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June Craft Ideas – Father’s Day

Father’s Day is June 21st, and it is a great idea to have the kids make something special for Dad. Here are some creative ideas to try.   Sandpaper Art T-Shirt: From Alex Nguyen Portraits blog — Have the kids use crayons to color a picture on a large piece of sandpaper. Then a grown-up can…

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May Crafts – Memorial Day and Parades

With all the flags out for Memorial Day, what a great opportunity to talk to kids about our country’s flag. This craft from Mama’s Nook is a nice way to allow a toddler to create their own flag. Simply start with a large rectangle of construction paper as a base. Pre-cut stripes of red and…

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April Activities & Crafts

Show children the ‘magic’ of plants by letting them see how a seed sprouts and grows. Place a few bean seeds in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel or a couple of damp cotton balls. Tape to a window and watch them grow over the course of a week! Maybe this will inspire…

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Valentine’s Day Crafts

Try making a heart garland–Martha Stewart shows you how in this video. Kids can help by cutting and gluing. Use this heart-shaped template (PDF) and place it on a stack of three sheets of card stock (the example uses red, pink and peach). Staple the center of the hearts and cut out the shapes. Make…

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Fun with Cardboard

Have some cardboard lying around from the holidays? Why not make something extra fun for your little one? These websites show you how to make some fun playthings that any kid would love. Kids can help with the design and use their imaginations. Best of all, they are recyclable! Cardboard boxes are a great idea…

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Toilet Paper Roll Reindeer

Trace your child’s hand on thick brown paper, and cut out. Wrap a toilet roll with the same brown paper.  Staple the hands to the roll to serve as antlers. Add embellishments to create the reindeer’s face, perhaps adding a red pom-pom nose! by

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Cinnamon-Applesauce Ornaments

This is an easy craft to do with kids, and smells wonderful. Mix approximately 2 cups applesauce with 2 cups of cinnamon (yes, really). Stir until it makes a dough (add more cinnamon if it is too wet, or more applesauce if it is too dry). Roll dough out to about 1/4″ thickness. Use cookie…

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Start Building Now

By Cathy Chesher / Halloween is over and you still have candy left. What can you do with it, besides the obvious? How about using some (or all) of it to decorate a gingerbread house for the Adrian Public Library’s annual gingerbread house contest. Not only is this a great way to uses leftover candy…

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Flannel Fun

By Cathy Chesher / Anyone who has ever been to at least a few of my storytimes  knows that I like to incorporate flannelboard, or feltboard, activities in almost every storytime.  I might tell The Three Little Pigs, sing B-I-N-G-O, recite nursery rhymes like Jack and Jill or invite active participation by having children put…

Thanksgiving Fun

Whether you’ll be on the road or hosting a gathering at your home, you will probably be looking for things to keep little ones occupied while preparing for Turkey Day. Here is a list of some nice resources. BOOKS Twelve Best Thanksgiving Books for Kids by Family Fun writer Kori Ellis. From Preschoolers to Teens,…