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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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Design Your Own Graphic Character

Liz Young, a member of our Museum community, is a graphic artist whose fantastic work has been featured by Boston Comics Roundtable. Liz created an online comic book to show kids how to design their own graphic characters and stories! Try it out, and show us your artwork.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Explore the Japanese House!

The Japanese House exhibit, also called Kyo no Machiya, is a traditional urban house from Kyoto, Japan. In 1979, it was transported from Kyoto to Boston as a gift to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their Sister Cities Relationship. Though we are currently unable to explore this beautiful house in person, you can still make your way through and learn about its many unique features with our 360-degree Japanese House virtual tour!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Cultures

Resources for Helping Kids Practice Dental Hygiene

February is National Children's Dental Health Month! Check out helpful tips and resources to keep your child's teeth healthy and have fun with dental hygiene routines.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

Money Matters

Introducing Money Matters, a virtual experience led by Museum educators and designed for the classroom. Students will get the chance to explore financial literacy concepts like how we make and spend money through role-play, creating their own small businesses, and making shopping choices. Thanks to the generous support from Citizens Bank, your students can likely participate in this program for FREE! The program includes virtual visits from one of our educators to help guide activities. Learn more about Money Matters and request a virtual visit for your students.

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

Enjoy National Engineers Week Activities Any Time

National Engineers Week may have ended, but the activities, resources, and educational content created by Boston Children's Museum educators is available any time! Enjoy engineering and STEAM activities like marshmallow building and DIY catapults and get to know real-life engineers in multiple fields, from aerospace to environmental to software.

Ages: 3-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

Get Inspired by the World's Most Famous Engineers

From helping the first astronauts land on the moon to inventing climate change-tracking robots, these engineers are true pioneers in their fields. Get a quick lesson on their groundbreaking lives and accomplishments.

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

Explore. Create. Test. Try Again.

Boston Children's Museum staff created over a dozen new engineering-inspired activities kids can try at home to get them engaged and curious about the wide world of engineering and STEAM.

Ages: 3-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

What's It Like to Be a Real-Life 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. We spoke to six engineers about their different specialties: aerospace, environmental, software, human factors, civil, and mechanical.

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

Taiko Drumming from Odaiko New England

"Taiko" is the Japanese word for drum. In a new installment of our Oshogatsu Japanese New Year celebration, our friend Juni Kobayahi of Odaiko New England teaches us about taiko drumming and shows you how to make bachi-drumsticks made from paper bags!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Cultures

Recommendations from Black Children's Books and Authors

Learn about and celebrate Black history all year with these beautiful stories (and many more) recommended by Black Children's Books and Authors, a non-profit dedicated to promoting awareness of children's and young adult literature by Black authors.

Ages: Adults
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

How to Make a Battery Out of Pennies

Could there be hidden energy inside your pocket change!? Convert pennies into batteries that can power LED lightbulbs in a new simple (but SO cool) STEAM experiment for kids!

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

Sankofa Read Aloud

We love Sankofa Read Aloud, an amazing YouTube channel with over 500 storytimes featuring Black and African American protagonists. February celebrates Black History Month, but you can learn about Black history all year by exploring the channel and listening to some of the beautiful stories. Here is one of our favorites, "We March" by Shane Evans.

Ages: All
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Giant Ice Experiment

How can you make ice without using a freezer? On a cold winter day, you can make ice outdoors with kiddos of all ages, toddlers to primary schoolers. We've got some tips and tricks to take this easy, fun sensory activity to the next level.

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

Snow Day Maple Candy

The main ingredient in this tasty STEAM activity: SNOW! Good thing we just got a fresh coat! Learn how to make your own delicious maple candy at home using snow-the perfect treat for a cold day. For those in a warmer climate, you can use shaved or crushed ice for a similar result. Our candy expert, Alissa, will show you how.

