- Paper towel cardboard tube
- 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
- Press down on one end of the paper towel tube and staple two times, closing up that end.
- Cut a small v-shaped notch in the middle of the closed end of the tube, between the staples.
- Decorate tube with paint, stickers, or markers.
- Cut out pieces of corrugated cardboard. One rectangle about 6" x 4" and smaller rectangles and triangles. Paint or decorate.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Decorate the base with caps or other recycled pieces.
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.
Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_spLdHMzeg
- Plain white paper - 1 sheet
- Construction paper - 1 sheet any color
- Glue (or tape)
- Paper clips - 2
- Stickers (optional)
- 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.
- Lay your hand down onto the paper, and trace around your fingers with a marker or pencil.
- 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.
- Take one hand for the front of the card and write something like, "Mom, I love you".
- 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.)
- On the accordion folded paper, write "THIS MUCH!".
- Glue each end of the accordion folded paper onto the back side of each hand piece.
- 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...
- Packing tape (or clear contact paper)
- Masking or painter's tape
- Markers or something to write with
- 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
- Lay out three strips of packing tape face up. Carefully overlap the pieces to create a sticky sheet.
- Use masking tape to attach your packing tape sheet to the table so you have a good work area.
- 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.
- Add your stamp to the upper left hand corner.
- Use three more pieces of packing tape to cover your entire work area.
- Peel your postcard off the table and trim off the masking tape, cutting your postcard into the shape you want.
- 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
- Uncooked eggs
- Clear drinking glass or plastic cup
- Distilled white vinegar
- Food Coloring
- Bowl of water
- Tray to hold your experiment (optional)
- Carefully place an uncooked egg in a clear glass or plastic cup.
- Pour enough vinegar into the cup to completely cover the egg.
- Add some generous drops of food coloring and stir gently. If you want a rainbow of colors, prepare a few more cups.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- Pencil (optional)
- Button or foil (used gum wrapper works well)
- Six different colors of construction paper or different color paper ads
- Pick a color of paper and cut a small circle (about 2" diameter). You may also draw a circle first with your pencil and then cut it out.
- Take the first circle and place it on another color. Holding the first circle, or glue it down with a small dab of glue, cut around the first circle, just a bit bigger (1/2" bigger for example). Repeat this process using four more different colors.
- Before you fully glue your circles together, decide whether you want to cut fringe around the circle by cutting small slits around the circle's edge.
- Arrange your circles on top of each other, small to large. Finish your flower by gluing a button to the middle of the flower or even a recycled foil (gum wrapper) circle.
- For the stem, cut a thin strip of green construction paper or recycled greenish paper. Cut a leaf or two and glue to the stem.
Watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aNRHsAWI0U&list=PLMEg2Dd0dSFctLfDQxsL5S...
- Epsom salt
- Hot water
- Measuring cup
- Food coloring (optional)
- Bowl or cup for mixing
- Sand or small pebbles
- You will need equal parts salt and water, you can decide how much based on the size of your jar. Measure out the salt and add it to your jar.
- Measure out the same amount of water and add to your mixing bowl or cup. If you are adding food coloring, put a few drops in the water and mix with your spoon.
- Pour colored water into jar with salt.
- Mix for 1-2 minutes.
- Add a tiny bit of sand or a pebble or two for the crystals to grow on.
- Put your jar in the fridge or, to jump start the process, put it in the freezer for 10 minutes before moving it into the fridge over night.
- Pour out the solution to reveal your crystals!
Watch this project at: https://youtu.be/e-OZVxuchkU
Presenting strategies for dealing with anxiety, tools for emotional awareness, themes of encouragement, hope, and love, these books, available in electronic formats, provide comfort during tough times.
Need help accessing electronic materials? Go to PPLD’s eLibrary to get started.
Click on link below to see booklist:
- Paper towel, wrapping paper, or toilet paper roll
- Paper to cover tube (optional) – Can use construction paper, brown bags, or wrapping paper
- Markers and/or crayons
- Elmer’s Glue or glue stick
- Scissors (Adult supervision needed.)
- Hole punch (You can use scissors if you don’t have a hole punch.)
- Scotch tape
- String, yarn, or ribbon
- Pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, pencils, or rulers for marionette handle
- Miscellaneous items around the house (twist ties, buttons, etc.) to use for decorating
- If you are using a paper towel roll, cut it in half.
- Take the half tube and cut it again about ¾ of the way down. The smaller part will be the head.
