Printables and Activities!

On this page you can find resources and instructions for at-home learning and exploring your creativity. These resources have been chosen and created by the Jones Library Kids Room Staff. We love supporting hands-on learning for kids of all ages. Thanks for visiting!

Art Prompt: Suncatchers!

As part of our ongoing virtual programing, we are offering ART PROMPTS to get you and the kids in your life inspired to create! This week's project is making SUN CATCHERS!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Iron
  • Old Crayons
  • Wax Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Ironing Board

Note:Adult supervision required for ironing and crayon shaving!

HOW TO:

  1. Preheat your iron to the lowest setting possible!
  2. Set up your ironing board and lay newspaper on top of it.
  3. Cut two pieces of wax paper, approximately 12 inches, and lay one of those down on top of the newspaper.
  4. Keep the other piece of wax paper and another piece of newspaper handy.
  5. Gather up some old crayons and peel off the outer paper.
  6. Use scissors to shave off small pieces of crayon onto the wax paper on your ironing board.
  7. When you have a small pile of shavings, approximately 3 inches in diameter, with all of the colors you want, put the second piece of wax paper on top of your shavings and then one piece of newspaper on top of that.
  8. Carefully and gently iron this newspaper, wax paper and crayon shaving sandwich!
  9. After about 10 seconds, check your progress and continue ironing in ten second intervals until the shavings are melted to your liking!
  10. The more you iron, the more the crayon shavings melt and meld together.
  11. Let your suncatcher cool for a few minutes before handling.
  12. Once cool you can cut it out and use tape or string to hang it up near a bright window.

The process for this project is super fun, and the results are beautiful. You can cut out and hang the suncatchers individually or collaborate with others to string them up on a branch for a unique suncatcher mobile!

We would love to see your paintings when they are complete! Tag us  @joneslibkids or email kids@joneslibrary.org


Art Prompt_ Sun Catcher melted crayon wax
Art Prompt_Suncatcher on window

At Home Activity: Making Playdough!

This week's project is MAKING PLAYDOUGH!

You Will Need:

  • 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • food coloring or liquid watercolor (optional)

How To:

  1. Have children place all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together. Children can add the oil.
  2. Adults can pour in the boiling water and stir.
  3. Allow the playdough to cool off a bit before adding color.
  4. Divide the playdough and add the food coloring to each ball of dough.
  5. Knead the dough to mix the color in. Hands will get temporarily stained from the food coloring.
  6. Have fun!

If you give this activity a try, we would love to hear about it! Tag us  @joneslibkids or email kids@joneslibrary.org


At Home Activity_Play Dog Colors
At Home Activity_Mixing Playdoh
At Home Activity_Making Playdoh

Art Prompt: Dot Painting

As part of our ongoing virtual programing, we are offering ART PROMPTS to get you and the kids in your life inspired to create! This week's project is DOT PAINTING!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Cotton Balls
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Paint Trays

HOW TO:

  1. Find several paint trays. We used lids from our recycling bin. Fill each paint tray with a different color of paint.
  2. Use cotton swabs and cotton balls to make various dots, spots and swooshes on your paper.
  3. We had fun making symmetrical repeating patterns, impressionist inspired paintings and realistic animals.

We would love to see your paintings when they are complete! Tag us  @joneslibkids or email kids@joneslibrary.org


Here are some great resources you can check out through our outdoor holds pick-up service!

 The Dot by Peter Reynolds

 Los Diez Puntos Negros by Donald Crews

 Lots of Spots by Lois Ehlert

 Let's Play by Hervé́ Tullet

 Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity written by Sarah Suzuki and illustrated by Ellen Weinstein

Art Prompt_ Dot Painting Supplies
Art Prompt_ Dot Painting

At Home Activity: Taking Things Apart!

This week's project is TAKING THINGS APART!

Taking apart appliances, toys, or other familiar objects can help children understand how everyday objects work, while also building skills with tools such as screwdrivers, tweezers, or scissors. You will need:

  • Things to take apart, such as nonelectric toys, fans, mechanical clock, a typewriter, rotary telephone, actions figures, etc. You may have objects around the house to use, or can ask the neighbors like we did.
  • SAFETY TIP Make sure to avoid objects such as microwaves, computer monitors, cell phones, and televisions, since many of them store electrical energy and can produce a shock. If you're not sure if an item is safe or not, do a little bit of research first. For inspiration, check out  The Way Things Work Now from our CWMARS libraries.
  • Tools, such as screwdrivers, a mini screwdriver, tweezers, scissors, pliers, etc.
  • Safety goggles (optional)

How To:

  1. Select your object, and if applicable, remove the batteries.
  2. Set out the object along with the tools and invite your child to take the object apart.

