Get creative with our ready-to-go kits! Check here each month to see what you can learn to make with just a few simple materials, provided to you at no cost, and a few easy instructions. We have projects for all ages. Supplies are limited, so stop by to claim your bag today!

April 12th

KIDS (5 and under with adult help)

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  • Read Give It! by Cinders McLeod.
  • What ideas do you have for helping others?
  • Decorate a bank of your own for saving, spending, and sharing!

You can use almost anything to decorate your bank—markers, crayons, paint, stickers, even magazine pages and glue! Don’t have something at home that will work? Ask at the Youth Services desk—we are happy to help!

 

KIDS (K-6th grades/ages 5-11)

Supplies included:

  • Soil
  • Grass seed
  • 2 glue dots
  • 2 googly eyes
  • cup
  • nylon

Not included:

  • Black sharpie or markergrass_heads
  • colored paper or cloth scraps

Instructions:

  • Spoon or pour the grass seed into the bottom of the nylon.
  • Spoon potting soil on top of the grass seed in the nylon.
  • Tie a knot in the nylon around the soil, leaving the excess fabric hanging.
  • Fill the cup halfway with water and place the soil-filled nylon on top of the cup with the tail in the water
  • Feel free to squeeze and shape your grass head to fit on the top of the cup.
  • Attach googly eyes to the head with the glue dots and draw a face on the nylon with a marker if you would like.
  • Optional: Use supplies you have at home such as colored paper or marker to decorate your cup to give your grass head clothing.
  • Wait for your grass head person to grow hair!  Be sure to check the water level in the cup every day, keeping it at least half full.
  • Give your grass head person a stylish haircut when their “hair” starts to get too long!

Teens and Adults (7th grade and up)

  1. Find and pull out full color pages from the magazine. Ads work best for this!image (2) (1)
  2. Cut the pages into 1.5″ strips using the shorter side of the page.
  3. Next, start rolling your strips. The toughest part is the beginning; however it’s easy to get used to! At the end of the roll, wipe on glue to secure. If you have tape available, you can use a small narrow piece of tape to secure each roll– the taped side can be hidden when adhering it to the frame.
  4. For each roll, lay it onto the frame so you know when you have enough! It helps to do this while you’re watching TV shows or movies from the library, or even listening to an audiobook on the app Libby, by OverDrive!
  5. After rolling all the strips, glue each piece onto the cardboard frame. If any ends stick out, make sure they aren’t obstructing where the picture will be.
  6. When you are finished adhering each roll, allow it to dry completely.
  7. You can cover the entire thing with a thin coating of glue and let dry, or paint it all one color if it’s more your style.
  8. Insert your picture, and enjoy!

March 8th

KIDS (4 and under with adult help)  ALL CLAIMED

Water Color Magic Eggs

Contents:

  • Egg shaped water color paper
  • Water colors and brush
  • White crayon
  • Salt

Instructions:

Get creative decorating your egg!

Ready for some art magic?

  • Before you paint, draw a design on your egg with white crayon. It will appear when you paint over it!
  • Sprinkle a little salt over a very wet area of paint. Watch what happens!

 

KIDS (K-6th grades/ages 5-11)

Write and illustrate a book of your own!

It can be any kind — a true story, a comic book, an imaginative tale, a book of jokes, a nonfiction book about your favorite topic, a cookbook, whatever inspires you. Not writing on your own yet? Feel free to team up with a sibling or grownup!

Learn from a professional author & illustrator!

Watch our visit with accomplished local childrens book author & illustrator Aaron Zenz! Learn how he creates a book from start to finish, and how you can too!

 

Want to show off your finished book?

We would love to share your masterpiece for others to read! If you’d like to see your book “published” on LDL’s website and social media, your family can contact egriffin@loutitlibrary to get started!

 

Teens and Adults (7th grade and up) ALL CLAIMED

Needle Felted Peeps  image of supplies and example of a completed needle felted peep

(Notice: The needles are very sharp! use with care.  Teens, check with your guardians before beginning this project)

Contents:

  • 3 barbed needles (SHARP!)
  • 1 foam block
  • 1 bundle of pink or yellow wool
  • 1 bundle of brown wool

Instructions:

Use your Loutit District Library card to sign up for Creativebug here and then watch this video series with your Creativebug account for instructions! 

You can use this felted Peep as part of a Peep Diorama in our annual contest!  

