Bring home a fun new project! Sign up from our Library Calendar and pick up a kit at the Youth Services desk or through our Parking Lot Pickup service between June 13-24.


Toddler & PreK: Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin

Dye rice to use for a fun sensory experience. Register for the June Toddler & PreK Take-and-Make Kit here.


Your kit includes:

  • 3 bags of rice in ziploc bags
  • 3 bottles of food coloring
  • 1 container containing 3 teaspoons of vinegar
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 cup
  • 3 dinosaur fossil figurines
  • 1 rubber ducky


1. Take 1 ziploc bag of rice and pour into a container with lid.

2. Measure 1 teaspoon of vinegar from the condiment container and pour into the container with rice.

3. Add drops of food coloring to the container. Pick one color.

4. Place lid on container and shake rice until rice is completely covered in food coloring.

5. Spread the rice out on a tray or paper towel to dry.

6.  Repeat steps 1-6, with remaining 2 bags of rice and different colors.


7. Once rice is dry, pour into a bin.

8. Add the rubber ducky, dinosaurs, spoon, and cup to the bin.


10. Try adding other items to your sensory bin, such as bowls, different sized cups, funnels, and other small toys.



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Grades K-8: Red Thread Connection 

Use foam board and thread to map the many connections among your family and friends. Inspired by our Book of the Summer, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Register for the June Grades K-8 Take-and-Make Kit here.

Kit contains:

  • 1 foam board
  • small portrait papers
  • set of colored pencils
  • push pins
  • red thread

You will also need:

  • Scissors
  • Glue (optional)
  • Scrap cardboard (optional)


  1. Decorate the small pieces of paper with people you care about: family members, friends, and/or pets. Use the colored pencils or your own art supplies. You could also print and cut photos. Make sure to make one that represents yourself!
  2. Optionally, glue a piece of cardboard to the back of the foam board. This will help keep the pins secure, and protect your table top from the pins.
  3. Arrange the portraits on the foam board. Use the pins to fix the portraits in place.
  4. Tie the end of the red thread to your portrait’s pin. (It may be easiest to tie a knot in the thread, and then pierce the pin through the knot and board.)
  5. Connect your portrait with everyone else’s, wrapping the thread around each pin.
  6. You can connect other people to represent their bonds with each other.

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  Youth Services Assistant Librarian Alyssa