it boil from the pot
Crunch munchy from the box
I love pasta a whole whole lot

Short, fat, long, tall, just ask me I’ve got them all
Slippery, slimy, spaghetti
Whirly, twirly, colored noodles
Cheesy, wheezy, macaroni

Spiraled, curved, rigid, smooth, pasta makes me really groove
Pesto perfecto green and grand, even beefaroni from the can.

Rigatoni in my tummy
Amazing alfredo hot and yummy
With veggies or without
I love pasta that’s no doubt.

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Liquid Fireworks!

Supplies:

  • Shallow containers or plates
  • Cotton swabs
  • Dish soap
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Milk (whole milk is best but any percentage will work)

Directions:

  1. Pour the milk in a shallow container, just enough to cover the bottom. (Experiment with cold or room temperature milk.)
  2. Add drops of liquid food coloring to the milk, drop them close to one another in the center for a more dramatic effect.
  3. Dip a cotton swab in a small amount of dish soap and then very lightly touch it to the side of the color. Watch the liquid fireworks!

What is happening? Milk is mostly water but it also has proteins, minerals, and fat. The milk fat molecules are more dense than the liquid food coloring therefore the food coloring floats on top. The dish soap weakens the chemical bonds separating the water loving molecules and the water fearing parts of the molecules, flinging them apart and creating beautiful bursts of color. Keep experimenting, if the action slows down pour out the milk mixture into a spare container and start over with fresh milk.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh7iAMH59ZU&t=7s

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Looking for a book you just can’t put down? These action-packed chapter books are great picks for kids ages 9 to 12.
Click on the link below to check out the booklist!

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Underwater Volcano

Supplies:

  • 2 clear containers, either plastic or glass, one large and one small. The small container should fit in the large container.
  • Water
  • One small weight or rock to place in the smaller container if it is too light
  • Food coloring
  • Long spoon or stick

Directions:

  1. Fill large container with cold water halfway.
  2. Fill the small container with hot water. (Need adult to help with hot water.)
  3. Add any color food coloring to hot water and stir.
  4. Place the small container, upright, into the large container of cold water.
  5. Observe what happens to the hot water. Hot water will float to the top because it's lighter than the denser cold water.
  6. Just like a volcano, hot lava rises up because it's lighter.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujpr_NvUEkw

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Conversation Hearts

Supplies:

  • Papers of any kind; they can be construction papers, copy paper, or scrapbooking papers, and smaller scraps are fine.
  • Scissors
  • Pens or pencils for tracing and writing
  • A large, clean, clear glass jar like a Mason jar, pickle jar, or spaghetti sauce jar. Prepare your jar ahead of time by soaking off the label.

Optional supplies:
Buttons, pom-poms, ribbon, sequins, beads, stickers, or anything you happen to have on hand to decorate your jar, and some glue.

Directions:

  1. Cut out some hearts – at least a dozen. You can make a template for tracing or just cut them freehand. They should be able to fit inside the opening of your jar.
  2. On each heart, write a question that you would like to ask your family. They can be serious questions or silly questions. Here are some examples to get you started:
    • IF YOU COULD TRADE PLACES WITH ANYONE FOR ONE DAY, WHO WOULD IT BE?
    • WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU THINK KIDS UNDERSTAND BUT ADULTS DO NOT?
    • WHAT IS THE STINKIEST THING YOU’VE EVER SMELLED?
    • WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING THE AGE YOU ARE NOW?
    • WHAT HAS BEEN THE HAPPIEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE SO FAR?
    • IF YOU COULD BE A CHARACTER IN A BOOK, WHO WOULD YOU BE?
    • DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT COOKIE
    • WHAT IS SOMETHING EVERYONE LOOKS STUPID DOING?
    • WHAT KIND OF SECRET CLUB WOULD YOU LIKE TO START?
  3. Fill your jar with your “Conversation Hearts” and pick one at dinnertime every day. It’ a great way to get to know your family, to laugh, and to always have something interesting to talk about!
  4. If you want, decorate your jar with anything you happen to have on hand.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCOBSA6lVuY

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Sock Bunny

Supplies:

  • Crew sock (any size and color)
  • Stuffing, Fiberfill, or cotton balls
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands or string
  • Ribbon (optional)

Directions:

  1. Fill your sock with stuffing from the toe up to the heel.
  2. Tie off your sock at the cuff, just above the stuffing.
  3. Tie off your sock again, somewhere above the middle of the sock, to make a bunny head.
  4. Cut the cuff of your sock into two flaps. You can do this by flattening out the cuff and cutting down the middle, making sure to get through both layers of sock. You should be left with two rectangle flaps.
  5. Round the flaps by cutting a half circle on each end, to make them look more like ears.
  6. Draw a face on your bunny with markers.
  7. Tie a ribbon around the bunny’s neck.
  8. You can add more decoration to your bunny with anything else you have at home.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DWILFAswxY&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Salt Lava Lamp

Supplies:

