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What do you drink when it’s cold outside?


Are you looking for a fun, easy craft for a winter day?  Try making your own (pretend) hot  chocolate!  Here’s a look at what we did during yesterday’s storytime:DSC02483

(The instructions for the craft are at the end of this post).

First, we read Winter is the Warmest Season


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and Frozen Noses 

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Then we made hot chocolate.  For this craft you will need:

A paper cup

Construction paper (colored for decorating the outside of the cup and brown for the hot chocolate)


White pom poms

Red and white pipe cleaners


First, we decorated the colored construction paper and cut out a strip to wrap around the cup.  Tape worked best for securing the paper to the cup.

Next, we tore up the brown construction paper and crumpled it up to make the hot chocolate.

Then, we added white pom poms for mini marshmallows.

For the finishing touch, we made candy cane stirrers out of red and white pipe cleaners twisted together.

Thanks to Creekside Learning for the craft inspiration!



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The art of giving

Kids gathered at the Ellsworth Public Library this morning to make gifts.  Here’s a look at what we did today!

We started off with ink blot paintings.

Here’s a colorful creation by one of our storytime attendees.

These are very easy to make, but here’s the website I referenced, in case you want step by step instructions, click here.

Next, we made bookmarks by placing thin pieces of tape on the cardstock to create a design:

Next, we used do-a-dot paint dobbers (similar to bingo dobbers) to paint the bookmark.  For the final step, we peeled off the tape to reveal the design.

For our third project, we made paper snow-globes.  For great step-by-step instructions, check out this site.  Instead of white pom poms for the “snow” we used sequins, so our snow-globes came out looking like this:

For the grand finale, we made clothespin chompers.  I found the idea on Pinterest.  Here’s the inspiration:

To create these, we colored fish and then cut them out and cut them in half.  We glued each half to the side of a clothespin and added a googly eye.  We added a little fish inside the big fish’s mouth so it looks like he is having a snack.  Here’s the result!

What are your favorite gifts to make with kids?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments!



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April Vacation Crafts

Here’s a look at the crafts we made this week during April vacation!

Tuesday:  Transportation

Ship in a bottle

Ship in a bottle instructions

Wednesday: Robot Challenge

For this program, the kids were given a bunch of materials to make any kind of robot they could dream up!


Thursday:  Monsters

Monster Eyes

Monster Eyes Instructions

Box Monster (surrounded by supplies)

Box Monster Instructions (here’s another great site for box monsters)

And, my personal favorite:  Monster Bookmarks (watch out, they’ll eat the corners of your pages!)

Monster Bookmark Instructions

April vacation isn’t over yet!  Tomorrow Wordplay (the youth writing group) will meet from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  On Saturday we will have a special storytime at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate Earth Day.  We will read a story and plant some flowers outside the library.  Hope to see you there!

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