 

 

February 8thValentine Card image

Kids (Pre-school thru 6th grade) ALL CLAIMED

Instructions:

  • Get creative and make Valentine cards for the special people in your life!
  • Use your imagination to make a Valentine’s Day masterpiece!

 

 

 

Teens and Adults (7th grade and up)  ALL CLAIMED

Materials:

Silicone mold
1/3 cup chocolate candy melts
1 pouch hot cocoa
mini marshmallowsHot Cocoa Bomb image
Not included:
plate
spoon
baking sheet
parchment paper or aluminum foil (optional)
Mix-ins (optional) Ideas: Peppermint, cinnamon, or sprinkles inside, and/or drizzled on the outside.
Instructions:
  1. Clean the silicone mold, and if you decide to use your freezer, make sure there is room.
  2. Add parchment or foil to the bottom of a small baking sheet for easy clean up.  
  3. Melt chocolate candy melts in a microwavable dish in 15 second increments, stirring in between until the candy fully melted.  
  4. Pour a spoonful of melted chocolate into each spot in the silicone mold. Spread using the back of the spoon until each cavity is completely covered. Add more chocolate if needed. It is super easy to miss a spot, so be sure that each cavity is fully coated, otherwise the hot chocolate mix could leak. 
  5. Invert the mold on a baking sheet and gently shake to eliminate the extra chocolate.  
  6. Set aside parchment paper or foil and place the silicone mold on the baking sheet chocolate side up.  
  7. Place in freezer to help speed up solidification. This will take about 7 minutes.  (You can let it solidify at room temperature, but it will just take longer.)  
  8. Remove the mold from the freezer and turn it upside down over the sheet and gently peel back the mold.  
  9. Fill one of the half-spheres with a tablespoon of hot cocoa mix, and marshmallows or other mix-ins if desired. 
  10. Warm a plate in the microwave or with hot water and dry. Place the bottom of the empty half-sphere on the plate to lightly melt the edges of the chocolate. 
  11. Place the empty half-sphere on top of the filled one, lining the edges up to seal.  (If needed, use a metal spoon dipped in hot water and dried, or use a bit of the leftover melted chocolate dripped around the edges to further seal the two halves.)
  12. Allow the chocolate time to set — about 5 minutes in the freezer, or 30 minutes at room temperature.  
  13. To use your bomb: Heat up 1 cup of milk or water until it is hot. Set the bomb in a mug and pour the hot milk/water on top of it.  Watch the explosion, then mix it all together.  Enjoy!  
Ingredients: Hot Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa (processed with alkali), nonfat dry milk, coconut oil, corn syrup solids, sweet whey, calcium carbonate, contains less than 2% of modified whey, salt, sodium caseinate, dipotassium phosphate, mono- and diglycerides, cellulose gum, natural and artificial flavors. Contains: Milk.) Marshmallows (Corn syrup, sugar, modified food starch (corn), gelatin, water, dextrose, natural and artificial flavor, tetrasodium pyrophosphate.) Candy Melts (Sugar, partially hydrogenated palm kernel and cottonseed oils, nonfat dry milk, cocoa processed with alkali, cocoa, glyceryl lacto esters of fatty acids, soy lecithin, and salt)

 

 

 

 

January 20th

KIDS (4 and under with adult help) ALL CLAIMEDpuffy snow paint

Instructions:

  1. Mix roughly equal parts glue and shaving cream together in a bowl.
  2.  Use fingers, stick, or paintbrush to create a snowy scene on blue paper. (Get creative! This “paint” washes up easily.)
  3.  Allow to dry. Paint will dry puffy!

 

 

 

 

 

KIDS (K-6th grades/ages 5-11)  ALL CLAIMED

Cut paper snowflakes

Instructions: 

  1. Follow the instructions on the snowflake patterns to fold and cut a few practice snowflakes.
  2. Use the blank paper to create some snowflake designs of your own. Have fun and be creative!

 

 

 

 

 

Teen and Adult  ALL CLAIMED

mug cake

Ingredients:

Included:

  • 1/4 cup. Flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, pinch of salt
  • 3 Tbs Sugar
  • 2 Tbs cocoa (optional)
  • 1Tbs canola oil

Not included:

1/4 cup of your choice of Milk or milk substitute.

Optional:

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla (use this instead of cocoa powder to make a vanilla mug cake.)
  • Your choice of mix-ins (nuts, chocolate chips, sprinkles etc)

Instructions:

  • In a microwave safe mug mix the included ingredients, your choice of milk or milk substitute and any of your favorite mix-ins.
  • Microwave for 1 min. to 1 min. 30 sec. depending on wattage of microwave.

