What is Make-A-Mess?

Summer + outside + hands-on STEAM activities. That’s the recipe! Prepare to get messy with our fresh new take on backyard, maker fun. Below we’ve shared videos made by our library team, links to resources you may checkout from Fountaindale and a curated selection of other activities for you to explore. We hope you enjoy these messy and creative projects for the entire family. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Share Your Creations with Us

As part of this year’s Virtual Make-A-Mess Fest, if you finish any of these projects, snap a picture and share on Instagram using the hashtag #fountaindalelib or post to our Facebook wall. We look forward to seeing all your messy creations!


Virtual Crafts, Activities and More

Enjoy this collection of videos walking you through a handful of crafts, activities and more. Create spaghetti art, grow your own crystals, enjoy a messy storytime and so much more! You can also find all these videos in our Make-A-Mess YouTube Playlist.

String and Spaghetti Art Painting
Bubble Prints
DIY Sidewalk Chalk
DIY Seed Throws
DIY Water Sprinkler
DIY Papier-Mâché Fun
DIY Silly Putty
DIY Play Dough
DIY Rain Cloud in a Jar
DIY Crystal Candy
DIY Colorful Skittles Popcorn
Virtual Messy Storytime: Messy Jesse

Make-A-Mess Collection

Explore our fun, science experiment-themed physical and digital resource display. We’ve curated a lists of great titles and turned them into carousels that you can view from the comfort of your home. If you see something you like in the display, click the cover art. We’ll link you directly to the eBook so you can check it out. For any physical items, just place a hold and pick it up from our lobby or drive-thru once it’s ready.

Messy Books, Backyard fun, and More
Messy Animal Books

Science Experiment Books for Kids

Get Creative! Get Active! eBooks


STEAM eResources

Fountaindale eResources

These three eResources are jam-packed with STEAM activities.

Creativebug

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center

Science Flix

ScienceFlix

Maker ED: Learning in the Making

There are a lot of activities on this site, so we recommend starting here. Check out three of our favorite projects:

Little Bins for Little Hands

Check out Little Bins for Little Hands, a website loaded with STEM projects for younger learners. Here are a few highlights: