Friday, August 14, 2020

Art Attack - Pull String Art

We're switching up the focus of this blog, and moving away from Boredom Busters and into Art Attack projects. Some of these projects we will have done before at the library, some are new to us. We will feature two or three art projects per week for you to try at home. See which ones you can do, and if you get the chance, share the results with us on any of our social media platforms, which will be listed at the bottom of this blog.

Today's project is Pull String Art!

This is a really great project to do with minimal materials. All you need is: 

- Paper
- String/yarn
- Paint (liquid watercolours work great too!)

First you want to cut some long sections of string/yarn. You want them long enough that you can create some curls/swirls on the paper, and have enough hanging off the paper to pull through. 

Next, choose your colours. If you have black paper/cardstock, try using some bright colours that will really pop! Coat your string in paint (except for the part at the end you'll be holding on to), then remove the excess paint by pinching the string between your fingers and sliding them down to the end. This can be a very messy project!

Once you have the excess paint off, lay your string out on the paper in whichever design you like. Check out this rainbow pull string art, or this one done with liquid watercolours! You can fold your paper in half to have your design on both sides, or grab a second piece of paper to press down over top of it - then you'll have two designs that are the mirror image of each other! 

Experiment with different colours and different designs, until you have your masterpiece (or many of them!). Grab a canvas, paint a background, and experiment with some different techniques. The only limit is your imagination!

Hopefully this project helps break up the day, and gets your family engaged in Pull String Art!

If your kids love these art projects, feel free to send us feedback or pictures on any of our social media platforms, linked below.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Art Attack - Bubble Art

We're switching up the focus of this blog, and moving away from Boredom Busters and into Art Attack projects. Some of these projects we will have done before at the library, some are new to us. We will feature two or three art projects per week for you to try at home. See which ones you can do, and if you get the chance, share the results with us on any of our social media platforms, which will be listed at the bottom of this blog.

Today's project: Bubble Art!

This is a project we've done for Art Attack and in Story Time. While we normally use food colouring to add colour to our bubbles, we recently discovered that liquid watercolours work phenomenally well in making the colour really POP! off the canvas. 

What you'll need: 

- Bubbles (store-bought works fine, or you can try one of these homemade recipes)
- Bubble wands (you can make your own with a pipe cleaner too!)
- Liquid watercolours (food colouring will work as well, you'll just need to use a lot of it)
- Paper/canvas

Whether you're using food colouring or liquid water colours, you'll want to separate cups or small containers to mix your different colours of bubbles. You can use a stirring stick to mix the bubbles (gently, if you agitate the bubbles too much they're difficult to blow) or just whichever bubble wand you want to use for each colour. A little bit of bubble mix goes a long way, you can always create more. But once you've mixed the colour in, you're pretty much stuck with it unless you want to mix some of them together to create a new colour. Be careful not to over-mix, or you'll end up with brown (unless that was your goal).

This is a perfect project to do outside when the weather in nice. If you don't have table space outdoors, just lay out a mat or a blanket (make sure it's one you don't mind getting messy). 

 

There are a couple different ways to create your bubble art. You can blow the bubbles directly onto the paper and allow them to POP!, creating random and unique patterns. This would be a great project for a banner, which could be placed on the ground or hung on a fence to catch the bubbles in the wind.

You can also try stamping with your bubble wand to create fun shapes! Just load up the wand with bubbles and then gently press them onto your paper/canvas.

 

Another great way to paint with bubbles is the splatter effect! Dip your bubble wand in the colour of your choice, then flick, shake, or whip the bubble wand at the paper/canvas to create a great splatter pattern! You'll definitely get messy for this one, so make sure you're wearing paint clothes and watch out for those around you.  

Hopefully this project helps break up the day, and gets your family engaged in Bubble Art!

