Crafting can be a powerful way to de-stress and keep your hands (and brain) busy when anxiety strikes. Plus, it's a great way to keep kids entertained at home while also giving them hands-on learning experiences. Imaginative crafts don't have to require a lot of materials or fancy equipment; simple supplies, inspiration, and time are all you need to create in quarantine.
Many children's books authors and illustrators are stepping up to help kids create. Draw every day, opens a new window at 11:00 AM with artist and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka (author of many books for kids, including the popular Lunch Lady series, opens a new window). Doodle along, opens a new window with The Kennedy Center's first-ever Education Artist-in-Residence, Mo Willems, and find out just how he draws Elephant and Piggie! Or take part in Illustrator Carson Ellis, opens a new window' Quarantine Art Club, opens a new window.
Kids of all ages can get artistic inspiration (and reading ideas) with these coloring pages, opens a new window from 23 different 2020 Children’s Book Week artists. Or find instructions for a free art project for every letter of the alphabet with Crafts from A to Z, opens a new window.
If you're craving even more artistic adventure, we've got you covered with loads of eBooks and eAudiobooks on crafts, opens a new window from LEGO builds to origami animals. You can also browse the Crafts for Children category on Hoopla.
Don't forget to follow our own staff-led online events, opens a new window with drawing tutorials, crafts, and open lab programs!
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Are you crafting in quarantine? Share your projects in the comments!