- Decorate the tube using paper, colors, paint, and/or stickers.
- Starting with the longer part of the tube, have an adult cut or punch holes on one side for legs. Cut/punch holes for the number of legs your creature will have. It can have as many or as few legs as you want.
- Make legs for your creature, using items around your house (twist ties, pipe cleaners, yarn, etc.). Once the legs are inserted in the holes, tape them in place.
- Create the head (small piece of paper towel tube). Add whatever details you want.
- Now you are ready to connect the head to the body. Punch or cut two holes on the opposite side of the legs. Then punch or cut two holes on the small tube – one on top and one directly underneath it.
- Cut 2 pieces of yarn, string, or ribbon the same length – at least 18 inches. Tie one piece of yarn to the front and one to the back of the long tube. Secure inside with a knot and tape.
- Take the yarn on the front side and slide the head on it. Make a knot inside the small tube to secure the head in place.
- To make the marionette cross bar, take to pencils (or rulers or craft sticks) and cross them to make an “X”. Tie the two pencils together using pipe cleaners, twist ties, or tape.
- Add the two strings attached to the puppet across from each other on one pencil. Secure with tape.
- Put on a play with your puppet and entertain your family!
- Half a cardboard egg carton
- Scrap pieces of newspaper or other paper
- Tape: masking tape, or painter's tape, or scotch tape
- 7 rubber bands
- Plastic spoon
- Pompoms or cotton balls or mini marshmallows
- Various clean containers
- Stuff each section of the egg carton with balled up newspaper.
- Close the lid and secure with 2 rubber bands, placed around the body of the carton.
- Wrap 2 more rubber bands horizontally around the carton, just below where the lid closes.
- Tape a rubber band to the handle of the spoon by attaching a long piece of tape to one side of the handle and inserting a rubber band before attaching the tape to the back of the spoon.
- Tuck the handle of the spoon under the rubber bands that were attached horizontally around the carton. The scoop part of the spoon should be facing away from the egg carton.
- Stretch the rubber band that's attached to the spoon up and over the spoon and around the back of the carton.
- Wrap 2 more rubber bands around the body of the carton so there are 4 rubber bands around the carton helping to keep it closed.
- Place a cotton ball in the spoon and shoot!. Place clean containers where you can aim your cotton ball.
To watch the project, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4o4eC5E_Qs
- Empty tissue box
- White scrap paper
- Old catalogues or magazines
- Colorful paper (wrapping, scrap booking, or construction paper work well)
- Decorate your tissue box with markers or colorful paper. Stickers can also be fun!
- Cut your white scrap paper into 2 or 3 inch squares to make little cards.
- Draw one person, place, or thing on one side of each card. Leave the other side blank. You can also choose to cut out images from old catalogs and magazines and glue them to the cards.
- Place all finished cards (once they are dry) inside your decorated box.
- To play, draw three cards from the box and use them to tell a story. Play with others by taking turns drawing a card from the box and adding to a group story.
Watch the project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwflHOAeCSo
- Ruler (12" or 18" or 36") or measuring tape
- Yarn or string
- A stuffed animal or your pet
- Measure, as best you can, your pet or stuffed animal and determine its length in inches.
- After you know how many inches, cut a piece of string or yarn the same length.
- Take this piece of string and measure items around your house. How many cats (or hamsters or dogs, etc.) long is your kitchen? Your table? Your bed?
Please leave a comment below, tell us what you used to measure items around your house.
You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCU1Ks8mBf0
- 2/3 c. warm water
- 2 T. dish soap
- Food coloring - 4 drops of any color you want
- Bowl and whisk or a mixer
- Paper towel or paper
Place ingredients in a bowl and whip for 2 minutes. Make another batch of a different color. (Blue + Red = Purple, or Red + Yellow= Orange, or Blue + Yellow= Green) Take your paper towel or paper and lay over the colorful play foam in the bowl. Make some art! You can also make a couple batches to take into the bathtub.
You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7mHotWXvpg
Looking for a chapter book to listen to or read aloud with the family? Check out this selection of engaging chapter books in a variety of genres all available in electronic formats. Need help accessing these materials? Go to PPLD’s eLibrary to get started. Click on the pdf below to see the booklist.
- One piece of paper
- 2 additional smaller pieces of paper to keep score
- Marker pen
- 2 pencils
- 36 water bottle caps, marked with two different colors, one color on top, the other color on the bottom (Coins work well because they have two different sides already, heads and tails).
