Discover & Explore for Grade Schoolers

Find resources and at-home activities related to our Discovery Kits, curated by Oak Park librarians.

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Become a chess champ

Become a chess champ: A virtual tutorial & more at-home activities for kids

Chess challenges young minds to think critically. It teaches sacrifice and strategy, and exercises the ability to think ahead. And it's fun! Whether kids are new to chess or have ...
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Butterfly painting on window

Butterflies! At-home activities & more for grade schoolers (part 2)

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr Here in Oak Park, the Village of Oak Park has proclaimed 2021 as the Year of the Butterfly, and we are learning so ...
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Butterfly origami

All about origami: How-to videos, books & more for grade schoolers

Library assistant Margaret can always be found doing origami and helping kids learn! Origami helps kids practice visual and spatial skills, concentration, and math, and is a great fidget activity ...
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Miss Eileen planting in the Accessible Community Garden

Supported gardening: What’s happening in the Community Sensory Garden & activities for kids

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Did you know that 70% of disabled adults do not engage in community activities? This statistic, from a 2005 paper, gave me pause the first ...
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Monarch butterfly on milkweed

Butterflies! At-home activities for grade schoolers (part 1)

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr The Village of Oak Park has proclaimed 2021 as the Year of the Butterfly, and we're doing our part to ensure everyone knows ...
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Let's have fun with music!

New! Let’s have fun with music: A virtual tutorial for grade schoolers

By Eileen Saam, Children’s Services Library Assistant Nearly everyone appreciates music, whether it is listening to a favorite playlist, singing a song in the bathtub, tapping to the beat of ...
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Book covers

Transgender Day of Visibility: Books for early learners & grade schoolers

By Children's Librarian Hal Patnott March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV). Founded in 2009 by Rachel Crandall, Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates the resilience and accomplishments of transgender ...
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A rainbow in the sky and lightning at sunset

At-home fun with meteorology for grade schoolers

By Children's Librarian Genevieve Grove Whether we are signing “What’s the Weather” in kindergarten or wondering what we should wear each day, meteorology is on our minds! Meteorology studies the ...
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