As a programmer, I often need a theme that will attract a large number of teens (besides slime.) Emojis are still popular and it’s popular among all ages and genders! Here are some of our more successful emoji activities.
- Four sheets of yellow felt
- Felt circles (Black and white for the eyes)
- Multi colored felt squares
- Fabric glue
- Hot glue
- Sewing machine or needles and thread
Prep: We pre-cut the yellow circles, hearts, tear drops, and mouths. (If you do this as a longer program, teens can cut their own shapes)
- Teens need to decide if they are going to make a pillow or a zipped pouch.
- Pillows-Sew or hot glue three quarters of two large yellow circles. Stuff the pillow with batting and continue the circle.
- Pouch-Sew or glue the three quarters of two large yellow circles. Hot glue the zipper to the inside of the top or
- Cut a slit on one of the large yellow circles and glue a zipper on the inside. (this way is easier just be sure to buy short zippers-5″)
- Using fabric glue, have the teens design their emoji.
This can be a no sew pouch or you can sew or hot glue a zipper to the top.
- Felt squares of varied colors
- Felt glue
- Hot glue
- needle and thread (optional)
- zipper (optional)
- Choose two felt rectangles of equal size
- Glue or sew three sides.
- Have teens use felt to make their favorite emoji
- Hot glue emoji to pouch
- Teens can glue or sew a zipper (optional)
Flair (Shrinky Dinks)
You can make Shrinky Dinks using #6 plastic. Many food containers are made with #6 plastic, especially pastries from the grocery store. We asked staff to save and donate their #6 food containers. #6 shrinks and stiffens the best.
You will need a toaster or convection oven and if your library doesn’t have one and you don’t want to buy one, ask a staff member if you can borrow theirs.
- #6 plastic containers or Shrinky Dink Plastic
- Sand paper if you use #6 plastic
- Colored pencils
- Hole punch
- Images printed on paper
- Toaster oven
I preprinted popular images and cut them out in squares. They were about 4×4 inches.
Images included Harry Potter and superhero logos, sports team logos, Pokemon and Super Mario logos. If you are worried about copyright, Google creative common images or allow teens to draw their own pictures.
Using a Sharpie/marker, trace the outline of the image on the shrink paper and color the image using colored pencil or markers.
- If you are using purchased paper, trace and color on the rough side.
- If you are using #6, sand paper one side and trace and color on the same side.
- If you are making a keychain or necklace punch a hole in the plastic next to your colored image and cut out the image.
- If you are using purchased paper, follow the instructions on the packaging.
- If you are using #6 plastic, preheat the oven on 350 degrees. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 1-3 minutes.
- It will begin to curl but don’t panic, it will flatten. After it flattens, leave in the oven for 30 seconds and take out of the oven. Lay a book on the Dink to ensure the flatness.
- Hot glue a pinback to create fun charms.
Charms/Jewelry (Polymer Clay)
Polymer Clay is used to make small figurines or jewelry and requires baking to harden. If you don’t have a convection oven, ask staff if they’d be willing to donate theirs for the day.
- Provide hand sanitizer and napkins because if teens use red clay and then use
white, the red clay on their fingers will ruin the white. Inform teens to clean their hands between clay and the utensils.
- If teens are making jewelry, the metal pieces can be baked.
- Bake all the figurines together. Bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Purchase the glue and gloss that’s made for polymer clay. The glue is for the jewelry pieces and the gloss is to make it shiny.
- Oil Sharpies
- Ingredients to make yellow slime (We made fluffy slime)
- Have teens make fluffy slime.
- The containers are big so if you want to fill it to the top, make a slime that take up more space than regular slime.
- Use the oil Sharpies to draw their favorite emoji.
- Oil Sharpies are EXPENSIVE so you can use paint.
You can purchase eraser clay and prepare it similarly to polymer clay.
Supplies: Eraser Clay
Perler Beads Earbud Holder
Teens like perler beads and here’s a craft to take it to the next level.
Below is the picture of the final product. As you can see, ours are not emojis but you can easily make it into an emoji. Here is a Pin of an emoji earbud holder
- Circle pegboards
- Lots of yellow perler beads
- E6000 glue
- Large binder clip
- Use the circle pegboard.
- Have teens make two emojis; they can be different.
- It’s important that the open space is equal on both sides and are in the same spot as the second emoji. See the picture.
- Have teens make two smaller circles for the center.
- Use E6000 to glue all the parts together.
- Make sure the open space is equal on both sides.
- We used E6000 glue to hold the center pieces. We then clamped it shut with a large binder clip and told the teens to leave it clamped for a couple of hours before using it.