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Play! Stories & Activities for Kids

05/01/2022 | Online Storytime

Children learn while they are playing. It also helps reduce stress and anxiety, but mostly it is just plain fun! Children play with balls, jump rope, chase, run, skip, and dodge. They play board games, build with blocks, and pretend. All of these things are healthy for their minds as well as their bodies!

Read or Listen to a Story

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

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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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Need help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email Ask-a-Librarian. The Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.

Try an @Home Activity

Try one of these online or printable activities at home for even more playtime fun!

Mo Willem's Super Bounce Game

Plan a scavenger hunt! A scavenger hunt is a game in which the players gather items from a list. You can plan one inside or outside. It can even be fun to do one at night with a flashlight! Here are several lists to help you get started. Some are really creative - like collecting sounds or items that are a certain color.

Camp PBS

You can explore activities about different themes at PBS Kids Virtual Summer Camp with your child's favorite PBS KIDS characters! Themes include Read, Blast Off into Space, Get Creative with the Arts, Dive into Dinosaurs, DIY Upcycling Activities, All About Animals, and Embrace Kindness. Just click on a link to begin exploring. Both online and offline activity ideas are included.

Read More!

Booklist: Story Time is Not for Sitting For the squirreliest of squirrely storytime friends. IndyPL_BethanyA

Booklist Have a Ball Who doesn't like a ball game or a round of fetch? These fun, story time-ready books will have you bouncing and boinging with joy. From dog lovers to sports fans and beyond, there's something for everyone! IndyPL_LucyW

Picture Books to Inspire an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

All the books listed have a story to tell about nature. After reading, take a walk, hike or create a scavenger hunt to find plants, animals and more! IndyPL_AnnaL

A Leaf Can Be

Salas, Laura Purdie

Beautiful illustrations really connect this book to its story. Each page depicts how important leaves are to the world. At the back is a glossary as well as more information on leaves.

This Moose Belongs to Me

Jeffers, Oliver

This is a cute story about how humans and wild life interact. Wilfred believes he owns a moose, but to his surprise many others believe the same. The illustrations of the mountains and forests are some of the most beautiful and realistic images I have seen in a children's book.

How to Code A Sandcastle

Funk, Josh

How do you code a sandcastle? Pearl and her robot discover it maybe more difficult than you think. Coding in steps is the basis for making things move. This is a basic intro to coding through story. At the end of the book, there is information on coding and the language of code used in the book.