 

Included ingredient nutrition information

 

December 9th

KIDS (5 and under with adult help) ALL CLAIMED

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  • Use paintbrush and washable paints to decorate your ornament however you like.
  • Did you know that by mixing the primary colors — red, yellow and blue — you can make any color? Experiment to see what you can mix up!
  • When paint is dry, put a small photograph inside and enjoy!

 

 

KIDS (Kindergarten through 6th Grade) ALL CLAIMED

Contents:

  • Hoopembroidery5
  • 2 strips of colored yarn
  • 5”x5” square of burlap
  • Ribbon
  • Plastic needle

Instructions:

  1. Pull apart the embroidery hoop and place your burlap inside. Screw it back together.
  2. If you would like, trim the extra burlap around the hoop with scissors
  3. Thread the yarn through the needle. A little water or beeswax at the end of the yarn can help with getting through the eye of the needle.
  4. Tie a nice big knot on the end so that it doesn’t pull through the open weave of the burlap
  5. Begin from the back of the hoop and poke and pull the needle through, then down again from the top. It may help if a grown up helps hold the hoop for the first few stitches.
  6. Have fun! Try experimenting with different stitches and designs. Long and short stitches, cross stitches etc… There is no wrong answer.
  7. Once finished, tie a ribbon through the top of the hoop and hang on a hook or Christmas tree or give as a gift for a loved one.

TEENS & ADULTS  (ALL CLAIMED

Contents: 1 mug and 1 paint markerPXL_20201202_152726277

Instructions

  1. If cold from being outside, let everything warm up to room temperature.
  2. Wash mug and dry.
  3. Before using marker: shake it upside down a few times, open the marker and push the marker tip down on paper to release a little air, then a few more times until paint fills the tip and you are able to draw with it.
  4. Draw your design on the mug. Let dry for at least 30 minutes per layer. (Allow paint to dry completely before going over design again).
  5. Be sure paint is completely dry before placing it into a cold oven set to 350 degrees. (DO NOT PRE-HEAT OVEN)
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Turn off the oven and leave the mug in oven allow it to come back to room temperature slowly.
  8. Hand washing is recommended for best results.

 

 

 

November 16th

KIDS (5 and under with adult help) ALL CLAIMEDimage

Materials:

  • Plastic ‘Easter’ egg
  • 1 tbsp. of dry rice
  • One roll of washi tape, or scrapbook tape
  • 2 plastic spoons

Instructions:

  1. If plastic egg has holes, use a small piece of tape to cover them up from the inside.
  2. Fill eggs with rice and snap shut. Tape egg closed by sticking a strip of tape around the middle.
  3. Place a plastic spoon on either side of the egg and secure by taping around top and the handles.
  4. Repeat to make second shaker.
  5. Turn on some music and shake along!

KIDS (Kindergarten through 6th Grade) ALL CLAIMEDPicture2

Materials:

  • 3 Craft Sticks
  • 10 ft. of yarn
  • 2 glue dots

Optional:

  • Glue
  • Green marker or pencil
  • Black sharpie or marker

Instructions:Picture1

  1. (Optional) Color craft sticks green with marker or pencil.
  2. Next, use glue dots (or your own glue) to layer the craft sticks and attach them together. Allow glue to dry.
  3. Tie your two pieces of yarn together and tie one end of the yarn around your ‘turtle body’.
  4. Now, wrap the yarn across the center of your turtle 2-3 times to cover the middle.
  5. Finally, it’s time to weave! Place your yarn over a craft stick, wrap it around once and then place the yarn over the next stick to wrap around. Repeat until you’re out of yarn or your turtle is full covered. For help with the “god’s eye” pattern and variations, watch this tutorial.
  6. When you have finished, cut off any excess yarn — if there is any — and tie your string under your turtle or tuck it underneath a few threads.

TEENS & ADULTS (ALL CLAIMED)

Materials:
  • 2 Pieces of Felt
  • 2 Wooden Discs
  • 2 Wooden Beads
  • 2 Beards
  • 2 Mustaches
  • 2 Ribbon Pieces
  • Glue Dots (hot glue works, too!)gnome4
  1. Using a couple glue dots, affix one beard to one wood disc as shown below.
  2. Then, add one of the mustaches just on top of the beard and use a glue dot to affix to the wood disc.
  3. Using a glue dot, nestle the wood bead above and towards the center of the mustache.
  4. Wrap the piece of felt around the wood disc and secure with glue dots. Make sure the nose is peeking through.
  5. Tie a knot towards the end of your ribbon and affix inside the felt piece on the pointed end with glue dots. Then admire and repeat for your next gnome ornament!

