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Kids Create: Yarn Friends

DWinter
Thu, 2021-02-11 10:40

The Kensington library loves crafts with yarn. This month we are making cuddly yarn friends!  Supplies: Yarn Scissors One piece of cardboard that is seven inches long and another piece that is four inches long. You can make your cardboard pieces with a ruler and a cereal box Buttons Stickers Any swag to jazz up your doll! (Optional) Steps:  Wrap your yarn around the seven inch piece of cardboard 30 times. (Pro-tip: the thicker your yarn, the more full and cuddly your doll will be. Don’t worry if you don’t have a thick yarn. I didn’t have any,...


Fly Guy's Castle

Kat Savage, Neighborhood Library Supervisor, Adams Street Library
Wed, 2020-08-19 18:31

One of my favorite books on the 2020 Summer Reading list is Fly Guy Presents: Castles! (also available in ebook format) I love joining Buzz and Fly Guy on their field trips in the Fly Guy Presents series. In this book, they visit a castle and learn so many great castle facts! I enjoyed learning about castles so much I wanted to try to make a model of one.  So I took notes from the book, and decided to create a castle that featured three architectural features: Let me show you how I created a castle with just a few easy-to-find materials. Follow the step-by-step...


BACKYARD FAIRIES. Copyright © 2018 by Phoebe Wahl.    The theme for Summer Reading 2020 is Imagine Your Story. It’s a way to celebrate reading whatever fun stories spark your imagination. And it’s also a way to celebrate the creatures of folklore and myth, of fantasy and wonder. We’re bringing a little magical sparkle to your summer with this celebration of fairies. Some of them may be small, but each one has a lot of magic to bring into the world, by sharing their talents. (Does that sound like any young kiddos you know?)  These books, crafts, and stem...


Kids Create: Pride Pom-Poms

DWinter
Wed, 2020-06-24 12:28

June is Pride Month! If you are part of the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LBGTQIA) community or an ally, show your pride with rainbow pom-poms! The History of the Rainbow Flag In the 1960s, before the creation of the rainbow pride flag, the LBGTQIA community represented themselves with a pink triangle, but this symbol had a dark history. Nazi Germany had forced the gay community to wear pink triangles in order to persecute them. One man, Gilbert Baker, wanted a new symbol, one where he could spread love instead of hate. It was a night dancing that Gilbert...

Pride Pom-Poms

Wikimedia Commons June 14th is the celebration of Flag Day, which was established as an official holiday in 1916. It marks the day in 1777, when the men writing the Articles of Confederation (a precursor to the Constitution) passed a resolution that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” As new states came into the United States, the flag gained new stars. And here’s an interesting story: In 1958, a high school student from Ohio named Bob Heft redesigned the...


Every May 1, people around the world celebrate a spring festival known as May Day that once heralded the start of the growing season during Medieval times.  Today, some people weave flower crowns, or give paper baskets filled with flowers to friends and family on May Day. Others dance around a maypole -- a bare tree or log that has been adorned with ribbons. May 1st is also “Lei Day” in Hawaii, where people give each other necklaces made of flowers. How do you celebrate spring? Bring the garden indoors with these fun crafts and activities! Celebrate Spring Activities...


During Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset. Muslims follow a lunar calendar, a calendar that follows the phases of the moon.  Every year Ramadan’s dates change. Ramadan may be 29 or 30 days and the dates change every year, moving ahead by approximately 11 days.  This year Ramadan starts on the evening of April 23, 2020. Use these easy Ramadan crafts for children to decorate your home or as part of a project to learn about Ramadan. Ramadan Crafts Ramadan Crafts for Kids from KidsWorldCitizen.org   12 Beautiful Ramadan...


Although we may be stuck inside, we can't forget to leave room for magic! There is no better way to foster a sense of wonder than by making tiny homes for some of the forest’s most enchanted creatures- fairies! For this simple, open-ended craft, kids can use their imaginations to construct their own tiny fairy home with simple materials and miscellaneous craft items.   What you’ll need: Paper cups, milk cartons, paper towel rolls Decorative paper or construction paper Scissors (to cut a door) Decorative tape Pompoms Sequins Markers, crayons, or colored...


National Wildlife Week starts today, April 6th. We know that it may not be easy right now to find ways to get outside and explore nature and wildlife. With these crafts, books, and other resources, you will be able to bring the wildlife exploration closer to home! Kids Create  New York Zoos and Aquarium: Build Your Wild Self (Based on an Activity from the Bronx Zoo) You can choose to do this on paper or on the computer.  Start by drawing yourself, and replace some of your features with aspects of different animals: What kind of eyes do you have? Cat eyes that...


