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From reading with Dolly Parton to drawing with Mo Willems, there is a lot to do when you are stuck inside. Here are some of the best resources for kids and grown ups looking for something to do.

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Your story: Trying new things

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

This summer has been really hard not playing with my friends. I thought I could learn something new during this time. I wanted to learn how to ride my bike. ...

Leonardo DaVinci first imagined a parachute in his early writings, which he described as a tent from which a human would "be able to throw himself down from any great height without suffering any injury." In 1783, inventor Louis-Sebastian Lourmand used a parachute to jump 14 feet out of a ...

Maybe you already know that your fingerprints are especially unique - no one, not even if you have an identical twin, has prints exactly like yours. ...

How to fold a paper airplane

Friday, July 10, 2020

According to the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the paper airplane has a long history. Some of the first paper airplane designs came from the ancient art of Japanese origami. Early pioneers of the sky also folded paper airplanes to help them troubleshoot their aircraft designs. Jack Northro ...

On December 17, 1903, the brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright were the first two men to fly in an airplane. Before that, flying had always been a dream. Men and women would flap around in ornithopters, which were giant wings that were supposed to propel humans off the ground. There are reco ...

Make some noise

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

You can transform almost any object in your home into a musical instrument. Books and spoons can turn into percussion. That glass of water is now a chime. This craft uses an old Easter egg, tape, dried rice, and plastic spoons to make a maraca. You can find these elements in your home or y ...

Thanking those who help us

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

I got saved here when I tripped and cut open my tongue. Thank you doctors and nurses! I was taught how to wear my bike helmet safely by a firefighter and have seen you put out a fire. Thank you, firefighters! ...

The history of the peace symbol

Monday, July 06, 2020

In 1945, an estimated 340,000 people died when the United States dropped nuclear bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. ...

Make a peace sign collage

Monday, July 06, 2020

Collage comes from the French word coller, which means to glue. It's a form of art that brings together different elements and creates an image. The art of collage was pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Collage artists use anything from yarn to trash from the side of the road, ...

By the original Independence Day in 1776, life was already changing for people in the United States. The Revolutionary War had started a year before, and American colonists were fighting for their independence against the British Empire. ...

July 4 is the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. A group of 56 men met in Philadelphia in 1776 to approve the document, which declared that the United States was its own country. ...

Fun with Shrinky Dinks

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Shrinky Dinks are a type of plastic that you can use to color on and cut into shapes. Then, you put it in the oven and watch it shrink. Invented in 1973, these little crafts are a classic and can seem like magic, but really there is no magic. Shrinky Dinks are just made from #6 plastic you ...

Rex is a Tyrannosaurus Rex carnivore and eats meat. He is powerful and can kill with just one bite. He's my favorite dinosaur because he's as big as Godzilla! ...

Ever wonder how a magician can pull a rabbit out of a box or a hat? Most often it's about hidden panels inside the hat or box. The magic disappearing box has another smaller box hiding inside in plain sight, where you can make a stuffed rabbit appear or disappear. Making a magic disappeari ...

The best place in the world for science experiments is inside your kitchen. Cooking is just one big delicious chemistry lesson. From mold to the brown crust on bread, here are some interesting science facts you can learn while you eat. ...

Working from or spending more time at home, you may now be closer to your kids daily interests. During a pandemic, those may revolve around the minute details of games like Minecraft, Fortnite and others. ...

Ghost stories can be spooky fun, and you don't have to wait until Halloween to tell them. ...

A polar bear looks for friends

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Once there lived a polar bear named Veronica who lived in the North Pole. She was big, she was brave, but she was also really sad. One day she said, 'Sometimes, I feel like a polar bear in a snowstorm. I am alive, but no one can see me. I feel so ... so ... lonely.' ...

How to make a rainbow fish

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Penguins love to eat fish. Some of the fish they eat are sprats, mullet and lantern fish. ...

Help the dogs in this picture find their friend. ...

There are several ways to convince your parents to buy you a cat. It may take a while, but if you follow through with your plan, it could work. There are a couple steps to getting your parents to get you a cat or a kitten. ...

Dogs get bored being stuck at home just like we do. Since they love spending time with us, one way you can keep them busy this summer is to teach them tricks. ...

Check out area kids' Lego Homes

Friday, June 12, 2020

The Greater Iowa City Area HBA Parade of Homes was postponed this year due to coronavirus, so they decided to feature area kids' Lego creations in their first ever Lego Parade of Homes! ...

Minecraft is an online world-building game, where players can explore, build structures and mine for materials - and it is one of the best-selling games of all time. The first version of Minecraft was built in six days, but it took another two years to get the final version. In one Swedish ...

Video: Sunset Storytime

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Check out the Cedar Rapids Public Library's Sunset Stories on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Sunset Stories can be found on the Cedar Rapids Public Library's Facebook and YouTube pages. During the story time, librarians will tell stories (of course!), show you how to do a craft, and then encou ...

How-to make seed bombs

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Seed bombs are a beautiful way to create a natural habitat for pollinators, like bees and butterflies. Especially in areas where it's hard to grow plants, a seed bomb an help cultivate seeds and protect them until they are ready to explode into color. All you do is make them, then place t ...