  • Large jar (24 oz. spaghetti sauce jar or a large mason jar)
  • Water - 2 1/2 cups water (or until it reaches 3/4 of the way up the jar)
  • Oil - 1/2 cup
  • Sprinkle in as much salt as necessary but you'd need about 1/4 cup total
  • Food coloring (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pour water 3/4 to the top of a mason jar. Stir in optional food coloring.
  2. Pour oil into jar. Allow water and oil to separate.
  3. Sprinkle salt into jar. Watch the reaction occur and make observations.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3qhs9SW-RA

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Recycled Balance Art

Supplies:

  • Paper towel cardboard tube
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pieces of cardboard
  • 2-3 bamboo skewers
  • Recycled materials and craft materials - can tabs, bottle caps, pipe cleaners, paper clips, etc.
  • Stickers- optional
  • Paint and paintbrush - optional
  • Markers - optional

Directions:

  1. Press down on one end of the paper towel tube and staple two times, closing up that end.
  2. Cut a small v-shaped notch in the middle of the closed end of the tube, between the staples.
  3. Decorate tube with paint, stickers, or markers.
  4. Cut out pieces of corrugated cardboard. One rectangle about 6" x 4" and smaller rectangles and triangles. Paint or decorate.
  5. Glue the open end of the cardboard tube onto the middle of the 6" x 4" rectangle piece of cardboard. Let dry 1-2 hours.
  6. After you've decorated the cardboard pieces, take a bamboo skewer and carefully thread the pointed end of the skewer through the wavy corrugated spaces inside the cardboard until the skewer comes out the other side.
  7. Do the same with another shape of cardboard on the other end of the skewer. Try balancing these two pieces by placing the skewer into the notch you created on the closed end of your cardboard tube.

  8. Add various other pieces of recycled materials to each side of your balance art. See if you can still make it balance. Find the center of gravity, which is the point where where all the weight of your art piece is centered so balance can occur.
  9. Decorate the base with caps or other recycled pieces.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_spLdHMzeg

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Supplies:

  • Plain white paper - 1 sheet
  • Construction paper - 1 sheet any color
  • Scissors
  • Glue (or tape)
  • Markers
  • Paper clips - 2
  • Stickers (optional)

Directions:

  1. Fold construction paper in half and place a paper clip on the top and the bottom of the folded paper to hold paper in place.
  2. Lay your hand down onto the paper, and trace around your fingers with a marker or pencil.
  3. Cut out your traced hand out, and try to cut just inside the tracing line as you cut. You may want to move the paper clips to secure the hand shape as you cut. You'll be cutting through two pieces of paper since your paper is folded in half.
  4. Take one hand for the front of the card and write something like, "Mom, I love you".
  5. With the white piece of paper, cut a strip off the long side about 2" wide. Fold the strip accordion style. (Fold a bit at one end and flip over and fold again, do this about 10 times.)
  6. On the accordion folded paper, write "THIS MUCH!".
  7. Glue each end of the accordion folded paper onto the back side of each hand piece.
  8. Decorate the front of your card with stickers or designs. Write your name on the back of your card.

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF6TujsXzzc&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Packing Tape Postcards

Supplies:

  • Packing tape (or clear contact paper)
  • Scissors
  • Masking or painter's tape
  • Markers or something to write with
  • Paper
  • A postage stamp
  • Decoration options: old greeting cards, confetti, easter grass, buttons, glitter, hole punches, pictures cute out of old magazines, newspaper or book pages, beads, stickers, yarn, any small, mostly flat craft materials you happen to have

Directions:

  1. Lay out three strips of packing tape face up. Carefully overlap the pieces to create a sticky sheet.
  2. Use masking tape to attach your packing tape sheet to the table so you have a good work area.
  3. Cut a piece of paper and on one side write the name and address of the recipient, on the other write a note or draw a picture.
  4. Decorate!
  5. Add your stamp to the upper left hand corner.
  6. Use three more pieces of packing tape to cover your entire work area.
  7. Peel your postcard off the table and trim off the masking tape, cutting your postcard into the shape you want.
  8. Drop it in the mailbox and send it to your loved one!

Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHJFlwzeHkU&t=13s

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Cupboard Crafts & Experiments: Rainbow Rubber Eggs

Supplies:

  • Uncooked eggs
  • Clear drinking glass or plastic cup
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Food Coloring
  • Spoon
  • Bowl of water
  • Tray to hold your experiment (optional)

Directions:

  1. Carefully place an uncooked egg in a clear glass or plastic cup.
  2. Pour enough vinegar into the cup to completely cover the egg.
  3. Add some generous drops of food coloring and stir gently. If you want a rainbow of colors, prepare a few more cups.
  4. Now it’s time to WAIT! Observe your eggs each day. The vinegar will slowly dissolve the eggshell over 2-3 days. You’ll see the liquid bubbling as this happens.
  5. After 3-5 days, remove the eggs from the vinegar, and place them in a bowl of water. Gently rub away any remaining bubbly shell residue to reveal the membrane that lies just below it.
  6. You can gently bounce your eggs! The eggs will be rubbery and bouncy but they are still raw on the inside. Bounce and press it to test just how rubbery it is … and beware, it may break! If it does, you can see what it looks like inside.

Watch this project at : https://youtu.be/CO9ay4euXVg

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