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

Drop in Art Jr. is supported in part by a grant from the Susan K. Black Foundation.

Don’t forget to share your projects with us! Just email wardmuseum@salisbury.edu and we will share your project on our social media (@wardmuseum).


Join educator and artist Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither as she shares how to create your very own documentary story quilt. With step-by-step instructions and guided help for inspiration, Dr. Gaither can help you bring a story quilt to life. Materials for making your own documentary story quilt are available for pick-up at the Ward Museum while supplies last.

All you need to make your quilt is: ・(1) 8×8 piece of light blue fabric ・(1) 8×8 piece of quilting batting ・(1) 10×10 piece of green fabric ・(1) sewing needle ・(1) spool of thread ・(10) safety pins ・any materials you wish to attach to the quilt.

About the Artist: From emancipation in Maryland, to life as a young woman in the 1960s, to Black watermen of the Chesapeake—the story quilts of Dr. Joan Gaither tell powerful biographical stories of her life, the lives of those around her, and the lives of those who came before her. An artist, educator, and 2017 Maryland Heritage Award winner, Dr. Gaither is a master at interpreting autobiographical and community stories through multimedia quilts—sometimes on her own, and often with the assistance and vision of whole communities. Experience her unique exhibit, “Storytelling with Purpose: Documentary Quilts of Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither” on display at the Ward Museum until May 9, 2021. The exhibit features a made-for-exhibit Eastern Shore quilt created with the participation of regional communities engaged in workshops leading up to the show, as well as many of her truly remarkable quilts.


Join wildfowl artist Jenell Willey as she demonstrates how to make a spring-inspired mushroom bookmark from clay for this month’s Drop in Art session. Materials for making your own mushroom bookmark are available for pick-up at the Ward Museum while supplies last. However, you may already have many of the materials at home!

All you need to make your bookmark is: Oven Bake Clay | Paperclip | 18 Gauge Jewelry Wire | Soft Pastels | Paintbrush | Toothpick | Optional: Pliers

About the Artist: Jenell Willey is a freelance artist and art instructor. She enjoys drawing, painting, and various other arts! Much of her inspiration comes from animals and nature. She shares her passion of creating at workshops from her home studio, “In The Art Room”, located in Tyaskin MD, as well as various locations and programs throughout the Eastern Shore.


Join wildfowl carver William Scott Belote as he demonstrates how to properly paint this year’s Ward World Championship Youth Silhouette – a screech owl. His demonstration and techniques would be incredibly helpful to any aspiring carvers or artists looking to participate! Materials and a template for painting the screech owl youth silhouette are available for pick-up at the Ward Museum while supplies last. (Scott has been carving for 46 years and has won Best in Division 5-times at the Ward World Championship.)


Join contemporary painter Tina Johnson as she leads a demonstration and lesson of painting a monochromatic portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. in celebration of MLK Jr.! For anyone looking to participate at home, a full supply of materials to complete the monochromatic painting are available for pick-up at the Ward Museum all January long.


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

Drop in Art Jr. is supported in part by a grant from the Susan K. Black Foundation.

Don’t forget to share your projects with us! Just email wardmuseum@salisbury.edu and we will share your project on our social media (@wardmuseum).


They say April showers bring May flowers, but did you know that there is more to flowers than just their pretty faces? Flowers are an important source of food for birds, bats, bees, wasps, butterflies, and other insects. Flowers share their pollen and nectar with their winged friends who in turn help pollinate the flowers. Once pollinated, these beautiful flowers continue to grow into fruits, vegetables, and seeds.

This week’s story “Flowers Are Calling” by Rita Gray illustrates how flowers beckon their flying friends to visit and help in the pollination process. For our craft this week we are going to make an amazing glue-free felt tulip. Yes, glue-free! Remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make our weekly craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up! Please come join us and make a wonderful red tulip just in time for Mother’s Day.


One day Miss Fox decides to start to be a little more “Green” by riding her bike to school. Her students don’t know what to make of this development! In this week’s story for Drop in Art Jr., “Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green” by Eileen Spinelli, Miss Fox explains why she rode her bike and then challenges her students to “Go Green”. Let’s find out what ideas/solutions her class comes up with. Can you “Go Green” at home? Our craft this week is to make a wind-chime using recycled materials. Please come join us explore ways to help Mother Earth and make a cute wind-chime.