My kids took apart an old bike light, a broken coffee maker, and an old broken clock. They worked for three days on these projects. I hope your kids find this as enjoyable and interesting as my kids did! If you give this activity a try, we would love to hear about it! Tag us  @joneslibkids or email kids@joneslibrary.org

At Home Activity_Taking Apart A Clock
At Home Activity_Taking things Apart

Art Prompt: Circle Weaving

As part of our ongoing virtual programing, we are offering ART PROMPTS to get you and the kids in your life inspired to create! This week's project is CIRCLE WEAVING!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Circle (for tracing)
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Floss, Yarn or String (for weaving)
  • Beads (optional)

HOW TO:

  1. Use a pencil to trace a circle on cardboard. It should be about four inches in diameter. Cut out the cardboard circle and then make tabs by cutting one inch deep evenly spaced grooves around the outside. It doesn’t really matter how many tabs you make, but the more you make, the more complex your design will be. We made anywhere from 8-16 tabs per circle.
  2. Wrap the yarn across the center of your circle and then around the back of a tab, repeat until you have created a star pattern on the front of your circle.
  3. Secure a new piece of yarn to the center of your star and start weaving it over and under your star pattern.
  4. Go around and around the circle. You can use an embroidery needle or crochet hook to help you if you'd like. You can add beads or use different yarns and threads. It looks great when you experiment with different colors and textures!
  5. Carefully take your circle off of the cardboard tabs. You can reuse your cardboard circle for more weaving at this point.
  6. You can combine multiple circles with thread or keep them separate.

For the younger folks simply weaving around the cardboard in any random pattern is both satisfying and beautiful!

We would love to see your woven creations when they are complete! Tag us  @joneslibkids or email kids@joneslibrary.org


Circle Weaving Steps 1-4
Circle Weaving Steps 5-7

At Home Activity: Marble Run!

This week's project is making a MARBLE RUN!

You will need:

  • Toilet paper and/or paper towel rolls
  • Painter's tape
  • Marbles
  • Optional: A container for catching the marbles and some cotton balls (not shown)

How To:

  1. Find an open wall that you can tape the cardboard tubes to.
  2. Have your child tilt the tubes to create ramps. Test and experiment to see if the marble will go from one tube to the next. Once you get the tubes in the right spot, have your child tape them into place.
  3. We discovered that we needed a container to catch the marbles, and ended up adding cotton balls to the container so the marbles wouldn't jump out of it. This experience is full of trial and error, so see what works best for you and have fun!

If you give this activity a try, we would love to hear about it! Tag us  @joneslibkids or email kids@joneslibrary.org


At Home Activity_Marble Run

Art Prompt: Clothespin Puppets

As part of our ongoing virtual programing, we are offering ART PROMPTS to get you and the kids in your life inspired to create! This week's project is CLOTHESPIN PUPPETS!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Clothespins

HOW TO:

  1. Draw a creature on paper with markers. It can be any animal, beast, monster or mythical creature of your choice, but you should make the mouth go completely across the face.
  2. Cut out your creature and then cut in half across the mouth.

  3. Tape the top half of your creature onto the side of a clothespin so that the mouth is lined up with the part of the clothespin that opens.
  4. Tape the bottom half underneath that portion so that when you open and close the clothespin it looks like your creature is talking or chomping!

We would love to see your puppets when they are complete! Tag us  @joneslibkids or email kids@joneslibrary.org


Art Prompt_Clothespin Puppets
Art Prompt_Clothespin Puppets Complete

At Home Activity: Lava Lamps

This week's project, inspired by local author Jonathan Adolph's book "Mason Jar Science," is LAVA LAMPS!

You will need:

  • Pint size mason jars, or empty soda bottles
  • Water
  • Food coloring or liquid watercolors
  • Vegetable oil
  • Effervescent antacid tablets, such as Alka Seltzer

How To:

  1. Have your child fill the jar or bottle about a quarter full with water.
  2. Kids can stir in 5 or 6 drops of food coloring or liquid watercolor.
  3. Adults can add twice as much oil as water, so that the jar is three-quarters full.
  4. Kids can drop in an antacid tablet and observe the reaction! They can do this over and over again.
  5. Have your kids leave the jar or bottle uncovered when they are done so all the gas can escape.
  6. Adults can ask your children what they think is happening in this experiment! After discussion, you can explain that the oil is less dense than the water, so it floats in a layer on top. The Alka Selzer tablets contain baking soda and citric acid, so when the tablets are dissolved in water, bubbles of carbon dioxide gas result. The blobs of colored water are carried to the surface by the rising bubbles.

You can request a copy of  Mason Jar Science from our CWMARS libraries.

Or find  Mason Jar Science digitally on BPL Overdrive.

 If you give this activity a try, we would love to hear about it! Tag us  @joneslibkids or email kids@joneslibrary.org

At Home Activity_Mason Jar Science
At Home Activity_Lava Mixing
At Home Activity_Lava Lamp

Art Prompt: Paper Lanterns

As part of our ongoing virtual programing, we are offering ART PROMPTS to get you and the kids in your life inspired to create! This week's project is PAPER LANTERNS!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Template or Paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Small light to place in the lantern; LED tea light, small flashlight or even a glow stick!

