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Miami Children’s Museum has always been a leader in providing the best possible environment for children and families to play, learn, imagine and create. Now we’re bringing our studio to YOU! Each week we will feature art projects, science experiments, and more, designed by our Museum educators for children to do at home with everyday items.

Join us for an hour of creativity and imagination every week!

Egg Hunt Games | Activity

Egg Hunt Games | Activity

Easter Sunday Spring Fling

Easter is a springtime Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and new life. During this holiday, the egg, which is also a symbol for new life, is seen in decorations, chocolates and candies, and egg hunts! In the 1700s, German immigrants coming to America brought with them their Easter tradition of the Easter Bunny, or as they called it, “Osterhase”. This mythical bunny, a symbol of fertility and new life, would bring decorated eggs for good children. This tradition evolved into the egg hunts that we participate in today! Many eggs are filled with chocolates and candies, but is there a way to continue egg hunts through the day without all the added sugar? Try this simple matching egg hunt to practice letter, number, and shape recognition!

This event is sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Salt Dough Easter Eggs | How-To

Salt Dough Easter Eggs | How-To

Easter Sunday Spring Fling

Decorating eggs during Eastertime has been a tradition dating back as early as the 13th century! Did you know that many years ago Christians were not allowed to eat eggs during Lent, the season leading up to Easter? Because of this, many people would decorate their eggs and then eat them on Easter day! Today, we’ll show you how to create some longer-lasting Easter eggs using a simple salt dough recipe.

This event is sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Mary Cassatt Sensory Impressionist Painting | How-To

Mary Cassatt Sensory Impressionist Painting | How-To

Women’s History Month: Pioneers of Progress 

Mary Cassattʼs work is part of the Impressionist movement, and she is referred to as one of the “les trois grandes dames” or Three Great Dames of Impressionism. She was the first woman, along with Elizabeth Jane Gardener, to exhibit her art at the Salon in Paris, which was “the” place to exhibit art during that time. She used her art to support the womanʼs suffrage movement and made changes to the restrictions on women in the arts. Impressionist artists use small brush strokes, and their paintings have an element of movement. Join us as we celebrate Mary Cassattʼs work by creating a sensory-filled impressionist landscape using shaving cream!

Ada Lovelace Coding Game | Activity

Ada Lovelace Coding Game | Activity

Women’s History Month: Pioneers of Progress 

Known as the worldʼs first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace wrote the first algorithms for a proposed early computing machine in the 1840s. Programming is when you give a computer instructions to carry out a specific task. For example, if you needed a robot on Mars to collect dirt samples, you would program your robot with a special code to do so! Lovelace came up with the idea of creating codes for a device and looping a series of instructions, both of which are fundamentals used in the programming process today. At that time, women were denied many opportunities for education and work, so Lovelaceʼs achievements are even more incredible. To celebrate the successes of women in STEM, try to program a robot in this coding game!

Passover Matzah Covers | How-To

Passover Matzah Covers | How-To

On Saturday, March 27, the celebration of Passover begins! Passover is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the Israeliteʼs freedom from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago. The holiday is usually celebrated for eight days and focuses on family, history, and social justice. On the first and sometimes the second day of Passover, families hold a Seder. The Seder is set around the dinner table where families eat, drink, and tell stories. During the Seder, there is a Seder plate that holds specific foods that symbolize different things, such as an egg which represents life. Matzah, which is flat, unleavened bread, is eaten during this event to represent what the Jews ate while fleeing from Egypt. In this project, we will be making a matzah cover. These covers are used to keep matzah fresh and protected.

Mary Blair Colorful Castles | How-To

Mary Blair Colorful Castles | How-To

Women’s History Month: Pioneers of Progress 

One of the most iconic Disney designs at Disneyland and Disney World is the “Itʼs A Small World” ride. Thanks to Mary Blair, who created the design for the beloved ride, we are transported to a vibrant and colorful world. Blair was one of the first recognized women artists at Disney, being a top animator for many years. She created colorful concept art for films like Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland. Join us as we recreate Mary Blairʼs “Itʼs a Small World” castle in her signature colorful style by using construction paper, foam shapes, and buttons.

Autumn Peltier Water Filtering Experiment | How-To

Autumn Peltier Water Filtering Experiment | How-To

Women’s History Month: Pioneers of Progress 

Autumn Peltier is a 16-year-old Indigenous clean water activist. Starting to speak out at just 8 years old, she is the youngest “Water Warrior”, who is an official water protector and advocates for universal clean drinking water. As a young girl growing up in the Wikwemi kong First Nation in northern Ontario, Canada, Peltier realized that not all tribes had access to clean water and started to fight for a solution. She has addressed the United Nations twice in an effort to help those communities without drinkable water. A water filter is something that removes any unwanted items from your water, which improves the waterʼs quality. In this project, we will be experimenting with the water filtering process by creating our own filter!

