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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!

Tan Pink Abstract Art

Tan Pink Abstract Art

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!

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Japanese Carp Streamers

Japanese Carp Streamers

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!

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Frontliners Rainbow Window Activity

Frontliners Rainbow Window Activity

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.

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Melted Crayon Planets

Melted Crayon Planets

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!

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How to make a 3D Robot!

How to make a 3D Robot!

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!

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How To Make A Teru Teru Bozu

How To Make A Teru Teru Bozu

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! 

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“Hand” Made Card

“Hand” Made Card

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.

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Mexican Tin Art

Mexican Tin Art

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! 

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Mexican Hat Dance

Mexican Hat Dance

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.

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Make Your Own Worry Doll

Make Your Own Worry Doll

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!

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Shrinky Bracelet

Shrinky Bracelet

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!

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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!

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Recycling Scavenger Hunt

Recycling Scavenger Hunt

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.

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Ramadan Countdown Calendar

Ramadan Countdown Calendar

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!

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Earth Day Recycled Art Project

Earth Day Recycled Art Project

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!

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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?

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Family Tree

Family Tree

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!

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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! 

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Tallest Tower Challenge

Tallest Tower Challenge

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?

Be sure to share with us how tall your tower is! #MiChiMuKids

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!

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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 #MiChiMuKids #MiChiMuAtHome

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Salt Dough Easter Eggs

Salt Dough Easter Eggs

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.

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Elijah's Cup Passover Activity

Elijah's Cup Passover Activity

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!

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Women's History Month: Yayoi Kusama (Vo.2)

Women's History Month: Yayoi Kusama (Vo.2)

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!

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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)

Women's History Month: Yayoi Kusama (Vo.1)

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!

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

Women's History Month: Georgia O'keeffe

Women's History Month: Georgia O'keeffe

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.

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