Join us this week as we make a recycled egg carton wind chime using nothing more than a cardboard egg carton, yarn, 3 bells, and some colorful beads. You might also want to color your wind chime using markers, crayons, or paint! Remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make our weekly craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


This week we have the perfect book for the day before Earth Day. April Pulley Sayre’s “Thank You, Earth” is an absolutely breathtaking book that celebrates water, air, light, shapes, colors, animals, insects, flowers, things that crawl, fly, float, bloom, and ripen. It has you thinking about everything the Earth gives us and some of the wonderful things to be thankful for. Our craft this week is a stained-glass representation of the Earth using tissue paper, waxed paper, and glue.

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by making our very own planet Earth?! Join us for this week’s Drop in Art Jr. as we make a stained-glass representation of the Earth using tissue paper, waxed paper, and glue! Remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make our weekly craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


Have you every thought about where animals call home? In this week’s beautiful story “Home For A Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown we follow a young bunny as he hops around the spectacular spring countryside looking for a new place to call home. He visits a variety of different animals in their homes before he finds the perfect roommate!

Join us for this week’s Drop in Art Jr. as we make a bunny finger puppet! Our craft is super simple to make, and you likely have most of the materials at home already…all you need to make your bunny finger puppet is white construction paper, a glue stick, and crayons or markers. Remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make our weekly craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


Fletcher Fox loves being outside and enjoying nature. Being a young fox, he is just learning about the changes that seasons bring. One fine Spring morning his is outside playing when it starts to SNOW! What is Fletcher going to do? Let’s find out in this week’s story “Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms” by Julia Rawlinson. Is it really snowing? How will Fletcher warn his friends? What new thing will Fletcher learn about Spring?

Join us for this week’s Drop in Art Jr. as we make a paper fox from triangles! Our craft is super simple to make, and you likely have most of the materials at home already…all you need to make your paper triangle fox is orange, white, and black construction paper and a glue stick to glue everything together. Remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make our weekly craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


As we continue to explore just how fascinating weather can be, for this week’s DIA Jr. we take a look at the big, puffy clouds in the sky. What are they made of? Why do they float? Let’s find out together as Mary Knapp reads Once Upon a Cloud” by Rob D. Walker.

Who doesn’t love spotting rainbows after a spring rain shower? Today we’re going to make our very own rainbow and cloud! Our craft is super simple to make, and you likely have most of the materials at home already…all you need to make your paper rainbow cloud is white construction paper for the cloud, red, yellow, orange, green, and blue construction paper for the rainbow, and a glue stick to glue everything together.

Remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make our weekly craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


In last week’s DIA Jr. we read about the rain and storms that come with the changing of the season. This week we’re going to take a closer look at thunderstorms and a unique tradition of baking a cake during storms! So join us as we read “Thunder Cake” by Patricia Polacco. And don’t forget to check out our craft. Today we’re making a thunderstorm scene with colored paper.

Our craft is super simple to make, and you likely have most of the materials at home already…all you need to make your thunderstorm scene is glue, scissors, and gray, yellow and blue construction paper. Remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make our weekly craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


During spring, we often get a lot of rain and thunderstorms. In today’s story, we will explore how different animals and people respond to an impending storm. We’ll learn about where certain animals take shelter during the storm and how happy everyone gets when the sunshine comes out again. So join us as we read “When the Storm Comes” by Linda Ashman. And don’t forget to check out our craft.

This week we will be “painting” a beautiful spring flower scene…but we won’t be using any paint at all!

All you’ll need to bring your flowers to life is:

White watercolor paper | Washable Markers |Spray bottle or wet paper towel

Remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make our weekly craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


Some days the wind just doesn’t know what to do. In the morning it can be so still that it seems like the wind is still sleeping but in a short time the wind might be blowing so hard it feels like it could blow your hat away. Our story this week, “Like a Windy Day” by Frank Asch follows a young girl who wants to be like the wind in all of the different changes. The wind can be powerful, playful, stormy, or as gentle as a slight breeze. For our craft this week we are going to transform a toilet paper roll into a beautiful Japanese Koi windsock that can blow in the wind. Come and join us for this twirly, breezy tale of the ever-changing wind and create your own Koi windsock.

Remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make our weekly craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


Join us for one final winter story as we fittingly read “Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring” by Kenard Pak. Later this month we will experience the changing of the seasons as we welcome spring and all of the warm, colorful, and cheerful things it brings! Our craft this week is a winter chalk drawing. This creative craft only requires two (that’s right, two) materials: dark blue paper and a piece of chalk! Remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make our weekly craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


his week we will be continuing to learn about animals in Winter but we are going way up north to check out some Arctic animals. We will be reading/singing the story “Over in the Arctic, Where the Cold Winds Blow” by Marianne Berkes. Yes, singing! This story follows the tune of ‘Over in the Meadow.’ We will go from one to ten and find out different things that Arctic animals do. Then you can practice some of these movements or sounds (roll, thump, click, swoop, honk, howl). Our craft this week is a super cute Arctic fox in his/her winter white.

All you need to make your fox is a paper plate, cotton balls, wiggly eyes, glue, and scissors. Remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make the craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


When it’s winter the weather can be very cold. It gets even colder at nighttime. We stay nice and cozy inside our warm homes but what do the animals do that don’t migrate to warmer places? Do they wear fuzzy pajamas and wrap up in blankets? Let’s find out! In this week’s beautiful book – “The Animal’s Winter Sleep” – author Lynda Graham-Barber shows us what some of the animals do when it is very, very cold outside and it is time to sleep. In the story we will see some of the tracks animals make in the snow. For our craft this week we are going to make salt dough and pretend that it is snow. We will then make animal tracks in our snow.

All you’ll need to make your dough is 1 cup flour, ½ cup salt, ½ cup water, and a mixing bowl. Remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make the craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


The days are short and the nights are long. “It’s too cold to play outside. There’s nothing to do!” you say. But is that really the case? Let’s find out what really happens in winter as we explore the many exciting things that occur during this cold season. What do animals do when it snowy outside? What can people do outside when it is very cold and snow covers the ground? We’ll learn the answers to these questions in our story “Hello Winter!” by Shelley Rotner. For our craft this week we are going to celebrate winter and Valentine’s Day by making a special valentine card that is a heart shaped bear. All you need to make your heart-shaped card is some black and brown construction paper, a pair of scissors, and a bit of glue – that’s it! (Heart-shaped cut-outs are provided in the craft bag). Remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make the craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


Yesterday we celebrated Groundhog Day, which is quite a fun and interesting holiday! There is an age-old story that says if the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on the morning of February 2nd there will be six more weeks of winter weather. Crowds gather to watch Phil make his prediction. Newspapers, radio, and television report on this event. There was even a movie made about Groundhog Day! This week we learn about another groundhog named Geoffrey and what he goes through in the story “Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather” by Bruce Koscielniak.

And, in honor of the holiday, we’ll be making a paper plate groundhog that can move between the sun and a cloud for this week’s Drop in Art Jr. All you need to make your groundhog is a paper plate, yellow and white construction paper, a cut-out groundhog, and a popsicle stick. And remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make the craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


We have been learning about changes in nature when winter arrives. Weather gets colder and that can bring challenges to animals and people. Some animals and people too, travel or migrate to parts of the country that stay warm. Some animals hibernate but most animals and people adapt. In this week’s story, “In the Snow” by Sharon Phillips Denslow we see how a child helps some of the animals that adapt to the cold of winter by feeding them seeds. This story also introduces us to idea of being able to tell what animals have visited the feeder by looking at the tracks they leave in the snow.

For this week’s Drop in Art Jr. we’ll be making one of our favorite crafts – a pinecone bird feeder! We love these because they are very beneficial for our animal friends and can provide a much needed source of food during the cold winter months. All you need to make your own pinecone bird feeder is a pinecone, some peanut butter (or any kind of nut butter), and birdseed. And remember, to make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make the craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


Have you ever lost something that you had really wanted, looked for it, and then found that precious item? Did you ever wonder what happened to it between the time you lost it and then found it? Our story this week, “The Mitten” by Jan Brett, is a beautifully illustrated adaptation of a Ukrainian Folktale that tells the adventure of a snow-white mitten from the time it goes missing until it is found. This delightful tale will really stretch your imagination!

For this week’s Drop in Art Jr. our craft we will be lacing up our own mitten and recreating the story – “The Mitten” – with a set of the animal characters. To make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make the craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up!


