While the library is closed, we’re offering virtual program opportunities to learn at home on our Facebook page!
Over the past week we put together a variety of science and art activities you can do at home with some common supplies. Watch the videos below to see what each activity is, and download our instruction guides with additional resources online here.
Be sure to check the City of Plano calendar of events to see what’s happening with the Library and other City departments.
Lego Coding Maze
Robots use computer programs to move and interact with the world around them. Programs are made of a series of commands which are step-by-step instructions for completing tasks. In this activity we are going to build (or engineer) a maze with blocks and write our own program to get a robot from start to finish. Read our instructions and see additional resources here: http://bit.ly/2U2IZbU
Texture Treasure Hunt
Texture Treasure Hunt is a great opportunity for Play! Open-ended play allows children to be creative and make connections to the world around them. By exploring the textures of items inside their home and out in the world, they can learn more about the objects they see every day. Texture Treasure Hunt is a fun opportunity to explore your home and make some unique art. This can be as neat or messy as you’d like depending on what you have in the house.
Geology in a Jar
Geology is the study of the earth; and, a geologist studies the materials that make up the earth, like rocks and soil, what they look like (physical characteristics), and how they were made (processes that acted on them). In this Geology in a Jar activity, you’ll learn about sedimentation with a jar, water, and ingredients from your backyard! Watch what happens when we take dirt and other items from the ground, and mix them in a jar with some water.
Water Park Engineering
Water slides are feats of engineering that help us slide down fast by using water to minimize any friction between our body and the plastic. While it may take a lot of materials to build a water slide for humans, we can easily build a miniature water slide at home. Get ready to have fun and get wet in this exciting activity!
Make Your Own Watercolors
Feeling creative, but don’t have the paint to do so? You can make your own! In this activity, we will show you how to make homemade watercolor paints from ingredients found in your kitchen pantry. It’s quite simple and is a fantastic project that can involve the whole family.
There are more than 37, 000 different species of spiders on Earth, and about 3,000 species live in North America. Most spiders are not dangerous to people and are beneficial to us because they keep garden pests under control! During this episode of Discovery Time, we’re exploring fun ways to use spiders and their activities to boost early learning skills like strengthening pincer grasps (for holding pencils), balancing and problem solving.