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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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Free Virtual Cooking Classes!

The Milk Street Cooking School has gone virtual! They have made their entire line of online cooking classes completely free through April 30. Show us what you and your family made DMing us on Instagram or emailing a photo to info@bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Ages: 8-12
Category: Health and Wellness

Beyond the Chalkboard Activity: How Smart are Your Ears?

Introducing Healthy Habit Fridays! Our affiliate site Beyond the Chalkboard offers dozens of at-home activities you can do with your kids to learn about health. In this activity, you'll explore your sense of sound with objects of different shapes and sizes. With your eyes closed, can you guess which item makes which sound?

Ages: 5-12
Category: Health and Wellness

Let's Try the Rube Goldberg Bar of Soap Challenge!

The task is this: build a device that drops a bar of soap into someone's hand using a sequence of 10-20 steps. Jennifer George, granddaughter of Rube Goldberg, the famous cartoonist renowned for designing absurdly complex and wacky contraptions that accomplish simple tasks, wants to see what you and your family can come up with!

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

Kitchen Science: Let's Make Butter!

Welcome back to Alissa's kitchen! She's showing us how to make a common ingredient that's been a kitchen staple for thousands of years butter! You may have noticed that your local grocery store is low on butter lately. Have no fear! With just a little bit of heavy cream, you can make your own butter right at home. Let's get started!

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

Turn Your Doodles into Stories!

Storytelling encourages creative writing and practice of written language. It also helps children learn how to write clear sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea, and how to be thoughtful about the audience and purpose of written material. This activity will guide your kids as they create a story from their drawings.

Ages: 8-12
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Rock the Block with the Alphabet Rockers

Grammy-winning, intergenerational music group the Alphabet Rockers are hosting FREE virtual daily dance parties! Monday through Friday at 7:00pm EST, join the group's founders Kaitlin and Tommy along with special guests for an at-home dance celebration for all ages.


Wednesday Wonders: Homemade Tangrams

Tangrams are an ancient Chinese puzzle that have existed for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years. They have remained popular for so long because they are simple to engage in, yet they can truly challenge the mind.

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

Design a Square for the ICA's Virtual Quilt!

Our friends at the Institute of Contemporary Art are calling on the community to help build their Threads of Connection Virtual Quilt! You're invited to create your own quilt square that represents who you are. What makes you special? Submit your finished quilt square for the chance to be featured in our virtual quilt, and help us build community while we're all apart!

Goodnight with Dolly

Music superstar and "Book Lady" Dolly Parton recently launched "Goodnight with Dolly," a weekly bedtime story series! This 10-week special series features Dolly reading select books from her foundation, Imagination Library, including classics like "The Little Engine That Could." Join Dolly for some positivity and joy during this time.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Kitchen Science: How to Ferment Vegetables

Joel is showing us how to make a delicious, healthy snack (that involves just a little bit of chemistry) - fermented veggies! Have you ever tried them before? Follow along with Joel. When your veggies are done (patience is key!), let us know if you like the taste.

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

Science Tuesdays

Nephoscope: A scientific instrument that helps determine the direction that clouds and wind are moving. Sounds complicated, right? Turns out, kids can make their own nephoscope from home with a handful of simple materials! more <

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

Working from Home with Kids

Have you been following along on our Curator of Collections Rachel Farkas' #WorkingFromHomeWithKids journey? Rachel is sharing her daily activities and strategies for staying productive while keeping her two kids entertained on our Instagram stories. Check out her adventures so far in our highlights section, and submit your own strategies (or struggles) to be featured.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Monday Math!

How good a predictor are you? In this activity, you'll choose a task (like doing jumping jacks) and predict how many times you can complete the task in one minute. Then, set a timer and see how close your prediction was to the real number! Do this with many tasks, and see if your predictions start getting closer to the real number. Parents, guidance for this activity is available.

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

WBUR's Circle Round Podcast

Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round is a podcast that adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence, and generosity. Each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.

Ages: 3-12
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Let's Explore Ice!

There are so many fun ways to explore ice with kids of all ages. In today's video, Dianne is demonstrating the play and learning opportunities that you can create at home with just water, some household objects, and a freezer. Show us what you can do with ice by submitting a photo to info@BostonChildrensMuseum.org!

