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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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How Can Art Tell Us About Who We Are?

In this video from #METKids, artist Ty Defoe connects the Met's art with stories and dance from his home. Ty is from the Oneida and the Ojibwe nations and has been dancing and telling stories his whole life. After hearing from Ty in the video, see if you can tell a story from your life by making art or choreographing a dance.

Ages: 3-12
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Artists of Inspiration: Chanel Thervil

The Artists of Inspiration series will showcase the work of local artists with the hope of inspiring kids and adults to create their own artwork with the techniques they learn. Check out upcoming Boston Children's Museum Gallery Artist and Artist of Inspiration Chanel Thervil.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Coin Target Toss

We're continuing our financial literacy theme today with this Coin Target Toss activity from Finance in the Classroom! This activity is perfect for teaching kids K-3 about the value of the different coins in a fun and interactive way. Try it out at home!

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

Let's Explore Coins!

Exploring financial literacy fosters a positive attitude towards money management and helps kids to make good financial decisions later in life. Let's explore coins! Learn the value of each coin and how you can substitute different types of coins to create the same value.

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

Storytime with Ken Casey: Part 2!

Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys is back with another #storytime! He is reading Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli. Thank you, Ken, for helping us spread some joy through books during this time. Enjoy!

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Create Your Own Cozy Space

Do you have a cozy space in your house where you can go to relax and have some quiet time? In this video, we'll hear from our Health and Wellness Educator Saki on how to construct a cozy space (whether you're a kid or an adult - we can all benefit!).

Ages: 5-12
Category: Health and Wellness

Neko and the Friendship Garden

Neko just received a letter from an elementary school in Kyoto, Japan - Boston's sister city! It looks like they sent us a beautiful friendship garden as a spring greeting. Watch this tutorial to learn how to make your own friendship garden at home! Help us create a giant virtual community garden for all to enjoy by sending a photo of your garden to info@bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Ages: 3-8
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Learn at Home with Scholastic

Check out Scholastic's Learn at Home website for daily ideas to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing at home! Activities are conveniently separated by grade level. They are also offering great resources for parents and teachers as well as homeschooling tips and tricks.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Spin and Sing with Daniel Tiger

Our friend Daniel Tiger has songs he'd like to share with you! In this interactive game from PBS Kids, your child will learn simple songs that can help them get through the ups and downs of everyday life. When you play and sing together about these important social and emotional skills, you can help your child manage all kinds of feelings and situations.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Music and Dance

Music Makers: Woodwind Edition!

Woodwind instruments need music makers like you to blow air across the edge of something, be it the reed of a clarinet or the holes in a flute. When the air splits, it creates the vibrations needed to make those tremulous, trilling notes! ?Make your own woodwind instrument with this helpful guide.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Music and Dance

May is Scratch Month!

Scratch is an interactive online tool from MIT that allows you to program stories, games, and animations. During the month of May, the Scratch Team will share a series of weekly themes. People of all ages are invited to create projects based on any of the themes that inspire them.

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

Make a Paper Skyscraper

Try this fun STEAM activity from Foster + Partners - build and design your own paper skyscraper (or, better yet, the whole city)! Send us a photo of what you create to info@BostonChildrensMuseum.org, and we'll share it on social media.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Blog Post: A Snapshot of Boston Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Director of Community Engagement Kacy Hughes spoke with several Boston-area families to learn how they are coping with the coronavirus pandemic, from the challenges they're facing to the resources that are helping them get by.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Messy Monday Activity: Ice Salt Melting

When you're working from home with kids, every Monday can feel like "Messy Monday." Rachel, our Museum Curator of Collections, is embracing the mess! Check out this fun and easy sensory activity she did with her two kids - all that's needed is ice, a plastic container, salt, water, and food coloring. Try it out at your house!

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

Ask a Pediatrician: Parenting in the COVID Era

Boston Public Library has teamed up with pediatricians from local hospitals to host interactive online sessions aimed at providing helpful advice and addressing parents and family concerns. Click more to join their first session coming up on Wednesday, May 6 at 3:00pm, focused on positive parenting, behavioral issues, and media use during COVID.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Design Your Own Mini Mural!