Welcome back to our very first DIA Jr. of the new year! As the seasons move from Autumn to Winter there are changes all around us. Some are subtle, some not so subtle. Days gradually get shorter and colder, animals change routines, and Mother Nature makes her presence seen by the leaves disappearing, ice appearing on windows and sidewalks, and sometimes snowflakes dancing and swirling around in the wind. This week’s wonderful story “Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter” by Kenard Pak shows us the gradual transition between these two seasons.

o make our weekly crafts for accessible for children and their families, the Ward Museum is now providing free materials kits with templates and most of the supplies needed to make the craft. Just swing by the museum to pick them up! Now, it’s officially winter, and what better way to celebrate the season than by making some one-of-a-kind snowflakes?! All we’ll be using is a coffee filter, markers, and a spray bottle. Hope you join us to make some snowflakes that don’t melt!


Welcome back to week 7 of our special adaptation of Drop in Art Jr. with our Winter Wonderland series. This is our final week celebrating “Illuminating Traditions” and today we are taking a look at Tres Reyes Magos (or Three King’s Day) by reading this great story by Lori Marie Carlson. To continue the celebration of Tres Reyes Magos, we’ll be making the Star of Bethlehem out of popsicle sticks and attaching it to a drawing!

If you picked up a Drop in Art Jr. materials kit from the museum, you will already have most of the supplies to make today’s craft. If you didn’t get a materials kit, all you need to make your star is 5 popsicle sticks, yellow markers or paint, and some cardstock to make your picture. Click here for a full supply list for all the crafts and more!

Winter Wonderland: Illuminating Traditions is supported in part by grants from Maryland Traditions, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Chesapeake Utilities, and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Drop in Art Jr. is supported in part by a grant from the Susan K. Black Foundation.


Welcome back to week 6 of our special adaptation of Drop in Art Jr. with our Winter Wonderland series. Today we are taking a look at Kwanzaa, an annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from December 26 to January 1. So join us today, and every Wednesday through December 30, to learn all about special holiday traditions.

Today we are taking a look at Kwanzaa and the kinara – the 7-branched candle holder used during the celebration. To continue the celebration of Kwanzaa, we’ll be making a kinara out of an egg carton! If you picked up a Drop in Art Jr. materials kit from the museum, you will already have most of the supplies to make today’s craft. If you didn’t get a materials kit, all you need to make your kinara is an egg carton, 7 popsicle sticks, cardstock, scissors and glue, and something to color thee candles (paint, markers, or crayons will work). Click here for a full supply list for all the crafts and more!

Winter Wonderland: Illuminating Traditions is supported in part by grants from Maryland Traditions, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Chesapeake Utilities, and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Drop in Art Jr. is supported in part by a grant from the Susan K. Black Foundation.


Welcome back to week 5 of our special adaptation of Drop in Art Jr. with our Winter Wonderland series. Today we are taking a look at Yule, which celebrates the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year). So join us today, and every Wednesday through December 30, to learn all about special holiday traditions.

Today we are taking a look at Yule and the ornaments we use to decorate trees for the holidays by making our very own tree ornament! Perfect for hanging on your tree at home! If you picked up a Drop in Art Jr. materials kit from the museum, you will already have most of the supplies to make today’s craft. If you didn’t get a materials kit, all you need to make your ornament is a small, wooden log slice and some paint (or markers). Click here for a full supply list for all the crafts and more!

Winter Wonderland: Illuminating Traditions is supported in part by grants from Maryland Traditions, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Chesapeake Utilities, and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Drop in Art Jr. is supported in part by a grant from the Susan K. Black Foundation.


Welcome back to week 4 of our special adaptation of Drop in Art Jr. with our Winter Wonderland series. Today we are taking a look at the story behind a song many of us are familiar with: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Watch along as Mary Knapp shares this lovely story and even sings for you! To continue the celebration of Christmas, we’ll be making a straw, bead & pipe-cleaner star ornament! Perfect for hanging on your tree at home!

Today we are taking a look at Christmas and the Christmas Star that often adorns our trees and decorations by making our very own star ornament. If you picked up a Drop in Art Jr. materials kit from the museum, you will already have most of the supplies to make today’s craft. If you didn’t get a materials kit, all you need to make your star is a pipe-cleaner, 12 beads, and 12 pieces of cut up plastic straw. That’s it!! Click here for a full supply list for all the crafts and more!