- Draw a grid on the paper with the marker pen. Draw 6 spaces by 6 spaces for a total of 36 spaces on your paper.
- Put your names at the top of each of the smaller pieces of paper.
- To play:
- Put two of each players' markers onto the middle four squares of the grid. (We'll call the markers pink and green.)
- The first player adds a green marker to the board, placing it beside a pink marker that it has now "trapped" between two green markers. Flip the "trapped" pink marker to the green side. Score one point for each of your opponent's pieces that you are able to trap and flip each turn. The next player adds a pink marker to the board in the same way, "trapping" a green piece and flipping it to the pink side and scoring one for flipping one piece.
- Take turns and be sure to notice possible ways to trap your opponent's pieces either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. As you get better at the game, you'll be able to trap multiple pieces in different directions. If you cannot find an opponent's piece to trap, you have to skip your turn.
- To score, either count up each player's points or count how many of each players' markers show when the grid is full.
You can watch this project at: You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz38AUe91iQ
- 10 water bottle caps (or any caps)
- Elmer's glue
- Yarn cut into 4 strands about 5" long
- Square of cardboard cut from a cereal box
- Stickers, optional
- Cut a square size piece of cardboard.
- With glue, make two thin lines of glue vertically, and again, horizontally, keep the lines evenly spaced (see photo).
- Place one yarn strand on each glue line. Let dry. Trim yarn hanging off the edge of the cardboard.
- Mark five water bottle caps one way, and five caps another way. (Color the caps or attach the same sticker to five caps and a different sticker to the other five caps.)
- You are ready to play Tic-Tac-Toe!
You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz38AUe91iQ
- Any citrus fruit like a lemon, lime, or orange
- knife with a parent or caregiver nearby
- large tray or cookie sheet
- baking soda
- lemon juice
- dish soap
- spoon or coffee stirrer
- food coloring (optional)
- Cut the tip off the fruit and then cut in half. Place on tray, sitting upright.
- Poke fruit with spoon or coffee stirrer to get juices flowing.
- Pour a little dish soap onto the fruit.
- Sprinkle baking soda onto the fruit.
- Squeeze drops of food coloring onto the fruit.
- Speed up the base/acid chemical reaction by adding drops of vinegar also!
You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCL7lOrY5-s
- scotch tape
- white paper
- a parent or caregiver nearby
- Trace any size circle onto a piece of cardboard. Have your parent or caregiver cut out the circle if needed.
- Trace the round piece of cardboard onto the white paper. Cut out the paper circle.
- Draw a design onto the round piece of paper. A fun experiment is to use the three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow so you can see green, orange, and purple appear when you spin.
- Have your parent or caregiver cut a slit into the center of the cardboard circle and also the round paper. Tape your design onto the round piece of cardboard by making tape loops. You may also glue your paper onto the cardboard.
- Push a penny into the slit and spin!
You can watch this project at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL4ZKcEDHkQ
One Book Colorado gives away copies of the same book title to each four year old in the state via public libraries.
The program, in its ninth year, stems from the idea that providing young children with access to books promotes early literacy skills and helps families serve as their children’s first teachers.
From Tue., Oct. 13 to Sun., Oct. 25, any four-year-old can pick up a free book from any PPLD Library. There will be English and Spanish versions available (while supplies last).
This is a state-wide initiative to emphasize the importance of early literacy and reading to children. The 2020 winning book will be announced October 13! The contenders are:
- The Greatest Adventure [La aventura más grande] by Tony Piedra
- The Little Red Fort [El fuertecito rojo] by Brenda Maier
- The Very Impatient Caterpillar [La oruga muy impaciente] by Ross Burach
And the winner is... The Little Red Fort [El fuertecito rojo] by Brenda Maier!
It’s never too early to help your child prepare for success in Kindergarten!
Kinderspark 2021 is going virtual. Videos featuring fun ideas to enhance your child’s early literacy will air Sundays from Jan. 31 through Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m. on PPLDTV YouTube.
Two videos featuring the highlighted early literacy practice will air at 10:30 a.m. One video is intended for babies and toddlers and the other for preschoolers.
- Sun., Jan. 31: READ!
- Sun., Feb. 7: SING!
- Sun., Feb. 14: TALK!
- Sun., Feb. 21: PLAY!
