Games & Activities

Just because we’re not hosting programs inside the library doesn’t mean we don’t want you to get your craft on this summer. We’ve put together hundreds of “Pick-Me-Ups” – bags  loaded with materials and instructions so that you can create awesome projects at home. Can’t get to the library? No problem, instructions are on our website and most materials are things you probably have around the house. 

Pick-Me-Up Times: In the Children’s Room during “Browsability” Session hours or for Curbside Pick-up, call the Children’s Room at (914) 813-3716.


August 26: Fantastic Beasts (and How to Make Them): Unicorn
Ever wish you had a unicorn of your very own?  Have fun using our ingredients to make this magical creature.

Learn how to complete your craft with instructions here.





August 24: Grab & Grow: Fairy Chimes

Create a wind chime to see if any fairies are passing by. Even without a fairy flying by, the Fairy Chimes will make gentle sounds when the wind blows.

Learn how to complete your craft with instructions here.







August 19: Fantastic Beasts (and How to Make Them): Wizard

Step into the wondrous world of wizards by creating your own wizard. Who knows what magical adventures await you!?

Learn how to complete your craft with instructions here







August 17: Grab & Grow: Egg Troll 

GRRRRR!!!! Make a fierce (or friendly) egg-stastic Troll from grass seed and a real eggshell.

Learn how to complete your craft with instructions here







August 12: Fantastic Beasts (and How to Make Them): Dragon 

Enter the mythical world of dragons as you create your own fire-breathing dragon.  Beware they may be too hot to handle! Craft credit
Learn how to complete your craft with instructions here






August 10: Grab & Grow: Thumbelina’s Garden

Create a tiny garden with sand, glass gems and flowers just the right size for Thumbelina.
Learn how to complete with instructions here








August 5:  Fantastic Beasts (and How to Make Them): Mermaid
Take a deep dive into your imagination and make a marvelous mermaid. Learn how to complete your craft with instructions here.







August 3: Grab & Grow: Jack & The Beanstalk 

Fee Fi Fo FUN!!! Plant bean seeds and help them grow as they wind their way up to the sky!

Learn how to complete your craft with instructions here.







July 29: Worlds of Wonder: Fairy Tale Houses – Rapunzel’s Tower

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!” Get tangled up in fun while creating and decorating a version of Rapunzel’s tower.

Learn how to complete your craft with instructions here.





July 27: Follow the Fairytale: The Little Mermaid
She can swim like a dolphin, sing like a bird, but the mermaid wants to walk like a human and win the heart of a prince. Follow her journey from her sea castle to the sea witch’s cave.  Will this mermaid get her wish or become sea foam? Create your own fairy tale map and retell the classic story of The Little Mermaid or even make up a new twist on this old tale!

Learn how to complete your craft with instructions here



July 22: World of Wonder: Fairy Tale Houses – 3-in-1 Little Pigs’ House
Combine all the houses from the Three Little Pigs onto one milk carton using “straw,” “sticks,” and “bricks” just like the pigs did! Maybe your house will be sturdy enough to withstand the huffs and puffs of one Big Bad Wolf!

Learn how to complete your craft with instructions here. Also find the pig finger puppets here


July 20: Follow the Fairy Tale: The Three Little Pigs
Straw, bricks, or sticks, which is the best material to use for a house? Would you allow a huffing, puffing wolf to blow down the houses of his neighbor pigs? You decide the fate of the Three Little Pigs when you create your own fairy tale map and retell the classic story or even make up a new twist on this old tale!

Learn how to complete your craft with instructions and materials here.




July 15: World of Wonder: Fairy Tale Houses: Gingerbread House

Build a house that’s good enough to eat! Well, not quite, but you’ll have a (gum)ball turning a plain lunch sack into a scrumptious candy-covered house fit for a wicked witch. Once you’ve built the house, then act out the story of Hansel and Gretel with accompanying finger puppets. Deliciously good fun!

Learn how to complete your craft with instructions and materials here





Ju
ly 13: Follow the Fairytale: Jack & the Beanstalk
Magic beans or money? Which would you take in exchange for the family cow? Create your own fairy tale map and retell the classic story of Jack & the Beanstalk or even make up a new twist on this old tale! From
Jack’s home to the Giant’s magic kingdom up in the clouds, you decide Jack’s adventure. It’s Fee Fi Fo FUN!!!

Learn how to complete your craft with instructions and materials here.




July 8: Worlds of Wonder: Fairy Tale Houses: Castle
Would you like to be a prince or princess? Would you like to be a knight in battle? Then a castle is the place for you! Create a simple castle of your own with these simple instructions and materials.

Learn how to complete your craft with instructions and materials here




July 6: Follow the Fairy Tale: Goldilocks & the Three Bears

A Bear family returns from a walk and finds an unexpected guest has been up to all sorts of trouble!  Create your own fairy tale map and retell the classic story of Goldilocks & the Three Bears or even make up a new twist on this old tale! Remember- in a fairy tale, you never know what might happen next!
Learn how to complete your craft with instructions here.

Fun Websites for Kids

Here are a list of fun computer gaming websites for younger patrons:

ABCya
  • Educational games
https://www.abcya.com
CBC Kids
  • Canada Media Fund, many fun games
https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/
ChessKid
  • Learn and play chess
https://www.chesskid.com/?m=chesskids
Code
  • Kids learn coding
https://code.org/
Disney Junior

https://disneynow.com/all-shows/disney-junior
Dora gameshttp://www.nickjr.com/dora-and-friends/games/
Highlights Kidshttps://www.highlightskids.com/games
LEGO Kidshttps://www.lego.com/en-us/kids/games
Math Chimp
  • Educational math games
https://www.mathchimp.com/
National Geographic Kids
  • Fun science games and quizzes
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Nitrotype
  • Improve skills through competing in fast pace games
https://www.nitrotype.com/
Ology
  • A science website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History
https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology
PBS Kids Games (General)https://pbskids.org/games/
PBS Kids Engineering Gameshttps://pbskids.org/games/engineering/
Puzzlemaker
  • Create and print your own puzzles
http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/
ScienceBob
  • Easy science experiments and videos
https://sciencebob.com/
Sesame Street
  • Preschool games, videos and coloring pages
https://www.sesamestreet.org/
Scratch Jr. 
  • Coding for younger children ages 5 – 7
http://www.scratchjr.org/
Scratch 
  • Create stories, games and animations
https://scratch.mit.edu/
Storyline Online
  • Celebrated actors read children’s books alongside stunning illustrations
https://www.youtube.com/user/StorylineOnline
Story Time From Space
  • Astronauts read children’s books
https://storytimefromspace.com/
Typing Club
  • Learning touch typing through actually fun games
https://www.typingclub.com/
Youtube for Kidshttps://www.youtubekids.com/
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