Print one of our Boston buildings and draw or color your own design. Don't have a printer? Don't worry! Just draw a tall rectangular shape to create your own building and color inside to create your own design. Click more for the building outlines.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Storytime with Daniel Theis of the Boston Celtics

We're joined by Daniel Theis of the Boston Celtics and his daughter for a special guest #storytime! Daniel is reading "Class Trip (Peppa Pig)" by Mark Baker and Neville Astley. Join Peppa and her friends on their class trip to the top of the mountain. What fun things will they find?

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

What is Money?

Exploring our world is fun! In this PBS LearningMedia segment for kids PreK-2, Abby Brown explains the different types of bills and coins and lists a few ways to use money including saving, donating or spending it on things that are needs instead of wants.

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

Who's Got the Green Thumb in Your Family?

You don't need a huge patch of land to grow a garden. A small square of backyard or a flowerpot on a balcony or sunny windowsill will do just fine! Check out this step-by-step guide to starting your own vegetable, herb, or flower garden from National Geographic Kids.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

Family Yoga: All About Feelings!

No matter what you're feeling, from joy to sadness, anger to disgust, you can express your inner emotions with a yoga pose. Let's practice some of these poses with our yoga instructor, Meg!

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

Storytime with Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys

Attention music fans and Bostonians alike. The amazing Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys joins us for a reading of "The Boy in Number Four" by Kara Kootstra, the story of #BobbyOrr (or as Ken would call him, the greatest hockey player of all time) and his incredible journey to the NHL.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Make Your Own Zine!

Zines are self-published books or magazines that can cover a topic of your choice. Anything your imagination can dream up will work! You can share your story in your very own zine with just paper, scissors, and decorations. What will your zine be about?

Ages: 8-12
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Sky Haiku

The sky above unites us all and finds expression in many forms. One of these forms is haiku, which is not only an introduction to elements of poetry like form, sound, meter, mood, and more; it is a way to connect with the science of "looking up", to build vocabulary, and to learn more about a tradition from another culture.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Join Our #LiveFromTheLivingRoom Challenge!

Who knows funny better than our kids?! Join our "Live From the Living Room Challenge" by sharing a short video or joke that's sure to turn someone's frown upside down and tagging #LiveFromTheLivingRoom.


Homeschooling Help: Engaging Kids in STEAM

Teaching kids about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) can seem like a daunting task. Watch here for some tips and tricks you can implement at home to get your kids and YOU engaged and interested in STEAM.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Send Your Loved Ones a "Hug" from Afar

Do you have any friends or relatives that you haven't been able to visit or hug lately? In this video, Boston Moms owner Meghan Block and her two boys are crafting "hugs" using their handprints to mail to their grandparents, who they aren't able to see during this time. Follow along to learn how to make your own hugs to send to someone you've been missing.

Ages: 3-12
Category: Art Activities

Working from Home with Kids: Anyone Else Freaking Out?

Our Curator of Collections Rachel Farkas has been sharing her experience working from home with two young children since the Museum's closure began in mid-March. Almost six weeks later, she has compiled her experiences, struggles, lessons, and wins into a new blog post that other working parents may find relatable.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

How to Make a Stop Motion Movie At Home

What do the classic movies Wallace and Gromit, James and the Giant Peach, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer have in common? They are all stop motion movies! In this video, Michelle is showing you how to create your own stop motion movie at home with help from the app Stop Motion Studio. Watch the video by clicking "More" or view the written instructions here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Stop-Motion-Animation-for-Kids/

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

Photography Lesson for Kids

In this photography lesson, Lex is teaching us all about background. Choose an object from your house, and try taking some photos of it with different backgrounds to compare we'd love to see your photos! Share them on social media.

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

Storytime: What Do Animals Do When We're Not Looking?

Gather for a reading of "What Do Animals Do When We're Not Looking?" written and illustrated by our very own Creative Director, Karin Hansen! When no one is around to see them, what kinds of activities do you imagine animals get up to?

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

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