- For Babies and Toddlers
- Kinderspark: JUGAR!
- For Preschoolers:
- Sun., Feb. 28: WRITE!
For ages 5 and under with a caregiver.
Check out our Kinderspark Activity Booklet and download it HERE!
For more information about early literacy, check out our Early Literacy Guide!
Hope is Where the Heart Is: Poems of Inspiration for the Future is the theme for 2021!
What gives you hope? What are you excited about for the future?
There is a saying that "Every cloud has a silver lining," meaning that no matter how bad things may seem we can always find something good to look forward to. What is your "silver lining?"
Questions to ask yourself as you write your poem:
- Can we see, smell, hear, and taste the imagery in your poem?
- Have you used rich vocabulary that tells us a story or paints a picture?
- Does your poem reflect the theme?
- Aubrey Rittenhouse, 4th grade, Soaring Eagles Elementary
- Lily Nosker, 4th grade, Soaring Eagles Elementary
- Knyla Spellman, 5th grade, Pioneer Elementary
- William Bowman, Homeschool
- Maggie Bowman, Homeschool
- Addison Leigh, 4th grade, Ranch Creek Elementary
The Penrose Playgroup welcomes newborns- 24 month olds and their parents or caregivers.
This time together includes books, songs, music, play time, and more!
- When: Mondays from 9:30 - 10:20 a.m.
- Where: Penrose Library Children's Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
How to enter the contest, visit: https://www.education.com/contests/
When you love learning, there's no limit to what you can achieve! Apply to the Limitless Learners Contest to win money for college, plus a donation for your elementary school or local library.
Win $500 for college plus $1000 for a school or library!
Pikes Peak Library District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest for Children:
Colin Bevan - "Bahamas"
Mayah Bolenbaugh - "The Essence of Warmth"
Eva Goroski - "Bioluminescent Beach at Night"
Brody Karr - "Papayalulu Paradise"
Sally Peterson - "The Mystical Land"
Jana Yuschalk - "Darkling Dwabidisador"
By Colin Bevan
Fisherman rip tonight’s dinner from the ocean
Bloody hands filet the dead fish
Smells of fresh fish turns my head
Salt fills the air rusting old boats
Charcoal beach fires cook todays catch
Warm water surrounds my feet
Small birds run from the waves
Boats dot the horizon for miles
Paradise, I hope I never leave
The Essence of Warmth
By Mayah Bolenbaugh
Firewood receives the spark
Steam rises from the bread, fresh from the oven
Soft snuggle from a purring kitten
Sip a large mug of cider under a changing tree in the fall
Enter a cabin to kick off winter’s freeze
Submerge in hot springs as the snowflakes dance
Comfort and serenity, as the shower pours through your hair
Earth is nourished by the elements
Now the sand takes in the sun
The day’s last hour bathed in dark orange sunshine on a summer’s day
Bioluminescent Beach at Night
By Eva Goroski
Twilight creeps up the coast
Waiting for the moon to come with a gleam
Shells adorn the beach like jewels
Stars twinkle and glimmer like diamonds
Tide pools shine with a radiant beam
The ocean has an eerie glow
Bioluminescent dinoflagellates show off in a chain of lights
By Brody Karr
I dream of a land called Papayalulu
It’s a tasty paradise for me and you-you
It’s hard to get to - this is true-true
First you must make a papaya canoe-noe
Row your canoe-noe to the end of the sea
And soon Papayalulu you will see
As papaya trees sway in the papayamint breeze
You can paddle down to the Papaya Juice River with ease
You can even lean over and take a sip
But better take care - your canoe-noe might tip
Look out! What’s that I hear?
It’s Papaya Juice Falls - better stay clear!
Safe at last upon the shore
What’s that sound I cant ignore?
It’s the singing papaya birds high in the trees
A song so sweet my ears it does please
I think I’ll stay a while in this land
Papayalulu is oh so grand!
The Mystical Land
By Sally Peterson
I know a place, not far away
It glistens and it gleams.
I go there every time I sleep
It’s called the “Land of Dreams.”
So when I sleep I don’t count sheep
Or toss and turn in vain.
I just fly to the “Land of Dreams”
In my one-man twinbed plane.
Each night I fly right out the door
And pass the moon and sun.
I’m going to the “Land of Dreams”
To have some dream like fun.
And when I land on snow white sand
A lovely sight I see.
A wondrous civilization is
Stretched out in front of me.
A mountain looms above you
If you look to the west.
