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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!

Light It Up Bugs

Light It Up Bugs

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!

Spider Web Slime

Spider Web Slime

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!

Coffee Filter Bats

Coffee Filter Bats

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.

Pumpkin Memory Game

Pumpkin Memory Game

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.

Shadow Puppet Theater

Shadow Puppet Theater

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!

Moving Skeleton Hand

Moving Skeleton Hand

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.

Autumn Oobleck Sensory Bin

Autumn Oobleck Sensory Bin

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!

Hidden Messages Watercolor Paintings

Hidden Messages Watercolor Paintings

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.

Candy Chemistry: Skittles Experiment

Candy Chemistry: Skittles Experiment

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.

Spider Web Weaving

Spider Web Weaving

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!

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.

Ice Cream Sensory Bins | How-To

Ice Cream Sensory Bins | How-To

In honor of National Ice Cream Day, we’re creating some “sweet” sensory bins.

Sensory bins are a great way to encourage creative play, practice new vocabulary, sorting skills, and work on fine motor skills as well! Try these two different sensory bins for great tactile variety.

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

Ooey Gooey Oil Sensory Art Project | How-To

Ooey Gooey Oil Sensory Art Project | How-To

Sensory Friendly Saturday

Explore science through art with this sensory based Ooey Gooey Oil art project! Using different household mediums like baby oil, corn syrup, corn starch, almond milk and food coloring, mix and match each to see what happens! Take a closer look at how each medium reacts to another through the process of art.

This is a sensory friendly activity.

Water Sponge Ball Sensory Play | How-To

Water Sponge Ball Sensory Play | How-To

Sensory Friendly Saturday

This is a multi-sensory friendly activity. Itʼs a combination of tactile, textural, visual and physical sensory experiences. The sponge material itself is textural – perhaps a texture your child is not used to experiencing but must engage in if they want to participate. Itʼs tactile and physical in that your child will need to squeeze the sponge ball for the water to be released. This not only results in a satisfying visual sensory experience (watching the water come out) but squeezing is also a release of energy.

This is a sensory friendly activity.

Make A Catapult | How-To

Make A Catapult | How-To

Catapults are a classic building activity for kids. They have been in use since medieval times and were especially popular during warfare. Catapults are used to launch items a great distance.

Let’s see how far you can launch things with your very own homemade catapult!

4th of July Firework Art | How-To

4th of July Firework Art | How-To

Fireworks have been a major part of our 4th of July festivities for years. What better way to get in the spirit of Independence Day than by creating your own firework artwork?

In this activity, we will show you 3 different ways to make fireworks!

Balloon Fireworks | How-To

Balloon Fireworks | How-To

Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, marks the historic date in 1776 when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. The written declaration stated that the American colonies were tired of being ruled by Great Britain and wanted to become their own country. Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, John Adams envisioned fireworks as a part of the festivities. Fireworks are now a common part of our nationʼs celebrations!

Create your own balloon fireworks in this poppin’ activity!

4th of July Fabric Flags | How-To

4th of July Fabric Flags | How-To

In this activity, you can create an American flag in the style of Chilean artist, Serina Garcia Dalla Venezia, who uses fabric in her colorful installations to make balls of different sizes and colors that create a wave of texture!

Colorful Cow Sgraffito Art | How-To

Colorful Cow Sgraffito Art | How-To

Celebrate National Dairy Month by creating your own colorful cow!

Cows are pretty awesome animals; they have four stomachs AND provide us with delicious milk to strengthen our bones! The technique in this activity is called sgraffito, or scratched, and involves scratching the surface of your art piece to reveal beautiful colors underneath!

Sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Make Your Own Butter | How-To

Make Your Own Butter | How-To

June is National Dairy Month, and what better way to celebrate than by making your very own butter?!

Butter is a dairy product made from the fat and protein components of milk or cream. The production and consumption of butter comes from our ancestors, who used butter churns to make it! Today, butter churns are a thing of the past, and in this activity, you will learn how to make your own butter in minutes!

Sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Rainbow Family Hand Portrait | How-To

Rainbow Family Hand Portrait | How-To

Create an abstract family portrait using the hands of everyone in your family. Then make it colorful, like the colors of the rainbow! 🌈 

Our Rainbow Families Celebration is made possible with the support of Nordstrom and other contributing partners, including Edwin Creates, Human Rights Campaign, Safe Schools South Florida, and Yes Institute.

Zoom Balloons | Activity

Zoom Balloons | Activity

This Father’s Day, try out a fun experiment with dad and see whose balloon will reach the finish line first!

Find out how far one balloon will zoom compared to the other. Why do you think they each move at different velocities? Who will be the winner?

Painted Rock Picture Holder | How-To

Painted Rock Picture Holder | How-To

Create a thoughtful and unique painted rock picture holder for your father or father figure this Father’s Day!

Get creative and use his favorite colors in the design. Then, with the help of an adult, print out a photo of you both to put in the holder!

Tissue Paper Dyed Cards | How-To

Tissue Paper Dyed Cards | How-To

Give your father or father figure the ultimate handmade and unique Father’s Day card this year using a special tissue paper dying technique.

Remember, Father’s Day lands on Sunday, June 21!

Juneteenth Flag Activity | How-To

Juneteenth Flag Activity | How-To

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Liberation Day, is an American holiday celebrated annually on June 19.

It dates back to 1865 when union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war was over and that the enslaved people were now free. The Juneteenth Flag represents a new freedom, a new people, and a new star. It also represents the star of Texas bursting with new freedom throughout the land, over a new horizon.

In this activity, create a Juneteenth flag to wave proudly! 

“SAFE SPACE FOR ALL” | How-To

“SAFE SPACE FOR ALL” | How-To

To be an ally is to stand up for someone who is being mistreated or bullied. It means to show empathy and compassion when someone needs you. It means to stand up for your friends or for someone you may not even know, who is being treated meanly. Treat everyone equally, even if someone seems different, be curious, not mean!

How can you be an ally? It’s as simple as displaying a sticker, wearing a supportive button or wristband, or even putting a “Safe Space for All” sign in your window at home!

In this activity you can create a “Safe Space for All” sign using the colors of the rainbow, a white wax (like oil pastels or crayons), and watercolor paint, in celebration of being an ally to everyone!

Our Rainbow Families Celebration is made possible with the support of Nordstrom and other contributing partners, including Edwin Creates, Human Rights Campaign, Safe Schools South Florida, and Yes Institute.

Black Light Painting | How-To

Black Light Painting | How-To

Create a 3D glow party sculpture with black light paint and a cereal box! Use a black light and fluorescent paint to create an epic glow effect or just follow along with bright paint, either way, this cereal box transformation is fun to create! Get creative and make your box into a robot, car, or any other thing you can imagine. We’re going to use fun and simple designs like swirls, zig zags, stars, circles and words.

Glow in the dark painting is a visual sensory friendly activity. It not only engages your child’s visual motor skills through the simple act of painting, but it also challenges their visual perceptions of what they’ve painted when the lights go out and their designs glow!

Don’t worry if you’re missing any of the supplies, we created a shopping list on Amazon to help get you started. Click below to shop!

P.S. If you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Miami Children’s Museum as your nonprofit to support, a portion of the proceeds from your order will come back to us at no extra cost to you! 

This is a sensory friendly activity.

Flashlight Tag | Activity

Flashlight Tag | Activity

Flashlight tag is a sensory activity that engages gross motor skills, patience, perception, and visual motor skills.

This activity teaches children a new way of perceiving things, because their eyes have to adjust to a dark setting, and they have to learn how to see things using only light that’s coming from a flashlight. It also teaches them simple lessons like taking turns and following rules.

This is a sensory friendly activity.

Glow-in-the-Dark Face Paint | How-To

Glow-in-the-Dark Face Paint | How-To

Celebrate Sensory Friendly Saturday with us and have yourself a DIY at-home Glow Party!

Our first activity is a homemade glow-in-the-dark face paint that can be used to paint your face and body! When you’re done, turn off all the lights and use a black light to see your creation. The heavier the paint is applied, the more it will glow!

This is a sensory friendly activity.

Creating Different Emotions | How-To

Creating Different Emotions | How-To

This activity is designed to help children learn about different shapes, to show them how to express different emotions, and to encourage them to showcase their unique personalities!

Ocean Salt Painting | How-To

Ocean Salt Painting | How-To

World Oceans Day is June 8! Did you know that 71% of the Earth’s surface is made up of ocean? We often think that plants on land provide us with oxygen, but in fact, the ocean produces most of the oxygen we rely on to breathe.

We need to take care of our oceans since they are essential to our planet!

Ocean Pollution Experiment | Experiment

Ocean Pollution Experiment | Experiment

World Oceans Day is June 8! We’re celebrating by reminding everyone to keep our oceans clean by not polluting. Pollution is caused when something unnatural, like plastic or oil, enters a natural environment, like air or water. Pollution can be very harmful to the plants and animals who live in these environments. Trash in the ocean can harm marine plants and make fish sick.

In this experiment, learn how challenging it is to remove pollution from the ocean once it is there, and the importance of being responsible with our garbage.

Chinese Dragon Puppet | How-To

Chinese Dragon Puppet | How-To

Dragons are a symbol of power and good luck in China, and the dragon dance is a traditional dance and performance often seen at festive celebrations.

Create your own Chinese dragon puppet to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

Pool Noodle Nunchucks | How-To

Pool Noodle Nunchucks | How-To

Nunchucks, or “nunchaku”, are most widely used in martial arts and are supposed to help you improve posture and develop quicker hand movements. Nunchucks are perfect for kids who love karate and ninjas! They are easy to make and great for hours of entertainment.

All you need is a pool noodle and some string, then use the pointers below to help you master a new skill!

Tan Ping Abstract Art  | How-To

Tan Ping Abstract Art | How-To

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re making a modern abstract art piece inspired by the contemporary Chinese artist Tan Ping.

Tan’s work is characterized by the use of loose brushwork, color blocking, and a recurring motif of “drips” that look like they’re running across the canvas in all different directions. Using just a cereal box, some paint, and a straw to blow the paint around, you can create your own fun and modern, Asian inspired abstract art piece!

Japanese Carp Streamers | How-To

Japanese Carp Streamers | How-To

These Japanese carp streamers, known as koinobori, are used to celebrate children in Japan during the months of April and May. The windsocks are flown across Japan to wish children good future, health and strength.

In celebration of Asian American Pacific Heritage Month, make your own carp streamer to fly outside your house!

Frontliners Rainbow Window Activity | How-To

Frontliners Rainbow Window Activity | How-To

Show your support and solidarity for our frontliners! Healthcare professionals do an astounding, courageous job of saving our lives and helping us lead a healthy life. They are working extremely hard, on the frontlines, in battling COVID-19.

In this activity, you will create a rainbow sign that you can put in your front window to celebrate and thank the healthcare professionals who are risking their lives to help others.

Melted Crayon Planets | How-To

Melted Crayon Planets | How-To

There are 8 planets in our Solar System: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Did you know that Jupiter is the largest planet and Mercury is the smallest? We live on the planet Earth.

Create your own planet using melted crayons and see how it shines!

Make a 3D Robot | How-To

Make a 3D Robot | How-To

Building things together helps your little ones learn to problem-solve, make social connections, and stimulate curiosity. Try working together to build your own robot out of materials in your home! What boxes will work best to keep it standing? Which shapes and textures will work best for the different body parts? Does your robot have a function?

Get creative and think outside the box!

Make A Teru Teru Bozu | How-To

Make A Teru Teru Bozu | How-To

Teru Teru Bozu are Japanese ghost-like dolls made popular by farmers in an attempt to bring in good weather – or to prevent a rainy day. The word “teru” means Sunshine, and the word “bozu” means Buddhist Monk (or priest), and together, it translates to Shine Shine Monk.

Make your very own Teru Teru Bozu, then hang it up outside when the weather is bad as a good luck charm!

Sound Scavenger Hunt | Activity

Sound Scavenger Hunt | Activity

Go on an epic sound scavenger hunt in your very own home! Find each item from the list below and listen to the sounds it makes! Describe the sounds you can make with each item. Are they loud or quiet sounds?

