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At-Home Activities for Kids

Every week we'll send you fun activities you can work on at home with your kids, as well as well as informative articles and podcasts about play and learning at home during this time of social distancing.


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Explore Nature in Your Backyard

We're continuing our Earth Week celebration with a nature scavenger hunt! All you need is a pen, paper, and the neighborhood right outside your door. Spending time outside is fun for all and beneficial to our overall health. So let's get out there, and see what we can find.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

Silver Linings for STEAM

Our Senior Director of STEAM Melissa Higgins has identified a silver lining during these times of uncertainty. Read her newest blog post on how stay-at-home orders have provided families opportunities to make lasting STEAM memories and connections that could impact our futures.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Save the Harbor / Save the Bay

Save the Harbor / Save the Bay is a nonprofit organization working to restore and protect our local marine environment. They are sharing fun virtual activities and lessons for kids and their grownups to enjoy at home! Learn all about lobsters, black sea bass, why water is power, and much more perfect for Earth Week!

Ages: 8-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

Music and Movement At Home

Every Thursday afternoon at 3:30pm, Marsha from Marsha and the Positrons is live streaming a free music and movement class right to your living room! Each week has a different theme.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Music and Dance

Gather 'Round for Spanish Storytime / Acompáñenos para La Hora del Cuento en Español

Antonio leerá "La Familia Ocupada de Oso" por Stella Blackstone e ilustrado por Debbie Harter. / Antonio will be reading "Bear at Home" by Stella Blackstone and illustrated by Debbie Harter.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Family Resources from Save the Children

Save the Children is sharing excellent resources for parents including weekly learning activities for pre-K to 6th grade, tips on talking to your kids about school closures, ways to help kids cope with stress, and ideas on staying connected with relatives.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

It's Earth Day - Go on a Safari with Your Kids!

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, National Geographic is encouraging families to discover the planet through its amazing animals by creating a neighborhood safari.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

How to Start Composting at Home

Composting is the process of decomposing organic matter like certain food leftovers into nutrient-rich soil. It doesn't take much to start composting at your own house. In honor of Earth Day, Alissa is going to show you how it's done!

Ages: 8-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

Gregory Bear's Story of Hope

Gregory Bear was a Christmas gift to a 3-year-old girl named Ursula in 1939. Ursula's hometown in East Prussia was under Nazi rule, and her family soon fled. In Collections Coordinator Caroline Turner's latest blog, follow Gregory Bear's incredible, heartwarming journey back to Ursula (and eventually our Museum collection!).

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Become a Nature Photographer at Home!

In honor of Earth Day coming up this week, Lex is teaching us how to be nature photographers! When you look out your window or take a walk around your yard, what do you see that you'd like to photograph?

Ages: 8-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

Earth Day Meets Messy Monday: Let's Make Playdough!

Laura is showing us how to make playdough at home incorporating materials from nature in honor of Earth Week. This is a fun, sensory activity to do in the kitchen with kids using simple household ingredients!

Ages: 3-8
Category: Art Activities

Help Line the Streets with Hope this Marathon Monday

Each spring, Marathon Daffodils plants bloom along the #BostonMarathon's 26.2-mile race route. While we can't cheer on our marathoners now, you can help by coloring this page and displaying it in support of healthcare workers.


Join in for Storytime with Boston Rob and Amber Mariano!

We're excited to share another special guest storytime from Boston Rob and Amber Mariano! Rob and Amber are reading Moo, Baa, Lalala! by Sandra Boynton. This was Rob and Amber's favorite book to read to their four children when they were young.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Cradles to Crayons Service-Learning Toolkit

Our current crisis has led to a devastating increase in the demand for children's clothing items. The organization Cradles to Crayons helps kids gain access to these essential items, and they recently created an online toolkit of service-learning activities to help kids learn about the importance of giving back. Check it out, and spread the word!

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Make a Nature Rubbing for Earth Day!