Dorothy Lavinia Brown Jello Surgery | Activity

Dorothy Lavinia Brown Jello Surgery | Activity

Women’s History Month: Pioneers of Progress 

Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown was the first Black woman surgeon in the South of the United States. She became the chief of surgery at Nashville’s Riverside Hospital and was also the first Black woman to be made a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dorothy even served in the Tennessee House of Representatives! To celebrate her achievements, letʼs practice our own pretend surgery using Jello!

Lorax Truffula Trees | How-To

Lorax Truffula Trees | How-To

Dr. Seuss Celebration

The Lorax is a story written by Dr. Seuss that shows how one must take responsibility for their actions when dealing with the environment. In the story, the more the land is destroyed, the more the quality of air is destroyed. As Truffula Trees are cut down, so are the homes of the animals that lived there. Through this story, Dr. Seuss encourages us to respect and care for our environment as it cares for us. Create your own textured Truffula Tree forests using tissue paper and other mixed media!

Our Dr. Seuss Celebration is sponsored by The Children’s Trust, Florida Dairy Farmers, PNC Bank, and Molina Healthcare.

Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs | Recipe

Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs | Recipe

Dr. Seuss Celebration

Experiment in the kitchen today by cooking some green eggs! This recipe, of course, is inspired by Dr. Seussʼs book “Green Eggs and Ham”. Do you like green eggs and ham? Try them, try them, and you may! Try them and you may, I say.

Our Dr. Seuss Celebration is sponsored by The Children’s Trust, Florida Dairy Farmers, PNC Bank, and Molina Healthcare.

Green Eggs & Ham Rhyming Game | Activity

Green Eggs & Ham Rhyming Game | Activity

Dr. Seuss Celebration

Dr. Seuss is famous for his addictive rhyming scheme and ability to transport you into his world of childlike wonder. In “Green Eggs and Ham” Dr. Seuss mainly writes in an AABB rhyming scheme. That means the words at the end of lines 1 and 2 rhyme, and the words at the end of lines 3 and 4 rhyme. In this game you can explore what words in “Green Eggs and Ham” rhyme, in a fun (and flipping) way!

Our Dr. Seuss Celebration is sponsored by The Children’s Trust, Florida Dairy Farmers, PNC Bank, and Molina Healthcare.

Faith Ringgold Story Quilts | How-To

Faith Ringgold Story Quilts | How-To

Black History Month

Faith Ringgold is an African American painter, writer, mixed media sculptor, and performance artist, best known for her narrative quilts or “Story Quilts”. Her artwork is inspired by African art and uses bold colors and quilted fabric frames around her paintings. Her quilts typically tell stories of her childhood, growing up in Harlem, NY, during the Harlem Renaissance, as well as touching upon racial and feminist issues. Create your own story quilts with a patterned border and narrative picture in the center just as Faith Ringgold does in her award-winning childrenʼs book, Tar Beach.

Sponsored by PNC Bank

George Washington Carver Planting Sensory Bin | Activity

George Washington Carver Planting Sensory Bin | Activity

Black History Month

George Washington Carver was a Black American agricultural scientist and inventor. He was the first Black American to receive a Bachelor of Science degree and to be honored with a National Monument. From a young age, George loved gardening and experimenting with plants. He came up with an idea called crop rotation. Years of growing cotton removed nutrients from the soil and the soil wouldn’t produce a good crop. George discovered that if you planted certain plants, like peanuts, soybeans, or sweet potatoes, you could give the soil more nutrients. Once your soil was healthy again, you could plant cotton and get a great crop! With all these extra peanuts and other crops, he invented hundreds of food items and products, which gave him the nickname “The Peanut Man”. He showed poor farmers how to use these plants as a source of their own food and to improve their quality of life. Today weʼll experiment with soil and will plant different seeds in our own sensory farm!

Sponsored by PNC Bank

Tuskegee Airmen Paper Airplanes | How-To

Tuskegee Airmen Paper Airplanes | How-To

Black History Month

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first Black American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. During World War II, the army needed to expand their forces. Until then, no Black American had been a U.S. military pilot. At the time, the U.S. military was still segregated, and blacks and whites trained and fought separately. These airmen trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field and proved that they were some of the best pilots in the U.S. Air Forces. Their amazing service was a major steppingstone for the integration of the U.S. military. To honor their achievements and contributions, the Tuskegee Airmen were collectively awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. Today weʼll show you how to create two kinds of paper airplanes. Test them out and see which works the best!

Sponsored by PNC Bank

Aprille Ericsson-Jackson Bottle Rockets | How-To

Aprille Ericsson-Jackson Bottle Rockets | How-To

Black History Month

Aprille Ericsson-Jackson is an aerospace engineer at NASA who created several instruments used during flights into space! She is also the first Black woman to receive PhDʼs in Mechanical Engineering from two institutions, Howard University and NASA GSFC3. She is an advocate for girls and, in particular, girls of color and their access to STEM education. Just like Aprille helps rockets fly into space, weʼll try to launch our own bottle rockets in this activity.

