On March 8th, children came to the Montauk Library to create some pretty awesome St. Patrick's Day crafts. First, we painted shamrocks using green puffy paint and topped it off with some glitter. We then made leprechauns by gluing and coloring a leprechaun's face and then painting on his red beard with puffy paint. Puffy paint is a mixture of equal parts glue and shaving cream, which creates a creamy kind of "paint." What's really cool about it is that when it dries, it maintains it's puffiness, making whatever you paint pop of the page in 3D. It also gives your painting a smooth texture once it dries. To make different colored puffy paint, simply add food coloring and mix! Our final project was a St. Patrick's Day countdown craft! Children made rainbow chains out of construction paper strips and attached the chain to a pot of gold. The children made one paper chain link for each day until St. Patrick's Day that remained. Once they took it home, the children can remove one chain link per day until St. Patrick's Day. The children had a lot of fun and made some creative and beautiful artwork!
Another great program we had in March was called Bubble Science! Programmer Cheryl Frey Richards came to Montauk and did some bubble experiments with children who signed up for the event. They also got to create artwork by blowing bubbles with colored bubble solution. Finally, she showed children how to make giant bubbles! This program was so much fun! Cheryl will be back at the library in May for a program called Boom Painting where children will experiment with fizzing and exploding paint to make awesome artwork. She will also be visiting the library this summer for an outdoor Jackson Pollack mural painting program. We can't wait!
Finally, we had a great time at our Spring Cupcakes program where children decorated cupcakes to look like different symbols of spring. First, we decorated vanilla cupcakes to look like butterflies using m&ms, pretzels, pull-and-peel Twizzlers and green icing. Second, children sculpted pull-and-peel Twizzlers pieces into birds nests and topped it off with mini Cadbury eggs for our birds nest cupcakes design. The final cupcake was a fluffy bunny design! Children frosted the cupcake with vanilla frosting and dipped the cupcake in coconut shavings (making the bunny look fluffy). Then they used marshmallows, jelly beans, m&ms and more coconut to decorate the face and ears of the bunny. Both sessions for this program were full and everyone had a great time and made some fabulous looking cupcakes!
We had a lot of fun in March and we have even more great programs coming up in April, including a visit from some bunnies, a fruit sushi & dessert pizza making program and more! Check our upcoming events page for more details! See you in April!