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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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Exploring Boston Children's Museum's Collection: Umbrellas

The Museum has been collecting objects for over 100 years. Today, our collection has over 50,000 items! Join Sayyara here as she introduces some of the many umbrellas in our collection and helps us observe their unique functions. Some may not be what you expect!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Cultures

Make a Soft Sculpture Inspired by Eri Honda

Bring the Art Lab into your home with our new soft sculpture activity inspired by artist Eri Honda! Eri makes soft fiber art of recycled materials. With fabric, stuffing, and googly eyes, you can create your own unique creature inspired by Eri.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Art Activities

DIY Butterfly Feeder to Pollinate Your Backyard

Butterflies play an important role in the lifecycle of flowers and fruit, all because of a sticky substance called pollen! Learn how to build a butterfly feeder to attract butterflies to your yard that will help pollinate the nearby plants.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

What is Composting and How Does it Work?

Composting isn't complicated! In this quick video, kids will learn exactly what it is, why we do it, how it helps the environment, and how you can start doing it right at home. Click to become a composting expert!

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

How to Make Paper at Home!

When you grab a crisp white sheet of paper, do you ever wonder how it came to be? Maybe not, but we promise it's pretty interesting. Instead of just telling you, you can see it for yourself by making your own paper from the comfort of your kitchen!

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

6 Easy Ways Kids Can Help Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great day to start talking with kids about how we can all work together to protect the natural world. To get the conversation started, we've compiled a list of six easy ways kids can help care for and preserve the environment.

Ages: Adults
Category: Blog posts and Articles

Mammals Around the World

Does your child love animals? Check out this amazing resource from National Geographic exploring incredible mammals from around the world, like the Asian Elephant, the Beluga Whale, and even the Aye-Aye (can you guess what that is?!).

Ages: 3-8
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

20 Children's Books to Support Conversations about Race, Racism, and Resistance

Acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and often as possible can help counter bias. The recent and long-standing attacks on Asian Americans as well as the violence against African Americans including last week's police killing of Daunte Wright can lead to very important conversations with kids about racism, but it can be very difficult to navigate these conversations. Children's books can help. Check out this list of 20 children's books from Embrace Race to support conversations about race, racism, and resistance.

Ages: 0-6
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Ramadan-Inspired Art Activity

Happy Ramadan! Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic Lunar Calendar. It is a time of spiritual reflection and for thinking about and helping people in need. Celebrate Ramadan through art with this fun activity from our friends Sumaya and Ayesha.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Art Activities

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is a special day to appreciate our extraordinary planet and remember the importance of protecting our environment. When and how did Earth Day first start? Find out in this fun Earth Day

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

Learn How to Grow Carrots at Home

Spring is finally upon us, and as temperatures rise, it's the perfect time to start getting outdoors more often. Gardening is a great outdoor hobby, and to get your garden started our friend Nate is going to demonstrate how to plant and grow carrots! Some good news-there's no need for a big backyard to do this!

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

#RunWithBoks Challenge

Our friends at BOKS are encouraging families to get active with their #RunWithBoks challenge! When you download one of their family running resources, tag @BOKSKids, and use #RunWithBoks on Instagram or Twitter. Then, you'll be entered for a chance to win brand new Reebok running shoes. Ready, set, RUN!?

Ages: 5-12
Category: Health and Wellness

Ramadan Storytime

The start of Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic Lunar Calendar. It is a time of spiritual reflection and for thinking about and helping people in need. To celebrate Ramadan, enjoy this reading of "Night of the Moon" by Hena Khan, the story of a young girl's celebration of the month-long holiday.

Ages: 3-8
Category: Storytimes and Literacy

Become a Wildlife Photographer

You don't have to travel far to be a wildlife photographer worthy of the pages of National Geographic. There is so much worth photographing right outside your front door. Check out this lesson on nature photography, and don't forget to share your photos with us in the comments or by using the tag #BCMEarthMonth!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

Natural Habitats

Learn about the different natural environments of plants and animals, like grasslands, deserts, and rainforests, with this amazing resource from National Geographic Kids.

Ages: 5-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

How to Start Composting at Home

Composting is the process of decomposing organic matter like food leftovers into compost that makes for nutrient-rich soil. This soil can be used to grow healthy plants that don't need chemical fertilizers to grow, which is a big win for the environment. More good news: it's actually pretty simple to start composting at your own home without too many materials or headaches. Alissa will show you how.

Ages: 8-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

Make a Nature Rubbing

We're celebrating the Earth all month long with special at-home activities all to do with our extraordinary natural world! One way we can celebrate the Earth is through art! Learn how to make a rubbing on paper using natural materials like leaves and bark. Share your creation on social media with #BCMEarthMonth to be featured on our pages!

Ages: 5-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

Earth Month

We're celebrating the Earth all month long with nature-themed at-home activities and kid-friendly video lessons on the planet's natural wonders. Visit our Earth Month webpage to view it all in one convenient place. Share your creations and experiences on social media with #BCMEarthMonth to be featured on our pages!

Ages: 3-12
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

World Autism Awareness Day

Last Friday was World Autism Awareness Day. 1 in 54 children in the US is living with autism. Today and every day, we see the amazing in EVERY child and celebrate and encourage inclusivity for all. Check out these helpful resources for kids both living with autism or who have friends with autism to promote understanding and inclusivity.

Ages: Adults
Category: Health and Wellness

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

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