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National Creativity Day is May 30th!

Are you looking to get your creative juices flowing? Let’s celebrate National Creativity Day. This special day was established in 2018 in order to recognize and pay tribute to artists who create,  innovate and explore their ideas. If you’re in need of some ideas and inspiration for your own creative endeavors,  take a look at some of CCPL’s resources! 

All title descriptions are from the publisher.

Craft Your Own Happy by Becci Mai Ford

Craft Your Own Happy is a collection of mindful craft projects to make you smile! Perfect for those moments when you need a bit of self-care and relaxation time

Ideas Magazine

Ideas is the ultimate guide to fresh, modern living for women with creative flair and a passion for life. These women care for their families and the people around them and cherish them by expressing their own individuality in everything they do. They love to entertain and decorate their home with their unique style. The magazine provides an outlet for creativity and offers readers practical, creative content that transforms the mundane into the extraordinary. It’s a source of inspiration for craft, decor, entertainment and food. Ideas readers are stylish, sophisticated, modern, educated, balanced, creative, warm, caring and passionate.

Unplugged Play: Toddler 155 Activities & Games for Ages 1-2 by Bobbi Conner

From Tunnel Tube to Party Play Dough, Bumper Ball to Hoop-Dee-Do, here are more than 150 screen-free games and activities to help kids enjoy the wholesome, old-fashioned experience of playing creatively and freely … without technology. There are outdoor games and indoor games, games to play solo and games to play with others, crafts, songs, guessing games, puppet ideas, playdate and party favorites — even instant activities to do at the kitchen table while dinner’s cooking. All games are toddler-tested and approved!

The Grown-up’s Guide to Painting with Kids : 20+ Fun Fluid Art and Messy Paint Projects for Adults and Kids to Make Together by Jennifer McCully

Prepare to get messy as you learn the fun, trendy paint pouring technique — and teach your kids to do it too! Featuring step-by-step instructions for paint pouring — also known as fluid art — as well as for painting crafts, home decor, and more, this book will inspire you and your little ones to have tons of fun together. And you don’t need a lot of stuff; paint pouring uses affordable tools, such as stir sticks, cups, string and more.

How to Draw : Easy Techniques and Step-by-Step Drawingsfor Kids by Aaria Baid

Even if your little one has never drawn before, they can create pictures better than they ever imagined. Every artist starts with the basics and here is a step-by-step guide to them all. With this how to draw for kids book, every kid can be creative and capture whatever catches their eye. In How to Draw, kids ages 9-12 will try their hand at everything from magical creatures and cartoons to realistic landscapes, portraits, and so much more. Covering basic techniques as they go, this book will prepare and inspire young artists to create their very own masterpieces. It’s easier than you think. 

STEAM Lab for Kids : 52 Creative Hands-on Projects using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math by Liz Lee Heinecke

The creative projects in STEAM Lab for Kids are designed to demonstrate that there’s math and science to be found in great art! From rubber bands to edible stained glass, young engineers and artists alike will find inspiration in these 52 art-forward labs.

So,You Wanna Be a Writer? by Vicki Hambleton & Cathleen Greenwood

Join a select group of authors–from Stephen King to Cameron Crowe–all of whom published their first works before turning eighteen. So, You Want to Be a Writer? is the only hip how-to book that walks you through every step of the process, from generating ideas to marketing a book. You’ll learn: how to battle the dreaded writer’s block. – exercises to improve your storytelling skills. – how to find an agent and get published. – the ins and outs of publishing. – how to promote your unique work. – and more! With a complete glossary of terminology used by publishers and agents, a step-by-step guide to writing and finishing your book, exclusive insights from famous authors, and a complete list of magazines, websites, contests, and book publishers on the lookout for new writers, So, You Wanna Be a Writer? can be your first and last stop to success!

3D Paper Crafts for Kids: 26 Creative Projects to Make from A-Z by Helen Drew

Experience the joy and the endless benefits of hands-on crafting with kids! With this interactive project book, you can help young children learn and practice the alphabet while having fun making cute paper crafts! 3D Paper Crafts for Kids is an exciting and easy project guide that carefully illustrates how to create 26 charming projects with fun 3D elements using paper, string, and other household items. With projects organized in alphabetical order, kids will have loads of fun creating these giraffes, owls, queens, flowers, apples, zebras, elephants, and so much more!

Creative Bug

This website offers thousands of online arts and craft classes. The classes are free with your CCPL library card.