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Play & Learning Activities Archive

Every week we'll send you an activity you can work on with your children, as well as informative articles and podcasts about play and learning at home during this time of social distancing.


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Tara Donovan Sculpture Making

Make sculptures with everyday materials! Get creative with this activity from the ICA inspired by Tara Donovan's sculpture Nebulous made with Scotch tape. This project is perfect for kids 5+.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

CreatedBy e-Festival

The CreatedBy e-Festival is happening this week-have you registered yet?! Join us for a week of FREE live and pre-recorded STEAM workshops, demos, performances, and more from Museum educators and amazing community partners. The e-Festival, created in partnership with Mass STEM Week, is through October 24th. Register for live events.

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

What Are the Three Branches of Government?

We're continuing our Kid Civics series with a lesson on the three branches of government and how they work together in a healthy democracy. Check it out!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Cultures

Pendulum Painting

Pendulum painting is a super fun and *slightly* messy outdoor activity that ALL ages can enjoy! Alissa demonstrates how it's done. We really want to see your finished pendulum paintings, so please share your photos with #BostonChildrensMuseum!

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

Frozen Ice Sculptures

Check out this great art activity for kids 3+ from our friends at the ICA. All you need is water, containers, a freezer, and some objects from nature to make ice sculptures-some autumn leaves might look nice!

Ages: 3-8
Category: Art Activities

What is Voting, Anyways?

We're kicking off our digital series on civic engagement, Kid Civics, with a lesson for kids on voting. Check it out and stay tuned for more videos coming every week.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Cultures

STEAM Fun: DIY Stomp Rockets

In this STEAM activity, learn how to make (and stomp on) stomp rockets! STOMP as hard as you can to make your DIY rocket ship fly into space!

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

Fluffster Wears a Mask

This Sesame Workshop video stars Julia, the 4-year-old Sesame Street Muppet with autism, and helps autistic kids work through difficult concepts like social distancing, disrupted routines, and mask wearing. Check out this video and watch Muppet Julia practice wearing a mask with her dad.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

PBS Kids' Molly of Denali

Check out the PBS Kids' action-adventure comedy that follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl, her dog Suki, and friends Tooey and Trini on their adventures in epically beautiful Alaska.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Cultures

STEAM Activities from THEMUSEUM

Our friends at THEMUSEUM are sharing great STEAM activity videos on their YouTube channel! Check out their "THEMUSEUM @ Home" playlist for fun, educational activities like this one.

Ages: 3-8
Category: All

Join Our #CollectionElection!

To help kids learn more about voting and how government works, we are kicking off a digital series on civic engagement, #KidCivics! This includes our own election here at the Museum. We're putting together a scavenger hunt in our window displays for the month of November and need YOUR help deciding what collections items to include. Cast your vote for the display you would like to see in our #CollectionElection.

Ages: 5-12
Category: All

Make Birdseed Cakes and See What Bird Species You Can Spot!

Calling all bird lovers! Learn how to make birdseed cakes to bring all different kinds of bird species to your backyard. Then, it's time to observe! Alissa shows us how to spot and identify different bird species and their unique characteristics right in your own neighborhood. Watch the video and find written instructions in the description.

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

NASA's Moon Pod Essay Contest

NASA is taking remote learning to the Moon! They're hosting an essay contest for kids of all ages, and the challenge is this: Describe what it might be like to lead an expedition to the Moon's South Pole, 250,000 miles from Earth, with the whole world cheering you on. Imagination plus a little research will help you get started!

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

CreatedBy e-Festival

2020's CreatedBy e-Festival is just around the corner! In partnership with Mass STEM Week, we are bringing you an all-virtual #CreatedBy2020 from October 19th-24th. Join in for unique and fun workshops and demonstrations all week long from your friends at the Museum as well as some amazing community partners.

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

DIY Mobiles

Parents and caregivers, keep kids engaged at home with this fun and easy arts and crafts project! Our new instructable shows kids how to create their own DIY mobile. The best part-cleanup is quick and this fun craft requires only simple household materials to complete.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Art Activities

Parenting in Place: Coping with Big Emotions

Check out this great video on coping with big emotions and building resilience in young children during times of change, featuring Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Sesame Workshop Senior VP of Curriculum and Content. This comes to us from the Children's Museum of Manhattan's fantastic Parenting in Place series.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Adapt Museum Activities to Your Home

Creating opportunities for play and exploration at home is more important than ever as kids engage in virtual learning. In a post on our blog, learn how you can translate some of the unique learning experiences kids are exposed to at the Museum into your own home this fall.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Fun with STEAM: Let's Make Milk Plastic!

Let's make milk plastic! Using a little milk and vinegar, create a moldable dough that will harden into anything you want-Alissa chose to make a pair of dice! Thank you to our STEAM sponsor, National Grid!

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

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