Sponsored by PNC Bank

Valentine’s Sensory Bag | How-To

Valentine’s Sensory Bag | How-To

Sensory Friendly Saturday | Saturday, February 13

Thereʼs something LOVELY about squishy materials. In fact, many children, and even adults, find it relaxing and soothing to play with such things. Today, weʼll make a squishy sensory bag that you can use to not only smoosh around, but to also help develop fine motor skills, practice sorting, and create all sorts of sensory moments.

Valentine’s Day Soup | Sensory Bin

Valentine’s Day Soup | Sensory Bin

Sensory Friendly Saturday | Saturday, February 13

This Valentineʼs Day try an engaging water-based activity your little ones will LOVE. Water play is packed with sensory opportunities. The water is always changing shape, has a distinct tactile feeling, and responds immediately to your childʼs actions.

Gee’s Bend Quilts | How-To

Gee’s Bend Quilts | How-To

Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, we are creating art inspired by a group of crafters from Geeʼs Bend, Alabama and their famous Geeʼs Bend Quilts. Geeʼs Bend (Boykin, Alabama) is a rural community southwest of Selma and has become known for the abstract quilts made by generations of Black women there since the 1800s. These quilts were made with whatever scraps of fabric they could find such as clothes or aprons. Quilts were made out of necessity for warmth, for enjoyment, and even for memories by using their loved oneʼs clothes. Join us as we make a variation of these quilts using found paper and fabric scraps. This activity is a great way to explore a variety of textures, colors, and patterns.

Sponsored by PNC Bank

Kehinde Wiley Portraits | How-To

Kehinde Wiley Portraits | How-To

Black History Month

Kehinde Wiley is a famous Contemporary Black painter. He creates realistic portraits with complex floral backgrounds. He represents Black and Brown men and women in heroic poses showing strength and confidence. Wiley is especially known for his commission of former President Barack Obama and for being the first Black artist to paint a presidential portrait. Join us as we create a portrait in the style of Wiley using a sponging technique to create a floral background.

Sponsored by PNC Bank

Valentine’s Candy Cards | How-To

Valentine’s Candy Cards | How-To

Happy Valentineʼs Day!

Send a homemade Valentineʼs Day candy card with a message of love! Use the pointillism technique to create a stencil relief, then write out a message inside your heart-shaped candy card.

Aaron Douglas Harlem Renaissance Art | How-To

Aaron Douglas Harlem Renaissance Art | How-To

Black History Month

Aaron Douglas was a Black painter who was influential in the Harlem Renaissance and often called the “Father of African American Art”. The Harlem Renaissance was an amazing time in Harlem, New York, in the early 1900s that resulted in an explosion of Black art, performance, music, and literature. Douglas used a combination of modern art and African art to celebrate his heritage but to also bring attention to racism, making him a leader in Black self-expression art. Most of his works feature bold silhouettes of people, color blocking, and harmonious color schemes. Join us as we recreate Douglasʼs work using an overlapping tissue technique!

Sponsored by PNC Bank

Homemade Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles | Recipe

Homemade Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles | Recipe

Healthy Kids Month

Want to get a bunch of nutrients in one go? A smoothie is a great way to do so! But whatʼs even better than a smoothie? A homemade popsicle, which makes our smoothies even colder and more fun to eat!

Sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers

Calming Bottles | Activity

Calming Bottles | Activity

Healthy Kids Month

Sometimes we may have a meltdown, a tantrum, or something just overwhelms or bothers us! One way to help regulate our breathing and heart rate so that we calm down is through a Calming Bottle! The items inside, such as glitter and sequins, move slowly and swirl around. Observing the slow movements can help focus our attention, slow down our breathing and racing hearts, and regulate our emotions. Not to mention, these bottles are really pretty!

Sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers

Egg Brushing Experiment | Activity

Egg Brushing Experiment | Activity

Healthy Kids Month

Taking care of your teeth is very important! It can help prevent yucky things like cavities and sore gums. It also keeps your breath smelling fresh and your teeth looking clean and white! Dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day for 2-3 minutes each time. Today, weʼll try an experiment to help us see why brushing our teeth is so important, using eggs!

Sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers

Chocolate Hummus | Recipe

Chocolate Hummus | Recipe

Healthy Kids Month

For Healthy Kids Month, weʼre trying some delicious, kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen! Do your kiddos love chocolate? Hereʼs a sneaky way to get your little ones to eat nuts and fruits by dipping them in a healthy, but chocolatey hummus!

Sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers

Active Art | Activity

Active Art | Activity

Healthy Kids Month

Join us as we combine full body physical movements with art in this active art project! Similar to “action art” artists, whose processes involve splashing, using large brushstrokes, and dripping paint onto canvas rather than carefully applying it, we will create action-drawing using body length paper and coloring tools to make large marks and circular motion strokes. Letʼs get moving!

Sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers

Dental Flossing Game | Activity

Dental Flossing Game | Activity

Healthy Kids Month

Let your little ones practice fine motor skills with this fun dental flossing game. Itʼs also a great visual to help explain why itʼs important to keep our teeth clean, not just with brushing, but also with flossing!

Sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers

Arcimboldo Healthy Faces | How-To

Arcimboldo Healthy Faces | How-To

Healthy Kids Month

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books. Join us as we create our own portrait collage using fruit and vegetable cut outs from magazines and prints.

Sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers

Face Mask Tie Dye | How-To

Face Mask Tie Dye | How-To

Healthy Kids Month

Face masks are a great way to help prevent you and others from spreading and catching germs. Since right now itʼs very important to wear a mask while out in the community, why not make a mask in your own personal style? Today weʼll try the technique of tie dye to create beautiful, colorful face mask designs!

Sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers

Reflections & Resolutions Butterfly Collage | How-To

Reflections & Resolutions Butterfly Collage | How-To

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

New Year’s Day is the first day of the year. It celebrates both the successes of the past year and the hopes for the coming year. Typically, people create resolutions for the new year with things they would like to change or improve to make their year the best yet. 2020 was a difficult year for many of us, and we will be creating a New Yearʼs collage reflecting on the good and the bad and making resolutions for the future. Our collage will be in the shape of a butterfly, which is a symbol for personal growth and expansion.

Sponsored by Capital One.

New Year’s Party Props | How-To

New Year’s Party Props | How-To

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Join us in celebrating the New Year as we create a wearable party hat and photo-op prop made from cardstock that you can decorate any way youʼd like. Then use your new party hat and photo prop sign during your New Yearʼs Eve count down!

Sponsored by Capital One.

Kwanzaa Unity Cup | How-To

Kwanzaa Unity Cup | How-To

Home for the Holidays

Kwanzaa is celebrated between December 26 – January 1. The name is derived from the phrase “Matunda ya Kwanza,” meaning “First Fruits,” which symbolizes the celebration of unity, faith, creativity and gift giving. The Kikombe Sha Umoja is the Swahili name for the Unity Cup used during Kwanzaa. Everyone sips from the cup to symbolize and celebrate the unity of family and the community. Construct with us your own Kwanzaa Unity Cup with just a plastic cup, paint, and yarn!

Our Home for the Holidays celebration is sponsored by Capital One.

Pancha Ganapati: Rangoli | How-To

Pancha Ganapati: Rangoli | How-To

Home for the Holidays

Pancha Ganapati is a Hindu festival celebrated between December 21 – December 25. It honors Lord Ganesha, the patron of Arts and Culture. Families decorate a shrine to Lord Ganesha in their homes, along with tinsel, stringed lights, ornaments, and rangoli. Rangoli is an art form from India, most commonly seen during Diwali, in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand, or flower petals. Create your own rangoli, and maybe even use the colors associated with Pancha Ganapati: yellow, blue, red, green, and orange.

Our Home for the Holidays celebration is sponsored by Capital One.

Yalda Night: Watermelon & Pomegranate Garland | How-To

Yalda Night: Watermelon & Pomegranate Garland | How-To

Home for the Holidays

Shab-e Yalda, or Yalda Night, is an Iranian holiday on December 21 that celebrates the arrival of winter, the sunʼs renewal, and the triumph of light over darkness. On Yalda Night, the longest night of the year, Iranians celebrate the birth of the goddess of light, Mithra. During this time families gather together and stay awake the whole night to welcome winter. While waiting to welcome it, the last remaining fruits of the summer are eaten, which are nuts, watermelons, and pomegranates. As well, some people believe that the pomegranateʼs spherical shape represents the sun and watermelon protects them from pain in winter. In this project, we will create our own watermelon and pomegranate garland using a bubble wrap painting technique to decorate for Yalda Night!

Our Home for the Holidays celebration is sponsored by Capital One.

Salt Dough Ornaments | How-To

Salt Dough Ornaments | How-To

Home for the Holidays

Thereʼs nothing more special than creating memories and keepsakes as a family during the holidays. Enjoy the sensory experience of creating your own salt dough, while also making ornaments, decorations, and other keepsakes to last you through the years.

Our Home for the Holidays celebration is sponsored by Capital One.

Winter Sensory Bins | Activity

Winter Sensory Bins | Activity

Sensory Friendly Saturday | Saturday, December 12

Winter is the coldest season of the year, occurring after autumn, which typically brings snow! Although Miami doesn’t experience a winter season, we can try to imagine what it would be like by exploring these various sensory bins.

Puffy Paint Snowscapes | How-To

Puffy Paint Snowscapes | How-To

Sensory Friendly Saturday | Saturday, December 12

Join us as we create a winter wonderland snowscape using painted snow we can create ourselves! Using very few materials, like construction paper, glue, and shaving cream, this three-dimensional landscape is a great sensory based activity that is just as fun to create as it is to look at!

