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Keep 'Em Busy

Educational Fun for Kids

Stuck at home? Your kids can still have fun - and keep up those important reading (and pre-reading) skills, too.

This page is full of activities created and selected specially by LCPL youth services librarians just for our youngest patrons.

Show Us Your Work!

Have you tried an activity or challenge from this page? Read a book we recommended? Send an email to kids@lcplin.org with pictures or a book review and we'll display them on a special page.

See what kids have shared with us so far!

We miss you all, and can't wait to see you in the library again!

Virtual Storytimes

Our librarians will be reading to you on our YouTube channel five times a week at 10:30 AM!

Tuesdays & Saturdays: Picture Book Storytime

Wednesdays: Mother Goose on the Loose (birth to 24 months)

Thursdays: Middle Grade Book Tasting

Fridays: Book Breaks! (Longer picture book readings)

Bonus Book Break: Sundays, 3:00 PM

 

Crafts & Activities

Video Guides

Check out our playlist of crafts and activities you can enjoy with your kids!



Printables and Other Fun

Simple games, challenges, and activities for you and your child. You can print these at home, or simply open them on your computer or tablet and follow the instructions.

Shape Strength Test Needs paper, tape, and heavy items (like books!)

Home Scavenger Hunt

Building with Cardboard Cut-Outs Needs cardboard (like cereal boxes) and scissors

Make a Menu Needs old magazines/grocery flyers, scissors, glue/tape, paper, markers

Outside Scavenger Hunt

ABC Sensory Bins Needs a container and pasta/rice/beans

Library Summer Logo Challenge

Fairy Home Challenge

Fairy Tale Find-It

Mermaid Treasure Hunt

Pirate Treasure Hunt

Fall Bucket List

Roll Your Own Monster

Art Club:

Featured Artist: Frida Kahlo

Cave Paintings

Hispanic Heritage Month

Claude Monet, Light & Shadow

African American Artists

Playing Our Way to Literacy: Small activities to do each day, week by week, to build your child's pre-reading skills at home.

Week One: Color  -  Black and White

Week Two: Color  -  Black and White

Week Three: Color - Black and White

Week Four: Color - Black and White

Week Five: Color - Black and White

Week Six: Color - Black and White

Week Seven: Color - Black and White

Week Eight: Color - Black and White

Week Nine: Color - Black and White

Week Ten: Color - Black and White

Week Eleven: Color - Black and White

Week Twelve: Color - Black and White

Week Thirteen: Color - Black and White

Week Fourteen: Color - Black and White

Week Fifteen: Color - Black and White

Week Sixteen: Color - Black and White

Week Seventeen: Color - Black and White

Week Eighteen: Color - Black and White

Science, Technology, Engineering, and MathSTEAM Challenges

Long Cut Challenge Needs paper, scissors

Tube Stack Challenge Needs cardboard tubes, scissors

Marble Run Needs a marble or ball, tape

Newspaper Building Needs newspapers, tape

Foil Boat Needs foil. Optional: pennies or other weights

Catapult Needs craft sticks, rubber bands, spoon, cotton ball or crumpled paper

LEGO Maze Needs LEGO bricks or other building blocks, a marble

Book Dominoes Needs books

Monthly STEAM Challenges:

• September: Sharks
Try the activities - Watch the video

• October: Pirates
Try the activities - Watch the video

• November: Native American Nations
Try the activities - Watch the video

• December: Cookie Chemistry
Try the activities - Watch the video

• January 2021: True or False
Try the activities - Watch the video

• February 2021: Photography
Try the Activities - Watch the Video

• March 2021: Puzzles and Critical Thinking 
Watch the Video - Try the Activities

• April 2021: Secret Codes
Watch the Video - Download the PDF

Step Into STEAM (for ages 2-6):

• September: Rainbows
Try the activities - Watch the Video

• October: Pumpkins
Try the activities - Watch the Video

• November: Making Butter
Try the activities - Watch the Video

• December: Coding
Try the activities - Watch the video

• January: Shapes
Try the activities - Watch the video

• February: Color Mixing
Watch the Video - Try the Activities

• March: Leprechaun Traps 
Watch the Video - Try the Activities

• April: Recycling
Watch the Video - Download the PDF

Storytime to Go

Miss storytime? Hold your very own storytime session at home! We've put together these guides to help you out.

Exploring Colors

Dinosaur Storytime

Ducks Storytime

Friends Storytime

Lions Storytime

Dragon Storytime

Bilingual Storytime: Spanish/English

Making Change

Self Love

Upcoming Events
Fri, Apr 23, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Sat, Apr 24, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Sun, Apr 25, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Mon, Apr 26, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Dip into the wetlands live and look for creatures to determine how healthy our wetlands are! Email address required to register!

Mon, Apr 26, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Griffith-Calumet Zoom Room
April features: "Mr. Dickens and His Carol" by Samantha Silva. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat!... more
April features: "Mr. Dickens and His Carol" by Samantha Silva. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact us at griffith@lcplin.org for event details.

Tue, Apr 27, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Tue, Apr 27, 1:00pm - 2:25pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
The Friends of the Library will hold their annual meeting.

Tue, Apr 27, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Zoom
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah. Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah. Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at Dyer-Schererville a month prior to the event.

Wed, Apr 28, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters... more
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters child development and pre-literacy skills.

Wed, Apr 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us for a special visit with Missy, a certified therapy dog. Email address required to register!

Wed, Apr 28, 11:00am - 12:15pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Who were the Puritans and Pilgrims who settled the Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, and Connecticut colonies of the 1600's?

Wed, Apr 28, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago Library - Zoom
Join us virtually for our teen craft program! This month we will be making Blackout Poetry for National Poetry Month. Supplies are... more
Join us virtually for our teen craft program! This month we will be making Blackout Poetry for National Poetry Month. Supplies are limited to 10 participants. Must register by April 21. Ages 12-18.
Registration is now closed

Thu, Apr 29, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive.

Thu, Apr 29, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us as we visit Cape Canaveral National Seashore to visit with their nesting sea turtle population! Email address required to register!

Fri, Apr 30, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sat, May 01, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Sun, May 02, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime