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Keep 'Em Busy

Educational Fun for Kids

Stuck at home? Your kids can still have fun - and keep up those important reading (and pre-reading) skills, too.

This page is full of activities created and selected specially by LCPL youth services librarians just for our youngest patrons.

Show Us Your Work!

Have you tried an activity or challenge from this page? Read a book we recommended? Send an email to kids@lcplin.org with pictures or a book review and we'll display them on a special page.

See what kids have shared with us so far!

 

Crafts & Activities

Video Guides

Check out our playlist of crafts and activities you can enjoy with your kids!



Printables and Other Fun

Simple games, challenges, and activities for you and your child. You can print these at home, or simply open them on your computer or tablet and follow the instructions.

Shape Strength Test Needs paper, tape, and heavy items (like books!)

Home Scavenger Hunt

Building with Cardboard Cut-Outs Needs cardboard (like cereal boxes) and scissors

Make a Menu Needs old magazines/grocery flyers, scissors, glue/tape, paper, markers

Outside Scavenger Hunt

ABC Sensory Bins Needs a container and pasta/rice/beans

Library Summer Logo Challenge

Fairy Home Challenge

Fairy Tale Find-It

Mermaid Treasure Hunt

Pirate Treasure Hunt

Fall Bucket List

Roll Your Own Monster

Bake Your Own Dog Treats

How to Make Cat Treats

Art Club:

Featured Artist: Frida Kahlo

Cave Paintings

Hispanic Heritage Month

Claude Monet, Light & Shadow

African American Artists

Playing Our Way to Literacy: Small activities to do each day, week by week, to build your child's pre-reading skills at home.

Week One: Color  -  Black and White

Week Two: Color  -  Black and White

Week Three: Color - Black and White

Week Four: Color - Black and White

Week Five: Color - Black and White

Week Six: Color - Black and White

Week Seven: Color - Black and White

Week Eight: Color - Black and White

Week Nine: Color - Black and White

Week Ten: Color - Black and White

Week Eleven: Color - Black and White

Week Twelve: Color - Black and White

Week Thirteen: Color - Black and White

Week Fourteen: Color - Black and White

Week Fifteen: Color - Black and White

Week Sixteen: Color - Black and White

Week Seventeen: Color - Black and White

Week Eighteen: Color - Black and White

Science, Technology, Engineering, and MathSTEAM Challenges

Long Cut Challenge Needs paper, scissors

Tube Stack Challenge Needs cardboard tubes, scissors

Marble Run Needs a marble or ball, tape

Newspaper Building Needs newspapers, tape

Foil Boat Needs foil. Optional: pennies or other weights

Catapult Needs craft sticks, rubber bands, spoon, cotton ball or crumpled paper

LEGO Maze Needs LEGO bricks or other building blocks, a marble

Book Dominoes Needs books

Monthly STEAM Challenges:

• September: Sharks
Try the activities - Watch the video

• October: Pirates
Try the activities - Watch the video

• November: Native American Nations
Try the activities - Watch the video

• December: Cookie Chemistry
Try the activities - Watch the video

• January 2021: True or False
Try the activities - Watch the video

• February 2021: Photography
Try the Activities - Watch the Video

• March 2021: Puzzles and Critical Thinking 
Watch the Video - Try the Activities

• April 2021: Secret Codes
Watch the Video - Download the PDF

Step Into STEAM (for ages 2-6):

• September: Rainbows
Try the activities - Watch the Video

• October: Pumpkins
Try the activities - Watch the Video

• November: Making Butter
Try the activities - Watch the Video

• December: Coding
Try the activities - Watch the video

• January: Shapes
Try the activities - Watch the video

• February: Color Mixing
Watch the Video - Try the Activities

• March: Leprechaun Traps 
Watch the Video - Try the Activities

• April: Recycling
Watch the Video - Download the PDF

• May: Flashlight Exploration
Watch the Video - Download the PDF

• June: Animal Exploration
Watch the Video - Download the PDF

• July: Counting in Nature
Watch the Video - Download the PDF

Upcoming Events
Sat, Aug 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Bring your craft projects from home and join us to chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home.... more
Bring your craft projects from home and join us to chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Sat, Aug 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
A selection of board games will be provided for you and fellow teens to play. Registration is required. Ages 12 - 18

Mon, Aug 22, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
De-stress and relax with pencils and coloring sheets provided by the library -- or bring your own!

Mon, Aug 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Scrabble or other games with friends and meet new ones. Games will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Join the fun!

Mon, Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us at the library to create your own scarecrow decoration. Registration is required. Supplies will be provided. Ages 15 and up.

Mon, Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Discover how the interview process has changed. Also, learn what you can do to prepare for face-to-face, virtual, or phone interviews.

Tue, Aug 23, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Bring your current painting projects/materials for an opportunity to chat and create!

Tue, Aug 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join the Fact or Fiction Book Club in discussing "My Last Continent" by Midge Raymond. Copies are available at the Highland Branch.

Tue, Aug 23, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Dyer-Schererville Zoom Room
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abe Daré. Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abe Daré. Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Tue, Aug 23, 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Cedar Lake - Cedar Lake - Public Tables
Bring yarn and a size H crochet hook or size 7 knitting needles and cotton yarn ... or bring along a project you're already working on!

Tue, Aug 23, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Using the latest research findings, Dr. Luke Leisman of the University of Illinois Chicago Circle will discuss if there are galaxies we... more
Using the latest research findings, Dr. Luke Leisman of the University of Illinois Chicago Circle will discuss if there are galaxies we can't see and how galaxies form.

Wed, Aug 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters and crafts are welcome!

Wed, Aug 24, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Learn the basic concepts to start your family tree research. This includes where do I start, what records do I need and how do I put... more
Learn the basic concepts to start your family tree research. This includes where do I start, what records do I need and how do I put everything together.

Thu, Aug 25, 11:15am - 1:15pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the... more
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the company of others.

Thu, Aug 25, 11:15am - 12:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abi Daré. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abi Daré. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Thu, Aug 25, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of Jennifer Haigh's "Faith." Copies are available at the Munster branch.

Thu, Aug 25, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Celebrate the 83rd anniversary of the Wizard of Oz's premiere with a family viewing in the large meeting room. Rated G. 1 hr 52 min

Thu, Aug 25, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Staff Meeting Room
Meeting of the Lake County Public Library Board of Trustees

Sat, Aug 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Interested in any of the needle arts including knit, crochet, cross-stitch, and more? Join us for an opportunity to chat and create. ... more
Interested in any of the needle arts including knit, crochet, cross-stitch, and more? Join us for an opportunity to chat and create. Bring your own projects.
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Storytime to Go

Miss storytime? Hold your very own storytime session at home! We've put together these guides to help you out.

Exploring Colors

Dinosaur Storytime

Ducks Storytime

Friends Storytime

Lions Storytime

Dragon Storytime

Bilingual Storytime: Spanish/English

Making Change

Self Love