Homemade Hanukkiahs | How-To

Homemade Hanukkiahs | How-To

Home for the Holidays

A Hanukkiah, or Hanukkah Menorah, is a menorah which is specifically used for the celebration of Hanukkah. It has 9 candles, one for each day of Hanukkah and an extra one to help light the other candles. During the celebration of Hanukkah, a new candle is lit on each of the 8 days to honor the miracles from over 2000 years ago. These miracles include the victory for religious freedom from the Greek-Syrians and the story of how a little bit of oil, enough for only one day, kept their candles burning for 8 nights! With every candle we light, we focus on seeking light in the darkness in our daily lives and keeping the light of religious freedom burning for all.

Our Home for the Holidays celebration is sponsored by Capital One.

Bodhi Day: Bodhi Tree | How-To

Bodhi Day: Bodhi Tree | How-To

Home for the Holidays

Bodhi Day is a Buddhist holiday which celebrates the day that Siddhartha Gautama achieved enlightenment. It is a day that is typically observed through meditation and reflection, along with a decorated Bodhi tree in the home. The Bodhi Tree or Bodhi Fig Tree (“tree of awakening”) is a large and ancient sacred fig tree where Siddhartha Gautama achieved his enlightenment. Join us as we celebrate Bodhi Day by recreating the Bodhi Tree using paper mediums like a brown paper bag and colored tissue paper.

Our Home for the Holidays celebration is sponsored by Capital One.

Textured Tree Postcards | Activity

Textured Tree Postcards | Activity

Home for the Holidays

Join us as we create artful postcards to send to loved ones this holiday season! We will be using a printmaking technique using items like bubble wrap, rubber bands, and string to make winter tree prints. Then, turn your artwork into postcards your family and friends will be happy to receive!

Our Home for the Holidays celebration is sponsored by Capital One.

Native American Games: Stick Dice | Activity

Native American Games: Stick Dice | Activity

Native American Heritage Month

Stick Dice is a game that has been played for hundreds of years by different Southwestern tribes. There are many different variations of the game, and today weʼll look at one of these versions. Create the game yourself using popsicle sticks and dried beans, and then play with a friend!

Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by Capital One.

Medicine Wheels | How-To

Medicine Wheels | How-To

Native American Heritage Month

Also known as the Spiritual Hoop, the Medicine Wheel has been used over centuries by generations of various Native American cultures. It has many different meanings, depending on who is creating the wheel, but the circular shape represents that life is a sacred circular cycle. The four directions of a medicine wheel each have a different meaning as well: directions, seasons, elements, animals, etc. Some medicine wheels are made on a large area of land, and others are smaller and even painted in a 2-dimnesional form. Today, weʼll create our own medicine wheels using natural materials that we have in our own backyards!

Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by Capital One.

Seminole Dolls | How-To

Seminole Dolls | How-To

Native American Heritage Month

Seminole dolls are a popular craft made by the Seminole tribe. They portray traditional clothing and hairstyles worn by Seminole men and women. They typically have cotton “patchwork” cloth wrapped around palmetto fiber bodies. Create your own using materials at home!

Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by Capital One.

Pinch Pots | How-To

Pinch Pots | How-To

Native American Heritage Month

A pinch pot is a type of hand-made pottery made thousands of years ago by various Native American tribes, and are still made today. Many Native Americans made pinch pots for carrying, cooking, and storage. The many different designs on the pots symbolize different stories and meanings.

Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by Capital One.

Makers Play: Tepees | How-To

Makers Play: Tepees | How-To

Native American Heritage Month

We will be taking a look at several different homes used by various Native American cultures. In this activity, we will be looking at the tepee. Tepees were the homes used by the Plains Tribes. The tepees were made from several long wooden poles to make a conical frame and then covered in animal hides, and maybe even bark and canvas. The tepees were great homes for the Plains Tribes because they could easily be taken down and reassembled, which worked with the nomadic lifestyle they lived. Many tepees were decorated using bright colors and portraying animals. Create your own miniature version in this activity.

Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by Capital One.

Dyani White Hawk Art | How-To

Dyani White Hawk Art | How-To

Native American Heritage Month

Join us as we create artwork inspired by the Native American artist Dyani White Hawk. White Hawkʼs paintings often combined the art of quill work with strong lines that echo blanket and moccasin patterns. Quill work is a type of textile embellishment traditionally practiced by Native Americans that uses the quill of porcupines or bird feathers.

Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by Capital One.

Makers Play: Chickees | How-To

Makers Play: Chickees | How-To

Native American Heritage Month

Chickee is the word Seminoles use for “house”. Seminoles living in North Florida are known to have constructed chickee homes using palm fronds over a cypress log frame. They adopted this chickee style of architecture during the Second and Third Seminole Wars as they moved deeper into the Everglades because of the easy access to materials. You can see chickees used today throughout South Florida, including the Native American villages of the Miccosukee in the Everglades. Try to make your own miniature version with us!

Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by Capital One.

Jeffrey Gibson Art | How-To

Jeffrey Gibson Art | How-To

Native American Heritage Month

Jeffrey A. Gibson is a Mississippi Choctaw-Cherokee painter and sculptor. He is known for his works which combine elements of traditional Native American art with contemporary art references. Jeffrey Gibson has a strong pride in his culture and often incorporates powerful words into his art. Choose a word that means something to YOU and create textile artwork around it inspired by Gibsonʼs beadwork and contemporary street art style.

Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by Capital One.

Native American Games: Picaria | Activity

Native American Games: Picaria | Activity

Native American Heritage Month

Picaria is a two-player strategy game adopted by the Zuni Native American Indians and the Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest. It is similar to tic-tac-toe. The goal of the game is to get your tokens in a straight line. You can connect them in a straight line horizontally, diagonally, or vertically. This game was typically played using a stone board with etched lines. Pebbles or grains of corn were typically used as the tokens.

Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by Capital One.

Makers Play: Wigwams | How-To

Makers Play: Wigwams | How-To

Native American Heritage Month

Wigwams, common with the Algonquian tribes in the Northeast, also known as wickiups in the Southwest, are round, domed huts. The curved surfaces of the wigwam made them an ideal shelter in many different types of climates and even the worst of weather conditions. These homes were usually built using animal hides, bark, brush, and grass. Some homes would also have a smoke-hole at the top to allow for a fireplace. Try to make your own miniature version with us!

Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by Capital One.

Sugar Skull Selfie | How-To

Sugar Skull Selfie | How-To

¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a popular Mexican celebration to honor those who have died. Sugar skulls are a typical decoration associated with the holiday. Celebrate Día de los Muertos with us as we create sugar skull art inspired by Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. Frida is most well-known for her self-portraits and signature look of flowers, ribbons, and bows in her hair. Use white paint to create a sugar skull base and make the portrait your own by adding your own traits!

Papel Picado | How-To

Papel Picado | How-To

¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!

Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday with its origins from the Aztec peoples over three thousand years ago to celebrate the lives of their ancestors. Papel Picado, which is used to decorate for the occasion, is delicately decorated tissue paper which represents the fragility of life. This Mexican folk art uses these tissue paper designs to create banners with bright, festive colors.

Piggie & Gerald Puppets | How-To

Piggie & Gerald Puppets | How-To

Puppets are a great way to tell stories and encourage imaginative play. Put on your own Piggie and Gerald performance using these homemade puppets!

Piggie & Gerald Wearable Snouts and Trunks | How-To

Piggie & Gerald Wearable Snouts and Trunks | How-To

Create your very own wearable Piggie snouts and Gerald trunks from the Elephant and Piggie book series by Mo Willems. Then show off your artwork by wearing them around!

Light It Up Bugs | How-To

Light It Up Bugs | How-To

MiChiMu’s Halloween Celebration

Want to make your very own creepy crawlies this Halloween? Complete a simple circuit using a coin battery and LED light to make those critterʼs eyes come alive!

This activity was sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers

Spider Web Slime | How-To

Spider Web Slime | How-To

MiChiMu’s Halloween Celebration

Slime is a favorite to play and experiment with. Try to “spookify” your slime for Halloween with just a little something extra, and by the end youʼll have very webby-looking slime!

This activity was sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers

Coffee Filter Bats | How-To

Coffee Filter Bats | How-To

MiChiMu’s Halloween Celebration

Did you know that bats are nocturnal animals? That means that they sleep in the day and are active at night! Create a spooky tie-dye effect with washable markers and coffee filters for the wings of your own bat. Place them around your home for festive Halloween decorations.

This activity was sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers and Geico North Miami

Pumpkin Memory Game | Activity

Pumpkin Memory Game | Activity

MiChiMu’s Halloween Celebration

Did you know that the original Jack-O-Lanterns came from Ireland and were made from turnips? Once Irish settlers came to America, they started carving faces into pumpkins instead, creating the well-known symbol we recognize at Halloween each year. Here is a fun homemade Jack-O-Lantern memory game that will help your little ones practice shape recognition.

This activity was sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers

Shadow Puppet Theater | How-To

Shadow Puppet Theater | How-To

MiChiMu’s Halloween Celebration

Puppet shows are a great way to use your imagination, and what better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by performing a puppet show in the dark? Create your own Shadow Puppet Theater with easy-to-find materials at home and have fun telling spooky stories!

This activity was sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers and Caleb and Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation

Moving Skeleton Hand | How-To

Moving Skeleton Hand | How-To

MiChiMu’s Halloween Celebration

Skeletons are SPOOKY, but we can learn a lot from them! In this activity weʼll look at a skeletonʼs hand to see the bones that are underneath our skin, and get an idea for how they help our fingers move.