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

Kamishibai Storytime

Gather 'round for Kamishibai storytime! As part of our Oshogatsu celebration with the Japan Society of Boston, we're reading "The Years Were Named: Rainen wa Nanidoshi" in this traditional method that remains an important part of Japan's oral tradition.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Cultures

Artist of Inspiration: Dana Awartani

Dana Awartani is a Palestinian-Saudi artist born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where she lives and works today. Dana draws, paints, and creates spaces with tiles. We've adapted her methods into a simple, fun art activity for all.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Artist of Inspiration: London Basquiat

Our newest Artist of Inspiration is local artist London Basquiat, maker of incredible wearable art. Through his work, London hopes to show others that no matter what you go through in life, you can make it somewhere. Learn about his work and create your very own wearable art inspired by London with our new instructable!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Why Your Child Needs Play

If you're a fan of Boston Children's Museum, you know how strongly we believe in the power of play. This article from Today's Parent explains why play is so important to a child's healthy development.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Materials Hunt

Take a guess: How many different materials do you think are currently in your home? Materials include fabrics, plastics, carpeting, wood...the list goes on. See how many materials you can identify on an epic Materials Hunt around your home with Alissa.

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

Performing Artist of Inspiration: Jean Appolon

We continue our Performing Artists of Inspiration series with Jean Appolon: dancer, choreographer, teacher, Founder, and Artistic Director of Jean Appolon Expressions. In this video, Jean shares his story of growing up in Haiti and explains how dance can build community and heal trauma. He also demonstrates some dance steps to the Haitian rhythm, Yanvalou, that are fun and easy to follow! Many people may be feeling stress or anxiety following recent disturbing national events, and we are grateful to Jean for sharing how dance can be healing and bring us together.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Music and Dance

10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race

We honor the life and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who dedicated his life to advancing racial and social justice-work that spans generations. Our friends from EmbraceRace compiled a list of ten things that caregivers can do to support the child they love in thinking critically about race and continuing the ongoing work of racial justice.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Performing Artists of Inspiration: Ellice Patterson

Advocates for Disabilities Rights Through Dance Our #BCMPerformingArtists series continues with dancer & choreographer Ellice Patterson, founding director of Abilities Dance. Ellice shares how her dance advocates for disabilities rights and how you can use dance to tell a story. Check it out, and tuned for more Performing Artists of Inspiration each week in January.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Music and Dance

2020's Top 10 At-Home Activities for Kids Check out our list of the Top 10 At-Home Activities for Kids from 2020, all made by Boston Children's Museum staff. We hope you'll give these activities a try (or a few!) and stay tuned for much more to come in 2021!

Ages: All
Category: All

10 Resources to Help Kids Understand and Cope with the Riots at the Capitol

Boston Children's Museum staff have compiled a list of resources from organizations doing excellent work to guide parents, caregivers, educators, and children through this difficult time. We have also included resources that will help you connect with your child through play, one of the very best ways to comfort and support your child.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Create a Cozy Space in Your Home

Do you have a cozy space in your house where you can go to relax and have some quiet time? 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!) This is a great activity for cold winter days spent indoors!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Health and Wellness

Performing Artists of Inspiration: Sandeep Das Demonstrates the Tabla

Over the next four weeks, Boston Children's Museum will share a new series called Performing Artists of Inspiration, featuring local performing artists who will teach us how they make art and what they learn by making it. We kick off the series with Grammy-winning composer and musician Sandeep Das. Sandeep shares how we can find joy in music by demonstrating his instrument, the tabla.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Music and Dance

Let's Make Snow Dough!

Learn to make snow dough, a simple playdough recipe that brings all the fun of snow indoors without melting. This fun sensory activity only takes two ingredients!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Open-Ended Play

87 Indoor Activities for Families this Winter

Being stuck at home this holiday season is a drag, but this list of 87 at-home activities from Today's Parent will make dealing with self-isolation from COVID-19 just a little bit more fun for the whole family.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Make Your Own Spinning Top!

Tops are found in cultures worldwide and have been around for thousands of years, and no wonder-they're fun! Follow along as Alissa shows us how to make two kinds of tops with items found around your home.

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

Storytime: "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats

It might not be as stormy out there as we saw in Boston two weeks ago, but we can enjoy a nice snow-themed storytime! Gather 'round for a reading of "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

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