From Our Blog: Museum of Me: At-Home Activity
"I'll do it! I'll do it!" is frequently heard coming out of my 3-year old son's mouth. Like most preschoolers, he is on a never-ending quest for independence and learning how to do things for himself. It's a fun phase but also can be challenging for busy parents. It was a challenge for me - especially when my 8-year old daughter went through this developmental stage.
In 2020 we brought the Smithsonian® into our classrooms with the introduction of Discoveries, a series of project challenges using artifact images from the renowned Smithsonian collection. It’s an exciting collaboration that gives children a window into history, their world, and the greater universe around them — all without leaving our centers.
Museum of Me
This Museum of Me at-home activity brings museum learning from the classroom into your home. Inspired by the resources designed for Discoveries, our Museum of Me activity was curated for families to do at home with their child. The act of pulling together a collection of favorite things, memories, and other pieces allows a child to tell their “story” in a visual way.
To create a Museum of Me in your home, simply print off the resources linked below.
- Museum of Me Activity How-To – a step-by-step guide to building your family/child’s museum
- Museum of Me Ticket Template – your child can design their museum entry ticket using this template
- Museum of Me Artifact Card Template – use this template to provide details on the artifacts selected for your Museum of Me, just like a display would in a museum