Write down what you hear and if you don’t know the word for it, make up a new one!

This is a sensory friendly activity.

Pressed Flowers Card | How-To

Pressed Flowers Card | How-To

Create a beautiful bouquet of real pressed flowers to decorate your Mother’s Day card!

Find some beautiful flowers around your house or neighborhood, then use your microwave to dehydrate and press them down.

This is a sensory friendly activity.

Pizza Pillow Pile Up | Activity

Pizza Pillow Pile Up | Activity

This is a pressure therapy activity. Parents, you can utilize this when you feel your child needs to calm down or release.

You can take turns so that both you and your child get a chance to relax!

This is a sensory friendly activity.

“Hand” Made Card | How-To

“Hand” Made Card | How-To

Make a “hand” made card with paint, paper and your handprint to hang on your wall or give as a gift!

Using the negative space of a stencil, you can design multiple tiny handprints to make a beautiful abstract heart.

Mexican Tin Art | How-To

Mexican Tin Art | How-To

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, this art project is based on a form of embossed Mexican folk art commonly referred to as Hojalata, which is the Spanish word for tin. Hojalata dates back to the 16th century and has a wonderful mix of color and texture. It is typically made by stamping and punching tin, but today, we are going to use recycled aluminum and permanent markers instead! We will also be looking at Mexican symbolism from the Huicholes, who are the indigenous people of Mexico.

Explore texture and color with this traditional Mexican craft, then use it as a decoration for Cinco de Mayo festivities! 

Mexican Hat Dance | Activity

Mexican Hat Dance | Activity

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage, culture and pride. The Mexican Hat Dance is used as a celebration and symbol of national pride among Mexican people.

Kids will be able to work on balance, coordination and reflexes as they dance to “Jarabe Tapatio” which is the national dance of Mexico.

Make Your Own Worry Doll | How-To

Make Your Own Worry Doll | How-To

A worry doll is a small handmade doll that, according to Guatemalan legend, can remove your worries and grant you wisdom! Children are told to tell their worries to their dolls and place them under their pillows… then in the morning, they wake up refreshed and worry-free!

So get creative and make your own worry doll today!

Shrinky Bracelet | How-To

Shrinky Bracelet | How-To

Make a beautiful homemade shrinky bracelet using #6 plastic containers! It’s quick, easy, and makes a great gift – so get creative and let your inner artist out with this fun DIY craft.

Remember, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10!

Words Hurt | Activity

Words Hurt | Activity

This activity requires an adult and a child, but more than one child can participate! Explain to the child/ren that you are going to do an activity to show how words affect people.

It’s important to know that once we say mean things, we can’t take them back. This activity will help demonstrate how very true that is!

This is a sensory friendly activity.

Recycling Scavenger Hunt | Activity

Recycling Scavenger Hunt | Activity

This scavenger hunt will help show your children what can go in the recycling (blue) bin and what can go in the trash (green) bin. It’s important for us to recycle in order to reduce the amount of trash that makes it into our landfills; but not everything can be recycled, and if it’s done so incorrectly, it takes a lot of time and manpower to sort it all out. So have fun with your kids in this activity and help them figure out what can and cannot be recycled!

We have compiled a quick list of common household items at the end of the activity to help get you started.

Ramadan Countdown Calendar | How-To

Ramadan Countdown Calendar | How-To

Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. This year, it begins on April 23rd and ends on May 23rd. During Ramadan, one must fast every day from dawn to sunset. The last day of Ramadan is called Eid al-Fitr and Muslims around the world celebrate it with their families and communities.

In this activity, you will make a DIY calendar that counts down the days from the start of Ramadan to the end, and receive a sweet treat in the process!

Earth Day Recycled Art Project | How-To

Earth Day Recycled Art Project | How-To

Learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle in celebration of Earth Day 2020!

Create fun and colorful sculptures using recycled materials from your home. This project is based on the work of Joan Miró, who was a surrealist artist that made multicolored sculptures using bold shapes and forms that sometimes looked like figures with a face. So take a look around and see that kind of materials you can find to make a unique sculpture!

