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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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Make a Pinch Pot Inspired by Courtney Leonard

Meet Courtney Leonard, our new spotlighted artist and the inspiration for a fun and easy at-home project: sculpting pinch pots! Courtney, who is Shinnecock, creates installations with clay/ceramic sculptures, video, and paint. Her work explores the human connection to water and the need for balance between people and the natural world. Learn more about Courtney, and get instructions to create a miniature pot-AKA pinch pot-inspired by her work.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Birdwatching in Collections

Have you ever been birdwatching? There are so many birds to see during spring! Our collection contains countless birds in many different forms, from taxidermy to embroidery. Join Rachel as she takes you through some of these beautiful birds. Next time you're outside, see if you can spot any of these bird species!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

Dinomania from National Geographic Kids

Dinosaur lovers, you don't want to miss this! National Geographic Kids has compiled a kid-friendly database of dozens of dinosaur species with fascinating facts, the latest scientific discoveries, and interactive games.

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

WhatDoes Love Mean to YOU? Create a Pride Heart

Happy Pride Month to all! Originated to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, Pride Month is a time to celebrate the experiences of LGBTQ people. Please join us in celebrating the diversity of families in our community and each person's freedom to be who they are. We invite you to make a "Love Is" Heart and decorate it with whatever love means to YOU. Create a picture or write some words to show what you think love is. Share it and tag us to be a part of our virtual Pride collage!

Ages: 3-12
Category: Cultures

Making Doctor's Visits Easier for Kids

Children can be active participants in their healthcare by knowing why they need to see the doctor and how to take good care of themselves. Check out a new blog post with expert tips from our Health and Wellness Educator on how make doctor's visits easier for your child.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

PART 3: Sing with Boston Children's Chorus: "Menina"

It's finally time to put all of "Menina" together and start singing in Portuguese! Ms. Cooper from Boston Children's Chorus will help you practice the words through her game "Sound It Out!" before we celebrate by singing together one last time.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Music and Dance

New Podcast Series: Innovation in Education

This summer, we're thrilled to introduce a new Big & Little podcast series called 'Innovation in Education.' This 3-part series will dive into three different schools that are innovating the traditional schooling model we are all familiar, with non-traditional curriculums, strategies, and values.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Ghost Glove Activity from National Geographic Kids

Examine, test, and observe scientific research right at home. In this experiment, make a ghost out of a glove and a few other household items to freak out your friends! You'll learn a little science along the way.

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

PART 2: Sing with Boston Children's Chorus: Learning "Menina"

Ms. Cooper and the singers of Boston Children's Chorus Training Choirs return for "Menina" lesson 2! In lesson one, we danced to the rhythm of Menina, a Brazilian circle dance or ciranda. We learn the catchy melody that brings everyone to the circle! Before we start, we'll need to crack the solfege code to discover Menina's melody-Ms. Cooper will help! Afterwards, we'll pair song and dance together in celebration of what we've learned so far.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Music and Dance

Money Matters Virtual Classroom Experience

What are the businesses in your community? How do we and our neighbors make and spend money? Introducing Money Matters, a virtual experience designed for the classroom where students will get the chance to explore these financial literacy concepts through role-play, creating their own small businesses, and making shopping choices. The program includes virtual visits from one of our educators to help guide Money Matters financial literacy activities. Learn more about Money Matters, and request a virtual visit for your students. Parents, if you're interested, let your child's teacher know about this opportunity!

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

Kitchen Science: Marshmallow Playdough

Join Alissa in the kitchen for a fun, sticky, sensory STEAM activity as she shows us how to mix marshmallows and other simple ingredients to make marshmallow play dough-because sometimes the best creations are the ones you can eat!

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

Exploring Boston Children's Museum's Collection: Umbrellas

The Museum has been collecting objects for over 100 years. Today, our collection has over 50,000 items! Join Sayyara here as she introduces some of the many umbrellas in our collection and helps us observe their unique functions. Some may not be what you expect!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Cultures

Make a Soft Sculpture Inspired by Eri Honda

Bring the Art Lab into your home with our new soft sculpture activity inspired by artist Eri Honda! Eri makes soft fiber art of recycled materials. With fabric, stuffing, and googly eyes, you can create your own unique creature inspired by Eri.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

DIY Butterfly Feeder to Pollinate Your Backyard

Butterflies play an important role in the lifecycle of flowers and fruit, all because of a sticky substance called pollen! Learn how to build a butterfly feeder to attract butterflies to your yard that will help pollinate the nearby plants.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

What is Composting and How Does it Work?