HOW TO:

  1. Print out the template (below) or use a blank piece of paper to create your own template.
  2. Cut off the handle and cut the slits on the bottom to create the base of the lantern.
  3. Decorate the main body of the lantern with markers.
  4. Cut slits or designs in the main body of the lantern, if you choose, being careful to keep the edges of the lantern intact.
  5. Carefully form the lantern by overlapping each base flap and tape the base in place.
  6. Tape the sides of the lantern and then the handle.
  7. Finally, add in an LED tea light, small flashlight or even a glow stick!
  8. Enjoy your lanterns! These are especially fun outside in the evening when it's just getting dark outside. We led each other on spooky walks around our home and plan to bring them to an evening hike later this week! We would love to see your lanterns when they are complete! Tag us  @joneslibkidsor email kids@joneslibrary.org


Print It!
Paper Lanterns Example
Paper Lanterns Final

At Home Activity: Making Applesauce Carrot Muffins

For this week's At Home Activity we are MAKING MUFFINS!

You will need:

  • 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded carrots (about 2-3 medium carrots)

How To:

  1. Adults preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Children can line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Have your child whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Adults can melt the butter.
  4. Have your child make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients. Adults can add the butter, and the children can add the honey, egg, vanilla, and applesauce.
  5. Your child can stir the ingredients together until just combined and there are still some spots of flour remaining.
  6. Either the adult or child can grate the carrots. Children can fold in the shredded carrots just until combined (don't over-mix or the muffins will be dense).
  7. Decide who will distribute the batter evenly among the muffin liners. Adults bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Adults can remove muffins to a wire rack to cool completely. The muffins freeze wonderfully and keep well if covered at room temperature for 2-3 days.

Note: Recipe taken from www.melskitchencafe.com

If you give this activity a try, we would love to hear about it! Tag us  @joneslibkids or email kids@joneslibrary.org

At Home Activity_Muffins
At Home Activity_Mixing Muffins

Art Prompt: Geometric Stencils

As part of our ongoing virtual programing, we are offering ART PROMPTS to get you and the kids in your life inspired to create! This week's project is GEOMETRIC STENCILS!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Wax Paper
  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint
  • Markers
  • Paper

HOW TO:

  1. Gather your materials and find a flat surface to work on. Cut a piece of wax paper to the same size as your paper. You can use parchment or even regular paper in place of wax paper. We used wax paper because it is water resistant and semi transparent.
  2. Now, accordion fold your wax paper and cut geometric shapes on one edge.You can make your design symmetrical or more free form. This is your stencil!
  3. Unfold and tape your stencil down on top of your paper.
  4. Color in your stencil using paint or markers, being careful to use a dabbing motion or a one directional brushing motion from the stencil to the paper.
  5. Carefully peel the tape off of your paper. At this point you can leave your stencil work as is or add in additional designs with marker or pen.

As always, enjoy making and creating art! We would love to see your inspired and creative Geometric Stencils when they are complete! Tag us  @joneslibkids or email kids@joneslibrary.org

Geometric Stencils
Geometric Stencils Wax Paper steps
Geometric Stencils Final Steps

At Home Activity: Pumpkin Hammering

For this week's At Home Activity we are PUMPKIN HAMMERING! For pumpkin hammering you will need:

  • A pumpkin
  • Golf Tees
  • Wooden mallet (from a toy) or a hammer
  • Rubber bands (optional)

How To:

  1. Set the pumpkin, golf tees, and wooden mallet or hammer out for your child.
  2. Have your child pound the golf tees into the pumpkin.
  3. Your child can make a design, but you can also just let them do whatever they want!
  4. I have seen children stretch rubber bands around the golf tees as well.

It's really that easy, and kept my children engaged for over an hour, two days in a row! The activity helps with hand-eye coordination, as well as fine motor skills, and is just really fun!

If you give this activity a try, we would love to hear about it! Tag us  @joneslibkids or email kids@joneslibrary.org

At Home Activity_Pumpkin Hammering
At Home Activity_Pumpkin Hammering Supplies

Art Prompt: Sewing With Felt

As part of our ongoing virtual programing, we are offering ART PROMPTS to get you and the kids in your life inspired to create! This week's project is SEWING WITH FELT!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Felt
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Embroidery Needle

HOW TO:

  1. Find some material to sew with, this could be felt (which is a really easy material to use for beginners), fabric scraps or even up-cycled clothing would work here!
  2. Cut out a shape you would like to sew; this could be for a doll, a crown, a small treasure bag, a decoration or an accessory for a costume.
  3. Cut about a 3 foot length of embroidery floss and thread your embroidery needle. Pull the floss through until the floss is doubled and then tie a knot in the end.
  4. Use a simple stitch, like a running stitch or whip stitch, to sew on buttons or embroider a design.
  5. Finally, sew a backing on to your creation if you’d like. Now is also your chance to fill with stuffing if you’re making a doll or stuffed animal.

If you give this activity a try, we would love to hear about it! Tag us  @joneslibkids or email kids@joneslibrary.org

Kids Sewing With Felt
Sewing With Felt