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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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Pride Month: Identity Flags

There are many different Pride flags that use colors, shapes, and pictures to tell a unique story. Some flags have changed and new ones have been added to include stories that weren't being told. Make a flag that represents you! What colors will you use? What shapes? What story can you tell?

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

DIY Foil Embossing

Get creative with leftover cardboard, foil, yarn and a sharpie, and learn how to emboss at home with your kids with this activity from the New Children's Museum! Embossing is the process of creating raised images and designs in paper and other materials. See what you can create with this fun DIY activity!

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

Engineering Challenge: Hoop Gliders

Are you up for an engineering challenge? We're taking the classic paper airplane to the next level with hoop gliders. Alissa will show you how to make a basic hoop glider, and it's up to you to make design choices that will make your hoop glider travel further! How far can you get your hoop glider to go?

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

Easy At-Home Art: Silly Sculptures!

Let's make a sculpture! You can create just about anything in your imagination using just scissors, tape, and some recycled materials...maybe an owl, or a skyscraper, or even a dragon! Faith will demonstrate. Show us your sculpture by sharing a photo with #BostonChildrensMuseum, and we will feature it on our page!

Ages: 3-8
Category: Art Activities

Racism and Coronavirus Add Stress to Already Vulnerable Communities

In a new episode of the Big & Little podcast, Carole talks with Manny Lopes, the CEO of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and a leader in community health care, about the ways in which Boston's vulnerable communities are coping during this challenging time and how today's uncertainty offers room for positive change to come.

Ages: Adults
Category: Podcasts

Storytime: "The Thank You Book" by Mo Willems

For this week's Tell Me a Story, Steve is reading "The Thank You Book" by Mo Willems. Join Piggie and friends on his quest to thank, well...everyone! There are SO many people deserving of thanks right now in the community and in our families. Leave us a comment below the video on YouTube letting us know who you are thankful for and why.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Make "Love Is" Hearts for Pride Month

Happy Pride Month! 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 these "Love Is" Hearts, decorate them, and share it using the hashtag #pridehearts to be a part of our virtual Pride collage!

Ages: 3-12
Category: Art Activities

Coloring Ancient Egypt: An Activity Book for Kids of All Ages

Check out this coloring book from Harvard Art Museums! Through coloring pages, drawing exercises, space to practice writing hieroglyphs and more, Coloring Ancient Egypt explores Egyptian objects in the museums' collections. Kids & adults of all ages, enjoy!

Ages: 3-8
Category: Art Activities

How to Talk to Kids About Race: Books for Grownups That Can Help

As adults, there is always room to continue learning right alongside our kids. While children's books are excellent tools for teaching kids about racial bias, this booklist for adults will help better equip you to open up fruitful conversations with your children about race.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

TinkerLab is Full of Activities for Kids

For science experiments, sensory activities, art projects, and MUCH more, make sure to check out TinkerLab. The site is full of activities for kids of all ages that encourage creativity, imagination, and playful discovery and are easy to do right at home.

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

A Beginner's Sewing Lesson: How to Sew a Pin Cushion

Sewing brings together creativity and function, and it's a fun activity kids as young as six can enjoy. In this video, Melissa is showing us how to get started with a simple pin cushion. Show us your pin cushion by sharing a photo with #BostonChildrensMuseum!

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

WGBH Family Fun at Home

Join WGBH for a summer of learning at home! Visit the WGBH Family Activity Center for free activities available in English and Spanish. Families with young children can participate by completing activities at home for points that can be used to enter a weekly raffle!

Ages: 3-12
Category: STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and math)
Subcategory: Sensory activities
Subcategory: Story times and literacy

Artist of Inspiration: Tyahra Angus

We're spotlighting local artist Tyahra Angus in the third installment of our Artist of Inspiration series! Tyahra is a Boston-based portrait photographer currently focused on polaroids. In Parts 1 and 2 of the spotlight learn how to make your own DIY polaroid with simple materials - no camera needed!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

Creature Feature LIVE!

Join Alissa on Facebook Live every Saturday morning at 10:00am for a virtual creature feature with Oliver the ball python! This is a chance to see him up close and personal (well, virtually) and ask any questions you might have about him. We hope to see you there!

