Stock your craft cupboard! (or box, bag or trunk of your car)

Here is what Sharon recommends having on hand for programs:

  • Paper plates (the plain white, cheap ones)
  • Markers & crayons (ask for donations)
  • Glue sticks
  • Kid Scissors (make sure to get the ones with the rounded tips and that work for right or left hands)
  • A decent pair of adult scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Cotton balls or pom poms
  • Googly eyes
  • Wooden craft sticks (tongue depressors)
  • Hole punches (one or two good ones)
  • Tape (especially masking tape)
  • Paper bags (lunch size)

Local craft stores might offer you an educator discount. Also try

Donations to ask for (if you have space, you can stock up):

  • Paper towel & wrapping paper tubes
  • Cardboard egg cartons
  • Bubble wrap
  • Yarn
  • Fabric & felt scraps
  • Buttons
  • Styrofoam pieces (from big packages)
  • Oatmeal & pringles cans
  • Rubber stamps, beads, confetti (it’s amazing what people find when they clean their craft cupboards)
  • Muffin / cupcake liners
  • Shoe boxes
  • Wrapping paper
  • Orphan socks (great for making puppets)
  • Old magazines and calendars (especially ones with animals!)

Food programs. If you’re able to do food programs in your library, here’s what you should have on hand:

  • Plastic knives and spoons
  • Paper plates
  • Paper cups
  • Paper towels and wet wipes
  • Toothpicks
  • Food coloring
  • Frosting (get the vanilla stuff on sale.  It lasts forever)
  • Marshmallows
  • Any candy that goes on sale (mini candy canes, conversation hearts, holiday m&ms, caramels, gummy worms, fruit roll ups, etc)
  • TABLE CLOTHS! Splurge on something that can be wiped down and reused.
  • An apron (for you)

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