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Category Archives: Things to Do at Home

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

Brain Builders: Sleeping Animals Game

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager Stuck inside and need to burn off some energy? Try the Sleeping Animals Game! Practice listening skills and engage in both pretend and … Continue reading

May 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Climbing Robots

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager Here’s another fun game to make with supplies you have at home! List of supplies: Piece of card stock Marker Scissors String Tape … Continue reading

April 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Mind Jars

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager Sometimes when young children are overwhelmed with emotion they need a visual cue to help them calm down.  A mind jar can serve … Continue reading

April 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Marshmallow Launchers

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager This boredom buster is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Follow these easy steps to make a Marshmallow Launcher from items you likely … Continue reading

April 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Marvelous Marble Mazes

by Heather Davis, MCM Early Learning Manager Is your child tired of all their toys already? Try making your own game! All you need is a paper plate, strips of … Continue reading

April 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Nature Monday: Number Hunt

by Joyce Hemphill Celebrate spring with a family walk. Enjoy the colors and sounds as they unfold with the increasingly warmer weather. As you walk challenge one another to a … Continue reading

April 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brain Builders: Create an Indoor Obstacle Course

Bored or stuck inside on a rainy day? You can create an indoor obstacle course in your home using items you already have! With help from my friend, Claire, (who … Continue reading

March 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Create a Toy Scavenger Hunt

As of today, here in Wisconsin Governor Evers has declared that all non-essential businesses must close to limit the spread of COVID-19. For many of us that means even fewer … Continue reading

March 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Learn From Nature

By Joyce Hemphill (Queen of Play) My young neighbor was telling me about a nature walk she took with her mom. They set out looking for ‘signs of spring.’ They … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

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