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Children will play a game to practice identifying and naming emotions. They’ll make inferences based on reading facial expressions and body language, which are crucial skills for successful social interaction and problem solving. Science Resources, Teaching Science, Activities, Discovery Museum, Inference, Body Language, Problem Solving, Catapult, Christmas Sweaters

Emotion Freeze

Children will play a game to practice identifying and naming emotions.

Children combine natural materials with water to create their own nature potion. Science Resources, Teaching Science, Activities, Discovery Museum, Natural Materials, Children, Kids, Catapult, Nature

Nature Potions

Children combine natural materials with water to create their own nature potion.

Children will use different circular objects to create dot paintings. Science Resources, Teaching Science, Activities, Discovery Museum, Pointillism, Dot Painting, Objects, Dots, Catapult

Pointillism Dot Art

Make a dot painting using a variety of types of circular objects.

Children will explore mystery substances, make observations, and describe the properties that distinguish the common states of matter—solid, liquid, and gas. Science Resources, Teaching Science, Empirical Research, Discovery Museum, States Of Matter, Catapult, Play To Learn, Activities For Kids, Mystery

Roll It, Squish It, Pour It

Explore and experiment with mystery substances to describe their properties.

Build a freestanding structure out of rocks, paper, and scissors! Destination Imagination, Discovery Museum, Rock Paper Scissors, Problem Solving Skills, Catapult, Activities For Kids, Creativity, Brain, Rocks

Rock, Paper, Scissors – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Build a freestanding structure out of rocks, paper, and scissors!

Build a bridge between two beach balls using household items. Creative Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking, Discovery Museum, Stem Skills, Stem For Kids, Group Activities, Household Items, Bay Area, Problem Solving

Bridge to Nowhere – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Build a bridge between two beach balls using household items.

This guide includes practical tips and implementation strategies aimed at making the research on school readiness actionable for library staff. It is the result of a collaborative development process with six libraries throughout California. Early Childhood Program, Discovery Museum, Programming For Kids, School Readiness, Early Literacy, Child Development, Bay Area, Research, Librarians

Research & Resources – Bay Area Discovery Museum

This guide includes practical tips and implementation strategies aimed at making the research on school readiness actionable for library staff. It is the result of a collaborative development process with six libraries throughout California.

These double-sided bookmarks contain tips for families to try, and an explanation of the associated skill from the Promising Practices guide. Discovery Museum, Social Skills, Bookmarks, Families, Childhood, Let It Be, Play, This Or That Questions, School

Research & Resources – Bay Area Discovery Museum

These double-sided bookmarks contain tips for families to try, and an explanation of the associated skill from the Promising Practices guide.

This poster (available in six languages) provides inspiration for conversation starters that encourage children to think more creatively. Senior Dating Sites, Best Dating Sites, Discovery Museum, School Readiness, Conversation Starters, Early Literacy, Funny Dating Quotes, Funny Relationship, Great Videos

Posters – Bay Area Discovery Museum

This poster (available in six languages) provides inspiration for conversation starters that encourage children to think more creatively. Choose the poster size that works for you to encourage family conversations during play, activities, and everyday life! It is formatted such that you can add your library’s logo. Please see printing instructions and guidance on inserting …

Join the Global Cardboard Challenge! Discovery Museum, Catapult, Ronald Mcdonald, Challenges, Activities, Creative, Join, Play

Cardboard Challenge – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Using cardboard boxes of different sizes and shapes, construct a new creation and a narrative to go along with it.

Become a real-life shadow! Shadow Shadow, Discovery Museum, Team Games, Walt Disney Company, Catapult, Real Life, Goal, How To Become, Creativity

Shadow Shadow – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Become a real-life shadow!

Children will use household items like sandpaper to change the shape of a piece of wood. Discovery Museum, Catapult, Good Friday, Adult Children, Household Items, Woodworking, Activities, Opportunity, Creativity

Woodworking – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Children will use household items like sandpaper to change the shape of a piece of wood.

Work as a team to pass a hula-hoop around the circle without unlinking hands. This group activity helps children practice communication, collaboration, and problem solving. Communication Activities, Group Activities, Discovery Museum, Catapult, Hula Hoop, Problem Solving, A Team, Childhood, Creativity

Hoop de Hoop – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Work as a team to pass a hula-hoop around the circle without unlinking hands.

Take apart old and unusable electronics and use the pieces to make an original creation, from the inside out. Discovery Museum, Take Apart, Catapult, Inside Out, Activities For Kids, Creativity, Pretend Play, Social Skills, Key

Inside Out Creation – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Take apart old and unusable electronics and use the pieces to make an original creation, from the inside out.