Never run out of Teen•Things to do during the school holidays!

(Updated on 29 May 2020)

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For the ‘Gram | Cooking Pasta | Science Exploration | DIY Room Décor

 DIY Room Décor

Give your room an instant makeover – create a personalized photo wall collage with your favourite things and memories that will bring you joy!

You’ll need:

  • Your favourite photos
  • Removable multipurpose adhesive like sticky putty
  • Optional items: yarns, thumbtacks, coloured papers and paper clips

Try this out and tag us at @publiclibrarysg with #librarysg

Source: 10 Tumblr Photo Wall Ideas ! ~ Cute Ways to Display & Organize Photos In Your Room (Jul 2016)

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Read these eBooks for more transformative ideas for your space and lifestyle.

Room Love: 50 DIY Projects to Design Your Space
by Heather Wutschke
Publisher: Capstone

A floor, a ceiling, and four boring walls? No more! Get creative, show your room some love, and turn your personal space into your happy place. Show off your style and personality with DIY pizzazz to makeover furniture, create one-of-a-kind decor, and organize your stuff with dozens of projects and ideas to make your room as unique as you are!

This eBook is available on OverDrive at: https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/3690653

 


Living Simply: A Teen Guide to Minimalism
by Sally McGraw
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group

Minimalism has evolved into an Earth-friendly lifestyle focusing on the three Rs (reducing, recycling, and reusing) and on simplifying individual needs to reduce one’s carbon imprint. Hands-on activities, how-to tips, and profiles of practicing minimalists offer real-world examples for incorporating minimalism into your life.

This eBook is available on OverDrive at: https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/4475978

Get your sleep cycle back on track before school holidays end. You can start by re-establishing daily routine, avoiding long naps, and reducing screen time and vigorous activities an hour before bed.

Source: https://theconversation.com/seven-tips-to-get-your-sleep-cycle-back-on-track-during-lockdown-135595 (April 2020)

All websites were last accessed on 27 May 2020

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Science Exploration

“Grow” your unique rock candy and wonder at the process of crystallization. Not only is this a fun experiment but the result is also tasty!

You’ll need:

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Food coloring and flavors (optional)
  • Lollipop sticks or bamboo sticks
  • Wide glasses or mason jars
  • Clothespins or hairclips

Try this out and tag us at @publiclibrarysg with #librarysg

Source:Grow Peppermint Sugar Crystals (31 December 2016)

Delve into the science behind rock candy here.

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Read these eBooks for mind-blowing science facts and revelations on quirky food myths.


Everyday Amazing
by Beatrice the Biologist
Publisher: Adams Media

Learn the basics of atomic science, sound waves, bioscience, microbiology, and more in accessible chapters offering a fresh perspective on concepts you may have learned about, but aren’t totally clear on. Quirky illustrations throughout add to the fun!

This eBook is available on Overdrive at https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/4500950


Did You Just Eat That?
(Two Scientists Explore Double-Dipping, the Five-Second Rule, and other Food Myths in the Lab)
by Paul Dawson & Brian Sheldon
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Food scientists, Paul Dawson and Brian Sheldon, take readers into the lab to show how they determine the number of bacteria that get transferred by sharing utensils or how many microbes live on restaurant menus. Written with candid humor and richly illustrated, this fascinating book will reveal surprising answers to the most frequently debated questions about food and germs.

This eBook is available on Overdrive at https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/3911531

Too much screen time and sitting down? Balance that with at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical exercise each day at least three days a week. Be sure to have activities that strengthen and build muscles and bones.

Source: https://raisingchildren.net.au/teens/healthy-lifestyle/physical-activity/physical-activity-teens

Kick-start your fitness with daily workout sessions by Singapore Sports Hub at: https://the-elxr.com/sessions/sgsportshub/

All websites were last accessed on 18 May 2020.

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Cooking Pasta

Whip up this classic Italian dish with minimal fuss anytime! Snap a photo and wow your friends with your own creation of pasta Alfredo using simple ingredients.

You’ll need:

  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Unsalted butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fettuccine (or other pasta of your choice)

Try this recipe and tag us at @publiclibrarysg with #librarysg

Source: How to make… Pasta Alfredo! 3 INGREDIENTS! (2 April 2017)

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Noodlemania! 50 Playful Pasta Recipes
by Melissa Barlow
Publisher: Quirk Books

You’ll go noodle crazy with the playful and colourful pasta recipes in NoodlemaniaTry Super Stuffed Monster Mouths made with jumbo pasta shells, Rapunzel Pastamade with extra-long spaghetti and, Spider Cookies made with crunchy ramen noodles.  Have fun in the kitchen while sharpening your cooking skills with Noodlemania!

This book is available on Overdrive at https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/1219921.


Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro!
by Falynn Koch
Publisher: First Second

Sage’s fellow wizards-in-training get to study pyromancy and transfiguration, but Sage has been assigned an internship in…baking? She doesn’t think that sounds fun, or particularly magical! But her instructor insists that baking is a tasty form of alchemy. In an enchanted kitchen, Sage learns the simple science behind baking perfect pies, breads, cookies, and more!

This book is available on Overdrive at https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/4530253.

The act of cooking not only soothes the mind, but also relaxes your body. Getting into the flow of the activity can help to ease the tension in our bodies.

Source: https://www.bustle.com/p/7-emotional-benefits-of-cooking-thatll-make-you-want-to-actually-use-your-kitchen-9957022

(All websites were last accessed on 5 May 2020)

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For the ‘Gram

Level up your Instagram posts! Watch this video to learn 10 simple tricks to make your stories stand out.

Try these hacks and tag us at @publiclibrarysg with #librarysg

Source: 10 creative ways to edit your insta stories using ONLY the instagram APP ♡ (no other apps needed!) ( 20 April 2019)

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Cats on Instagram
by @cats_of_instagram
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Cat lovers, rejoice! This irresistible book compiles over 400 photos from the hugely popular Instagram profile @cats_of_instagram into a keepsake treasure. Playful categories including “bowties,” “surprise!,” and “happy cats” showcase all the charm and delightful quirks of the wide world of cats. This is an ebook that will have feline fans smiling in recognition, surprise, and appreciation.

This book is available on Overdrive at https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/2688902.


A beautiful mess photo idea book : 95 inspiring ideas for photographing your friends, your world, and yourself
by Elsie Larson
Publisher: Potter Style

Ready to show your photos some love? Whether it’s of your sister’s smile, your morning coffee, or your new puppy, photos are a way to connect on Facebook and Instagram, keep a visual diary of our lives, and create momentos for future generations. Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, creators of the mega-popular DIY style blog A Beautiful Mess, are in love with photographing everyday life. Here, they share that love with 95 all-new tips and photo challenges that will inspire you to style and snap better photos and then transform them into simple yet stunning projects and gifts. You’ll learn how to: Take the most flattering self-portraits Be your own stylist to turn dull, cluttered photos into pretty lifestyle photography Capture adorable couple portraits Turn everyday moments,  hobbies, and rituals into amazing photos.

This book is available on Overdrive at: https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/1233633.

Expressing yourself through drawings or comics, and sharing your artwork are great ways of staying connected with your friends during the school holidays.

You can share your artwork with teens around the world through UNICEF at: https://www.voicesofyouth.org/drawing-time-coronavirus-were-looking-you

Source: https://www.voicesofyouth.org/campaign/covid-19-and-youth-mental-health#header–16071

(All websites were last accessed on 30 April 2020)

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