Autism Awareness | Activity

Autism Awareness | Activity

This can be a family activity! It requires at least 5 people, however, one person might be able to do two parts. One person in each group will play the part of someone with autism. The other 4 people will each have different jobs. Have everyone take turns being Person 1 before you discuss.

How do you think it feels to have autism?

This is a sensory friendly activity.

Family Tree | How-To

Family Tree | How-To

Family trees help children learn about the different people in their family, what makes their family unit so special, and may even introduce them to new family members they have never even met! You can make this family tree as simple (immediate family members) or as intricate (extended family members) as you like. Have fun exploring your family unit with your little one/s!

This activity is part of our Family Friday programming. Thank you for joining us to celebrate The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child! We hope you enjoyed all the activities!

Ice Painting | Activity

Ice Painting | Activity

Have fun exploring art through touch and get creative with Ice Painting! This activity is great for all ages and has an extra sensory element to keep kids engaged using easy to find items. A perfect activity to do outside if you’re trying to stay cool or get some fresh air.

This activity is part of our Artsy Thursday programming. Follow us all week long as we celebrate The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child with a different theme each day! 

Tallest Tower Challenge | How-To

Tallest Tower Challenge | How-To

Building things together helps your little ones learn to problem-solve, make social connections, and stimulate curiosity. Try working together to build a tall tower and follow the challenge’s rules.

How can you change the base of your tower to make it sturdy?

What materials work the best to give it height?

This activity is part of our Work Together Wednesday programming. Follow us all week long as we celebrate The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child with a different theme each day!

The Day The Crayons Quit | Activity

The Day The Crayons Quit | Activity

Make a one of a kind t-shirt design with this fun sandpaper printing technique! Learn about the process of printmaking by transferring crayon drawings using heat from an iron, onto a shirt.

This activity ties into our “The Day The Crayons Quit” story time (link below) with the MiChiMu Theatre Troupe!

Share photos of your creations and tag us #MiChiMuAtHome #MiChiMuKids 

Salt Dough Easter Eggs | How-To

Salt Dough Easter Eggs | How-To

Get creative and have fun with this simple project to celebrate Easter!

Create salt dough Easter eggs using typical household ingredients, then make them your own with paint, glitter glue, puffy paint, or any other art supplies you have.

Elijah's Cup | How-To

Elijah's Cup | How-To

In Judaism, Elijah’s cup is a ceremonial cup of wine poured during the Seder dinner on Passover. It is left untouched in honor of Elijah, who according to tradition, will arrive one day as an unknown guest to herald the advent of the Messiah.

This fun craft project can help children contribute to the celebration in their own unique way!

Women's History Month: Yayoi Kusama (Vo.2) | How-To

Women's History Month: Yayoi Kusama (Vo.2) | How-To

Here is the second version of the art activity below, inspired by Yayoi Kusama! Let’s see what masterpieces will unfold…

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary female artist, whose work is based in conceptual art and shows some attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, pop art, and abstract expressionism. She has been acknowledged as one of the most important living artists from Japan, and is best known for her work using bright colors and polka dots!

Programming for Mini Mondays is created for children under 5 and is sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Women's History Month: Yayoi Kusama (Vo.1) | How-To

Women's History Month: Yayoi Kusama (Vo.1) | How-To

In honor of Women’s History Month, check out this two part art activity inspired by Yayoi Kusama. Gather up some materials and try this at home with the little ones!

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary female artist, whose work is based in conceptual art and shows some attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, pop art, and abstract expressionism. She has been acknowledged as one of the most important living artists from Japan, and is best known for her work using bright colors and polka dots!

Programming for Mini Mondays is created for children under 5 and is sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers.

Women's History Month: Georgia O'keeffe | How-To

Women's History Month: Georgia O'keeffe | How-To

In honor of Women’s History Month, we have an exciting art activity inspired by Georgia O’keeffe, for you to try out at home!

Georgia O’keeffe was an American artist and painter who is recognized as one of America’s most important and successful artists known for her influence on American modernism. Her work is nature based and has a strong focus on color. This activity explores the tones and shades of color and texture using tissue paper.