Boy painting

Want to get crafty and keep kids engaged and learning at home? You’ve come to the right place. The Whatcom Museum is committed to serving our community, and we’re excited to offer new online resources for kids and families. Here you’ll find a selection of at-home activities, from science experiments to craft projects, developed by our Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) staff. 

Caregivers can also find links to other learning resources to cultivate curiosity. 

Activities

Check out the activities below and download a printable PDF complete with a materials list and instructions. Check back often as we continue to add activities that are sure to banish boredom. We aim to feature crafts and science projects that can be done with materials found in most homes. Let us know if there’s a specific topic you’d like to see covered by filling out our contact form.

Maze craft

Number Maze

Kids can learn numbers and simple addition using this easy cardboard maze.

Instructions

Swirl painting

Swirl Painting

Kids can learn about mixing primary colors with this unique painting process.

Instructions 

Mud pie craft

Magic Mud Pies

Explore many textures and sounds as this mud becomes magic in this squishy sensory activity! Check out our YouTube video to see this activity in action. 

Instructions

Items arranged by color

Rainbow Knolling

Knolling, the process of organizing things in parallel or 90 degree angles, is a fun and artful way to get creative with everyday objects you have around the house.

Instructions

Paper flowers

Blooming Flowers

These blooming paper flowers are the perfect spring activity for all ages! To see this craft in action, check out our YouTube video.

Instructions & flower template

Puff paint craft

Puffy Paint

This simple two-ingredient puffy paint is great for creating sensory art like puffy clouds or indoor snowmen.

Instructions

Leaf rubbing art

Leaf Rubbings

Spring is here! Take a walk to gather leaves to create some colorful nature art.

Instructions

Painting with toy cars

Wheel Painting

Explore mixing colors and get some gross motor movement with this “wheelie” fun painting style.

Instructions 

Splatter paint

Splat Monsters

Kids will huff and puff to create these cute little splat monsters.

Instructions

Science experiment in a jar

Weather in a Jar

This STEAM rainstorm is a fun way to observe how water travels through clouds.

Instructions

Bubbles

Bubble Solution

Need more bubble solution? Make your own with these household products. No wands? There’s a solution for that, too!

Instructions

fake snow

April Snow

Snow in April? Anything is possible thanks to some simple ingredients. 

Instructions

Salt painting

Watercolor Salt Paintings

Kids can work on their fine motor skills while making this masterpiece out of salt

Instructions

Balloon painting

Balloon Paintings

Happen to have extra balloons? Fill them with water for an art project that pops!

Instructions

Pig made of soap

Soap Sculptures

This simple, shape-able dough is sure to make hand washing tons of fun!

Instructions

Paintbrushes

Nature Paintbrushes

Take a nature walk and gather material to create these fun natural paintbrushes.

Instructions

Shape experiment

Exploding Shapes

Banish boredom with this STEAM activity using simple household products. 

Instructions

Paper buildings

Building a Community

Kids can practice early engineering skills by designing their own town out of paper!

Instructions

Online resources

We’ve compiled a list of online activities and learning opportunities offered by other museums and organizations so you can keep kids entertained at home. Scroll down for creative content for all ages.

Museum Fun

Boston Children’s Museum: Play and learning resources

Kohl Children’s Museum: Stories, activities, and experiments 

Hands on!: Coronavirus guide for curious, courageous kids

Air and Space Museum (Smithsonian): Air and Space Anywhere

Museum of Early Trade and Crafts: Recipes, games, coloring pages, etc.

Tate: Tate Kids (games and quizzes, videos, kids’ art, etc.)

American Museum of Natural History: Science website for kids

Glazer Children’s Museum: Online activities

Other Resources

NEW – Audubon Society: Activities and resources for kids

Monterey Bay Aquarium: online classes geared toward specific grade levels

Printable time capsule for kids by Long Creations 

Icons of Washington coloring book from Washington State Historical Society 

Professor Puffin YouTube: Bird-drawing video tutorial

Luci Creative: 5 Fun At-Home Make-a-Museum Activities for Kids

HistoryView.org: Virtual Reality Tours

Google Arts and Culture: Stories, guided tours of famous artworks, and more