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Build! Stories & Activities for Kids

06/01/2020 | Arts, Crafts & Hobbies

Envision, construct, and play using these books and activities to help you learn how to use tools, follow instructions, test ideas, and build your own creative structures!

Read or Listen to a Story

You can learn about the tools people use to build amazing structures from the common hand tools found in a toolbox, like hammers and saws, to giant machines, like bulldozers and cranes. You can also read about the people who use them.

Listen to author Katey Howes read her book Be a Maker to help you get started thinking about creative building projects you can do at home. Katey has a whole series of maker activity & craft videos to help get you started on your @home projects: Towers, Make a Messy Universe, Make a Rhythm, Telescoping Tools and Toys, Take a Ride - Make a Vehicle, Make a Map, Make a Snack, Make a Stand, and Make a Gift

Click on one of these book covers to hear more stories about makers and their creative projects.

Brick by BrickBe a MakerRosie Revere EngineerLittle ExcavatorViolet the PilottoolsLas HerramientasI Like Work TrucksMe gustan los camiones de trabajoThe Assembly PlantHow Do You Measure Up?

You can also use your IndyPL library card to check out e-books and audiobooks about building and construction right to your device at home.

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Try an @Home Activity

Get design inspiration or build a project of your own! Here are some activities perfect for younger readers:

Color Your Own Build Your Story Poster

Here are some activities for kids looking for a more involved project or experience:

Camp Wonderocity

For even more activities for kids interested in architecture and engineering try the virtual camp Camp Wonderopolis Build Your Own Wonderocity. Camp Wonderopolis is brought to you by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). This virtual camp is a free online destination that's full of interactive activities and maker experiments! There are several other themed virtual camps for kids interested in music, fitness, space, and the outdoors.

Read More!

Looking for more ideas to design and build? Try one of these booklists by IndyPL staff:

  • Construction Books for Children When I was a little boy, the street right in front of my house was a construction site, and I loved it. The dirt, the trucks, the workers - every part of it. So if your child is fascinated with construction like I was, the library has many books. Here's a few to get you started. IndyPL_WillS

​Books and Legos - These Two Favorites are a Perfect Fit!

Learn about how these globally popular building bricks were invented, look at amazing and record breaking creations, and get directions for building new projects with bricks you already have from space ships to animals to famous landmarks. IndyPL_CarrieW

Lego Star Wars

The Visual Dictionary

Beecroft, Simon

Spend an afternoon looking at Star Wars Lego playsets and minifigs and learn the story behind how Lego became a part of the Star Wars universe.

Incredible LEGO Creations From Space

With Bricks You Already Have : 25 New Spaceships, Rovers, Aliens and Other Fun Projects to Expand your LEGO Universe

Dees, Sarah

Lego building ideas inspired by Star Wars and NASA.

Amazing Brick Mosaics

Fantastic Projects to Build With Lego Blocks You Already Have

Brack, Amanda

A whole bunch of step-by-step instructions for making 25 unique Lego projects that are not buildings or vehicles - but art.