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Programming Kits

Some programming kits are not available due to COVID-19. Currently available kits are listed on this page.


Need help with library programming?  Need ideas and supplies?  Shortgrass has created a variety of programming kits that are available to member libraries for borrowing. To request a kit, simply email programmingkits@shortgrass.ca. To ensure your requested kit is available when you need it, be sure to place your hold well in advance of your programming date and it will be sent to you with the regular deliveries.

If you wish to enquire about a kit that is not currently available please contact the Client Services Librarian.

Click here to view the programming kits booking schedule.


Outdoor and "Giant" Games

Giant Jenga

  • Regular
  • Colourful

Yardzee (giant Yahtzee)

  • Five giant wooden dice
  • Scorecards

Cannonball Drop

  • Tower (4 parts; 122cm assembled)
  • 24 straws
  • 30 balls
  • Instruction sheet


Physical Literacy Fit Kits

Remember how much fun it was to play jump rope games with your friends? Our physical literacy kits let you share that joy through library programming!

Run, Jump, Throw, Skip Kit
Contains balls, frisbees, pylons, and jump ropes so you can play a variety of yard and playground games at your library! Contains an activity guidebook and a booklet of classic jump rope rhymes to get you started with your programming activities. Great for summer reading clubs!

Winter Physical Literacy Kit
Outdoor programs don't have to be limited to the summer months. This winter version of our popular physical literacy kits encourages kids to get outside and build snowmen, construct igloos, and even go sledding. Comes with several snow brick shapers, snow paints/sprayers (to write in/colour the snow!), a snowman kit, and a guide to outdoor winter games and activities you can use to round out your program.


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Board Game Kits

Kit #1:

    • Party Games
      • Taboo
      • Apples to Apples
      • Scattergories
      • Pictionary
    • Card Games
      • Uno
      • Old Maid
      • Cribbage
    • Strategy Games
      • Risk
      • Carcassonne
      • Clue
    • Other:
      • Playing card decks, x2
      • Dice

Kit #2:

    • Party Games
      • Snake Oil
      • Anomia
      • Trivial Pursuit: Party
    • Card Games
      • Animal Rummy
      • Go Fish
    • Strategy Games
      • Dominion
      • Settlers of Catan
    • Other
      • Scrabble
      • Dominoes (Double 6)
      • Playing cards x2 packs

Duct Tape Crafts

Ever wanted to make a wallet out of duct tape? How about duct tape roses, bow ties, or Christmas ornaments? Our duct tape crafts kit has everything you need to make all of these cool projects and more!

Contains: 

  • 25 rolls of Decorative Duct Tape
  • Sharpies and Markers
  • 2 Rulers
  • 3 Pairs of Scissors
  • Print-Outs of Instructions for Crafts
  • Sample Duct Tape Crafts

Button Maker
  • 2 ¼ inch button maker
  • Circle cutter
  • Supplies for 30-50 buttons
  • Stickers, ribbons, glitter, washi tape, etc for decorating buttons

*Please note that due to supply costs, this kit may only be borrowed once per library per year. However, if you would like to purchase your own button parts and borrow our machine, that option is available to you! Contact the Client Services Librarian for details.

Beginner Coding with Ozobots

Basic computer programming has never been easier (or more fun!) than with Ozobot. These tiny robots read colour code and travel on paths created by you -- all you need to make them go is some paper and markers. Make them race, solve a maze, spell your name, dance -- if you can draw it, these little bots will go there. 

Kit contains:
  • 4x Ozobots (2 Evo, 2 Bit)
  • 2x play boards (for quick start / bot demos)
  • Ozobot markers (black, red, green, and blue)
  • Paper
  • Ozobot dice
  • 2x activity guides

Origami for Beginners

Everything you need to get started with origami! Kit contains origami paper of various sizes and colours as well as basic project ideas and easy-to-follow books!

 Plus, check out this YouTube playlist of fun, easy folding ideas to get you motivated!

Advanced Origami

Easy origami not enough of a challenge? This kit contains everything you need to fold some seriously cool projects, including pretty patterned paper and instructions for folding more complicated projects.

Fibre Arts: Knitting and Crochet

Have you heard? Knitting is cool again! Lead a learn to knit or learn to crochet program at your library with this kit, or just set out supplies in a sunny spot and watch people cozy up with yarn. Who knows -- maybe someone will make you a scarf!

Kit contains:


  • Crochet hooks, various sizes
  • Knitting needles, various sizes
  • Yarn, various weights and colours
  • Teach Yourself VISUALLY: Crochet how-to book
  • Teach Yourself VISUALLY: Knitting how-to book
Osmo

Osmo transforms iPads into devices that allow users to use physical items like Hot Wheels, blocks, and pen and paper to interact with a digital world! Race real Hot Wheels cars on a digital track, learn some basic coding, play word and math games, or draw pictures that magically animate! Osmo is suitable for kids aged 4-12 and makes an especially great STEM program for younger participants. Learn more about Osmo here.

Kit contains:


  • 4 iPads
  • 4 Osmo bases
  • Osmo games: 
    • Hot Wheels Mind Racers
    • Coding Awbie
    • Newton (draw your own Pong game)
    • Masterpiece & Super Studio (foster art skills)
    • Tangram (create shapes out of blocks)
    • Words and Numbers

Zentangle-Inspired Art *NEW*

The Zentangle Method (created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas) is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images using structured patterns. If you have patrons who love the meditative, crafty nature of our origami or fibre arts kits, they'll love learning how to tangle with our Zentange-inspired kit! Suitable for all ages but an especially great option for adult or seniors programming. Learn more about the Zentangle Method here.

