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Create Your Story: Stories & Activities for Kids

07/02/2020 | @Home Activities for Kids, Online Storytime

Create Your Story! Design your own one-of-a-kind artwork that tells all about YOU! Choose an activity and gather some art supplies. Find what you can: paper, scissors, glue, crayons, or leaves and petals you have picked up outside!

Listen to The Crayon Man by Natascha Biebow, about the man who created the crayola crayon, Edwin Binney. Edwin wanted to bring nature's colors inside and sold the first box of crayons for a nickel. Before Edwin Binney children couldn't draw in color!

Listen to more stories about maker and creators!

Click on a book cover to read or listen to the story.

The Crayon ManLouise Loves ArtScribbles and Ink Out of the BoxPaint Me a PicturePintame una imagenLet's Draw a ButterflyAre You an Artist?Eres artista?I Am Creative

Try an @Home Activity

Try one of these online or printable activities at home for even more creative fun.

Printable: Harold and the Purple Crayon
Printable: Harold and the Purple Crayon Drawing Prompt
Printable: Peg + Cat Doodle It Yourself Flip Book
Printable: Magic Treehouse Design a Book Cover
Activity: Oliver Jeffers' The Secret of Paper Makery
Video Series: Scott Magoon's Studio Storytime & Drawing
Video Series: Drawn to Fantasy with Tony DiTerlizzi
Video Series: Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Video Series and Activities: Dav Pilkey at Home
Video Series and Activities: Draw Everyday with LKK (Jarrett J. Krosoczka)

Make a Self-Portrait, Use a Variety of Materials. Here are some ideas to get you started!:

Fun Drawing Videos You Can Stream w/Your Library Card

Try out the Kanopy Kids channel Draw which offers several streaming videos for kids about drawing. Two notable choices are Art Pencils Making Stuff in which you get to see how pencils are made and The Dot, a streaming picture book video about a girl who thinks she can't draw but discovers her own creative spirit.

Kanopy is a streaming video service you can use with your IndyPL library card. If you have never borrowed from it before, take a look at these directions.

Drawing Instructions for Your Favorite Book Characters

Once you have mastered drawing yourself, try one of your favorite book characters! Write and illustrate your own story starring a favorite book character and yourself!

How to Draw Captain UnderpantsHow to Draw Arthur

Get inspired by reading about some artists just like you!

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