Recently, we did a Cubeecraft activity. Plenty of other libraries are doing this. It requires cardstock, a color printer, scissors, X-acto knives, and a little bit of patience. We also recommend tape. However, there is a huge payoff. The teens really enjoy cutting and folding these little things, boys especially. The other plus side is that the boys begin to build stories and strange worlds where Spock and Steve (from Minecraft) must save the world from TMNT’s Shredder. This is an activity that could go hand-in-hand with a stop motion animation workshop or even some creative writing/storytelling activities.
We have also recently started to create a folder of “passive” activities (or whatever you call activities that require very little staff involvement). I don’t know why we didn’t do this sooner. Anytime a teen says they are bored we pull out the folder, it has some light crafts, coloring pages, and tons of Cubees. We also have a list of ideas we are working on for when patrons tell us they are bored. If you have any “passive” activities to add to our list, let us know in the comments.