Winter Wonderland: Illuminating Traditions is supported in part by grants from Maryland Traditions, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Chesapeake Utilities, and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Drop in Art Jr. is supported in part by a grant from the Susan K. Black Foundation.


Welcome back to week 3 of our special adaptation of Drop in Art Jr. with our Winter Wonderland series. Today we are taking a look at the celebration of Hanukkah! Watch along as Mary Knapp shares the story and traditions of Hanukkah

This holiday tradition is normally celebrated with the lighting of a menorah, which is what we’re going to be making today! If you picked up a Drop in Art Jr. materials kit from the museum, you will already have most of the supplies to make today’s craft. If you didn’t get a materials kit, all you need to make your menorah is a few paper plates, 9 wooden clothes pins, cardstock, and a little bit of paint (crayons or markers will work too). Click here for a full supply list for all the crafts and more!

Winter Wonderland: Illuminating Traditions is supported in part by grants from Maryland Traditions, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Chesapeake Utilities, and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Drop in Art Jr. is supported in part by a grant from the Susan K. Black Foundation.


Welcome back to week 2 of our special adaptation of Drop in Art Jr. with our Winter Wonderland series. Today we are taking a look at the celebration of Advent, a time for the preparation of Christmas day. Watch along as Mary Knapp shares the Nativity story and the role of the star. So join us today, and every Wednesday through December 30, to learn all about special holiday traditions. To continue the celebration of Advent, we’ll be making an Advent wreath, often used during the holiday for our craft!

If you picked up a Drop in Art Jr. materials kit from the museum, you will already have most of the supplies to make today’s craft. If you didn’t get a materials kit, all you need to make your Advent wreath is green tissue paper, colored construction paper (green, pink, purple), yellow pipe cleaners, 4 empty toilet paper rolls, and a bit of tape! Click here for a full supply list for all the crafts and more!

Winter Wonderland: Illuminating Traditions is supported in part by grants from Maryland Traditions, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Chesapeake Utilities, and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Drop in Art Jr. is supported in part by a grant from the Susan K. Black Foundation.


To celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, we are taking a special look at how a family celebrates the Hindu festival in this week’s Drop in Art Jr., which will be part of the Ward Museum’s Winter Wonderland series for the next 7 weeks. So join us today, and every Wednesday through December 30, to learn all about special holiday traditions. To continue the celebration of Diwali, we’ll be making a diya, or lamp, often used during the festival for our craft!

The lighting of diyas, or lamps, is a special part of the celebration of Diwali, and is the focus of our craft today! If you picked up a Drop in Art Jr. materials kit from the museum, you will already have most of the supplies to make today’s craft. If you didn’t get a materials kit, all you need to make your diya is some air dry clay, a battery powered tea candle, and some paint, markers, and glitter to decorate the diya when it dries. Supply lists for all crafts can be found here.

Winter Wonderland: Illuminating Traditions is supported in part by grants from Maryland Traditions, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Chesapeake Utilities, and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Drop in Art Jr. is supported in part by a grant from the Susan K. Black Foundation.


Welcome back to Drop in Art Jr! This week we’ll be taking a look at “The Pumpkin Patch” by Elizabeth King and watching how little tiny seeds grow into great big vines of pumpkins – perfect for carving!! To celebrate all things pumpkin, we’ll be making Natural No Cook Pumpkin Playdough for our craft!

Move over pumpkin spice! For today’s Drop in Art Jr. we’re making no cook pumpkin playdough – and boy does it smell great! All you need to make this delightful seasonal craft is some flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice, cream of tartar, hot water, and a bit of vegetable oil. Be careful though, things might get a bit messy in the kitchen with this one, but it’s still a blast to make!


For the last few weeks we have been talking about changes in nature as we welcome autumn. This week’s beautiful story, “The Apple Pie Tree” by Zoe Hall follows an apple tree through all four seasons. You may wonder about the book’s title – does this tree grow apple pies? Listen to the story with us to find out the answer!

It doesn’t get much more fall than apples! Apple picking, apple pie, and apple cider are just a few things we enjoy this time of year! For this week’s Drop in Art Jr., Mary Knapp teaches us how to make a colorful paper plate apple, as we get to rip up paper for fun! All you need to bring your apple to life is a paper plate, some colored construction paper (red, yellow, or green), and a bit of glue – that’s it!! Come make a paper plate apple with us and learn more about apples.


