April: ideas for kids of all ages

April: ideas for kids of all ages

by Marla Scherber, Monticello Library Services Coordinator

  1. Make your own READ poster. Using this website, make your own READ poster just like the ones you’ve seen in your own libraries. Once you’ve completed your masterpiece, post it on Twitter using the hashtag #CelebrateReading and tag @ALA_Graphics
  2. Tour a National Park Virtually. Visit www.NPS.gov for a list of great places to visit.
  3. Create a Vision Board. Use photos, words and phrases from magazines or newspapers to create an inspiring board for you. Your likes, your goals or your dreams. Find inspiration here and here.
  4. Reflect: What was the first book you remember reading? Do you still have it? See if we have it in our collection.
  5. Draw a favorite cartoon superhero, or make up your own!
  6. #TBT: Play Music that was popular the year you were born. Do you like it? Do you have a favorite artist from that time?
  7. Where do you come from? Check out Ancestry.com and see how far back you can trace a relative. You have free access with your library card. 
  8. Make a batch of cookies! Find a recipe in a cookbook at home or online.
  9. Read a free E-book! Check out mnreadsmnwrites.org for a free e-book download.
  10. Color me happy! Print out one of these color sheets and color your stress away!
  11. Puzzle over this! Open up a jigsaw puzzle and work on it all week long. 
  12. Check out Tumblebooks! Read a story on your own, or follow along as it is read to you!
  13. Make a word cloud. Use a recent research paper, article or text document and upload it into a word cloud creator. What did you discover?
  14. Do a word search. Print multiple copies and do it as a family and see who finds all the words first!
  15. Go to the Arts! Visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts online Find a favorite painting, sculpture or artist you like.
  16. Listen to a podcast. Find a new favorite here.
  17. Get graphic! Read a book in graphic novel format. Download an e-book here.
  18. Plan a virtual road trip to Chicago. What is your route? Are you stopping anywhere along the way?
  19. Plan a meal with your family. Include: Main Dish, side dish/salad, beverage and dessert.
  20. Take a long walk. What birds did you see/hear?
  21. Do a spelling bee with your parents/siblings. 
  22. Watch Storyline Online for a fun storytime with one of your favorite celebrities. 
  23. April is National Poetry Month! Write a haiku poem for fun!
  24. April 23 is Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Read one of his sonnets here.
  25. April 30 is Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. Search a local pet shelter’s website and find a pet for fun. Research how you’d take care of your pet.
  26. Earth Day is April 22. Go for a walk and pick up trash in your neighborhood.
  27. Make a design in your driveway or on your sidewalk using chalk. What positive message can you leave?
  28. National Audubon Day. Make a bird feeder using household items. Find ideas here.
  29. Blackout Poetry: Tear a page out of an old book. Using a black marker, black out most of the words leaving behind a cool poem. Examples here
  30. Take me out to the ballgame. Watch a classic baseball game on TV. Keep score and enjoy some ballpark foods: hotdogs, peanuts & popcorn! 

 

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