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.

Science Experiments

Science Experiment: The State of Matter (Solids & Liquids) The hot temperatures of summer give us an opportunity to try an exciting science experiment to learn about the state of matter, and how solids can turn to liquids.Ward Museum Education Assistant Wesley Myrer created this simple, kid-friendly science experiment to show how certain household items can transform from a solid to a liquid with temperature. All you need to do this at home is: 1. Cupcake tray (or ice cube tray) 2. Cupcake liners 3. Random household items (we used a crayon, paperclip, quarter, eraser, chocolate, and a lollipop)

At-Home Science Experiment: Reactions- Ward Museum Education Assistant Wesley Myrer is back with another at-home science experiment perfect for kids. This week, Wesley looks at reactions. When liquid dish soap is added to milk, the soap reacts with the milk and reduces the surface tension of the milk – reacting with the milkfat. The interaction causes the fat in the milk to move across the surface and create swirls of colors. All you need to do this at home is: 1. Food Coloring (at least 2 colors) 2. Milk 3. A Cup 4. A Q-Tip (or a toothpick) 5. Liquid Dish SoapSHOW LESS

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.

Foam Printmaking– Join Drop in Art instructor Jenell Willey for a simple project with a lot of variations (and you’ve probably got all the items you need to make it on hand)! Printmaking is the art of transferring an image from a template or “Matrix” to another surface – typically onto paper or fabric. There are several different types of printmaking techniques like, woodcuts, linocuts, engraving, lithography, screen-printing & monotyping. With printmaking you are able to make multiple prints of the same image (with the exception of monotyping). For this project we’ll use a simple process to create your own matrix and original prints! What You Need: 1. Foam (ex. foam plate or foam food package) 2. Scissors 3. A ballpoint pen 4. A toothpick 5. Washable markers (no sharpies or permanent markers) 6. Paper (card stock preferred) 7. Paper towels

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!

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle– For today’s Drop in Art, Jr. story, Mary Knapp reads “The Very Clumsy Click Beetle” by Eric Carle. Kids will discover all about the fascinating nature of the shy, but very acrobatic click beetle. Learn to create your very own jumping click beetle with Mary.

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle- For today’s Drop in Art, Jr. story, Mary Knapp reads “The Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle. Kids will follow along to the story of a very grouchy ladybug and how she turns things around with the kindness and generosity of a happy ladybug to become a happy ladybug herself! Don’t forget to check out the companion video to today’s Drop in Art Jr., to learn how to make your very own ladybug.

The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carlee Mary Knapp reads “The Very Lonely Firefly” by Eric Carle. Kids will follow along to the story of a very luminous firefly and her search for other fireflies. Nothing says summertime like watching fireflies! Make your very own glowing firefly with a few household items.

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carlee Join Mary Knapp as she reads “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle. Kids will follow along to the story of an industrious spider and her journey to build a beautiful web! Spider webs are fascinating, and kind of a work of art too! Make your very own busy spider and spider web using only a few household items during today’s Drop in Art Jr.!

Life in the Sea by Eileen Curran- Life in the sea is quite colorful and exciting! For today’s Drop in Art, Jr. story, Mary Knapp reads “Life in the Sea” by Eileen Curran. Kids will follow along to the story and learn all about the many wonderful animals that call the ocean home! Make a fun aquatic craft that really shines. This jellyfish suncatcher can be made with a few household items. All you need to make your jellyfish is some contact paper, construction paper, colored tissue paper, and ribbon.

A House for a Hermit Crab by Eric Carle Mary Knapp reads “A House for Hermit Crab” by Eric Carle. Kids will follow along to the story and watch Hermit Crab’s journey to decorate his new “house” and make things A LOT more colorful.

More than just hermit crabs make a home out of their shell! Follow along with Mary Knapp to make your very own hermit crab, complete with all sorts of colorful tag-alongs! All you need to make your colorful hermit crab is a paper plate, some colored construction paper, glue (stick and hot glue), and a pair of scissors. This craft will require a bit of supervision, but we do encourage children to get creative with their construction paper add-ons. Drawings don’t have to be perfect – but we do want to see some colorful shells!

Otter on His Own by Doe Boyle Mary Knapp reads “Otter on His Own” by Doe Boyle. Kids will follow along with our friendly otter as he eats, plays in the ocean, and even hides from some scary sharks! Who doesn’t love otters?! Learn to make your own adorable sea otter! All you need to make your cute paper bag otter puppet is a brown paper bag, black and brown construction paper, some newspaper (or plastic grocery bags), rubber bands, crayons, scissors, and a bit of glue! Not the best at drawing? No problem! A template on how to draw the otter can be found here:…

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