With the COVID pandemic still raging on, my library still has a “no indoor programming” policy.
One way I’m engaging my teens (in addition to virtual programming) is by giving them Grab and Go DIY craft bags. It’s also a great way to make use of craft supplies that have been sitting around for a while.
Grab and Go Kits can be put together in minutes and you can add whatever you want to them. Just make sure to provide some instructions if necessary. We’ve been using brown or white paper bags and sealing them with a colorful “Grab and Go” sticker.
I’ve started giving out weekly Grab and Go bags this summer. Here some ideas if you’re interested in trying them out at your library:
- Origami – origami paper, craft scissors, etc. (I made a Halloween themed one for October!)
- Embroidery thread bracelets / keychains — embroidery thread, keychain ring, crafts scissors, instructions
- Blackout Poetry — a sample page from a book, black marker, instructions
- Creative Writing — a small blank notebook, pencil/pen and an index card with 5 (or more!) writing prompts
- Make Your Own Zine — blank sheet(s) of paper, folding instructions, colored pencils / markers, pencil/pen, craft scissor, scotch tape
- Kindness Rocks — rock, markers, instructions
- Washi Tape Bookmark — a square piece of paper, washi tape, craft glue, scissors and instructions
- Gratitude Garland — this is what I’m giving out for Thanksgiving!