On the east there is a river
And a town where you can rest.
There are bubbles in the air
That are floating in the breeze.
You can smell the scent of honey,
And hear the rustling trees.
Then my views were interrupted
By a woman clad in white.
She was the noble Queen
Of this land of truth and right.
“Welcome” she said. “Welcome
Won’t you come to my estate”
And she pointed to a castle
With a shiny marble gate.
“Of course” I said, “how gracious,
How could I refuse?”
We started towards the castle
And she told me all the news.
We walked into the town
Where the buildings stand so tall.
Everything is vibrant
From the big to really small.
The people there wear brilliant robes
Of many different hues.
There are feathers on their hats
And feathers on their shoes.
Aromas that are new
Are wafting towards my face.
I wonder what the food is like
In this amazing place.
We came to a kiosk
Where a man was selling food.
The food was shaped like balls
Some were red and some were blue.
They tasted sweet and juicy,
And suddenly I knew!
They were little berries,
And in the fields they grew.
A woman selling flowers
Gave me a bouquet.
It smelled just like sweet roses
In my wildflower spray.
The red flowers were the largest.
The blue flowers were large, too.
The yellow flowers were tiny.
My favorites were the blue.
We entered a cute clothes shop
Filled with rows of silk,
They were soft and they were comfy,
And smooth and cool like milk.
I chose a robe with red, blue, and yellow
For they would match my blooms.
I got nice shoes and a fine new hat
With fluffy little plumes.
Next we went to a pet shop
And saw a little dog.
He was not like mine at all, though.
My dog is brown like a log.
But this dog had new colors.
This dog was so bright!
So were all the other dogs.
It was a crazy sight!
I thought the cats were normal
Until I heard them speak.
They spoke such perfect English
I fought the urge to shriek!
A bird screeched in the background
And I turned in surprise.
The bird that was behind me
Had creepy human eyes.
The castle was our last stop
And it was getting late.
I was getting pretty tired
When I walked up to the gate.
The gates were swiftly opened.
We ran to a bench and sat.
It was nice to calmly sit there
And hear the robins chat.
Said the Queen “Oh heaven help us.
The feasts about to start”
We raced inside the castle
And I couldn't calm my heart.
I changed my clothes and entered
The room of the great feast.
There were many fruits and veggies
And for meat they had roast beast.
Many fancy people
Were invited here to dine.
Some were very famous.
All were very fine.
They all told me hello
Then sat and ate and ate.
I listened to their stories
As I cleaned off my plate.
A toast was to be done.
I lifted my cup.
Then “beep” went my alarm clock
And quickly I woke up.
By Jana Yuschalk
To bed I went on that ordinary night,
Not knowing in the morning what I may fight.
I woke up on a pile of hay,
Wondering what would fill my day.
Surprised and frightened, I immediately felt.
Suddenly, I wished I could just melt.
It seemed so sunny without any rain.
Smells of sweat hovered over the plain,
From jumping creatures who seemed insane.
The so-called “Dwabis” had a mane.
No animals were there.
Not even a bear.
I was informed, this was Dwabidisador.
Wow, I really need to study by geography more!
The Dwabi’s legs were awfully long.
They jumped then fell, I am not wrong.
The sound of jumping pounded the ground.
Their favorite hobby was jumping. That I found.
The language they spoke was also Dwabidisador.
At least I don’t need to study my languages much more!
“Dwabi fell down,” they said over and over again.
“English without pronouns,” I thought. Until then,
A young Dwabi who was probably only four,
Came up and said, “Why don’t you enter that door.”
I did as he commanded only to find,
A Dwabi whose name was Filabind.
He bought me a cupcake with sprinkles on top,
The smell was so sweet I thought I would pop!
All that was better than the taste, was the smell.
It looked and smelled like sweet caramel.
The taste was Dwabilicious.
Red velvet without mush.
After I finished my delectable cupcake,
I was sure Dwabidisador wasn't fake.
Then we departed and walked a long ways.
We entered a place called “Dwabi’s Good Maze”.
Since Filabind was my guide, he led me through,
A portal that said, “How do you do?”
Filled with wonder and awe, I heard a loud, “MOO!”
Before I knew it, I was back home on our farm.
Lying in my bed was my noisy alarm,
Trying to wake me up from my-dream?
What it was, it filled me with gleam!
Check out this great current events site for kids. There's good news...more daylight is on the way!