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, and we are celebrating all week long with special programming surrounding our natural environment! We're celebrating the Earth with art. Show us how yours comes out and what materials you used by emailing a photo to info@bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Ages: 5-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

#WeekOfTheYoungChild

You are your child's first and most important teacher! We're continuing to celebrate Week of the Young Child with an article from NAEYC exploring what it means to be a teacher to your child. They also provide a fun, at-home activity that the whole family can do together!

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

April is Financial Literacy Month

Check out this free video "Meet Your Money" created by FitMoney. Sort coins, learn values of different coins and paper money, and see if you can count.

Ages: 5-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

#WeekOfTheYoungChild: Healthy Habits

On this Healthy Habits Friday, we're continuing our celebration of Week of the Young Child with some ideas for cooking nutritious meals with your little ones. Check out this resource from NAEYC on supporting the learning that can happen in your kitchen and beyond.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Create Your Own Shadow Puppets!

In this Beyond the Chalkboard activity, children will learn how to create shadow puppets with different household objects. Shadow puppets offer children an opportunity to develop different visual effects while creating artwork in a variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media, to use appropriate vocabulary related to methods, materials and techniques, and to take care of materials and tools and to use them safely.

Ages: 8-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

#WeekOfTheYoungChild

We're continuing our Week of the Young Child celebration with a little music! See how you can make music together at home with your little ones.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Young Sheldon's Iain Armitage Reads "The Book With No Pictures"

Gather round for a very special storytime! We are thrilled to have Iain Armitage from CBS's Young Sheldon reading to us today. Iain is reading B.J. Novak's book, "The Book With No Pictures." Thank you for partnering with us to bring some joy to kids and families, Iain!

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Beyond the Chalkboard: Can You Build a Bridge with Seemingly Weak Materials?

We're moving #FullSTEAMAhead with another fun and educational STEAM activity from Beyond the Chalkboard! The challenge is this: can you create a strong bridge out of seemingly weak materials?

Ages: 5-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

Continuing our #WeekOfTheYoungChild Celebration with Tips for Making at Home

The Week of the Young Child is an annual national week-long event to celebrate early learning of young children and their families. Try out some of our ideas for making at home to encourage children to experiment, explore, and create.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

NAEYC's Resources for Teachers

The Week of the Young Child is a celebration of early childhood educators, too. Teachers, parents, and caregivers, check out this article on bringing the "maker movement" into your classroom or homeschool!

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Messy Monday Activity: Wiggly Water

Today's activity is called Wiggly Water and you'll quickly see why! Watch as Alissa combines droplets of colored water to find out what new colors she can make. This is an easy activity to try out at home with just a few household materials. Can you predict what colors will appear when you combine the others?

Ages: 3-8
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

Let's Celebrate the #WeekOfTheYoungChild!

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) first established the Week of the Young Child in 1971. The Week of the Young Child is a time to explore how we--as parents, caregivers, educators, policy-makers, and scholars--can work together and better meet the needs of all young children and their families.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

STEAM Activity: Learn to Use TinkerCAD to Design 3D Shapes!

In today's video, Neil is showing us how to use TinkerCAD, a free online tool used to design 3D shapes. Follow along with Neil and show us what you can design by sharing a photo with #BostonChildrensMuseum!

Ages: 8-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

Washington Post Article on the Impact of Coronavirus on Education and Children

Michael Yogman, Boston-area pediatrician and Immediate Past Chairman of our Board of Trustees, was featured in a Washington Post article on how schools should adapt to a post-coronavirus world. His recommendation: embrace the power of play above attempting to compress four months of learning into one.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

NAEYC's Resources for Teachers

The Week of the Young Child is a celebration of early childhood educators, too. Teachers, parents, and caregivers, check out this article on bringing the "maker movement" into your classroom or homeschool.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Blast from the Past: Travel Through Time with Museum Scrapbooks

Scrapbooking has been a popular indoor activity for hundreds of years. In a new blog post, Archives Coordinator Caroline Turner explores different scrapbooking genres that you can try out at home, inspired by real ones from our own collection.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

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