I am a contributer for the CSLP Summer Reading Manual for teens and I will be presenting at our regions event. This is my second year presenting on teen crafts. I wanted to give everyone, not just those who came to my session, a place to go for ideas and photos, so I am putting it up here.
Maybe I'll help even more people.
This year's theme is Metamorphosis @ Your Library (Catch the Reading Bug for the little kids)
This leads to the most wonderful topic- BUGS!
I really like bugs, and I have a dead bug collection. I don't kill them, I have to find them... I use them for art.
The manual includes a craft on "BUG-IGAMI" and I had a few great ideas to add to the idea. We have this great lamp in our YA area and I thought origami butterflies would look beautiful hanging from it. But for those who don't have our amazing lamp, I came up with a whimsical idea to get your YA area ready for Summer Reading!
This can be hung from the ceiling or a branch can be put in a small bucket with rocks to hold it in place.
have each teen that signs up for summer reading make a butterfly to add to the branches! Or have teens make one for each book they read all summer long! Imagine how many butterflies!
Why not add christmas lights? And if origami is intimidating, you can always have the tissue paper and pipe cleaner butterfly option. They are beautiful as well, and variety is nice.
This can also be a take home craft program to go along with the "MySpace- not the computer kind" Interior Design program. Girls would love to have one of these in their room!
To go along with the idea of metamorphosis as change, have the teens write a wish or something they want to let go of on a butterfly and attach it to a helium balloon and set it free. You could also do this along with the Monarch Butterfly raising actiity, "Set Them Free" mentioned in the manual. Use the PostSecret books by Frank Warren as a display to promote the program.
Origami bugs and tissue paper butterflies make great Book Flags for Teen Picks when they are attached to a clothespin! This will also have your Teen Area crawling with a festive look!
I also wanted to share some of my favorite jewelry that people of all ages love that would make a great teen prize:
These can be found at:
maxilla and mandible
and cheaper here
up next: change your outside!