If your kids love these art projects, feel free to send us feedback or pictures on any of our social media platforms, linked below.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Boredom Busters: Summer Poetry

We are temporarily reviving our Children's Blog to provide some resources for families who are stuck at home during this period of social distancing due to COVID-19. We will put together a variety of activities for you and your families - see which ones you can do, and if you get the chance, share the results with us on any of our social media platforms, which will be listed at the bottom of this blog.

Today's theme is Summer Poetry!


Get inspired to create your own poetry river craft with this example by Made By Joel. Have the kids set the scene with some found items and some crafted ones. Draw from your own outdoor experiences and tweak this poetry project however you like!



This is a super cute poetry project! Follow the instructions linked above to create your own Monster Poetry Box, and see what creativity it inspires! Let your imagination run loose, and see if you can create your own unique "Sylvan Lake Monster" craft box/poems.



This is a fun and easy project for kids of any age. Help your kids come up with words following a specific theme (like Summer or Sylvan Lake), or let them freestyle their own words for this fun petal poem. Make it even more unique by using found objects for the base of the craft!



Getting into poetry can be a hard sell for some kids. Check out some of these titles linked above, then check out some of the titles in our collection. Shel Silverstein is a tried and true classic, and Martin Rising: Requiem for a King is one of my personal favourite poetry collections.


Hopefully these activities help break up the day, and get your family engaged in creating summer poetry!

If your kids loved these activities, feel free to send us feedback or pictures on any of our social media platforms, linked below.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Bored Busters: Garden Meals

We are temporarily reviving our Children's Blog to provide some resources for families who are stuck at home during this period of social distancing due to COVID-19. We will put together a variety of activities for you and your families - see which ones you can do, and if you get the chance, share the results with us on any of our social media platforms, which will be listed at the bottom of this blog.

Today's theme is Garden Meals!


We have carrots and spinach in our garden, so this one is perfect for us. Throw in some of your other favourite garden goodies, like peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers. Drizzle on some dressing and wrap it up tight! You can also mix it all together like a salad before tossing it into your wrap! Delicious!



If your peas are doing well in your garden this year, check out this delicious summer recipe for roasted snap peas. Throw in some tomatoes from the garden, maybe even some peppers. Season and serve! If you like those, check out these Crunchy Parmesan Sugar Snap Peas or these delicious Roasted Carrots!



I love tomatoes. I love cheese. I love tarts. Perfection! This recipe has some great seasoning, but feel free to experiment with some of your other favourite spices. If you don't have goat cheese, cream cheese will work great!



This is a great recipe to throw in whatever you have in your garden; lettuce, peas, cucumbers, onions, squash, peppers, tomatoes ... throw the whole garden in there! Pesto is such a wonderful addition to literally everything, so if you've been growing an herb garden, add in some of that deliciousness! Lemon gives this salad that extra zing it needs to be truly fantastic!


Hopefully these activities help break up the day, and get your family engaged in making some delicious garden meals!

If your kids loved these activities, feel free to send us feedback or pictures on any of our social media platforms, linked below.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Boredom Busters: Rainbow Reads

We are temporarily reviving our Children's Blog to provide some resources for families who are stuck at home during this period of social distancing due to COVID-19. We will put together a variety of activities for you and your families - see which ones you can do, and if you get the chance, share the results with us on any of our social media platforms, which will be listed at the bottom of this blog.

Today's theme is Rainbow Reads!

In celebration of the recent proclamation of Pride Week in Sylvan Lake, today's Boredom Busters are all about celebrating the rainbow!

Reading helps develop empathy and understanding. It broadens our scope of the world, and helps us see perspectives other than our own, and celebrate all kinds of voices, families, and people. Check out some of these books in our collection, as well as those available digitally through cloudLibrary.



Celebrating Difference, by Shaun Dellenty

Rainbow: a First Book of Pride, by Michael Genhart



Sparkle Boy, by Lesléa Newman



Birdie and Me, by J.M.M. Nuanez


Celebrate the Rainbow with Crafts: crafts are a great way to engage children and discussion and have fun with expression and creativity. Check out some of these fantastic, rainbow-themed crafts that you can do at home, and afterwards you can pair them up with a storytime from one of the books listed above.









