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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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Create a Mini Mural!

November in the Art Lab, we're creating mini murals inspired by the work of four amazing local artists! Come on in to create your own unique mini mural. Can't make it to the Museum? Use our instructable to create your own mini mural at home!

Ages: 3-8
Category: Art Activities

How to Make Fake Snot!

Alissa and Saki are talking about something kind of gross in this video. What could it be!? SNOT! Learn all about what snot does to keep us healthy and follow along to make fake snot in this fun, educational science experiment.

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

Explore It Enrichment Pods

Boston Children's Museum is excited to offer new Explore It Enrichment Pods! This new program combines educator-led programming and Museum exploration in a six-week, in-person session for kids ages 5-10 featuring thoughtfully curated STEAM learning themes like "In the Wild," "In Outer Space," and "In the Construction Zone." Let Boston Children's Museum educators take your learning pod to the next level!

Ages: Adults
Category: All

Fall Playdough

Try out Boston Children's Museum's favorite playdough recipe with a fun seasonal twist!

Ages: 3-8
Category: Open-Ended Play

Make Pumpkin Slime!

Try taking something a little bit ordinary (like a pumpkin and materials you might have in your kitchen) and make it extraordinary... extraordinarily messy, that is! Don't have a pumpkin? That's ok! Slime (also known as Oobleck) can be made in a bowl just by mixing cornstarch and water.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Open-Ended Play

How to Talk to Kids about Mental Health at Any Age

Starting the conversation on mental health is so important, but it can be hard to know what to say. Check out this helpful guide to talking to your kids about mental health at any age.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Storytime: "Sofia Valdez, Future Prez"

It's time for a Kid Civics storytime! "Sofia Valdez, Future Prez" by Andrea Beaty is a story of a young girl and community leader who stands up for what she believes in. Gather 'round for a reading.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

The Disappearing Ghost Experiment

Looking for something fun to do at home with the kids? Try out this spooky, easy-to-do science magic trick, featuring a disappearing ghost.

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

How to Write to Your Congressperson...For Kids!

Our #KidCivics series continues with a lesson on making your voice heard by writing a letter to your congressperson! Watch to see Steve demonstrate how it's done.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Cultures

Paper Sculpture Instructable

All month in the Art Lab, we've been creating paper sculptures inspired by the work of artist Justin Favela. To show you how you can do this activity in your home, we've created a helpful online instructable including more information on Justin and his work! Check it out.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Open-Ended Play

Activities for Toddlers: DIY Chalk Paint

Kick your trusty sidewalk chalk up a few notches by making chalk paint! Chalk paint is an ideal way to keep kids engaged and entertained on a nice day outside. It's super easy to make, and kids will love to help out. Let's learn how.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Open-Ended Play

Access an Extensive STEAM Video Library

The free CreatedBy video library is open! This library includes dozens of STEAM-themed activity videos graciously created by amazing educators, creators, makers, artists, and do-ers from the Greater Boston area that can be enjoyed at any time. Check it out with your child.

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

Tara Donovan Sculpture Making

Make sculptures with everyday materials! Get creative with this activity from the ICA inspired by Tara Donovan's sculpture Nebulous made with Scotch tape. This project is perfect for kids 5+.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

CreatedBy e-Festival

The CreatedBy e-Festival is happening this week-have you registered yet?! Join us for a week of FREE live and pre-recorded STEAM workshops, demos, performances, and more from Museum educators and amazing community partners. The e-Festival, created in partnership with Mass STEM Week, is through October 24th. Register for live events.

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

What Are the Three Branches of Government?

We're continuing our Kid Civics series with a lesson on the three branches of government and how they work together in a healthy democracy. Check it out!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Cultures

Pendulum Painting

Pendulum painting is a super fun and *slightly* messy outdoor activity that ALL ages can enjoy! Alissa demonstrates how it's done. We really want to see your finished pendulum paintings, so please share your photos with #BostonChildrensMuseum!

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

Frozen Ice Sculptures

Check out this great art activity for kids 3+ from our friends at the ICA. All you need is water, containers, a freezer, and some objects from nature to make ice sculptures-some autumn leaves might look nice!

Ages: 3-8
Category: Open-Ended Play

What is Voting, Anyways?

We're kicking off our digital series on civic engagement, Kid Civics, with a lesson for kids on voting. Check it out and stay tuned for more videos coming every week.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Cultures

STEAM Fun: DIY Stomp Rockets

In this STEAM activity, learn how to make (and stomp on) stomp rockets! STOMP as hard as you can to make your DIY rocket ship fly into space!

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

Fluffster Wears a Mask

This Sesame Workshop video stars Julia, the 4-year-old Sesame Street Muppet with autism, and helps autistic kids work through difficult concepts like social distancing, disrupted routines, and mask wearing. Check out this video and watch Muppet Julia practice wearing a mask with her dad.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

PBS Kids' Molly of Denali

Check out the PBS Kids' action-adventure comedy that follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl, her dog Suki, and friends Tooey and Trini on their adventures in epically beautiful Alaska.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Cultures

STEAM Activities from THEMUSEUM

Our friends at THEMUSEUM are sharing great STEAM activity videos on their YouTube channel! Check out their "THEMUSEUM @ Home" playlist for fun, educational activities like this one.

Ages: 3-8
Category: All

Join Our #CollectionElection!

To help kids learn more about voting and how government works, we are kicking off a digital series on civic engagement, #KidCivics! This includes our own election here at the Museum. We're putting together a scavenger hunt in our window displays for the month of November and need YOUR help deciding what collections items to include. Cast your vote for the display you would like to see in our #CollectionElection.

Ages: 5-12
Category: All

Make Birdseed Cakes and See What Bird Species You Can Spot!

Calling all bird lovers! Learn how to make birdseed cakes to bring all different kinds of bird species to your backyard. Then, it's time to observe! Alissa shows us how to spot and identify different bird species and their unique characteristics right in your own neighborhood. Watch the video and find written instructions in the description.

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

NASA's Moon Pod Essay Contest

NASA is taking remote learning to the Moon! They're hosting an essay contest for kids of all ages, and the challenge is this: Describe what it might be like to lead an expedition to the Moon's South Pole, 250,000 miles from Earth, with the whole world cheering you on. Imagination plus a little research will help you get started!

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

CreatedBy e-Festival

2020's CreatedBy e-Festival is just around the corner! In partnership with Mass STEM Week, we are bringing you an all-virtual #CreatedBy2020 from October 19th-24th. Join in for unique and fun workshops and demonstrations all week long from your friends at the Museum as well as some amazing community partners.

Ages: All
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

DIY Mobiles

Parents and caregivers, keep kids engaged at home with this fun and easy arts and crafts project! Our new instructable shows kids how to create their own DIY mobile. The best part-cleanup is quick and this fun craft requires only simple household materials to complete.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Art Activities

Parenting in Place: Coping with Big Emotions

Check out this great video on coping with big emotions and building resilience in young children during times of change, featuring Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Sesame Workshop Senior VP of Curriculum and Content. This comes to us from the Children's Museum of Manhattan's fantastic Parenting in Place series.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Adapt Museum Activities to Your Home

Creating opportunities for play and exploration at home is more important than ever as kids engage in virtual learning. In a post on our blog, learn how you can translate some of the unique learning experiences kids are exposed to at the Museum into your own home this fall.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Fun with STEAM: Let's Make Milk Plastic!

Let's make milk plastic! Using a little milk and vinegar, create a moldable dough that will harden into anything you want-Alissa chose to make a pair of dice! Thank you to our STEAM sponsor, National Grid!

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

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