Kit contains:


  • Artists' pens in various sizes and colours
  • Artists' tiles, for creating your art
  • Zentangle pattern books for both adults and kids
Kindness Rocks

Ever been out for a walk and come across a beautifully painted rock with a picture or affirmation on it? You found a Kindness Rock! Meant to bring a little joy and happiness to the world around us, these little rocks are a fun, easy way to brighten anyone's day. With our Kindness Rocks kit, you can share a little of your own joy with the world.

Kit contains:


  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint pens
  • Spray sealant
  • Paintbrushes
  • Art tutorials and a list of suggested positive affirmations, in case you need a little inspiration
  • ~40 rocks suitable for painting

STEAM Storytime Kit #1: Fairytale STEAM

Our STEAM Storytime kits are designed to help introduce kids to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) concepts through stories and fun activities. The fairytale kit contains three fun takes on traditional fairytales, a binder full of easy activity ideas, and some basic supplies to help you complete them. NOTE: Not all craft supplies are included.

Books:
  • Goldilocks and Just One Bear
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
  • Rapunzel

STEAM Storytime Kit #2: Inventing
Our STEAM Storytime kits are designed to help introduce kids to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) concepts through stories and fun activities. The Inventing kit contains three books about creative kids sure to inspire participants to want to make something amazing of their own, a binder full of easy activity ideas, and some basic supplies to help you complete them. NOTE: not all craft supplies are included.

Books:
  • Ada's Ideas
  • The Most Magnificent Thing
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer

STEAM Storytime Kit #3: Things That Go Vrooom!
Our STEAM Storytime kits are designed to help introduce kids to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) concepts through stories and fun activities. This “Things That Go Vrooom!” kit is sure to get kids’ revved up about science and things that go fast. Included are three books, a binder full of easy activity ideas, and some basic supplies to help you include them. NOTE: not all craft supplies are included.

Books:
  • If I Built a Car
  • Going Places
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Sloth Puppet & Books

Contains:

  • Sloth puppet
  • A Little Book of Sloth
  • Sparky!
  • Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, Said the Sloth



Unicorn Storytime

Make your storytime sparkle with this kit! 

Contains:

  • Unicorn puppet
  • Thelma the Unicorn
  • Not Quite Narwhal
  • I Am a Unicorn!
  • Ideas/instructions for crafts and activities
  • Songs and rhymes



Farm Animals

A classic storytime theme!

Contains:

  • Various farm animal puppets
  • Flannelboard activities
  • Songs and rhymes
  • Craft/activity ideas
  • Punk Farm
  • No Sleep for the Sheep!
  • Clip Clop
  • Cock-a-Doodle Quack! Quack!



New Storytimes:

  • Outer Space
    • A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars
    • The Darkest Dark
    • Life On Mars
    • Margaret and the Moon
  • Winter
    • Owl Moon
    • Over and Under the Snow
    • The Wish Tree
    • Sleep Tight Farm
  • Dinosaurs
    • If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur
    • How to Be a T-Rex
    • Tea Rex
    • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
    • Lulu and the Brontosaurus
  • Pirates
    • Pirates Love Underpants
    • How I Became a Pirate
    • The Pirates Next Door
    • Pirate Princess
  • Cats
    • Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
    • They All Saw a Cat
    • Have You Seen My Cat?
    • Kitten’s First Full Moon
  • Hockey
    • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck
    • Lucy Tries Hockey
    • My Granny Loves Hockey
    • The Hockey Song
  • Indigenous Folktales
    • Cloudwalker
    • Grandmother Ptarmigan
    • A Promise is a Promise
    • Mwȃkwa Talks to the Loon
    • Kaqtukowa’tekete’w: The Thundermaker



Read Alberta Books Kit
Updated annually. This kit contains 35 great books written by Alberta authors for readers of all ages and interests. With fiction, non-fiction, YA, and picture books, this collection highlights the best of Alberta’s publishing industry from the last year. Kit can be borrowed for one month, and books can be loaned out to patrons for a regular loan period of 21 days. No renewals are allowed on Read Alberta Books materials.

Learner’s License Prep

Do you have teen patrons who need a little extra help ahead of taking their learner's license exam? This is a great kit to borrow during spring break or early summer, when many teens are getting ready to take their exam.

Kit contains:
  • 106 Study Cards
  • 13 Traffic Signs
  • 16 Traffic Tiles
  • 15 Vehicle Tiles
  • 5 Traffic Sign Tiles
  • 1 Lanyard with USB Drive
  • 1 Measuring Tape
  • 1 Expo Marker
Minecraft

A perennial favourite. Minecraft is already installed on public computers, so your patrons can build and battle Creepers right away!

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StoryWalk® kits are now available!

We have three StoryWalk® kits currently available:

  • Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert
  • 50 Below Zero, by Robert Munsch
  • If You Plant a Seed, by Kadir Nelson

Each kit contains between 10 and 20 boards, and accompanying H-frame metal stakes. Instructions for assembly are included.

Before borrowing one of these kits, please read the following information.

  1. These StoryWalks® are not intended for extended use. They should usually only be left up for one day at a time.
  2. The materials will not work well in areas with very high wind. Try to identify a location with as little wind as possible.
  3. There are between 10 and 20 story boards in each kit. You'll need to ensure that each board can be adequately distanced from the rest, to ensure patrons can physically distance while enjoying the story. Plan out the route for the StoryWalk® kit in advance.
  4. If you don't have a suitable space to use on library property, connect with the town, local schools, or other community organizations to see if you can use their space. You can even speak with local businesses to place them in their windows, and have a storefront StoryWalk®.
  5. Plan around the weather and bring these StoryWalks® indoors if you are going to have heavy snow, extreme winds, etc.

To borrow one of these StoryWalk® kits, or if you have any questions, contact the Client Services Librarian.