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kids activities: ruler, scissors, glue, books, crayons

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!

We miss you all, and can't wait to see you in the library again when we reopen!

Virtual Storytimes

Our librarians will be reading to you on our YouTube channel five times a week at 10:30 AM!

Tuesdays & Saturdays: Picture Book Storytime

Wednesdays: Mother Goose on the Loose (birth to 24 months)

Thursdays: Middle Grade Book Tasting

Fridays: Book Breaks! (Longer picture book readings)

Bonus Book Break: Sundays, 3:00 PM

 

Crafts & Activities

Video Guides

Check out our playlist of crafts (designed specially to be done with materials you probably have at home - no need to run to the craft store) and activities you can do 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

Art Club Featured Artist: Frida Kahlo

Library Summer Logo Challenge

Fairy Home Challenge

STEM Challenges: Activities designed to build kids' STEM skills.

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

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

Indiana Firefly AwardsIndiana Firefly Awards

This annual award for Indiana kids' favorite book has moved online! You can watch videos of each of the books, and then let your kids pick their favorites.

See the books and vote here!

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

Book Talks

We share some of our favorite kids' books and why we love them!

Want more kids' books and reading strategies?

For babies and toddlers, try our Every Child Ready to Read page

For middle grade kids, try these suggestions from YES staff:

Animal Stories

Contemporary Fiction

Testable eBooks

Historical Fiction

eBooks with Activities for Kids

Graphic Novels We Love

Even More Historical Fiction

Middle Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Pride Month Reads

Pride Month Reads for Preschool - 7th grade

Fantasy and Adventure

Upcoming Events
Tue, Aug 04, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Registration is now closed

Wed, Aug 05, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters... more
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters child development and pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Thu, Aug 06, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear a chapter. All books are... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear a chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Fri, Aug 07, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Fri, Aug 07, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us for a visit with a park ranger from the Everglades National Park and talk about alligators, invasive pythons, and... more
Join us for a visit with a park ranger from the Everglades National Park and talk about alligators, invasive pythons, and habitats! Those participating must have Zoom capability and an email address.

Sat, Aug 08, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sun, Aug 09, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, Aug 11, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Wed, Aug 12, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters... more
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters child development and pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Thu, Aug 13, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear a chapter. All books are... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear a chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Thu, Aug 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us virtually as we talk to a meteorologist from the National Weather Service about severe weather in our area! You need Zoom... more
Join us virtually as we talk to a meteorologist from the National Weather Service about severe weather in our area! You need Zoom capability and an email address to attend.
Registration opens Thursday, August 6 2020 at 9:00am