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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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Storytime: "Who Made a Hole in the Chicken Coop" by Malvika Patel

Author Malvika Patel joins us today for a reading of her book, "Who Made a Hole in the Chicken Coop?", a fun and engaging mystery about honesty and having the courage to go after your dreams.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Jamaal Eversley: Artist of Inspiration and Instructable

Check out our Collaging with Shapes instructable inspired by the work of Jamaal Eversley, our newest Artist of Inspiration! Jamaal pursued his talents as an eccentric abstract artist, intertwining business with the arts to serve his community. Learn more about Jamaal's background and work and try out the instructable.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Build a DIY Telescope

This awesome activity from National Geographic Kids shows you how to build your own telescope to look for birds, treetops, and even stars in the night sky!

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

Sun Safety with Sesame Street

Headed outside this weekend? Spend a couple minutes with your favorite characters from Sesame Street to learn about sun safety, specifically the importance of staying hydrated when out in the heat!

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

Storytime: "Julián is a Mermaid" by Jessica Love

Tune in for a reading of "Julián is a Mermaid," written and illustrated by Jessica Love. The story uses words and beautiful illustrations to tell the story of Julián, a young boy exploring his individuality & freedom of expression.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Nurturing Gratitude

Gratitude helps us focus on the good in life, but it requires practice and may not come naturally for young children. Check out this article from Zero to Three for some great ideas on how to model gratitude and values of thankfulness and generosity in kids.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Let's Bake Bread!

Raise your hand if you've tried out a new recipe while stuck at home these last few months? Head to the kitchen to try out a delicious bread recipe with Steve.

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

Mess-Free DIY Stress Balls

Stress balls are a great way to help kids cope with anxious feelings. These mess-free DIY stress balls are squishy and stretchy, and kids will love squeezing them to calm down, soothe themselves, or just play. Adults, feel free to enjoy them, too! more

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

Artist of Inspiration: Maya Freelon

Our new Artist of Inspiration Maya Freelon creates artworks out of colorful tissue paper, water, and glue! Learn about Maya and find out how to make a tissue paper kinetic sculpture inspired by her work.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Remembering Congressman John Lewis

We remember and celebrate the life and work of Congressman John Lewis. Lewis dedicated decades of his life to supporting young activists seeking justice and was the youngest person to speak at the March on Washington in 1963. He recognized how impactful and important young voices are in the fight for equality, and we hope his legacy inspires America's next generation to continue in the fight for racial justice. Rest in peace, John Lewis.

If you'd like to share more about John Lewis' story with your kids, this is a great book to explore "Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of John Lewis."

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Online Mad Libs

We're offering free online Mad Libs and Mad Libs Junior on our website! There are several puzzles to choose from and endless combinations of silly stories to create!

Ages: 3-12
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Sesame Street Sun Safety Singalong

With summer in full swing (hooray!), kids may need a few reminders about the importance of sun safety. This video from Sesame Street teaches kids why it's so important to wear sunscreen when we're outside enjoying the sunshine.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

Storytime: "Stack the Cats" by Susie Ghahremani

Cats + the internet = a match made in heaven! For this edition of Tell Me a Story, Steve is reading "Stack the Cats" by Susie Ghahremani, a book about the weird and delightful behavior of cats that will help kids practice their counting skills.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Mindfulness Activities Kids Will Actually Want to Do

These simple mindfulness exercises from the organization Zero to Three will help you and your little one find some calm-and they're designed so that kids will actually want to participate!

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Spot the International Space Station (From Home!)

Can you spot the International Space Station? The ISS is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up. This cool resource from NASA will help!

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

DIY Pinwheels to Encourage Deep Breathing

"Take a deep breath," you might say to your child to calm them. It's a good strategy, though not always easy for kids to put into practice! We are showing you how to make a pinwheel, a fun craft that doubles as a calming tool to encourage deep breathing.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

STEAM Activity: Alka-Seltzer Rockets

Looking for something to do outside with kids that is fun, easy, and highly entertaining? Alissa's got you covered-follow along with her and make an Alka-Seltzer rocket!