 

October 26th

KIDS (5 and under with adult help) ALL CLAIMEDmini pumpkin

Pumpkin Decorating!

Get creative decorating your mini pumpkin and learn while you play!

  • Peeling and sticking is great practice for fine motor skills.
  • What colors and shapes are you using?
  • What letters can you find? What sounds do they make? Can you spell a word?

KIDS (ALL CLAIMED)

Creepy Slime

  1. First, add glue and baking soda into a small bowl and stir until combined.
  2. Mix in green saline solution. You may not need the entire container. Pour as needed.
  3. Roll slime in hands until it no longer sticks. This can take 5 minutes!
  4. Mix in glitter and eyeballs to make your slime creepy!

TEENS (ALL CLAIMED)

Glowing Potion

Contents:

  • Glass bottle
  • Cork stopper
  • Bag of water beads
  • Craft syringe
  • Water submersible tea light
  • String
  • Tag

Not included:

  • Bowl
  • water

Instructions:

  1. Place colored water beads in a bowl of water and let soak for at least 4 hours, if not overnight.
  2. While the water beads hydrate, think of how you want to layer the color in the jar.
  3. After beads are fully hydrated, drain them.
  4. Place 4-5 beads of your color choice in the craft syringe at a time.
  5. Hold syringe over jar and push plunger down. Layer the colors however you like.  (Mix them up or layer the colors)
  6. Keep repeating this process until almost full — about 1/4 inch from top of the jar.
  7. Open the tea light and removed protective paper and reassemble. Turn it until it lights up.
  8. Place the light upside down into the jar and then cover with cork stopper.
  9. Optional: tie string around the neck of the jar with tag and label your potion.

To turn off:  Remove cork. Retrieve light and untwist until light shuts off.

If you would like to see a how to video, check out this video from Nutley Public Library:

 

October 12th

ADULTS (ALL CLAIMED)

Paperback Book Pumpkin

Pick up your kit for this festive fall take and make at the Reference and Information Desk, or schedule a curbside pickup by calling 616.850.6914. Glue is not included in the kit, but if you don’t have any at home, please let us know.

Click or tap here for instructions, or watch the video!

October 5th

KIDS (ALL CLAIMED)

Mystery Craft Kit

Pick up your mystery craft kit at the Youth Desk.*  Contents will vary from bag to bag.

 

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Tie-Dye Face Mask (All Claimed)

Grades 5 & Up

Contents:

  • 1 face mask
  • 2 packets of drink mix (FYI: if grape flavor is included in your bag, it will end up being more pink than purple.)
  • 4 rubber bands

Not included: white vinegar, bowls, clothes iron, or clothes dryer.

Instructions:

  1. In separate small bowls (like a cereal bowl), mix each drink mix packet with 1/2 cup white vinegar.
  2. Get face mask completely wet with water then squeeze out excess water.
  3. Ball or twist up face mask and secure with some or all of the rubber bands.
  4. Place mask in one of the drink mix /vinegar solutions for a couple of minutes.
  5. Remove and squeeze out excess.
  6. If you would like the mask to have two colors, unwrap the rubber bands from mask, and then repeat steps 3-5 with the other color.
  7. Unwrap rubber bands and do not rinse.
  8. Set aside to partially dry for a couple of hours.
  9. The color needs heat to set before you can wash it. So either dry the dyed mask in the dryer on high heat until the mask is dry or use a hot clothes iron (be careful!) to heat and set color.
  10. Wash and wear!
*Youth Take and Makes are available for curbside pickup if preferred. Call 616.850.6919 to arrange a pickup time.

September 14th

ADULTS (ALL CLAIMED)

Mini Macrame Plant Holder

Click or tap here for instructions.

September 8th

KIDS (5 and under with adult help)

Dancing Ribbons                         ALL CLAIMED

Make your own dancing ribbons. Perfect for moving and grooving!streamers

Contents:

  • plastic rings
  • plastic streamers

 

Want more dancing fun? Join our virtual dance party on Friday, September 11 at 10:00 am. Dance along with Miss Elizabeth and Miss Chelsea to some of our favorite songs! Click or tap here for more information.

