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Explore! Stories & Activities for Kids

05/01/2022 | Online Storytime, Art, Crafts & Hobbies

Get outside! There are all kinds of interesting things to discover in your backyard, garden, neighborhood, or park. Playing and exploring outside helps kids try new things, grow self-confidence, learn to ask questions, and supplies an endless number of ideas for creative play from pretending to crafts.

Listen to Matt de la Peña read his book, Last Stop on Market Street. It is the story of a boy who rides the bus with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in the everyday things in his own neighborhood.

Read or Listen to a Story

Click on a book cover to read or listen to another story about exploring your neighborhood, backyard, or park and the people and animals you might see there.

Last Stop on Market StreetSugar HillThere's a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the LakePedro Goes BuggySenorita MariposaMiss Maple's SeedsMiss RumphiusLa senorita Runfio

Learn about What Lives in Your Backyard

The Birds I'll SeeLas Aves que vereWorms in the GardenAll Kinds of LadybugsToda clase de mariquitasAnimals Up Down All AroundDo You Like Bugs?Te gustan los bichosRed RobinEl petirrojoRoly PolyCochinilloThe Busiest Bugs I KnowLos insecots mas ocupados que conozco

You can also use your IndyPL library card to check out e-books and audiobooks about exploring outdoors, right to your device at home. These links will show you all the choices. If you have never used Axis 360 or OverDrive before, you can learn how to use them for both e-books and audiobooks.

  • E-books and audiobooks from Axis 360 Kids about the nature and the outdoors.
  • E-books and audiobooks from OverDrive Kids about nature and the outdoors.

Need help? Please call one of our locations or ask-a-librarian by text or email.

Visit the StoryWalk

We invite you to visit StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park at 3025 Ruckle Street. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames.

Before you go on your walk, learn how to observe and make a sketch outside from author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Don't forget to bring your paper and pencil when you go!

Explore an Indy neighborhood by visiting a library branch. Many of our locations are within a short distance of excellent places to walk and explore. Bring a snack and a water bottle, keep appropriate social distance while there, and wash your hands when you get home!

Complete the summer reading activity "Go Outside and Count How Many Bugs and Birds You See." Here are several ideas for drawing or writing about birds and bugs.

Try an @Home Activity

Here are some online or printable activities to help get you started exploring in your own backyard!

Learn about Backyard Birds!

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Backyard Bird Watching for Kids in Indiana

Learn how to identify the birds in your own backyard. What does the bird look like? What does the bird sound like? Does it live in a nest or in a birdhouse? Knowing the answer to some of these questions will help you know what kind of bird you are watching. You can learn how to build a birdhouse or bird feeder and also learn what to plant in your garden so birds will want to visit.


Burnie, David

Explore the world of birds, from feathers to flight. Discover the wonderful world of birds with more than 30 easy-to-do, fun activities, plus stunning pictures and amazing facts.

20 Fun Facts About Bald Eagles

Harts, Shannon H.

I had no idea bald eagles had three eyelids or catch prey at 100 miles per hour! Be amazed by the facts as well as the color photographs.

Bird Guide of North America

The Best Birding Book for Kids From A National Geographic Bird Expert

Alderfer, Jonathan K.

Learn how to identify more than 150 species of North American birds by sight and by sound, and by what they eat and where they live. Includes instructions on building a bird feeder and a birdbath.