This activity was sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers and Geico North Miami

Autumn Oobleck Sensory Bin | How-To

Autumn Oobleck Sensory Bin | How-To

MiChiMu’s Halloween Celebration

Autumn, following right after summer, is one of the four seasons of the year. Usually the leaves change color to beautiful reds, oranges and yellows, and the temperature gets cooler. Itʼs a little different for us in Miami as we donʼt typically see these changes, but sometimes the SMELL of autumn is more apparent. Scents of cinnamon and pumpkin spice begin to fill the air. Today, we will create an Autumn Oobleck Sensory Bin to get those senses going!

This activity was sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers and Geico North Miami

Hidden Messages Watercolor Paintings | How-To

Hidden Messages Watercolor Paintings | How-To

MiChiMu’s Halloween Celebration

What is hiding on your paper? Donʼt worry! Itʼs just a hidden message or picture. Use this painting technique to reveal your spook-tacular design.

This activity was sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers and Caleb and Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation

Candy Chemistry: Skittles Experiment | How-To

Candy Chemistry: Skittles Experiment | How-To

MiChiMu’s Halloween Celebration

Halloween is a great time to do Candy Chemistry! As you prepare for this sweet holiday, you may have some extra skittles lying around. Why not see the rainbow this time, instead of tasting the rainbow? Have you ever wondered why when you leave a skittle in your mouth, it leaves a color on your tongue? In this experiment, you will be exploring the process called stratification, such as oil and water not mixing together.

This activity was sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers

Spider Web Weaving | How-To

Spider Web Weaving | How-To

MiChiMu’s Halloween Celebration

When we think of spiders, we often think of those sticky, messy spider webs. But did you know that not all spiders spin webs? Today, weʼll pretend we are some of the spiders that do spin webs by weaving and decorating our own. Your spider webs can be great Halloween decorations and are great for little fingers practicing their fine motors skills!

This activity was sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers, Caleb and Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation, and Geico North Miami

Toma Todo Game | Activity

Toma Todo Game | Activity

Hispanic Heritage Month

La pirinola, or the toma todo game, is a traditional Mexican six-sided spinning top game, typically played during the holidays. Create your own pirinola, and practice simple Spanish words and phrases while you play!

Our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Cándido Bidó | How-To

Cándido Bidó | How-To

Hispanic Heritage Month

Cándido Bidó was a Dominican painter best known for his use of tropical colors, bold lines, and simple forms. His paintings of sun-drenched landscapes, exotic animals, fruit, flowers, and portraits of local women show a deep love of his surroundings. In this art project we will be using paint, colored construction paper, and a pointillism painting technique to recreate a Cándido Bidó landscape painting. Pointillism is a technique that artists use by adding tiny dots to mix colors.

Our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Folk Art Fabric Arpilleras | How-To

Folk Art Fabric Arpilleras | How-To

Hispanic Heritage Month

Arpilleras originated in Chile as an expression against injustice in their country. Many arpilleras made today come from Peru or other countries that reflect a scene of rural life in the Andes Mountains. They include trees, houses, animals, village people, rivers, and the sun. Using construction paper and different textured fabrics, we will create these three-dimensional quilts, or our own Arpilleras, that tell a story in all the little details!

Our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Card Crafting | How-To

Card Crafting | How-To

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the beginning of the Jewish New Year. One of the ways to celebrate Rosh Hashanah is by eating some delicious apples dipped in honey, which symbolizes a sweet start to the New Year. In this activity, we will make our own sweet Rosh Hashanah cards with designs of apples and honeycombs!

Nazca Lines | How-To

Nazca Lines | How-To

Hispanic Heritage Month

The Nazca Lines are a collection of large geoglyphs, a large design produced from the ground. They are found within the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. Most of the Nazca Lines are lines or shapes, while others look like plants and animals like a monkey, hummingbird, dog, or tree. What kind of Nazca Lines will you create?

Our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Scented Paint | Sensory Play | How-To

Scented Paint | Sensory Play | How-To

Sensory Friendly Saturday

Making Sense of Scents | Saturday, September 12

Paint and sniff in this sensory-based art activity. Use essential oils, extracts, and spices from home to create scented paint. Then see what colors and smells you can create by mixing them together!

Smelling Memory Game | Sensory Play | How-To

Smelling Memory Game | Sensory Play | How-To

Sensory Friendly Saturday

Making Sense of Scents | Saturday, September 12

Your sense of smell is a bigger part of your life than you may think. It can cause different memories or even emotions to be brought up. How many times have you walked by a bakery and gotten hungry? Or smelled a perfume and remembered someone special? In this game, weʼre going to practice using smell to remember where it comes from.