KIDS

Sun Paper                                        ALL CLAIMEDsun-print-paper-nature-art-with-kids-36-1200x800

  1. Enclosed paper is sensitive to light. Please read all instructions first before opening envelope.
  2. Select objects you wish to print — leaves, keys, lace, buttons, paper cutouts, toys, etc. If the day is breezy, be sure to choose heavier items that won’t blow around while you’re trying to print!
  3. While you are still inside and away from direct sunlight, remove your paper from the envelope. (Optional: put your paper on a piece of cardboard to make it easier to move later). Place paper blue side up and arrange your objects on top.
  4. Take your paper outside and put it in a sunny spot. Expose to sun until paper turns very pale blue — about 2 minutes. Times will vary depending on clouds; do not overexpose.
  5. Remove print from direct sun, take off items, and soak in a container of plain water for about 1 minute. Dry flat. Image will sharpen during drying time. When dry, flatten under a heavy book.

TEENS  (ALL CLAIMED)

Back to School Relaxation Kit

Life getting you stressed? Use the tools in this relaxation kit to chill out and take a deep breath.

Contents: Playdough, journal, pencil, baggy of water beads, two balloons (one extra just in case), bookmark to color.

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What you’ll need:  the included water beads and 1 balloon, an empty water bottle, bowl.

  • Place the tiny water beads from baggy in a bowl with water. Let sit overnight or at least 4 hours.
  • Drain water from beads.
  • Place beads into an empty disposable water bottle. (I used 85 water beads.)
  • Partially inflate one of the balloons.
  • Place balloon over top of water bottle.
  • Shake water beads into balloon.
  • Slowly deflate the balloon and tie off.
  • Enjoy the squishy goodness!
  • For images or video instruction, click or tap here.

Relaxation Tips:

  • Did you know that kneading, rolling, flattening, and punching playdough can help relieve stress and anxiety? Give it a try!
  • Journal: write about things you are grateful for. Write about 3 wishes you have. Write about a favorite memory.
  • Craft: color, make, create. Is there something that you like to make with your own hands?
  • Music: listen to your favorite music or create your own music.
  • Listen to: an audiobook, the rain falling, or running water.
  • Be active: Yoga, ride a bike, hike, or walk in the woods.
  • Chill at the beach or with a good friend.
  • Read a book. The library has loads of them.
  • Watch something funny.

August 3rd

KIDS (5 & under with adult help)

DIY Playdough!                            ALL CLAIMEDDIY Playdough Monster

Mix up a batch of your very own playdough. Can you use it to make a creature?

The kits are all claimed but if you have the ingredients, here are the instructions:

Ingredients Included:

  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. salt
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar

Other Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 c. water
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Food coloring (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Mix together water, oil, and food coloring (if using) in a small pot. Then stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Cook on medium low heat, stirring constantly until mixture pulls away from the sides and forms a ball. This should only take a few minutes.
  3. Remove from pan, let cool slightly, and carefully knead.
  4. Use your imagination to make creatures of your own out of your playdough and other odds and ends!

TEENS

Call for a scheduled curbside pickup:  616.850.6916

Dream Catcher                              ALL CLAIMEDDream Catcher

What is a Dream Catcher?

Whenever the Ojibwe Nation migrated, their protector, Asibikaashi (Spider Woman), had a difficult time traveling to all of the people to keep them safe.  In order to keep  their babies safe from terrible bawedjigewin (dreams) when Asibikaashi couldn’t, mothers would create dream catcher webs made from willow hoops and sinew.

According to Ojibwe tradition, the circle shape represents the sky, and the seven or eight points of sinew connecting to the hoop represent the seven fires prophecy of the Ojibwe Nation and the eight legs of the spider, respectively. Traditionally, a feather would be placed in the center, and in modern times, four beads are often placed there representing each of the four sacred directions.  (Ojibwa by George Cornell)

Contents:

  • 1 hoop
  • approx. 6 yards of artificial sinew

Optional:  Include beads or found items such as a feather.

Instructions:

  1. Using your LDL card, access Creativebug.
  2. Register, if you haven’t previously.
  3. Click here for Dream Catcher Video instruction.
  4. Follow the step-by-step video instructions. (Tip: Watch the video first, before you start.)
  5. Try only using 7 or 8 points of sinew connecting to the hoop.

Did you know the best place to hang your dream catcher is in your bedroom window?  Hanging it from your headboard is another good alternative.