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Programs: Perler Beads

Posted By Lauren Regenhardt, Monday, March 30, 2015

This was one of my most successful programs for Teen Tech Week.  It was unexpectedly popular and it's one that the teens have been asking to continue every day since we started it.  Even the teen boys loved it; they made all kinds of superhero-related creations so it would be perfect for the Unmasked Summer Reading Program theme.


Perler beads: Found at Joann Fabric

Peg boards (comes with iron paper): Found at Joann Fabric

An iron

Templates: Found on Pinterest



Use the templates to place the perler beads on the peg board.  Some might not be to scale so it can be a little tricky!

Once the design is to your liking, cover it with the ironing paper and iron evenly for 20 seconds or until all is melted.

You can iron both sides; however, we found it looked nicer and cleaner with only one side melted.

 We had our iron set to medium.

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Programming: Live Action Angry Birds

Posted By Lauren Regenhardt, Monday, January 26, 2015
Updated: Monday, January 26, 2015

Program Title: Live Action Angry Birds

Attendance: 12

Preparation time: 15 Minutes

Supplies: Empty boxes, water balloon slingshot,  6 medium-sized balls

What we did: 

We borrowed some empty boxes from Technical Services.  We got the plastic balls from Walmart and we already had the sling shot (Click!) which you can find at any toy store or amazon!  We made a large space within our teen room and set up the boxes.  Two teens held the slingshot while a third pulled it back and let loose! It took some practice to figure out the best way to hold the ball in place and how far to pull back, etc.  We gave each teen three chances to knock over the 'pigs'. 

Surprisingly enough the teens had more fun resetting the boxes and pigs after each run.  They enjoyed constructing different designs and making them sturdy to add some difficulty.  The teens took turns holding the slingshot and retrieving the stray 'birds'.  It was easy and successful and even educational as they tried different architectural designs to see how sturdy and strong they could make it!


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