Hopefully these activities help break up the day, and get your family engaged in celebrating rainbow reads!

If your kids loved these activities, feel free to send us feedback or pictures on any of our social media platforms, linked below.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Boredom Busters: Beat the Heat

We are temporarily reviving our Children's Blog to provide some resources for families who are stuck at home during this period of social distancing due to COVID-19. We will put together a variety of activities for you and your families - see which ones you can do, and if you get the chance, share the results with us on any of our social media platforms, which will be listed at the bottom of this blog.

Today's theme is Beat the Heat!


This game is exactly what is sounds like. Break out the baseball bats and water balloons to beat the heat this week! Throw down some hula hoops for bases, and make sure you make enough water balloons (so many more than you think you'll need) to try and tag the runner out with water balloons as they run the bases! That'll cool you down!



Nothing beats the heat like a bucket of water dropping on your head. Check out these instructions for how to create your own Dunk Tank at home. This is a project for the whole family, so stretch out those muscles and grab the safety goggles. Could this be the summer that brings back the Ice Bucket Challenge?



We've seen the giant water blobs before, but check out these adorable mini versions! A great way to beat the heat, and a cool sensory feeling as well! The benefits to making mini blobs:

- faster and easier to iron smaller blobs than one big one
- they fill up much quicker
- each kid gets their own - perfect for social distancing!



All you need for this project is paint brushes, water, and a blank canvas. We suggest putting down a mat or towel to sit on, that pavement gets pretty hot! Dip your brush(es) in the water, and paint your masterpiece. When it dries, start all over! Take lots of pictures to preserve a memento of the artwork!


Hopefully these activities help break up the day, and get your family engaged in making things better with ice cream!

If your kids loved these activities, feel free to send us feedback or pictures on any of our social media platforms, linked below.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Boredom Busters: Better With Ice Cream

We are temporarily reviving our Children's Blog to provide some resources for families who are stuck at home during this period of social distancing due to COVID-19. We will put together a variety of activities for you and your families - see which ones you can do, and if you get the chance, share the results with us on any of our social media platforms, which will be listed at the bottom of this blog.'

Today's theme is Better With Ice Cream!


Even a rainy day can be made better with ice cream, especially when that ice cream has hot fudge topping!

All you need to make this dessert are oreo cookies, butter, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge ice cream topping, and frozen whipped topping. Make it according to the recipe, or throw in some of your other favourite ingredients!



This is a great project to do with the kids! They can make the crust themselves, or by a pre-made crust from the store. Choose their favourite ice cream and some extra toppings, then spread the softened ice cream into the pie plate and sprinkle the toppings on. Add a little whipped cream if you desire, and freeze it again to thicken everything up before serving.

Make it a little healthier by adding some fruits like strawberries and bananas to the mix, maybe some chopped nuts. The only limit is your imagination!



Did someone say bacon? On ice cream? This recipe is a little more involved, but looks absolutely delicious! Caramel sauce, bacon brittle, and of course, ice cream. Put the whole family to work making this piece of culinary art!



As a kid, this was my favourite way to "eat" ice cream. We make a cold butterbeer with vanilla cream soda, butterscotch ice cream, a little whipped cream, and all the caramel sauce you want! Check out some of these other ice cream floats to make at home, like the pink lemonade floats, or a caramel apple float!


Hopefully these activities help break up the day, and get your family engaged in making things better with ice cream!

If your kids loved these activities, feel free to send us feedback or pictures on any of our social media platforms, linked below.

Library staff are available by phone (403-887-2130) or email Monday-Friday, 9:00 am 5:00 pm.

You can access all of our digital materials (eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more) through our website. With the library re-opened, you can also access any of our physical materials. Request your items through the library's catalogue!
 
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