SAINT PETER, MN- Led by the owner of Anjee Mai Creations, based out of Minneapolis, boys and girls followed along as they rolled, cut and molded together polymer clay.

The activity not only allows children to take home a new decoration, but triggers their mind throughout the process.

Anjee Mai Emerson says "Doing creative things or getting your hands in some clay, especially tactile art like that. I think it helps you use parts of your brain that help you in other areas of your life."

These young artists decided a standard Stegosaurus or Triceratop weren't extravagant enough.

So, the decorating process took form, adding an abundance of different colors to their animal and even turning a horn into a wing.

8-year-old Jacori Mortenson says "I flattened it to make it into a wing and I put in the pole then stuck it into the dinosaur. Then, I did the same thing except with a different piece."

Once each dinosaur was finished, they went into the oven where they could harden up and remain tough.

The event is part of the Saint Peter Public Library's "Summer Reading" program, allowing youth to not only hit the books but enjoy some amusing activities.

Children's librarian Brenda McHugh says "Everything is free, just come to the library and you can sign up for the Summer Reading Program there. We've got kids tracking their reading all summer long, it's a lot of fun."

Pleased they were, channeling imagination back to the Land Before Time.

On Wednesday, June 27th, the Saint Peter Public Library will host the Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra who will conduct story time beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The next day, the Junk Funk Family Drum Circle will commence the teachings of music starting at 10:30 a.m.

For more information on the events or program, you can visit the city's website.  

To find out more about Anjee Mai Creations, you can click here.

- KEYC 12