Your child can earn the Mythic Hero badge from Badge Squad at home by completing three of the activities listed here. Once the library reopens, visit us and your child can pick up a cloth patch for each Badge Squad badge they’ve earned.[Read more…] about Badge Squad: Spotlight on Mythic Hero
Well, we’ve been at this for a few weeks now. Maybe you started your “school at home” experiment (I won’t call it homeschool because that is truly not what we are doing right now) with enthusiasm and color-coded schedules. Maybe you started slowly and anxiously and worked your way into a good routine. Maybe you’re just slogging through, reinventing the wheel each day. Maybe, like me and my family, you’re somewhere in between. It’s all OK.
I wanted to write something acknowledging how hard this has been. How weird it is. How there have been tears, slammed doors, and stomped feet (and not just the kids!). But I suspect you’ve read it all before. Besides, my family’s experience is not, cannot be, will never be, your family’s experience. Maybe you are working. Maybe you aren’t. Maybe you have one kid, maybe you have five. Maybe you have another adult helping you work through it. Maybe not. Hopefully, everyone you love is healthy. But maybe not.[Read more…] about My Family’s Favorite Free At-Home Activities and Resources for Creative Learning.
- Go on a Color Hunt! Make a list of all the colors of the rainbow, then have your child find as many things of a certain color as they can. Help your child find different textures within these colors: a soft blue pillow or the bumpy skin of an orange, for example. See which color they find the most.
- Go on a virtual walk through a museum. Try the Boston Children’s Museum — it’s brand new.
- Have your child look outside and see what kinds of animals they can see or think about animals that might live in your neighborhood. Using Hoopla, find some books on that animal and learn more about them.
- Do a sink or float challenge. Have your child choose several items from the house and guess if they will sink or float in water. Ask them if they can guess why.
- Do shape building! Using familiar items from around your house, such as toilet paper and paper towel tubes, books, shoes, and string, have your child create the shapes they know.
Are your kids working on earning badges from Badge Squad while they’re at home? Here are some ideas they can use to earn the Crafty Creator badge. Remember, once the library reopens, children can visit their branch to pick up a cloth patch for each badge they earn.
Explore: read An Eye for Art to be introduced to more than 50 great artists and see photographs of their work or virtually visit a museum to learn about an art movement like Impressionism or Pop Art. We have a list of museums offering virtual tours here.
Create: Use household materials to create art in the style of one of the artists you’ve learned about.
We know it’s hard to be stuck at home with little ones who have become used to a daily routine. We thought providing resources for doing an “at-home” storytime might help any families or little ones missing their weekly storytime routine at the library!
Below are some songs, rhymes, and stories you can access from the comfort of your home! All you need is a library card! We recommend breaking up stories with 2-3 songs or rhymes in between; however, you know your little ones best![Read more…] about Missing Library Storytime? Here’s How You Can Have Storytime at Home!
Updated on April 27:
Last week, we published a list of kid-friendly resources to help and inspire families and children, working and learning from home. But we recognize that adults stuck at home during COVID-19 restrictions need inspiration, too! So, for the older crowd, here’s a list of online and digital resources to help you create, get healthy, learn, and have fun. Oh, and for those of you new to this cooking thing, we offer a few suggestions for places where you can get help with that, too.
- Get crafty with eBooks and eMagazines from:
- Free classes at Bluprint
- Free classes at Creativebug
Get Healthy and Move
- Get fit with Hoopla
- Glo: free yoga, pilates, and meditation classes
- Meditation for Beginners and Yoga for Respiratory Health: free webinars
- YMCA of Bucks County: free online fitness challenges, workouts, and stress management and mindfulness classes
Say hello to Boredom Busters Bitez, an extension of our Boredom Busters publication.
Starting today, we will release three different Boredom Buster activities per day – each with a different theme. Visit our Boredom Busters’ page daily, download the activity files, and have fun! The themes for this week are: In the Garden, Mindfulness, Make-Believe, Pond-Life, and Jam Out!
Here you are a few days into COVID-19 restrictions, maybe working from home, and helping your children adjust to a life that includes remote learning, homeschooling, and social distancing. Maybe you could use a little inspiration and help with adjusting to your new normal. We’ve put together this great list of free resources that includes ways to get your kids learning, having fun, moving, listening, and exploring.
Explore the Earth
Fun & Games
Have Storytime at Home
- Our favorite songs, rhymes, and stories help you have library storytime at home
If you’re a crafter or maker, you’ll want to visit Cut Corner Studio, a premier crafting space for adults, now open in our Bensalem and Quakertown Branches.
Studio equipment includes a 3D printer, vinyl cutter, embroidery machine, Cricut Maker, form box, heat press, and button makers. All equipment is free to use. We’ll have some equipment supplies available for a minimal fee to help you get started on projects. For some equipment, you can bring your own supplies.
Unleash your creativity and make freely in this community workspace, whether you’re a novice or a pro, are crafting favors for a party, customizing a gift, or prototyping a new product for your business – Cut Corner Studio can handle it all![Read more…] about Unleash Your Creativity at Cut Corner Studio
There are many ways to promote and encourage your child’s creativity at home. The good news is, you don’t need to call in HGTV to redesign your home to create an arts and crafts studio! Here are some ideas that can be done on a budget at the kitchen table or outside on the driveway or picnic table. Of course, if you do have the space and resources to create an art space at home go for it! Here are some aspects of learning and development that you may want to consider when gathering your art materials.[Read more…] about Arts and Crafts at Home