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Category Archives: Things to Do at Home

Brain Builders: Glue and Salt and Water Colors, Oh My!

Sometimes the best things in life take a little time to create. In this two part project kids first create words or designs with glue and salt and then once those are dry they add color with paint and watch it blend and spread like magic!

January 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Suncatchers

Now that the sun is setting early we want to make the most of the daylight hours. You can make a beautiful suncatcher at home.

November 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

ABCs of Halloween Game

Let’s move our bodies and get into the Halloween spirit! Make up your own dance by spelling your name or go from A-Z. Maybe you can make a family dance routine!

October 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Spooky Lanterns Craft

Now that the sun is setting earlier and Halloween is approaching, it’s fun to have a special night light or lantern in your home or in your room. Make a spooky lantern with directions on our blog!

October 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Make “Boo Bombs”

October is a great time to try out some classic science experiments with a Halloween twist! You can make some Boo Bombs out of items in your kitchen.

October 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Froggy Friends Craft

October is a perfect month for a froggy friend! Make your frog (or monster, or dragon!) and practice controlling your breath as you play.

October 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

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