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.
A zip line is a structure made of cables that is stretched between two different areas and is usually attached to trees or wooden posts. In this activity, we are going to create a miniature zip line that you can set up in your house or backyard. Your mission is to create a carrier that will protect a small toy animal (or Lego, action figure, or other small object) as it takes a trip on a zip line. Let’s get started!
Reflective symmetry occurs when an object can be divided into two halves and both halves are mirror images of each other. Butterflies are beautiful examples of reflective symmetry in nature, and in this activity we will take common supplies around the house to make a butterfly.
Chemical reactions occur when different substances are combined to produce new substances: baking soda is a base as well as a solid; vinegar is an acid and a liquid. When combined, a new substance is created. What do you think will happen?
Spotlight Art: Carving and Journal Binding
Spotlight Artist Sheila Cunningham demonstrates how to carve images into various materials to make stamps as part of the printing process, and how to make a side-bound journal with visual journaling exercises. See our extending learning blog post here for more printmaking resources.