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Visit Magical Lands with Summer Grab-and-Go Bags

June 24, 2020
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Grab-and-Go Bags from Magical Lands

Meservey Public Library staff created take-home activity bags based on famous literary lands.

My library, like so many others, is not doing in-person programming this summer. We still wanted to do some kind of big summer activity, a la summer reading, but since many of our young patrons don’t have internet access at home, we didn’t want to make it a solely virtual program. So we decided on themed grab-and-go bags.

We typically follow the Collaborative Summer Library Program themes; this year’s is “Imagine Your Story.” I decided to create a weekly series of take-home bags that would take the neighborhood kids through the end of July. Each bag is themed around a different fictional, magical location and has various crafts, snacks and printable activities inside. Due to our tiny library’s budget constraints, I could only afford to make 15 bags per week; parents can contact me via Facebook or phone to claim a bag for their child. 

In addition to the bags, I created several Bingo sheets for anyone to complete for a prize. Rather than just tracking minutes read, the Bingo sheets ask kids to do activities like drawing a picture, taking a walk, and learning something new.

During our first week, all bags were claimed within 30 minutes of announcing the theme, and the kids loved them. Below are the items I included in each grab-and-go bag, along with packets of printable activities, word searches, mazes and coloring sheets.

Bag 1: Hogwarts, "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling


Bag 2: Bikini Bottom, "Spongebob Squarepants"


Bag 3: Never Never Land, "Peter Pan" by James Matthew Barrie



Bag 4: Wonderland, "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll



Bag 5: Whoville, Dr. Seuss


Bag 6: Arendelle, Disney's "Frozen"


Bag 7: Yoshi’s Island, "Super Mario World" Video Game



One of the best things about these bags is that each theme can easily be altered to be an in-person program for future use.

Some other fictional locations to kick around: Oz/Emerald City, The Shire/Middle-Earth, Hundred Acre Wood, A Galaxy Far Far Away … the possibilities are endless!


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