Composting isn't complicated! In this quick video, kids will learn exactly what it is, why we do it, how it helps the environment, and how you can start doing it right at home. Click to become a composting expert!

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

How to Make Paper at Home!

When you grab a crisp white sheet of paper, do you ever wonder how it came to be? Maybe not, but we promise it's pretty interesting. Instead of just telling you, you can see it for yourself by making your own paper from the comfort of your kitchen!

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

6 Easy Ways Kids Can Help Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great day to start talking with kids about how we can all work together to protect the natural world. To get the conversation started, we've compiled a list of six easy ways kids can help care for and preserve the environment.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Mammals Around the World

Does your child love animals? Check out this amazing resource from National Geographic exploring incredible mammals from around the world, like the Asian Elephant, the Beluga Whale, and even the Aye-Aye (can you guess what that is?!).

Ages: 3-8
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

20 Children's Books to Support Conversations about Race, Racism, and Resistance

Acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and often as possible can help counter bias. The recent and long-standing attacks on Asian Americans as well as the violence against African Americans including last week's police killing of Daunte Wright can lead to very important conversations with kids about racism, but it can be very difficult to navigate these conversations. Children's books can help. Check out this list of 20 children's books from Embrace Race to support conversations about race, racism, and resistance.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Ramadan-Inspired Art Activity

Happy Ramadan! Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic Lunar Calendar. It is a time of spiritual reflection and for thinking about and helping people in need. Celebrate Ramadan through art with this fun activity from our friends Sumaya and Ayesha.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Art Activities

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is a special day to appreciate our extraordinary planet and remember the importance of protecting our environment. When and how did Earth Day first start? Find out in this fun Earth Day

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

Learn How to Grow Carrots at Home

Spring is finally upon us, and as temperatures rise, it's the perfect time to start getting outdoors more often. Gardening is a great outdoor hobby, and to get your garden started our friend Nate is going to demonstrate how to plant and grow carrots! Some good news-there's no need for a big backyard to do this!

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

#RunWithBoks Challenge

Our friends at BOKS are encouraging families to get active with their #RunWithBoks challenge! When you download one of their family running resources, tag @BOKSKids, and use #RunWithBoks on Instagram or Twitter. Then, you'll be entered for a chance to win brand new Reebok running shoes. Ready, set, RUN!?

Ages: 5-12
Category: Health and Wellness

Ramadan Storytime

The start of Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic Lunar Calendar. It is a time of spiritual reflection and for thinking about and helping people in need. To celebrate Ramadan, enjoy this reading of "Night of the Moon" by Hena Khan, the story of a young girl's celebration of the month-long holiday.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Become a Wildlife Photographer

You don't have to travel far to be a wildlife photographer worthy of the pages of National Geographic. There is so much worth photographing right outside your front door. Check out this lesson on nature photography, and don't forget to share your photos with us in the comments or by using the tag #BCMEarthMonth!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

Natural Habitats

Learn about the different natural environments of plants and animals, like grasslands, deserts, and rainforests, with this amazing resource from National Geographic Kids.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

How to Start Composting at Home

Composting is the process of decomposing organic matter like food leftovers into compost that makes for nutrient-rich soil. This soil can be used to grow healthy plants that don't need chemical fertilizers to grow, which is a big win for the environment. More good news: it's actually pretty simple to start composting at your own home without too many materials or headaches. Alissa will show you how.

Ages: 8-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

Make a Nature Rubbing

We're celebrating the Earth all month long with special at-home activities all to do with our extraordinary natural world! One way we can celebrate the Earth is through art! Learn how to make a rubbing on paper using natural materials like leaves and bark. Share your creation on social media with #BCMEarthMonth to be featured on our pages!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

Earth Month

We're celebrating the Earth all month long with nature-themed at-home activities and kid-friendly video lessons on the planet's natural wonders. Visit our Earth Month webpage to view it all in one convenient place. Share your creations and experiences on social media with #BCMEarthMonth to be featured on our pages!

Ages: 3-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

World Autism Awareness Day

Last Friday was World Autism Awareness Day. 1 in 54 children in the US is living with autism. Today and every day, we see the amazing in EVERY child and celebrate and encourage inclusivity for all. Check out these helpful resources for kids both living with autism or who have friends with autism to promote understanding and inclusivity.

Ages: Adults
Category: Health and Wellness

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