In an effort to continue its mission of growing and developing our youngest citizens and to bring the museum to children and families during the coronavirus pandemic, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan has debuted “CMOM at Home,” a series of fun, educational and engaging activities for kids and families to enjoy together at home.
“CMOM at Home” is part of the museum’s extensive offering of online resources available for families practicing social distancing. CMOM is among the institutions worldwide temporarily closed because of the coronavirus.
From slime-making, dance parties and being transported to Japan with a recipe for sushi, to making animal puppets from recycled materials around the house, creating a bedtime routine and storytimes, “CMOM at Home” is sure to delight. Each day of the week will feature a different theme:
Magical Monday is a day for math, science and technology, which helps children develop logical, critical thinking and problem solving skills and also allows them to explore their world and discover magical new things.
Move & Groove Tuesday is a day for kids to get up and get the wiggles out. Physical activity in early childhood is not only associated with better physical health but is also important for the development of children’s brains and social skills.
Our World Wednesday is a day for parents to explore the world with their children. By exposing kids to different cultures at a young age, it broadens their perspectives, helps them appreciate others and sparks their curiosity about who they and others are in the world.
Artsy Thursday is a day for kids to find their inner creativity. In today’s world, it’s easy to resort to technology in order to keep children entertained and occupied. While technology is useful, it shouldn’t come at the expense of children playing and making things with their own hands so they can express themselves in a creative way.
Feel Good Friday is a day to shape health and wellness in kids, which if learned at an early age, can be beneficial for so many reasons. Physical and emotional health not only helps children maintain a healthy life, but a healthy mind as well. And studies have shown that healthy students learn better overall.
Storytime Saturday is a day for parents to cuddle up with a book and read to their children. Looking at books and reading together is a great way to introduce kids to letters, words and stories. Even without written words, looking at picture books and talking together build vocabulary and storytelling skills.
Surprise Sunday is a day for just that, a surprise activity for children and families.
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