ImagineIF Libraries

Take and Make Kits

Take and Make Kits Banner, Various Arts and Crafts Implements

Our popular Hands-on Learning Kits return this fall. Due to changing community conditions and guidelines from the health department, ImagineIF Libraries is not able to provide a safe environment for staff by presenting indoor programs to youth. Therefore, we are planning a hybrid outdoor early literacy classes and take-home kit program.

Kits can be reserved the Friday before they launch using ImagineIF’s Personal Shopper service at imagineiflibraries.org/shopper or call 758-5820. New kits launch Tuesday 9/7, Monday 10/4, and Monday 11/1 in all ImagineIF locations, while supplies last.

Read Ellie Newell’s (former Youth Services Librarian) letter about fall programs for children and teens HERE.

Do the activities from our hands-on learning kits at home! Download activity sheets from prior take-home kits using the links below.

Takeout Storytime Kit (ages 2-5)

Preschool and toddler Takeout Storytime Kits are designed to replicate an ImagineIF Early Literacy Class at home. Kits include songs, science and art exploration, sensory activities and child development tips for caregivers.

November’s Kit: Pinecone Critters

Transform a pinecone into a critter of your own design. Will it have little paws? Wings? A snout? You’re in charge! Then take your woodland friend on an adventure.

Pinecone Critter Activity sheet

Download activity sheets from past Takeout Storytime kits:

Itty Bitty Beach Activity sheet

Build a Boat Activity Sheet

Dinosaur Takeout Storytime activity sheet

Autumn Takeout Storytime activity sheet

Construction Takeout Storytime activity sheet

Under-the-Sea Takeout Storytime activity sheet

Home Takeout Storytime activity sheet

Artist Takeout Storytime activity sheet

Music Takeout Storytime activity sheet

Spring Takeout Storytime activity sheet

Pond Takeout Storytime activity sheet


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Mini Take-home Hit (Elementary-aged)

Students in grades K-6 are invited to explore science, culture, and art through ImagineIF’s Mini Take-home STEAM activity kits.

November’s Mini Kit: The Great Thanksgiving Listen

Invite an elder to share stories with you. Record their stories with words, pictures, or the StoryCorps Connect app. Your interviews can become part of the StoryCorps Archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress!

Great Thanksgiving Listen activity Sheet

Download activity sheets from past Takeout Storytime kits:

Alka-Seltzer Rocket activity sheet

Pocket Cow Certificate of Adoption sheet

Sundial activity sheet

Cat’s Cradle activity sheet

Cat’s Cradle Microsite

Download Chocolate Spoons activity sheet

Japanese Book Binding activity sheet

Creature Comforts activity sheet

Constellations activity sheet

Owl Pellet activity sheet

Owl Pellet Bone ID Guide

Pond Microbiome activity sheet


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Teen Take & Make Kit (6th-12th Grade)

The Teen Take & Make Kit challenges teens to explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities through entertaining and fun projects they can do at home. These kits are especially for youth in 6th – 12th grade.

November’s Teen Kit: Macramé Basil Planters

Plant basil seeds in a jar and then learn how to weave a macramé hanger for your mini herb garden. What will you cook with your delicious harvest?

Macramé Basil Planters activity sheet

Download activity sheets from past Teen Take & Make kits:

Solar Oven S’mores activity sheet

Japanses Book Binding activity sheet

Card Tricks activity sheet

Tie-Dye activity sheet

Robot activity sheet

Slime activity sheet

Endless Cubes activity sheet

Self-Care activity sheet

Download Needle Felting activity sheet

Download Redacted Poetry activity sheet

Zine activity sheet


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Adult Take & Make Kit

Look for in-building activities for adults this fall. Checkout our Adults page for more information.

Download activity sheets from past Adult Take & Make Kits:

Journal activity sheet

Felted Soap activity sheet

Moon Phase activity sheet

Download Birding activity sheet

Watercolor activity sheet


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Our job is to provide safe and fair access to books and information. With hands-on activities and experiences for all ages, we work to transform vision, dreams and desires into reality.

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