Take & make kits

Crafts are a great way to practise motor skills, experiment with STEAM, and learn about different seasons and holidays! Take & make kits contain supplies and instructions. Each month we’ll have new kits available.

Kits are designed for preschool-aged children, but they are available to children of all ages. Registration is required, one kit per child. Pickup instructions are provided when we confirm your request.

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Make a clothespin butterfly

Here’s a riddle: what starts their life as an egg, walks on many different legs, and uses wings to fly around? A butterfly!

Butterflies go through an amazing transformation called metamorphosis. This is when a caterpillar creates a cocoon, which is also called a chrysalis or a pupa, which they live in as they transform into butterfly. Some butterflies only spend a few days in their chrysalis, but others can spend over a year transforming!

Learn more about butterflies in this video from SciShow Kids.

With your own supplies

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Take & make: Moon sun catcher

Ramadan is among the most important months for Islam. Ramadan isn't at the same time every year. It is celebrated in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It begins on the first sighting of the new crescent moon. Find out why it is so meaningful to millions of Muslims around the world!

Materials you need

  • 2 pieces of contact paper, each about 9X12''
  • 2-3 pieces of black construction paper
  • Tissue paper in shades of blue, yellow orange and gold
  • Glue or tape
  • Scissors or X-Acto knife
  • Maybe adult supervision!

Instructions

  1. With the black construction paper, trace and cut out the following shapes. It can be tricky to cut outlines with scissors — an adult can try using an X-Acto knife!
    • 1 large rectangle outline, about 9” x 12”
    • 1 crescent moon outline, about 6” x 4”
    • 1 star outline, about 3” x 3”
  2. Peel the liner off one piece of contact paper, and place on a flat surface facing up. Stick the rectangle outline to it. Now the inside of the rectangle is a sticky surface!
  3. Place the crescent moon and star onto the sticky contact paper.
  4. Cut the tissue paper into various small shapes and sizes. These can be messy! Using different shapes and sizes makes your sun catcher look more like a traditional stained glass mosaic.
  5. Place the tissue paper onto the sticky contact paper. Use yellow, orange, and gold for the moon and star. Use the different shades of blue and purple for the sky. Try to place different colours and shapes beside each other, and try to totally fill the space. Cut the tissue paper pieces more as you work to fit into the new shapes you create.
  6. Next seal the back of your sun catcher with the separate piece of contact paper. Peel the liner off and discard, then smooth the contact paper over the entire surface. This step is tricky! Get an adult to help.
  7. Trim any extra contact paper hanging over the edge.
  8. Tape your sun catcher to a window and enjoy! Try looking at it during different times & weather, to see how it looks in different light

With your own supplies

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Unicorn take & make kit

Explore emotions (and rainbows!) with a paper plate unicorn Take & Make kit! This craft is inspired by Aurélie Chien Chow Chine's "Little Unicorn Is..." picture book series.

Materials you need

  • Paper plate
  • Construction paper in various colours, white paper, markers
  • Marker, pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Optional — small stickers shaped like hearts or stars

Instructions

  1. Draw and cut out these shapes in your choice of coloured paper:
    • 2 ears (we used plain white paper, and made our ears about 2x5'')
    • 2–4 hearts (we used blue paper, and made each about 3x3")
    • 1 horn (we used yellow paper and made ours about 2x7")
    • 10–14 rectangles (we made 14 in rainbow colours, each about 1x5")
  2. Glue or tape your ears to the back of the paper plate.
  3. Glue or tape the rectangles to the back of the paper plate along one side to make the unicorn's mane.
  4. Glue or tape the horn to the front of the paper plate.
  5. Draw two eyes on the front of the paper plate.
  6. Optional: use stickers or markers to decorate your unicorn's horn and ears.
  7. Draw mouths on each of your hearts. We drew a smiley mouth, a sad mouth and an unsure mouth.
  8. Try placing the different hearts on your unicorn to make them have a different emotion. You can glue or tape one of the hearts to your unicorn's face or keep them all loose to play with.

Learning about emotions

This craft was inspired by Aurélie Chien Chow Chine's picture book series "Little Unicorn Is..." that features a unicorn experiencing different emotions. Teaching our little ones about different emotions — even ones that aren't fun to have — can help them develop self-awareness and help them communicate their needs. Talking about how we feel is an important skill to model to our children and a part of building healthy relationships!

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