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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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The Matilda Effect on Women in STEM

Throughout history, women have made game-changing accomplishments in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Sadly, due to something called the Matilda Effect, the credit for many groundbreaking discoveries made by women was instead given to a man. In honor of Women's History Month, we're highlighting three incredible scientists who deserve some major recognition for their revolutionary work. Hopefully, their stories might inspire young girls today to pursue their interests in STEM.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Learning at Home Together and Keeping the Peace

One year later, and many of us are still balancing working from home with kids, whether they're fully remote, hybrid, or homeschooled. We thought we'd revisit a blog post from March 2020 (*queue involuntary shiver*) featuring helpful tips for parents and caregivers on learning at home together while keeping the peace.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

The Story of Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges is a civil rights pioneer. In 1960 at 6 years old, she battled racism & discrimination to become the first African-American student to integrate into an entirely white school system. This is "The Story of Ruby Bridges" read by Jeri Robinson.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Who is Pooja Chandrashekar? | Women's History Month Spotlight

Meet Pooja Chandrashekar, a Harvard medical student doing big things to encourage young girls to pursue their interests in STEAM all around the world.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Cultures

Build a Sugar Kingdom Inspired by Pip & Pop!

The amazing Tanya Schultz, AKA Pip & Pop, creates other-worldly installation art from objects like sugar, glitter, candy, plastic flowers, and everyday craft materials. Learn about installation art and create your very own fantasy sugar kingdom inspired by Pip & Pop!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Oliver the Ball Python Looks Back on One Wild Year

It's been a chaotic year for us all, including Oliver the Ball Python. When our doors closed last March, Ollie shacked up with Science Program Manager Alissa. There have been so many changes for the Museum (and the world) since then-listen as Alissa & Ollie take a look back.

Ages: 3-12
Category: All

Myth Busters: Balancing an Egg on the Spring Equinox

True or false: The only day of the year you can balance an egg on its end is the vernal equinox (AKA the first day of spring). Alissa experiments to see if she can bust this scientific myth since the equinox passed on March 20th. Make your predictions!

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

Celebrate Pi Day

We hope you had a happy Pi Day! Pi is the circumference of a circle (the distance around the circle) divided by its diameter (the distance across). Learn all about the amazing Pi and get a walk-through on making one of our very favorite circular objects...pie, of course!

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

How to Feed Picky Toddlers

Picky eating is very common amongst toddlers and young children. It can be challenging for parents to find healthy meals that their young ones will eat! In a new blog post, Health and Wellness Educator Saki provides some helpful tips for feeding the picky little ones in your life.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Amanda Gorman | Women's History Month Spotlight

Meet the amazing Amanda Gorman, a poet, author, and activist who shared her poem "The Hill We Climb" at January's presidential inauguration. Learn all about Amanda and a few other inspiring young poets.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Cultures

Create Sound Art, Art You Can Hear!

Sound art is art you can hear. Derek Hoffend, a local Boston artist, creates sound art installations that combine sculptures with sound, interactivity, and sometimes light. Learn about Derek's amazing work and create your own sound art with our instructable. We hope you'll share what you create with us!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Build a Bridge to Help Animals Travel Safely

Recently, a human road was built through an animal habitat, making it dangerous for the animals to cross to the other side. As an engineer-in-training, your challenge today is to build a crossing that allows animals to across safely.

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

Storytime: "Boxitects" by Kim Smith

Meg is a super-smart, imaginative boxitect who creates amazing things out of ordinary cardboard boxes. New student Simone is, too. Follow along as Meg and Simone join creative forces for the school's Maker Match and see what they create together. Afterward, put your boxitect had on and see what YOU create with a cardboard box.

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

Make Musical Instruments with Cardboard Boxes

Cardboard boxes offer a world of opportunities for making! Watch and learn as Alissa and Steve build two different musical instruments out of old boxes. We challenge you to make your very own instrument after watching!

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

DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Follow along with Neil's step-by-step guide to build a catapult that can launch projectiles! This at-home engineering challenge requires super-simple materials you probably already have around the house.

