We recognize and understand that families may feel isolated while practicing the COVID-19 social distancing directives. In an effort to help families stay connected with each other and the Children’s Museum our educators have created a series of Facebook posts called Museum Fun 101. Please visit the Children’s Museum Facebook Page and Instagram for tips and suggestions for enrichment and learning hands-on activities possible at home.
The “Great Indoor” Coloring Series
The expERIEnce Children’s Museum is excited to announce a partnership with local artist, Heather Cash. Heather has been a long-time friend of the Children’s Museum and her beautiful mural artwork can be found on many walls inside the Museum. The coloring pages are uniquely designed for the Children’s Museum will be released each week beginning May 1st. To see more of Heather’s family friendly artful fun visit heathercash.com
Coloring Page One: Squirrels_At_Home
Coloring Page Two: The_Beaver_Lodge (002)
Coloring Page Three: Sloths At Home
Coloring Page Four: Birdhouse
STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math) Home Activities:
- Recycle and Play shares crafts and activities for kids using only recycled materials.
- Museum Arts and Culture Access Consortium‘s at home activities list.
- The Kennedy Center has launched Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!, encouraging young learners around the world to draw and doodle.
- DC Collaborative Distance Learning Database is a compilation of online and printable arts and humanities learning resources for students, teachers, and families.
- Dreambox is offering 90 days free and has great math games.
- Canticos has bilingual nursery rhymes and videos.
- Read Aloud for Kids
- Scholastic Learn at Home virtual lessons.
- Wonderopolis encourages kids to get curious by posing intriguing questions as exploring them in a variety of ways.
- Institute of Education Sciences-Activities for Students Stuck at Home
- Families can access Brain Pop, educational games and videos, for free while schools are closed.
- Museum partner Nickelodeon’s #KidsTogether initiative uses beloved characters to engage with kids and families on tips for staying healthy.
- Keep learning in your place and at your pace with the Museum of Science and Industry’s Science at Home Resources.
- Museum partner Amazon Future Engineer offers free online computer science classes.
- Code.org is always free, and kids love the Minecraft coding game from Museum partner Microsoft.
the great outdoors
- DC Area Moms Blog 101 screen-free indoor + outdoor activities.
- United Way’s 211 Helpline is available for those who find themselves in need of information and referral during this time. 211 is FREE and available 24/7/365 to all residents in Erie County free and confidentially. Need help? Don’t know where to turn? Those in need can dial 2-1-1, visit PA211NW.org to conduct your own search. You can also text your need and zip code to 898-211 to receive information by text.
- Free Broadband for Low Income Households
- Internet Essentials affordable internet at home.
- American Academy of Pediatrics resources to guide discussions during this stressful time.
Talking to Children about Covid-19:
- UNICEF has assembled information especially for parents and caregivers on what they should know, as well as how those that work with children can have important conversations about this global pandemic.
- PBS has developed a resource on How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus.
- NPR comic from leading experts to help you speak to your child about the virus.
- The National Association of School Psychologists developed the parent resource, Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
- Italian children’s museums developed “A curious guide for courageous kids,” available in 15+ languages.
- Fun video teaching kids how washing hands removes viruses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=40&v=2eqhw6yZk-c&feature=emb_logo