Kids’ Activities and Lesson Plans

Lessons & Lesson Plans

All About Eggs: Have you noticed a lot of baby birds lately? Well where do they come from? Eggs of course! But did you know other baby animals come from eggs? The Ward Museum’s Curriculum Specialist, Jennie Friedman, is here to tell us all about eggs. Learn about many different animals that hatch from eggs, and then do a fun egg-themed activity at home. Children will learn all about a variety of animals that come from eggs by listening to stories and doing a fun egg activity. For a print out lesson plan click here.

Bees and Flowers: Children will hear about honeybees, and how to create a fun garden to help them.

Using Your Five Senses: Help your child to understand their five senses by discovering what’s in nature to touch, see, feel, hear, and smell.​ Watch this video then, download this workbook to take with you when you go on your adventure outside.

Grow Your Own Food: Green Quarantine: Spring is in full swing and there’s nothing more rewarding (or eco-friendly) than growing your own food! Ward Museum Curricilum Specialist Jennie Friedman will show you how easy it can be to grow vegetables at home, and explains why growing your own food is so important for a healthy environment.

Build Your Own Pinecone Bird Feeders: Attract birds (and even squirrels) to your yard with easy-to-make pinecone bird feeders! A fun project for adults and kids, Ward Museum Curriculum Specialist Jennie Friedman teaches the simple steps to making a feeder that is sure to get a lot of attention from the animals in your neighborhood.

Story Time

Charley Harper’s What’s in the Woods: A Nature Discovery Book by Zoe Burke. Read by Kristin and Alice Sullivan.

The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall. Read by Wesley Myrer, Education Assistant at the Ward Museum.

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston. Ward Museum Education Assistant Wes Myrer reads about the many different kinds of eggs in this beautiful book by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long.

Drop in Art

Zentangles with Jenell Willey – Looking for something fun to do, to de-stress? Try zentangles! Tyaskin, MD artist Jenell Willey was going to be one of our monthly Drop in Art instructors; but since we’re closed for the time, she’s made this great instructional video for us to share with you here instead.

Drop in Art Jr

Little Baa – Mary Knapp reads Little Baa by Kim Lewis, and leads a cute upcycled lamb craft.

The Best Nest – Mary Knapp reads The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman, shows a few birds nest, and demonstrates how to make a pretend bird’s nest out of homemade play dough.

The Thing About Spring – Mary Knapp reads The Thing About Spring by Daniel Kirk and shows how to make a cute paper bag bunny puppet.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Mary Knapp reads Eric Carle’s classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and then shows how to make your own caterpillar out of an egg carton.

Huff and Puff’s April Showers – In this Drop in Art Jr. story time video, Mary Knapp reads “Huff and Puff’s April Showers” by Jean Warren, to help transition from April to May. Make your own pop-up card!

I’m a Seed – For this Drop in Art, Jr. story, Mary Knapp reads “I’m a Seed” by Jean Marzollo, illustrated by Judith Moffatt. What plants will you grow this year?

Planting a Rainbow – For today’s Drop in Art Jr. story, Mary Knapp reads the classic book, “Planting a Rainbow,” by Lois Ehlert.

Paint a Beautiful Hyacinth – Paint a beautiful grape hyacinth with Mary Knapp for this week’s Drop in Art Jr. Check back each week for more crafts and story time with Mary!

Flower Garden – For today’s Drop in Art, Jr. story, Mary Knapp reads “Flower Garden” by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. Discover how children everywhere – even in cities – can create their own beautiful gardens.

Bee Dance – For today’s Drop in Art, Jr. story, Mary Knapp reads “Bee Dance” by Rick Churstowski. Kids will discover why bees are so important, and how they do elaborate dances to communicate with one another. Create a colorful (and eco-friendly) bumblebee with with Mary Knapp for this week’s Drop in Art Jr.

Creepy Beetles – Creepy Beetles by Fay Robinson and and Jean Cassel. Don’t let bugs bug you! Learn about the many amazing kinds of beetles – one of the largest groups of animals in the world – in this fun book Reading today is Rachel Svites. In this Drop in Art, Jr. craft, Rachel Svites shows us how to make a cute bug puppet out of a plastic spoon, construction paper, and paint! Rachel is a PR & Strategic Communications student from Salisbury University, who interned at the Ward Museum this spring. Thank you so much for all your hard work, Rachel!

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