If you cant go to the museum. Make one at home.
Talk with your child about visiting a museum. If they have visited a museum in person, great! If they have never visited a museum, you can tour some photos of the BCHS exhibits. There are also many other famous museums you can tour virtually.
Next, encourage your child to find toys, everyday objects, or things in nature to make their own collections and museum displays. In the picture above, a child made their museum of toys complete with names for each of the exhibits (Hall of Mammals, Egyptian Room, Sea Creatures, etc...). Want to do more? Use FaceTime to give grandparents or friends a tour of the museum. Don't forget to charge admission!
Museums are made up of collections of interesting things called artifacts. The artifacts are put together in groups of things that are alike. Can you look around and find some toys or objects that would make an interesting museum exhibit?
Older children: What else can you do to extend your learning? Make labels, write artifact descriptions, record a guided tour... Share your ideas #AtHomeWithBCHS.
For younger children: Collect two categories of objects (e.g. balls and animals) give your child containers and help them sort their collections into objects that are alike. Add more objects or have them find more objects to add to their collections.
Activities and experiences to engage with history at home. Share your work with us #AtHomeWithBCHS
If you've enjoyed these activities, please consider making a donation of $3, $5, or $10 so we can continue to bring you great projects for your family.