Autumn Cloud Dough | Sensory Bin | How-To

Autumn Cloud Dough | Sensory Bin | How-To

Sensory Friendly Saturday

Making Sense of Scents | Saturday, September 12

Your sense of smell has the best memory! It can trigger happy, sad, and bad moments. Certain smells can give your children comfort, self-regulation, and can even help with attention and focus. Try introducing soothing smells to your little ones through their environment and through fun, playful sensory bins such as this one.

Panamanian Molas | How-To

Panamanian Molas | How-To

Hispanic Heritage Month

Molas are a traditional textile craft originating from the San Blas islands in Panama. The word “Mola” means “blouse” or “shirt” in the Kuna Tribe’s language. Panamanian Mola designs reflect the Kunaʼs beliefs, daily life, and nature. These molas are made from layers of colored fabric that are stitched and cut to create patterns and pictures.

Our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers.

DIY Book Covers | How-To

DIY Book Covers | How-To

Back to School Bash

Need to cover your textbooks for school? Make your books look colorful and creative by decorating your front cover with unique designs!

Our Back to School Bash is sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers.

DIY Pencil Pouch | How-To

DIY Pencil Pouch | How-To

Back to School Bash

Itʼs back to school time! Join us in creating a DIY pencil pouch using only 4 materials you can find at home. Customize your pouch with fun patterns and add your name to the design!

Our Back to School Bash is sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Popsicle Stick Number Puzzle | How-To

Popsicle Stick Number Puzzle | How-To

Back to School Bash

As you prepare to start school again, make sure your counting is on point! Combine your art and math skills with this fun puzzle.

Our Back to School Bash is sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Paper Airplanes | How-To

Paper Airplanes | How-To

AVIATION DAY | AUGUST 19

Celebrate Aviation Day by making paper airplanes! Try out “The Dart” and “The Bumble” options, then see if you can create your own unique design. Test them out and see which works the best.

You can also try out the Paper Airplane Launcher activity below to see how far they can fly!

Paper Airplane Launcher | How-To

Paper Airplane Launcher | How-To

AVIATION DAY | AUGUST 19

Create a paper airplane launcher to see just how far your paper airplanes from the activity above can fly!

Summer Sight Word Games | Activity

Summer Sight Word Games | Activity

Back to School Bash

Have some fun outdoors with these two different games that mix water and learning! Shoot down your targets with a water gun and throw water balloons to hit your marks, all while practicing sight words and playing.

Our Back to School Bash is sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Pencil Toppers | How-To

Pencil Toppers | How-To

Back to School Bash

Get your little ones feeling excited and prepared for school with this fun and engaging activity! Use your creativity to make your everyday pencils unique and colorful with these funky pencil toppers.

Our Back to School Bash is sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Friendship Art | How-To

Friendship Art | How-To

In celebration of friendship we are creating a collaborative art piece to share space, materials and ideas though the process of art.

This mixed media project can include any textured item found in your craft drawer like pompoms, feathers, tissue paper, buttons and more. After you and a friend have finished, you will divide it and each of you will keep a piece. Like friendship there is no one way of doing this activity, so grab a friend and share styles and materials and work together to create this textured piece!

Diversity Portraits | How-To

Diversity Portraits | How-To

Imagine a world where everything was the same, one kind of plant, animal, color, and human… that would get pretty boring, wouldn’t it? Thankfully, our world is very diverse! There are hundreds of different kinds of plants, animals, and colors. Humans differ in gender, beliefs, culture and skin tone – but at the end of the day, we are still all humans.

This activity is inspired by the illustrations from the book, “It’s Okay to Be Different” by Todd Parr. Create your own diverse masterpiece that highlights the different aspects of humanity!

DIY 3 Ingredient Finger Paint | How-To

DIY 3 Ingredient Finger Paint | How-To

Making your own homemade paint with kids is a hands-on process that helps children understand that store-bought products are not the only way!

This recipe is simple, non-toxic, and uses 3 ingredients you can easily find at home. Not to mention, itʼs pretty rewarding seeing your own art materials come to life! This is also a great project to explore color mixing and how different colors react to one another.

Make Your Own Ice Cream | How-To

Make Your Own Ice Cream | How-To

National Ice Cream Day is the third Sunday in July, meaning this year it lands on July 19, 2020!

In 1984, Ice Cream Day was made official to commemorate this sweet dessert enjoyed by over 90% of the American population. Did you know you could easily make some in your very own kitchen? Letʼs try it out!

Our National Ice Cream Day celebration is sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Puffy Paint Ice Cream Cones | How-To

Puffy Paint Ice Cream Cones | How-To

Summertime sure is hot! What’s a treat that you can eat to cool off? That’s right… ice cream!

From vanilla to cookies and cream, this beloved treat sure has many flavors for everybody around the world to enjoy. To celebrate National Ice Cream Day, you can make your own puffy ice cream paint. So, what’s your favorite flavor? You can surely try to make it into puffy paint in this fun activity!

Our National Ice Cream Day celebration is sponsored in part by Florida Dairy Farmers.