Kids at Home with MPPL Category: Maker Monday

Maker Monday: Flashlight Constellations

cassiopeia flashlight constellation



1. Using scissors, cut out the circles around the constellations.

2. Write the name of the constellation on the front or back of each circle.

3. Make a hole on each black dot of the constellation with a pen/pencil or hole punch.

4. Tape the constellation to the flashlight in front of the light.

5. Turn off the lights or wait until it’s dark out, and then turn the flashlight on to see your constellation.

Depending on the size of the flashlight, you may only be able to see some of the constellation. The closer you are to the wall or surface you are shining the light on, the more you will see of the constellation. Try going steps forward and back with your flashlight to see the changes.

Constellations and Stargazing

A constellation is a group of stars that form a recognizable pattern. Many are named for mythological figures and also have stories about how they were created. Constellations can be seen from Earth in areas where there is little light pollution.

Now that you have made your flashlight constellations, see if you can find these same constellations in the night sky with your family. The constellations you created are all visible during the summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

If you are interested in learning more about constellations, stargazing, and mythology, check out these activities for kids and families from NASA at Home. Or, visit the Library or email us at!

Maker Monday: Making Space with Christian Robinson

Join author and illustrator Christian Robinson as he takes us inside our imaginations with art projects inspired by children’s books. In his Making Space YouTube series, he invites viewers to “make space for creativity, make space for fun, and make space together.”

This episode is all about friendship, and features the book My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano and Jillian Tamaki. Connecting and communicating with the people we care about is even more important during these times of social distancing.

You can discover more exciting activities from popular authors and illustrators on our Activities from Home webpage.

Maker Monday: Create Your Own City

3-D city made of paper
Image by Foster + Partners

Be the engineer and architect of your very own paper city with activities from architecture studio Foster + Partners. Download and print templates to create your own skyscrapers, houses, and more. Color them and add details to give your city your own special flair. Young makers are encouraged to share their creations on social media: #architecturefromhome.

Engaging in engineering projects has so many benefits, including problem solving skills, fine motor skills, spatial skills, and innovative thinking. Read more about the benefits here.

For more fun learning ideas, go to MPPL’s Activities from Home page.

Maker Monday: Four Ways to Paint Without a Paintbrush


  • something to cover the table, like newspaper
  • paper to paint on
  • 4 items to paint with: Q-tip, straw, popsicle stick, something to use as a stamp
  • paper plate or bowl
  • washable paint
  • Steps:         
  • 1. Use a Q-tip to dip in the paint and make dots on the paper.        
  • 2. Use an item as a stamp. Dip it in the paint and stamp it onto the paper.        
  • 3. To paint with a straw, squirt some paint on the paper, and roll the straw over the paint to spread it out in different directions.
  • 4. Dip a popsicle stick into the paint and draw designs on the paper.
Miss Amy and her painting

Among the many benefits of painting are the chance it gives you to express your emotions. Painting can help you communicate feelings through the use of different colors and movements with whatever you are painting with. Try putting on some music while you paint and let it inspire you!

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Maker Monday: Newspaper Animals

What’s your favorite animal? Explore animal features by drawing your own.


  • Photos or drawings of animals,
  • newspaper pages,
  • construction paper,
  • scissors,
  • glue,
  • markers or crayons


  • 1. Choose an animal to make. Get inspiration from books and photos. Try one of these resources: National Geographic Kids, World Book Kids, animal books on our e-Library: Overdrive, Hoopla, and RBdigital.
  • 2. Look at the shapes in the animal’s body. Draw the shapes on the newspaper. You can draw the whole animal as one piece, or separate pieces for the head and body parts. 
  • 3. Cut out all pieces of the animal and glue them together.
  • 4. Draw and color in the features of the animal. What do the eyes, nose/beak, mouth, ears look like? Does the animal have fur, feathers, or skin? What colors do you want to use?    
  • 5. Glue the animal onto a piece of paper. 
Miss Amy and her newspaper cat

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