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

Fun Ideas for Water Play with Toddlers

Check out this article from the NAEYC offering three easy ways to engage your inquisitive toddler in educational play using water! Toddlers' natural curiosity about what is going on in the world makes them perfect little scientists.

Ages: 0-3
Category: Open-Ended Play

Build a Teeny Tiny Home Inspired by Ana Serrano

Check out our new instructable to learn how to build a Teeny Tiny Home inspired by the work of Ana Serrano, our newest Artist of Inspiration! Ana is a first generation Mexican-American born in 1983 and raised in Los Angeles, California. She works with cardboard and paper to create vibrant miniature sculptures of stores and homes.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

DIY Bracelet Making with Recycled Materials

We are making bracelets out of things you find around your house! With a little creativity, you can turn junk mail, glue, and dental floss into jewelry. This activity is also great way for kids to develop their fine motor skills.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Teach Kids to Cough and Sneeze Safely with Germ Puppets

Pop quiz: Where is the safest place to sneeze or cough? Answer: Into your elbow! We know its not always easy to remember this, especially in the moment when you feel a sneeze coming on. Saki is showing us a super fun way to get kids used to sneezing and coughing into their elbows by creating a germ puppet.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

La hora del cuento / Spanish Storytime

Gather 'round for Spanish storytime! / La hora del cuento de hoy es presentada en español por Stef y Antonio, leyendo "Cuacúa", por Liz Wong. Acompañanos para esta aventura con Cuacúa, el adorable gato que cree que es un pato.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Mad Libs Meets Boston Children's Museum

Spread the word! Boston Children's Museum has partnered with Mad Libs and Penguin Random House to bring the classic, hilarious word game online, easily accessible from your home! With two versions for both younger and older age groups, there are puzzles for everyone to enjoy-even the grown-ups! Have fun creating stories and building your language skills as you play.

Ages: 3-12
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Have Fun with Bubbles

The Bubbles exhibit has always been a visitor favorite at the Museum. If you and your family, like Alissa, are really missing it, this video will teach you how to create your own Bubbles exhibit right at home!

Ages: 3-8
Category: Open-Ended Play

Reading Makes Cent$ Summer Program

If your child participates in Rockland Trust's Reading Makes Cent$ program this summer, they will receive $2.50 towards their savings account for every book they read. They will be entered to win a back to school care package!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Creature Feature LIVE!

Join Alissa on Facebook Live this Saturday morning at 10am for Creature Feature Live with Oliver the ball python! Ollie recently shed his skin, and he's now ready to get back in front of the camera. Get your questions ready!


Subcategory: Nature and Outdoors

Love Letters 4 Black Lives

This Sunday, June 28, participate in "Love Letters 4 Black Lives" and create and share a love letter for the communities of Minneapolis! We will provide an instructable on social media this Sunday morning to help get you started making your letter.

Ages: 3-12
Category: Art Activities

Pride Month Activity: Family Portraits

Portraits don't just show who you are on the outside. They can reveal what's on the inside, too! What makes your family special? Get creative and draw a portrait of your loved ones using crayons, construction paper, recycled materials-whatever helps to tell your story! Then, share your portrait with us on social media using the hashtag #PrideFamilyPortraits.

Ages: 3-12
Category: Art Activities

Music Makers: Bonus Edition

Check out our crash course on DIY Cymbals! Following our step by step guide, you can make your own cymbals to jam with at home. We used washers and old pennies to make noise - what makes music in YOUR home??

Ages: 3-8
Category: Music and Dance

Kitchen Science: Color Chromatography

What color would you get if you mixed red paint with blue paint? Purple! After you mix the colors, do you think it would be possible to UN-mix them? With a simple technique called color chromatography, you can! Alissa will show you how it's done. As an added bonus, stay tuned for some great ideas from Faith on what you can do with your designs!

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

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