Ages: 0-6
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

Rainbow Color Hunt with Faith

Do you think you could find every color of the rainbow in objects around your home? Join Faith on a rainbow color hunt through her own house in search of all seven colors! After watching, try it out yourself, and see if you're able to find all the colors of the rainbow at home. You might be surprised how many unique colors you find in ordinary objects.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Art Activities

Easy At-Home Jewelry Making

You don't need fancy equipment or skills to make jewelry! You can make beautiful, unique pieces (for all genders) at your kitchen table with just paper, glue, string, and markers to decorate! In this Beyond the Chalkboard activity, you'll experiment with patterns and shapes while crafting beads out of scrap paper and stringing them together to make your wearable art.

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

Beginner Photography Lesson with Lex

Photography is for everyone even little ones! Senior Designer Lex Piccione is giving us a beginner photography lesson where we'll learn all about perspective. Understanding perspective can help anyone take great photos. After the lesson, see what photos you can take around the house using different perspectives.

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

Virtual Creature Feature

Alissa is giving us another update on how our friend Oliver the snake is doing in his temporary home! See Oliver up close and personal and learn a little bit about why many of us are a little creeped out by snakes - and why we may not need to be.

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

STEAM Activity: Raceways & Rollercoasters

Have you ever seen a marble fly? In this activity, kids will build tracks for their marbles to follow using materials found around the house. The end goal is to get your marble to fly off of a jump at the end of the track! Building these tracks help kids to develop problem-solving and teamwork skills and touch upon some basic principles of physics like energy, acceleration, and momentum.

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

Free Arts Education from Wolf Trap

Looking for some Arts Education lesson plans to teach your kids at home? Our friends at Wolf Trap Education are providing free video lessons, PDF lesson plans, and audio lessons on their website for you to use!

Ages: 0-6
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

Storytime with Karin

Gather round for another storytime! Boston Children's Museum's Senior Creative Director Karin Hansen is reading "Augusta's Dragon" by Nancy Geer Hamilton, illustrated by none other than herself! Let's join in on the fun as she tells the story of the adventures of Augusta and her new dragon friend!

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Expert Guest Blog: "Staying Connected While Social Distancing: A Guide for Parents and Kids" by Sonya Kurzweil, Ph.D

Practicing child psychologist Sonya Kurzweil discusses ways to talk to your children about social distancing and the coronavirus pandemic, as well as what kids and families can do to stay healthy and engaged with one another during this time.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Friday Health Activity: Are YOU an Effective Food Detective?

The more opportunities kids have to think about what they eat, be curious about trying new foods, and begin to take responsibility for their own lifestyle choices, the more likely they are to make healthy choices later in life. In this activity, kids will learn how to read about the nutritional information for some of the breakfast cereals they enjoy. Learning to read these labels is one of the most helpful tools we have in understanding our eating habits and nutrition.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Health and Wellness

Get Your Wiggles Out with Yoga!

Today, Meg is leading us in a virtual Family Yoga practice to help you get those wiggles out! We usually host Family Yoga every week at the Museum, but today we're taking things digital! Yoga is an excellent way to relax, promote positive emotions, and increase strength and overall health. It can also be a ton of fun! Let's try it out together.

Ages: 3-12
Category: Health and Wellness

Beyond the Chalkboard: Thursday's Are for Literacy

Let's play a game of Story Tag. Story Tag encourages quick thinking, creativity, focus, adaptability, and practice of spoken language skills. It also helps children learn how to create clear sentences that help develop a central idea and how a story develops from beginning to end.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

ICA Kids

Our friends at the Institute at Contemporary Art shared this wonderful art activity for kids and adults, inspired by Yayoi Kusama's LOVE IS CALLING exhibition. This activity is ideal for ages 5+. You'll explore themes of fear and love with your family through mark-making and simple sculpture building. You'll need two sheets of paper per tentacle, scissors, and some mark-making tools like a pencil, markers, or crayons.


Let's Make an Origami Tiger

We're taking you through all of the steps to create your very own origami tiger! Follow along with us on our Instagram or Facebook, and share a photo of your new tiger friend with #BostonChildrensMuseum!

Ages: 3-12
Category: Art Activities

Let's Learn to Draw a Self-Portrait!

Liz is teaching us how to draw our very own self-portrait using simple shapes that we all know. We invite you to make your portrait totally yours who do YOU want to be? Follow along with her, and show off your finished portrait by posting it on social media with #BostonChildrensMuseum. We can't wait to see all of your beautiful faces!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Let's See What We Can Do With Light!

Check out this easy experiment on Beyond the Chalkboard! Using a flashlight, you'll explore the behavior of light. This activity is a great introduction to both the behaviors of light and the properties of materials, and as a result, works particularly well with your youngest children. Building a foundational understanding of how light behaves is central to most sciences, and this foundation is best built through direct experiences like these.

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

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