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Category Archives: Things to Do at Home

Brain Builders: Animal Scavenger Hunt

Looking for a new way to get up and moving as well as get kids minds active and learning? Try a scavenger hunt!

August 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Sink or Float

Do you find the idea of doing a science experiment intimidating? Does S.T.E.M scare you? Never fear! “Doing science” with young children doesn’t need to be complicated and you have plenty of materials right in your home. This week’s Brain Builder is a classic science experiment: Sink or Float

July 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Meltasaurus

Looking for another way to keep cool this summer? Give “Meltasaurus” a try! Meltasaurus is one of our most popular activities for younger children at the museum and now you can try them at home!

July 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Early Explorers: DIY Sensory Board

Older babies and toddlers love to touch, feel, and explore. You can make a sensory board with items you have in your home. You’ll need a piece of cardboard, a hot glue gun, and some creativity.

June 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Staff Show & Tell: Paper Towel Pride Flag Experiment

by Taylor Flesch, marketing supervisor & membership assistant In honor of Pride Month, Taylor, who you might have met behind the front desk at Madison Children’s Museum, brings us a … Continue reading

June 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Band-Aids, A Poem and Activity

Reading poetry with kids is a great Brain Builder. After reading “Band-Aids” by Shel Silverstein try using some old wrapping paper to trace your child. Then read the poem again and identify all the body parts in the poem.

June 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Staff Show & Tell: DIY Rainbow Sprinkles

In honor of Pride Month, Francesca, who you might have met behind the front desk at Madison Children’s Museum, shows us how to make our own amazing rainbow sprinkles!

June 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Early Explorers: Toddler Stacking Tower

Many of us don’t love the idea of so many kids toys made out of plastic, but the wooden options are just so expensive. Plus it’s hard to justify investing in fancy toys that the kid may play with for a couple hours at most. The solution: DIY toys made out of cheap, recyclable or up-cycled material that are ok to rip, mangle, and then discard. Enter the DIY Toddler Stacking Tower!

June 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Early Explorers: DIY Peek-a-boo Book

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager It’s been a challenge for all of us during this time of social distancing; we feel tired, confused (what day is it?), uncertain, … Continue reading

June 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Lacing Shapes

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager You can spend money on expensive craft kits, but it’s more fun (and more economical) to DIY it. Have some extra cardboard lying … Continue reading

May 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Restaurant Game

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager In honor of both Madison Resturant Week (this year in a to-go format!) and our Pie-in-the-Sky diner, which is a favorite exhibit at … Continue reading

May 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

MCM Hits the Streets—and the Sidewalks

We’d planned to launch the MCM Roadshow this summer to celebrate our 40th anniversary, coming this fall. The pandemic has forced Madison Children’s Museum to revise those original plans, which involved bringing … Continue reading

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

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