Explore Learning Pathways: DIY for Kids

Hit that nail. Glue with sticks. Building is quite fun. Oh what amazing things we can do when we try to do it ourselves!
Create a pattern. Dig the dirt. So much we can do. When working with our hands we can create so much that's good.

Our hometown libraries offer an avalanche full of crafty resources, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers, between the ages of 0 to 12 (and their Winter Learning Sherpas), will enjoy oodles of tinkering tasks on these cold winter nights!

So pull down those learning winter caps - and let's get started with DIY for Kids!

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Photography Click Click Click! Photography for Kids by George Sullivan

This fun-filled, informative, and up-to-date guide to making great pictures with a digital camera will appeal to kids of all ages. Budding shutterbugs will find much to learn and explore between the pages of this colorful and wide-ranging introduction to the world of photography. This book covers everything from the difference between digital and film cameras to mastering action shots and taking pictures of one's favorite pets.


GardeningKids' Container Gardening: Year-Round Projects for Inside and Out by Cindy Krezel

Contains seventeen projects concerning container gardening designed for children to do.


ToysMake Your Own Toys by Rita Storey

Kids have been making their own toys for centuries. This exciting book includes step-by-step instructions for making all kinds of toys. Young readers will learn a number of new skills, such as papier-mache' and simple sewing. The helpful photographs accompanying each project make it easy to follow along.



ArtLessonThe Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola

Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can't wait to get to school and have real art lessons. When Tommy gets to school and finds out that the art lessons are full of "rules", he is surprised and dismayed. How the wise art teacher finds a way to give Tommy the freedom to create and stay within the "rules" makes a wonderfully perceptive picture book about growing up and keeping one's individuality.


StarThe Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson

After twelve-year-old Annika, a foundling living in late nineteenth-century Vienna, inherits a trunk of costume jewelry, a woman claiming to be her aristocratic mother arrives and takes her to live in a strangely decrepit mansion in Germany.

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RecyclogamiRecyclo-gami: 40 Crafts to Make your Friends GREEN with Envy! by Laurie Goldrich Wolf

What can you make out of your old bits of paper, leftover pieces of yarn, or not-so-brand-new cartons and containers? Tweens and teens can start crafting using the easy to follow instructions and photographic directions the smart way. All crafts are made out of materials that many of us find just lying around the house or sitting on the curb waiting to be tossed in a landfill.


LegoThe LEGO Build-It Book, Volume 1: Amazing Vehicles by Nathanael Kuipers

BUILD 10 COOL MODELS! With just one collection of LEGO® bricks, you can build any of these 10 models—from the simple Go-Kart to the intricate Rescue Truck. Handy tips and advanced building techniques will inspire you to create your own amazing models for even more fun!




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Attend Free Library Programs

Check the PLS online library calendar to find more DIY programs.

Dig Deeper With Databases

Use your library card to access DIY information from magazines, newspapers and professional journals.

MiddleSearchPlusMiddle Search Plus - access more than 140 popular, middle school magazines.  Full-text articles include a Lexile reading level indicator.


EncyclopediaBritannicaEncyclopedia Britannica - A familiar resource, digitized and including sound, video and other multimedia features.






For more DIY resources available at your library check out the Explore Learning category articles in the December WORD magazine or in the Explore Learning Pathways lists in the OverDrive KidsCollection eReading Room.


As always, if you don’t see the resources for the particular goal you have in mind, your hometown librarian will be happy to help!