Activities, Arts & Crafts

Looking for some activities to keep the little ones entertained or hoping to hone your own skills ? Then this is the page for you.

Many of the staff from Kildare Libraries often incorporate activities, arts and crafts with their storytimes or often as standalone projects. As we were receiving many videos and projects from our staff we decided to create a page just for all these fun activities and hobbies so have a scroll and feel free to click in to any that take your fancy. we would love to see the finished products you can send your pictures in to our Facebook group or even our Instagram page or post a comment here and let us know how you got on.

Activities, Arts & Crafts

A video for an art and craft on how to make a Space Rocket using a kitchen towel roll, kitchen foil and other materials you can find in the home by Betty in Maynooth.

Great Regular Events for Children at Kilcock Library

Our wonderful Reader in Residence for Kilcock Library is Emma-Jane Leeson and she has some intriguing regular events for different age groups. Emma-Jane is the writer of the beloved Johnny Magory books so who better to lead literary events for children! Read Along Session with Author and Reader-in-Residence Emma-Jane Leeson For children aged 5-7 yearsTuesdays… Continue reading Great Regular Events for Children at Kilcock Library

Celebrate World Book Day with Leixlip Library’s Kite Making Workshop

By Emma, Leixlip Library Thursday 3rd March 3pm (6–8-year-olds) and 4pm (8 -10-year-olds) Leixlip Library Branch To celebrate World Book Day and all our favourite bookish characters Leixlip Library are holding two free after school Go Fly Your Kite arts and crafts events where we would love some of our younger members to join us… Continue reading Celebrate World Book Day with Leixlip Library’s Kite Making Workshop

Tons of Family Fun With Your Library this December!

Every December, libraries in Kildare host a special programme of events that gets all the family involved, called Family Time at Your Library. The staff from each of the main libraries have been working hard putting together a mix of online events for you for this years programme. There’s even two as Gaeilge in-person nature… Continue reading Tons of Family Fun With Your Library this December!

Even more Online Library Events in November

Events For Children Weekly Story-time with Maynooth Library Staff – Fridays 10am / 2-5 years old Join the Staff of Maynooth Library for some storytelling and nursery rhymes! Please be aware thata parent/guardian must be present for the duration of the event.Booking via Eventbrite. Friday  05th November.Friday  12th November Friday 19th  NovemberFriday  26th November Gymboree – Music for… Continue reading Even more Online Library Events in November

Lots of Great Children’s Events in October at the Children’s Book Festival

The Children’s Book Festival will be celebrated throughout October in Kildare Libraries as part of a national celebration. The Children’s Book Festival aims to spread the enjoyment of books and reading among children and families and connect the public to authors and illustrators both in classrooms and online.Below are the list of events running for… Continue reading Lots of Great Children’s Events in October at the Children’s Book Festival

Star Wars Craft – Making Jedi Master Yoda Using Paper

By Aoife, Newbridge library Hello everyone, Aoife from Newbridge library here with a craft to continue the Star Wars Day celebrations. Happy Revenge of the 5th Day. I am going to show you how to make Jedi Master Yoda using paper shapes. Let’s get started!  You will need: One sheet of green paper (for Yoda’s… Continue reading Star Wars Craft – Making Jedi Master Yoda Using Paper

Easter Egg Paper Decorations

By Aoife, Newbridge Library You will need:  Printable template for Easter eggs (you can find one online)  Printer White paper/green paper Colouring supplies (coloured markers, coloured pencils, glitter…..whatever you have) Scissors Glue How to make: This craft starts with a printable Easter egg template. These can be found online from *My template has six… Continue reading Easter Egg Paper Decorations

Arts Crafts & Activities- Easy American Style Pancakes

Blog post by Ann Kearney, Athy Library Ingredients Needed:● A regular mug, mixing bowl & a whisk.● Self raising. flour● Milk● 1 egg● 1 tbsp. Sugar● Pinch of salt.● Pan and oil spray/butter Make sure to have an adult with you when cooking for supervision and to help you use hot cooking appliances. Method:● Put… Continue reading Arts Crafts & Activities- Easy American Style Pancakes

Christmas Craft: Hanging reindeer decoration

By Mary, Maynooth Library This is a stitched project. Please refer to the “How to Sew” instructions. Materials :   Cream coloured felt for the body and a little brown felt for the antlers                         Red Embroidery thread                         Ordinary black cotton sewing thread                         2 black beads for the eyes                         Wadding                         Ribbon… Continue reading Christmas Craft: Hanging reindeer decoration

Christmas Crafting : Christmas Stocking Decoration

By Mary, Maynooth Library This craft is suitable for Children who can sew, Young Adults and Adults too. Materials Felt in two contrasting colours e.g. Purple and Yellow. Double strands of Red embroidery thread Ribbon 6 Buttons Also needed – scissors, needles and pins. Method: 1. Cut out two of each of the pattern pieces.… Continue reading Christmas Crafting : Christmas Stocking Decoration

Making a 35cm Christmas Wreath from Baubles

By Catherine Mackey, Naas Community Library #KeepWell in the months ahead. Switching off and having some time to yourself to be creative and do the things you enjoy doing is so important in looking after your mental wellbeing. Items needed · Wire coat hanger Lots of different coloured and different size Christmas baubles (Approximately 60)… Continue reading Making a 35cm Christmas Wreath from Baubles

Knit Some Baby Mittens

By Ann Kearney, Athy Materials needed:25 g double knit for one pair of thumbless mittens35g double knit / for one pair of mittens with thumbsPair of 3.25mm knitting needlesPair of 4mm knitting needles (main needles)Gauge/Tension22sts and 30 rows to 10x10cm (4×4”) square in stocking stitch on 4mmneedles Useful Tip:Please take a little time to knit… Continue reading Knit Some Baby Mittens

Egg Cozies (a short fun project)

— great idea for a thoughtful handmade Christmas Gift, maybe!(make a set of six in contrasting colours) By Ann, Athy Library Skill Level: Super Easy.Size: to fit an average size egg.Materials: DK or 4ply wool, colours of yourchoice. 3.25mm needles. Wool sewing needle.(oh, yes! ..and a fork.)Abbreviationsapprox : ApproximatelyK: knitRS: right sidest(s): stitchesWS: wrong side… Continue reading Egg Cozies (a short fun project)

Party Wreath Craft

Craft by Sheila, Leixlip library You could hang this wreath up for your birthday party or just to brighten up the house. It’s a simple craft and fun to make. What you will need : A wire hanger or a florist wire wreath, Scissors andDifferent colours of crepe paper  Cut stripes of crepe paper about… Continue reading Party Wreath Craft

Stitched Easter Card

Craft supplied by Mary in Maynooth. Materials: Blank Card – Card used in this project is 5.5 inches by 4 inches. Embroidery Thread, Tapestry Needle (rounded tip – no point).  A Larger Needle e.g. a Darning Needle, Scissors, Polystyrene block / (Packaging or layered towel.) Sellotape, Double Sided Tape, Foam Adhesive dots/squares and Glue Stick.… Continue reading Stitched Easter Card