Have you ever looked at the clouds as they drift across the sky and tried to find people, animals, or objects in the changing clouds? In this week’s story, “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert, we will do the same thing, only we’ll be looking at leaves as the wind blows them across the land. What or who do you think we’ll see? Join us for this story and find out!

For our craft we will be creating our own leaf animals! Have you ever looked at the clouds as they drift across the sky and tried to find people, animals, or objects in the changing clouds? Well, for this week’s Drop in Art Jr., Mary Knapp gives instructions on how to do the same thing, but with leaves! All you need to bring your leaf animals to life is…you guessed it, leaves! (and a little bit of glue)


Autumn is a wonderful time to go outside and take a nature walk. That is exactly what happens this week in our colorful story “Hiking Day” by Anne Rockwell. Let’s take an Autumn adventure with this family as they hike up Hickory Hill and get a close-up look at the beautiful plants and animals Mother Nature has to show us in Autumn.

For our craft we will be creating an Autumn Tree Painting With Cotton Balls. We just love fall! The weather, all the birds flying south for the winter, and of course, the trees! Every autumn the trees amaze us with their colorful transformation. Right now the trees are beginning to turn beautiful shades of red, yellow, and orange. So to celebrate the changing season, for today’s Drop in Art Jr., Mary Knapp shares how to make a autumn tree painting with cotton balls! All you need to make your autumn tree is some paint (red, yellow, orange, or brown), light blue construction paper, a clothes pin, cotton balls, and a paintbrush!


Things are starting to look a little different outdoors! We are now in the season when things like apples, pumpkins, and feed corn gets harvested. Like our book this week we are saying “Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn.” This wonderful book written and illustrated by Kenard Pak follows a young girl as she walks through a forest and town saying hello to the changes that are happening with the arrival of Autumn (or Fall). For our craft we will be creating a Mess Free Sensory Autumn Leaf Print. To make your colorful leaf silhouette, all you need is black construction paper, a gallon size Zip Lock plastic bag, and some fall color paints.


“Under the Sea” by Usbourne Lift: As we continue to learn about Ocean creatures we will take a closer look into the amazingly colorful world of a coral reef. This week we follow Little Fish as he swims “Under the Sea.” This book has a special feature of lift and look panels on all of the pages and we need to find where Little Fish is hiding! For our craft we will be creating a beautiful coral reef using both crayons and watercolor!

Last week we made a seahorse from shaving cream, and this week we continue to make unique art by combining crayons and watercolors to make a beautiful coral reef! All you need to make your colorful coral reef is white cardstock, crayons, blue and green watercolors, and paint brushes.


We have been learning about some of the animals that call the sea their home. Today we are going to read about one of the more unusual sea creatures – the seahorse. Our story, “Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle is a colorful book with some special pages that camouflage… Sorry! You’ll need to follow along to find out who or what is being camouflaged! For our craft this week we are going to use shaving cream in a different, creative way. Come and learn just how special the seahorse is and then make a beautiful, colorful seahorse of your own.

All you need to make your own shaving cream seahorse is a piece of cardstock, white shaving cream (not gel), food coloring, a baking sheet, and some wiggly eyes if you have them. You’ll also need a pair of scissors and some white glue too!


We have been learning about lots of animals that live in the world’s waterways like hermit crabs, octopuses, jellyfish, and sea otters. Today we are going to learn about the dolphin, an amazing, intelligent animal! Our book is “Dolphin’s First Day The Story of a Bottlenose Dolphin” by Kathleen Zoehfeld. This beautiful story follows a baby dolphin (called a calf) through his first day of life as he learns to swim, eat, stay safe, and sleep.

For our craft today we are going to make dolphins jumping in the ocean by using a coffee filter, construction paper, some markers, and some water. Yes, it does get a little messy at times but the result is beautiful. So, come join us learn about dolphins and have some fun.


For this Drop in Art, Jr. story, Mary Knapp reads “Look Once Look Again At The Seashore” by David Schwartz. Kids will follow along and take a closer look at life under the ocean.

Explore life under the sea and learn to make a delightful cardboard tube octopus! The materials needed for this one are so simple! All you need to make your own octopus is a toilet paper roll, colored construction paper, reinforcement labels (or a marker), and wiggly eyes.


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: https://buggyandbuddy.com/paper-bag-s…


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