Our past trips have been a whirlwind. $10 for entry for our family and only 10 minutes were spent. My boys don't REALLY looked at the art. That's the problem. They act like it's a race to get from one one room to the next.
I cooked up this fun activity to slow the pace a bit. My sons both like look-and-find books, so I had a hunch this would be a hit.
I was right.
|Download the 2-page PDF I made from Google Drive here.|
Page 2 contains a template to trace and cut out the squares.
I made some printable cards. Then I went to the museum's website and printed photos of the collection. If they were small, I right-clicked, saved the photo to my desktop and then printed the photo larger. Then I cut small squares from each photo and glued them to the card.
It was up to my sons to find the details from their cards in the paintings and sculpture in the museum exhibitions.
I put each of their cards (they were the same so they could work together) on a mini clipboard and gave them each a pencil to cross through the images they found. (Note: make sure writing utensils are okay in your museum. Most allow pencils, not pens or markers.)
They spent more time looking at the art, but still missed a few. I gave them hints. "I think you missed something in this room," I said.
The thrill of the hunt was exhilarating. This was our best museum visit yet!