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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!

Reflections & Resolutions Butterfly Collage | How-To

Reflections & Resolutions Butterfly Collage | How-To

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

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

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

Tis The Season | 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

Tis The Season | 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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

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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!