Ages 0-4

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"Threadable" jewellery

Story in a bag

Make a reading corner

Make an ALL ABOUT ME! Book

Finger Play: Wheels on the Bus

Read a Tumblebook from the library website

Paint with frozen paint cubes


"Threadable" jewellery.

What you need:

Find some household objects that you can thread, such as pasta shapes, plastic lids with pierced holes, old keys, small toys.

What you do:

You can dye pasta shapes – put some pasta in a zip-lock bag. Add some liquid food colouring. Shake the bag to get the colour in the shapes. Leave for a day or so, then tip onto paper towels to finish drying.

dried coloured pasta image bottle lids

Use some coloured wool, string or thread. Choose colours you like and thread them together. Tie a knot and wear your jewellery!

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Story in a bag.  

Looking for a way to get your child's imagination fired up? Try a Story-in-a-bag!'

What you need:

  • A paper bag (or opaque plastic bag).
  • 5 or 6 objects - for exmaple keys, a comb, a leaf, a stone and a sock.

paper bag colourful socks

What you do:

Ask your child to choose a few items from the bag. Make up a story from those objects. Write it down or just tell it to another family member.

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Make a reading corner.

Colourful cushions 

Find a quiet corner in your house. Make it comfortable with cushions, blankets, soft toys and books. Read in it, with your child.

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Make an ALL ABOUT ME! Book.

Kids love talking about themselves - their likes, their dislikes, and details about everything inbetween. Spark their interest in writing with a mini-book about their favourite subject...themselves!

What you need:

  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Crayons, markers, or other art supplies

children's all about me book cover 

What you do:

  • Fold some pieces of paper in half, to make a book
  • Talk to your child about their favourite things
  • Now they can start illustrating their book!
  • Write something about each topic - either you write it, or if your child is older, get them to write about themselves

Here are some ideas, to get you started.

My name is...

A portrait of me...

childrens portrait drawing 

This is my family...

children's drawing of their family 

My favourite animal is...

My favourite toy is...

When I grow up I want to be...

My favourite food is...

My favourite colour is...

These are my handprints - dip child's hand in paint

Once all the pages have been completed, either staple the book toether, or punch two holes in the spine and thread a ribbon through it, to tie it all together.

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Finger Play: Wheels on the Bus

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Read a Tumblebook from the library website. 

Tumblebooks is a fantastic resource free to all library members. It has hundreds of animated and voiced children's picture books and chapter books to read online. Listen, read along or, read by yourself. Also includes puzzles and National Geographic video clips. You can access Tumblebooks down the bottom of the front page of our website or from the Kids e-Library.

All you need is your library card number and your PIN number. Give us a call on (03) 311 8901 or drop in if you don't know what your PIN is.

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Paint with frozen paint cubes

Painting with frozen paint on a hot day is a fun and creative way to beat the heat! It’s a great summer art project for kids when it’s really hot outside! Instead of using food colouring, and colouring ice cubes, freeze some paint.

children painting 

How to make the frozen paint cubes

What you need: 

  • Paint 
  • Ice cube tray 
  • Ice-cream (or craft) sticks 

 What to do: 

  • Pour the paint into an ice cube tray, with just a little water on top. Stir the water in. 
  • Cut a slot in a piece of cardboard and put a stick in each cube of paint. 
  • Freeze. 
  • Pop a paint cube out of the tray  
  • Let your imagination run wild….

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