Kids pop with excitement for pop-ups

Jul. 24, 2014 @ 05:45 AM

“This is about you guys being as creative as you want,” Erica Lein, youth services librarian, told the children gathered around the tables of paper, markers and scissors at the Lenoir branch of the Caldwell County Public Library.

However, creativity was not the problem at Wednesday’s make your own pop-up craft. It was actually understanding the instructions.

“This is pretty hard,” Katie Camp, 8, said. “This is the hardest thing ever!”

Katie drew two lines down the side of a piece of white paper, then used kid-friendly scissors to cut both of the lines. Unfortunately, the instructions said to cut only one side, so she had to start all over again.

“We’re having problems,” Katie sighed, but she refused to give up because at the same time she said she was having “very much fun.”

After 10 more minutes, with Lein's help, Katie was delightedly coloring her bird with its pop-up beak and eyes. She decided to decorate it like the main character Blu from the animated feature “Rio,” with dark blue feathers and black beak. Katie was so inspired by the activity that she decided what she wanted to be when she grew up.

“I want to be a librarian,” she declared. “I want to work with (Lein), and we can just talk all day.”

Meanwhile, her best friend Madison Crisp, 8, cut out a V-shaped pop-up mouth. After the mouth, she wanted to draw a mouse. Carefully, she drew teeth then erased them and tried again. She held her hand steady as she guided the pencil into a curve for the ears. Using markers, Madison put on the finishing touches with a brown triangle for a nose and blue dots for eyes.

“(I like making pop-ups) because they’re so fun to color,” Madison said.

Children who were not making mouths or animal faces used multiple pieces of paper to create pop-up flowers inside booklets. Reagan Moore, 8, cut out and colored a red flower with a butterfly and a bee for friends. She said her favorite flower was a daisy. Reagan was inspired by her garden at home, which boasts corn, beans, squash, zucchini and tomatoes.

The pop-up craft was part of the Caldwell County Public Library’s Children’s Summer Reading Program in the theme of “Fizz, Boom, Read.” The program lasts for one more week with the wrap-up party on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 2-3 p.m.