Ages: 3-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

Family Yoga Activity: Express Your Feelings

At this time, we know that our young children need comfort and a safe place to express their feelings more than ever. Try out this fun Feelings Yoga activity with your kids - it may benefit you, too, as we are all dealing with complicated emotions right now.

Ages: 3-12
Category: Health and Wellness

31 Children's Books to Support Conversations About Race, Racism, and Resistance

Acknowledging racism with children as early and often as possible can help counter racial bias, which research suggests can present in kids as young as three. Check out this list of children's books to support conversations about race, racism, and resistance.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Healthy Habits: Line Walk Challenge

Getting regular exercise is great for kids' physical and mental health and can be a great outlet for stress and difficult emotions, but it's not always easy when you're stuck indoors! Our Health and Wellness Educator Saki Iwamoto is demonstrating the Line Walk Challenge to help you and your kids get some exercise indoors while having fun.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

Storytime with Steve: "Not a Stick" by Antoinette Portis

Join Steve for storytime as he reads "Not a Stick" by author Antoinette Portis! This book is all about the places you can go and things you can do when you use your imagination - even while stuck at home. Check it out!

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Webinar: Addressing Racial Injustice with Young Children

In our recent blog post, we mentioned several possible supports for talking with your kids about race and racism, including the book "Something Happened in Our Town." Listen to this webinar from EmbraceRace featuring the three child and family psychologists who collaborated to write this book.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

What to Say When There Are No Words

In a new blog post, Museum President and CEO Carole Charnow and Children's Services of Roxbury President and CEO Sandra M. McCroom offer support to parents and caregivers searching for a way to speak with their children about racism in response to the brutal death of George Floyd.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Fun Educational Activities from $martpath

PBS's $martPath with Megan Piphus is a fun way to learn about money, combining live-action, music videos, original songs, comedy, ventriloquism, and puppetry!

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

Looking back on Boston Children's Museum during the Spanish Flu

In August of 1918, the first cases of the Spanish flu hit Boston. In a new blog post, read here about how the Museum managed to continue serving Boston-area children during the pandemic of 1918.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Play Date: Go With the Flow - LAST DAY to register!

We are so excited to partner with and co-host the ICA's first-ever virtual Play Date: Go with the Flow! Join us for live programs on Friday, May 29 and explore our menu of self-guided activities on your own time! Online registration required.


Subcategory: Art

Artist of Inspiration: Hannah Burr

We're spotlighting artist Hannah Burr in the second installment of our Artist of Inspiration series! Hannah is a lifelong artist who works with many mediums, including sculpture, painting, drawing, and interactive art. Follow along and create your own art inspired by Hannah's techniques!

Ages: 3-12
Category: Art Activities

How to Build a Fairy House, featuring Boston Moms

Building a fairy house is a super simple, fun, and memorable at-home activity you can do outdoors with your kids. Debbie from Boston Moms and her adorable little ones are showing us how it's done. Share a photo of your fairy house on social media using #BostonChildrensMuseum to be featured!

Ages: 3-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities
Subcategory: Sensory activities

Kitchen Science: Cabbage Juice Indicator

This Kitchen Science experiment is a Museum favorite: Cabbage Juice Indicator. Cabbage juice will change color to INDICATE (or SHOW) whether a substance is an acid or a base. Follow along with Alissa as she tests out different substances to see what happens. Try it out at home afterwards!

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

Participate in a Children Helping Science Study

You and your child can help science from home! Children Helping Science is made up of a group of researches from around the world. Their website shows studies your family can do online. Their research is fun for families, serious for science. Try participating with your child!


STEM Chat with Erin Khan from Suffolk

Listen to how Erin Khan from Suffolk Construction impacts the Future of Construction using new technologies to make the building process more efficient.

STEM Chat with Emily Dunne from Autodesk

Listen to how Emily Dunne from Autodesk impacts the Future of Construction by bringing together architecture and technology to help make better buildings.

STEM Chat with Brian Scott from Elkus Manfredi

Listen to how Brian Scott from Elkus Manfredi impacts the Future of Construction through architecture, answering questions about what it's like to be an architect and what skills you need to succeed.


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