Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center

Weekly Web links: Let's Learn about...

During the height of the COVID-19 crisis, we brainstormed about how to best provide programs of value to families. And so, our 9-week "Let's Learn about" series was born. Along with multiple weekly story times, we compiled lists of helpful links centered around a weekly theme. For each week of the series, our children's librarian read stories related to a theme and led an activity that was easy for families to complete at home.

June 1-7: Let's Learn about Summer

This week's theme is Summer. First, listen to Ms. Taylor reading stories then use these links to discover exciting activities and resources to enjoy summer!

Printables: Summer schedule for kids

10 fun backyard activities for kids

Easy toddler pinwheel tutorial

50 healthy popsicle recipes

Article: Why free play is the best summer school

9 activities to make the most out of the summer

6 tips to survive a COVID-19 summer with your kids


*Inclusion of links does not imply library approval or endorsement of any website or the information contained therein.

May 26-31: Let's Learn about America

This week's theme is America. First, listen to Ms. Taylor reading stories then use these links to discover activities and resources related to America.

Egg carton poppy wreath

USA flag tie-dyed shirt

Make your own tie-dyed socks

7 patriotic kids' crafts

Memorial Day facts and traditions

Article: Bias, compromise, and teaching history to children


*Inclusion of links does not imply library approval or endorsement of any website or the information contained therein.

May 18-24: Let's Learn about Friendship

This week's theme is Friendship. First, listen to Ms. Taylor reading stories then use these links to discover activities and resources related to friendship.

Empathy activities for kids

Send a hug

Toddler friendship bracelets

14 free friendship bracelet patterns

Guide your kids to choose the right friends and be a good friend themselves

Article: The outsize influence of your middle-school friends

Children's books about friendship


*Inclusion of links does not imply library approval or endorsement of any website or the information contained therein.

May 11-17: Let's Learn about Forts

This week's theme is Forts. First, listen to Ms. Taylor reading stories then use these links to find some fun activities related to forts.

13 awesome fort ideas

25 indoor forts for kids with cabin fever

16 toys you can make with an empty box

Bucket with a pulley

No-sew bunk-bed fort

Easy forts

Engineering for kids: fort building

Historic forts in Texas


*Inclusion of links does not imply library approval or endorsement of any website or the information contained therein.

May 4-10: Let's Learn about DIY

This week's theme is DIY. First, listen to Ms. Taylor reading stories then use these links to find simple and fun do-it-yourself projects you can do from home.

26 DIY projects that make your kids say, "Whoa!"

DIY family hand prints

Melting crayons: Give new life to broken crayons

37 best DIY ideas for kids

17 DIY games for outdoor family fun

5 crazy simple ways to fill family game night with fun

How to make pinecone bird feeders

Make a rainbow bright paper lantern


*Inclusion of links does not imply library approval or endorsement of any website or the information contained therein.

April 27-May 3: Let's Learn about Bugs

This week's theme is bugs. First, listen to Ms. Taylor reading stories about bugs. Then, use these links to learn more about the creepy-crawly world of bugs!

25 bug activities for kids

Bug activities for preschoolers

Insect facts & bug activities

Bug action movement cards

Printable insect activity sheets

Bee activities

Make bug fossils from play-dough

Nature art bugs

Insect videos for kids

Bug bingo game

Bug activities for toddlers


*Inclusion of links does not imply library approval or endorsement of any website or the information contained therein.

April 20-26: Let's Learn about Plants

This week's theme is plants. First, listen to Ms. Taylor reading stories about plants. Then, use these links to learn more about the green world of plants!

Nature scavenger hunt

Video: How does a seed become a plant?

Dissect a flower

The seeds we eat

Rainbow cabbage experiment

All about plants printable (requires free account)

Indoor plants for the small-space gardener

Tips for arranging indoor plants

Making food (worksheet)

To plant or not to plant (worksheet)


*Inclusion of links does not imply library approval or endorsement of any website or the information contained therein.

April 13-19: Let's Learn about Health & Fitness

This week's theme is health & fitness. First, listen to Ms. Taylor reading stories about health & fitness. Then, use these links for inspiration!

5 tips to maximize your workouts

10 surprising ways to get kids eating healthy

12 family-friendly recipes to cook together

30 easy recipes your kids can make all by themselves

Cardio workout for kids and adults

The emotional robot

Healthy choices printable

Family fitness challenges

9 free nutrition worksheets for kids


*Inclusion of links does not imply library approval or endorsement of any website or the information contained therein.

April 6-12: Let's Learn about Germs

This week's theme is germs. First, listen to Ms. Taylor reading stories about germs. Then, use these links to explore some "germy" ideas and learn more about these little guys that can be both friend and foe.

Germs: Understand and protect against bacteria, viruses and infection

Infectious germs: Where they love to hide

Learn about germs, science projects

Teaching about germs for kids: Making it fun, making it real, making it stick

Why you need to use soap

Free printable germs worksheets for kindergarten

Make this cute germ blow painting art with straws

How to teach kids about germs


*Inclusion of links does not imply library approval or endorsement of any website or the information contained therein.