Watch craft demonstrations from your favorite children's librarians, and learn more about our Arts & Crafts programming. See the playlists below to enjoy our extensive back log of instructional craft videos, and keep up with our new crafts on a week-to-week or monthly basis and remember to pick up materials for all crafts in Kid City!
Take and Make
Every week in Kid City we have a new Take and Make Craft. Stop by to pick up this week's materials, and see the playlist below for video demonstrations of all our Take and Make Crafts. No registration required.
Nurture your creative side with 1000+ video classes in painting, knitting, crafting, sewing, and more.
Art to Go
We have new Art to Go crafts every month, for Grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Register to reserve your supplies and pick them up here in Kid City. Explore our Art to Go back catalog with the playlist below!
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Get Crafting for Your Lovely Lizard
Are you in love with your lizard? Have a passion for creating? Why not get crafting for your lovely lizard?! Sew a snuggle mat where your playful pet can get cozy. Tap into your lizard's dino roots with a cute costume. Weave a hammock for your lizard's lazy lounging pleasure. And make mealtime a little more exciting with a food foraging ball. Simple directions accompany step-by-step photos to help you show your lizard some love. Plus, tips on lizard care keep your pet happy and healthy!
Get Crafting for Your Hip Hamster
"Does your hamster make you happy? Love to be creative? Why not get crafting for your hip hamster? Build your favorite pet a little wooden home, then set them up in an adorable and goofy ladybug snuggle pouch. Make your hamster a homemade 'cupcake' treat that is almost as cute as it is. And, finally, make an amazeing maze game. Simple directions accompany step-by-step photos to help you keep pet playful. Plus, tips on hamster care keep your friend happy and healthy"--
Get Crafting for Your Gorgeous Guinea Pig
Are you giddy about your guinea pig? Do you love to be creative? Why not get crafting for your gorgeous guinea pig?! Make a cozy camper van for your guinea pig to stay safe and a veggie train that's good for piggy munching. Then, create a snuffle mat that makes snack time fun. Finish it all off with a supercute dandelion costume for your pet pal. Simple directions accompany step-by-step photos to help you geek out over your guinea pig. Plus, tips on guinea pig care keep your pet happy and healthy.
Get Crafting for Your Delightful Dog
Do you have a playful pup? Love to craft? Why not get creative for your delightful dog?! Build a bed for your puppy in the jaws of a cardboard shark. Send them to space with a puppy jet pack costume. Bake a tasty treat for your pooch, and have fun with a terrific tug toy for your favorite pet. Simple directions accompany step-by-step photos to help you build for your dog. Plus, tips on doggy care keep your pet happy and healthy!
Get Crafting for Your Cool Cat
Do you have a fabulous feline friend? Love to craft? Why not get crafting for your cool cat?! Learn how to make your cat a cozy pyramid hideaway and a kitty grass planter. Create a puzzle game that will keep your cat active while snacking. And make a lion's mane hat that will let your kitty go wild! Simple directions accompany step-by-step photos to help you show your kitty some love. Plus, tips on cat care keep your pet happy and healthy!
Get Crafting for Your Busy Bunny
Do you give a hip-hop-hooray for your happy bunny? Love to make things? Why not get crafting for your busy bunny?! Create a cozy bunny bed and an adorable carrot-shaped hat for your hopping friend! Or bake your bunny a yummy carrot cake treat. Then, get your pet going by building a bunny maze. Simple directions accompany step-by-step photos to help you build for your bunny. Plus, tips on bunny care keep your pet happy and healthy!
Easy Desert Origami
Fold a desert full of origami scorpions, cactuses, snakes, and more! Simple instructions and step-by-step images make origami easy while fun facts throughout share more information about the real-life versions of your fancy folded friends. Additional materials explore even more about desert biomes. Fold your way to fun with a world of origami.
Drawing Workshop for Kids
Help kids build confidence and find their own creative voice through this collection of 25+ invitations for drawing.
In Drawing Workshop for Kids, art educator Samara Caughey, founder of the highly praised family-centered art studio Purple Twig, shares drawing activities that support the development of creative, confident children ages 7 and up.
All kids need to begin engaging in the pleasure of these simple yet inspiring drawing projects are a pencil and paper. Along the way, new materials are introduced, giving kids the opportunity to experiment with new techniques.
Each of the three main chapters--drawing from life, drawing from images, and inventive drawing--focuses on techniques to explore, such as observation, mark making, shadow, line, composition, detail, contour, and perspective.
Drawing Workshop for Kids strives to inspire children to investigate drawing and develop their own approach to art, building creativity and confidence.
Craft Lab for Kids
With Craft Lab for Kids, help your kids tap into the fun and empowerment of creating their own custom designs to wear, decorate with, and give.
- Spruce Up Your Stuff. Learn fun ways to personalize with a variety of embellishment techniques
- Express Yourself! Add your personality to all kinds of homemade projects
- Take Care of YOU. Self-care DIY projects to benefit their well-being
- Kids Just Wanna Have Fun. Just-for-fun projects to make everyone smile
- Classic Crafts with a Twist. Tried-and-true crafts updated for today’s kids
- 15-Minute Makes. Quickie crafts to make in a flash
- Kindness Crafts. Crafty creations to brighten someone’s day
Enjoy the pleasure and satisfaction of making things together with Craft Lab for Kids!
The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.
Crafty Family Ideas
Your one-stop guide for all things crafting and parenting fun! Crafty Family Ideas will show you tons of simple crafts, recipes, and other ideas for a creative day-to-day life. Featuring 55 delicious recipes and playful DIY projects to make - from a bubblegum machine and homemade bug spray to a pumpkin pie garland and Christmas cookies - this engaging and entertaining guide is jam-packed with endless fun for every season and every occasion! With an aim to inspire, entertain, and encourage creativity, this book is perfect for parents looking for fresh ideas to make a more colorful and charming home life. Written in her relatable and humorous style author Kristin Gambaccini is known for from her popular Kristin Gambaccini Blog, Crafty Family Ideas is a creative, must-have resource for every busy parent looking to juggle it all while having stress-free fun!
The Artful Parent
Bring out your child’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 artful activities in this completely revised and updated edition
Art making is a wonderful way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage creative activities for ages one to eight. From setting up a studio space in your home to finding the best art materials for children, this book gives you all the information you need to get started. You’ll learn how to:
* Pick the best materials for your child’s age and learn to make your very own
* Prepare art activities to ease children through transitions, engage the most energetic of kids, entertain small groups, and more
* Encourage artful living through everyday activities
* Foster a love of creativity in your family
Crayola: Create It Yourself
Inspire creativity with fifty-two seasonal arts and crafts activities from Crayola -- the number one name in color and classic DIY crafts for kids -- that will help grow your child's confidence, while building a passion for learning new skills!
Crayola has been unleashing creativity and self-expression for the last 117 years. Since early 2018, their CIY (Create It Yourself) videos have showcased new and exciting ways for kids ages six and up to use Crayola products to create Instagram-worthy works of art.
Crayola: Create It Yourself includes fifty-two of the most popular and fun craft projects, organized by the four seasons: fall, winter, spring, and summer. Kids will create DIY gifts like Mother's Day picture frames and Valentine's Day Lanterns, they'll decorate the house with Haunted Halloween Decorations and Melted Crayon Ornaments, and they'll make timeless paper spinners and CIY terrariums for use all year round. Each activity includes a complete art supply list, clear step-by-step photographs and instructions, as well as finished samples.
Perfect for use at home or in the classroom, the Crayola: Create It Yourself Activity Book encourages kids to put down their digital devices, pick up their crayons, and get creative.