Doctors, nurses, and medical professionals are working tirelessly around the clock to keep us all healthy, especially now.   To celebrate National Physicians Week from March 25-31, 2020 we have come up with a booklist, crafts, and activities to inspire you.   Here is a list of books you can read with your kids, including some they can read independently, to help answer questions about what doctors do, and what a child can expect at a doctor visit. Kids Create Cotton Swab Painting:  Super fun and easy, all you need is cotton swab / cotton balls...


February is black history month, and today, on Valentine's Day, kids can celebrate their love of black culture while honoring artists who made beautiful impacts on the world of modern art. At Paerdegat Library we chose to honor three black modern artists whose names/surnames begin with the letter B: Romare Bearden, Betye Saar and Jean Michel Basquiat. These artists used various art mediums, or elements, to create different types of art that included collages, assemblages, graffiti, cartoons, paintings and prints. You can make a collage out of anything, and we used...


 As we begin the new year, kids can have fun keeping track of the passing days with this cute desk calendar! Materials Construction paper Regular paper  Cardstock or cardboard Glue  Tape (optional) Scissors Markers Below is a tutorial for a 2019 desk calendar. We made one for this year at Paerdegat, below.   Check out this book list about time, the seasons and the calendar!


This time of year is often when we reflect on what we are grateful for. It's a fun season for some kids, but it can also be a tough time for others. Studies have shown that coloring and practicing gratitude are both effective ways to increase happiness. Gratitude reduces toxic emotions, including fear and frustration. It can also cause people to live happier, more satisfied lives and enjoy increased levels of self-esteem, hope, empathy, and optimism. Other studies have shown that children who practice grateful thinking have more positive attitudes toward school and family. Kids can...


As the fall season brings festive holidays, kids can make decorations and keep organized with these crafts at the library. Pipe Cleaner Spiders During this decorative time of year, kids will enjoy creating these easy-to-make itsy bitsy spiders. Hang them in a window, wear them as rings, or place them somewhere frightening fun! What you'll need: Pipe cleaners - black, brown or any color you like Pom poms - same colors as above Wiggly eyes Glue Scissors Bunch four pieces of pipe cleaner and twist together in the middle, forming four "...


Spring has lived up to its reputation for being a rain-filled season, but we’ve also had some wonderful days filled with sunshine. We’re able to easily recognize weather changes when we look outside, but what about some of the emotional weather changes we’re dealing with on the inside? Making connections between the weather and our emotions can give kids the opportunity to identify how they are feeling. At Sunset Park we recently read some books about weather and the kids had a great time shouting out how each kind of weather made them feel.  They shared moments of feeling...


  When the days seem to last a little bit longer, and the flowers begin to poke out of the ground, we can finally start believing that spring is on its way. The sunshine and the warmer weather always inspire me to “think spring” in my arts and crafts programs.  This week in Kids Create, we created Cherry Blossom trees with just a few, easy to find materials. This is a craft I’ve made every spring, since originally being inspired by an old boss of mine.   Materials: Tree template printout Assorted tissue paper (cut into small squares) Glue   This...


We recently made bookmarks at Sunset Park Library.  Here's where I got the inspiration.  Using recycled cereal boxes, we cut out and hole-punched rectangles and used paint, markers, glitter, and lots of fun add-ons to decorate our bookmarks. The kids had a great time being the illustrators of their own bookmarks. Find fun Kids Create programs at library branches across Brooklyn!  


This winter at Sunset Park Library, we found out there’s Snowplace Like Home. Together, we read “Here Comes Jack Frost” by Kazuno Kohara, and then we made our very own paper villages—and got snowed in! We worked on making our own winter scenery. All it took was some construction paper, a few pre-cut shapes, and a little basic folding talent. …and the kids loved it! They had a great time making their paper villages, and we even used Popsicle sticks, sharpies, and glitter paint to make some snowflakes to go with it. We stuck some self-adhesive magnets on the back of our...


Every year the team at Services for Older Adults delivers Valentine's Day cards to Books by Mail home-bound patrons and partner agencies. It continues to be a successful tradition at Services for Older Adults as we seek inclusive ways to provide Brooklyn's diverse older adult population with free and equal access to BPL resources through programming. Check out these love-filled cards we sent this year! Valentines Day Book Adventures @ Sunset Park! This past Monday, Sunset Park Library held our monthly Book Adventures program. This month was a Valentine’s Day edition speed crafting...


Cortelyou Library recently made pig fortune tellers in honor of 2019 being the Year of the Pig in the Chinese Zodiac. This is a fun activity that is easy to make. Fold a square piece of pink construction paper into a fortune teller (also known as a cootie catcher). Add ears, eyes and a snout as instructed here.   Older children may want to try writing fortunes inside the cootie catchers that relate to Chinese New Year’s traditions. You need eight fortunes. Here are a few examples. You are strong like a dragon. Bang a drum to scare monsters. Wear red for good luck...


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