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

Create Buildings Out of Marshmallows and Toothpicks

Beyond being a blast to create, building marshmallow structures has educational benefits for kids of all ages. Embrace your inner architect and see what you can create-learn how!

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

How to Make Rainbow Paper

Learn how to make rainbow paper that changes color with the light! Create intricate rainbow patterns and designs, combining science with art in an incredible way. All you need is black paper, water, and clear nail polish.

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

Cup Stacking for Kids

Stack, build, create, and knock down! Cup stacking is fun for all ages. Take on this engineering challenge as you work on your hand-eye coordination, balance, speed, and more.

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

How to Build a Simple Electrical Circuit

An electrical circuit is a pathway where electricity can flow. In this science activity, Alissa teaches kids how to make a super simple circuit using a battery that will light up a bulb!

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

What's It Like to Be a Human Factors Engineer?

Meet Kate McNamee, a human factors engineer. This lesser-known field of engineering uses psychology to understand why people do what they do. This information is then used to create products, from everyday items to surgical robots! Hear Kate share her journey to human factor engineering.

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

What's It Like to Be a Civil Engineer?

An interest in engineering at a young age propelled Roz Imbaro to pursue civil engineering-one of the oldest kinds of engineering in the world! Learn about Roz's experiences strategizing with a team to build and demolish big structures like bridges and tunnels.

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

What's It Like to be a Software Engineer?

Not all engineers build things that you can touch. Meet Maddie Schwartz, a software engineer. Maddie She explains what it's like to write computer coding for satellites, and the collaborative effort it takes to help the internet reach people around the world.

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

What's It Like to be an Aerospace Engineer?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work at NASA? Aerospace engineer Janelle Wellons can tell you! Alissa interviewed Janelle about her path to NASA, her experiences working on both earth and space projects, and the importance of teamwork and dreaming big.

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

What's It Like to be an Environmental Engineer?

There is not just one kind of engineer! Engineers work in a wide variety of fields and there are many paths to choose from for aspiring engineers. As part of our National Engineers Week celebration, we interviewed six real-life, working engineers about their different specialties. Here's Maeve Carlson, an environmental engineer from Portland, Maine.

Ages: 8-12

What's It Like to Be a Mechanical Engineer?

Meet Maija Benitz, a mechanical engineer and professor specializing in wind energy. Learn her story and what makes mechanical engineering unique, the role of coding and computer programs in daily tasks, and how math can help solve real-world problems.

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

Have Fun with ICE! An End-of-Winter Science Experiment for Kids

Raise your hand if you're tired of winter. Warm weather is just around the corner, but we're packing in as much winter fun as we can before then. There are so many fun ways to play with ice. Alissa shows us how to make ice blocks in all different shapes, sizes, and colors.

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

International Women's Day Celebration: Meet Malala Yousafzai

Who is Malala Yousafzai? Malala is an activist who advocates for girls' education around the world. Watch this short video to learn about Malala's incredible story as a part of our International Women's Day celebration!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Cultures

Five Screen-Free Activities for Kids

Screen time has been unavoidable this past year as the world went virtual. Most classes and activities transitioned to an online format and kids got used to playing and learning via technology. We're putting our devices down for National Day of Unplugging, and we invite you to join us! We've compiled a list of fun, screen-free activities curated by our educators to help engage your child in in-person playtime.

Ages: All
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Engineer of Inspiration

Meet Lonnie Johnson, an engineer and inventor most famous for inventing a *blast* of a device which you may be very familiar. Learn about Lonnie's groundbreaking innovation that changed summer vacations forever. Before you watch, take a guess on what it is!

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

Performing Artist of Inspiration: Cornell Coley

Percussionist and educator Cornell Coley, M. Ed joins us today, teaching some of the cultural traditions and healing powers of drumming and demonstrating a variety of different percussion instruments-including ones you can make and use at home!

Ages: 3-8
Category: Music and Dance

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