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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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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)

CreatedBy e-Festival

We have some huge news to share! 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. Stay tuned for more information, coming soon!

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

Strategies for Teaching From Home

Check out Scholastic's Learn at Home website for daily ideas to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing at home! Activities are conveniently separated by grade level. They are also offering great resources for parents and teachers as well as home schooling tips and tricks.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Children's Books to Spark Conversations About LGBTQ Inclusivity

Welcoming Schools shared an amazing, up-to-date list of diverse children's books to help spark discussions about LGBTQ inclusivity at home and in the classroom.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Build a Sensory Walk

Our little ones make big discoveries about the world using their senses. Creating a Sensory Walk is a fun way for kids to explore their sense of touch using their feet! Check out our helpful instructions to learn how to make your walk using simple household materials.

Ages: 0-3
Category: Health and Wellness

Towel Sock Toss

Let's get active! Try this fun Towel Sock Toss activity from BOKS to get a quick burst of energy wherever you are.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Health and Wellness

Shaving Cream Prints

This week's STEAM activity combines science and art in a fun and beautiful way. We're making shaving cream prints! Join Alissa and learn how it's done.

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

Thrive: The Children's Summit

The Atlantic convened educators, policy makers, doctors, and more to explore practical tools for parents, caregivers, guardians, and advocates to help kids grow in positive ways during these challenging times. Watch the fascinating conversation.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Artist of Inspiration: Lauren Crazybull

Draw your own self portrait inspired by our new Artist of Inspiration Lauren Crazybull! Lauren creates portraits of people from their community that reflect each individual's unique self. Learn more about them and get step-by-step instructions to create your own portrait.

Ages: 8-12
Category: Art Activities

Who Lives in Your Garden?

Who lives in your garden? This fun activity from Kids Gardening will help you and your young gardener to answer that question by exploring the unique ecosystem in your garden, backyard, or neighborhood.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

Anti-Gravity Cups

Can you make water defy gravity? Seems impossible, right? Well, as usual, Alissa has a solution! She's showing us how to make an easy DIY tool called an Anti-Gravity Cup that makes water defy gravity. Want to skip the video, or just view the instructions in writing? We're introducing new instruction sheets to make life simpler when setting up experiments at home. Access the instruction sheet for this activity here: http://ow.ly/phXj50BeAxj

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

100 Ways to Play

For over 100 years of creating, educating and innovating, Boston Children's Museum has encouraged children and families to play together at the Museum, at home and out in the world in more ways than we can count. Every day, there are a wealth of opportunities for adults and their children to play and grow together. We have chosen 100 of our favorites, and we share them with you.

Ages: All
Category: All

Artist of Inspiration: Cindy Lu

Our newest Artist of Inspiration is Cindy Lu, an amazing artist and former scientist! Much of Cindy's art reflects her background in biology. In Part 1 of our spotlight, you can learn more about Cindy's process, see examples of her art, and watch as she works. Then in Part 2, Cindy demonstrates two awesome art projects inspired by her work that you can try at home using easily accessible household objects.

Ages: 8-12
Category: Art Activities

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