DISCOVER something new...from home!
Our Museum may be temporarily closed, but there is still plenty to be DISCOVERED! We hope your kids enjoy the digital resources we’ve created and compiled to help keep them busy during this time of social distancing. Stay safe, stay positive, and #StayHomeforNevada!
Talking to Kids About Race and Equality
Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. If we wish to inspire the change we want to see in this world, we need to engage in these difficult conversations with our children today.
In light of recent and ongoing events, here are some resources that may help parents discuss emotional topics such as racism:
- CNN and ‘Sesame Street’ to host a town hall addressing racism (June 6)
Free Resources for Supporting Antiracist Education, BrainPOP
Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence, tolerance.org
6 Books That Can Help You Talk to Your Child About Race and Diversity, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Addressing Racial Injustice with Young Children, EmbraceRace By Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP, Marietta Collins, PhD, and Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP Illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin
An Activity Book For African American Families: Helping Children Cope with Crisis, National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids, The Center for Racial Justice in Education
Social Justice Resources, Glazer Children’s Museum
Talking about Race, National Museum of African American History and Culture
Talking to Children About Racial Bias, HealthyChildren.org By Ashaunta Anderson, MD, MPH, MSHS, FAAP and Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP
Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup, Pretty Good Design
Videos from the DISCOVERY Team
How does static electricity work?
DISCOVERY’S Lexi Keaton creates lightning
in this demonstration on how static electricity works.
Why it's important to wash your hands
Just how important is washing your hands
when it comes to stopping spread nasty germs?
Learn about chemical reactions in this
HOW TO USE TINKERCAD
Use free CAD software to 3D print
your very own bookmark.
MAKE YOUR OWN PLAYDOUGH
Make your own Playdough with ingredients
you’ve probably got in your pantry right now.
STORYTIME WITH NATE SCHMIDT
Nate Schmidt of the Vegas Golden Knights reads
Curious George and the Puppies.
Here’s a fun art project you can do from home.
All you need are some bubbles, paints, a straw and piece of paper.
To help medical professionals in need of PPE,
the DISCOVERY Lab is 3-D printing face shields.
Click here for instructions on how to make your own.
Arts & Humanities Coordinator, Vanessa Valdivia, reads
Hola Noche by Amy Costales and Mercedes McDonald.
DIY Rube Goldberg Machine
Rube Goldberg Machines perform simple tasks in
complicated ways using a series of six different machines.
Make your own with DISCOVERY’s Miranda Barnard!
How Does Rain Form?
Learn how rain forms in this DISCOVER Science at Home experiment.
Can Water Be Bent?
Spoiler alert: It can! Find out how in this super simple DISCOVER Science at Home experiment.
Mac King Card Trick
Mac King of the Mac King Comedy Magic Show in Las Vegas teaches kids a jaw-dropping card trick for At Home DISCOVERIES!
Animal Encounters: Desert Tortoise
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum’s Kyra Lehtinen introduces us to her pet Desert Tortoises.
Animal Encounters: Hedgehog
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum’s Lexi Keaton introduces us to her pet Hedgehog, Al.
Q&A with Rudy Ruettiger
Rudy Ruettiger, the man who inspired the 1993 film Rudy, answers some questions posed by DISCOVERY kids.
Storytime with Deryk Engelland
Deryk Engelland of the Vegas Golden Knights reads The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.
Storytime with Napoleon McCallum
Former Raiders Running Back, Napoleon McCallum, reads The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane Derolf.
DISCOVER Science At Home
DISCOVERY’S Chris Lucas demonstrates
what happens when you mix oil with water.
How to get yucky germs off your hands
Here’s how to wash your hands
the RIGHT way!
STORYTIME WITH SAM
DISCOVERY’s Sam Nelson reads
“Please, Puppy, Please” by Spike and Tonya Lee.
YOGA FOR TODDLERS
Our DISCOVERY on Wheels Coordinator
is also mini yogis certified!
GROW YOUR OWN PLANTS
Grow your own garden with things you’ve
likely got lying around your house right now.
MAKE YOUR OWN WATERCOLORS
Make your own watercolor paints with things
you likely have at home in your pantry!
DISCOVERING LAS VEGAS
Mammoths, lions, and camels…oh my!
Just a few animals that have been found at the
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument.
MAGIC ISLE MEDLEY
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum Director of Facilities
and Exhibits (and world-renowned music artist)
Gary Haleamau performs “Magic Isle Medley” with his family.
CREATE YOUR OWN NO-SEW FACE MASK
How to create your own face mask with items
from around the house (No sewing required!)
Breathe In, Breathe Out
Learn about the respiratory system with this real set of lungs!
Change the Color of Pennies
Using just a few ingredients you likely have hanging around your house, create a chemical reaction that will cause pennies to change color!
In this more advanced TinkerCAD tutorial, our Makerspace Educator shows you how to design a 3D-printed robot keychain.
Mac King Water Trick
Learn to immediately turn water into ice with this Mac King magic trick!
Animal Encounters: Leopard Gecko
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum’s Lexi Keaton introduces us to her pet Leopard Gecko, Flea.
Earth Day Yoga
DISCOVERY on Wheels Coordinator and certified mini yogis instructor, Kim Carter, and her son demonstrate some simple yoga poses for your toddlers to try in honor of Earth Day.
Recycled Art: Carton Houses & Cardboard Castles
Turn trash into treasure with our Makerspace Educator, Kyra! She’s using old milk cartons and cereal boxes to build houses and castles. Be sure to watch until the end for a good laugh 😉
Recycled Art: #MayThe4thBeWithYou Lightsabers
Make your own Lightsabers for Star Wars Day. All you need are a couple paper towel rolls and some paints!
You know we love a good science experiment. We do them every day at DISCOVERY! Here are a few our team put together that are safe enough for you to try from the comfort of your own home:
Post a photo or video on social media of your little ones doing these experiments at home. Don’t forget to tag us @discoverylv and use our hashtag, #AtHomeDISCOVERIES!
Other Science Resources
National Geographic Kids
Play games, take quizes, watch videos, and so much more in this online version of National Geographic Kids! Nat Geo Kids also has a great section on coronavirus that lays it all out for little ones.
NASA Kids' Club
Attention future astronauts: We’ve found the perfect place for you! At NASA Kids’ Club, learn about things that are out of this world. With tons of “missions” to choose from and galleries to engage with, you could spend all day on this site without getting bored!
Science Mom does science demonstrations on her YouTube channel every week. She also shares printable content on her website, which you can find here. Bonus? She’s from Southern Nevada!
But Wait...There's More!
DISCOVERY’s Makerspace Educator, Kyra Lehtinen, drew up these coloring pages just for DCM kids! Can you guess which of our galleries you can find each of these items in?
Once you finish those, check out these free coloring pages from Crayola:
Other Art Resources
UNLV DRAWING A DAY
During the temporary closure of UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, they’re inviting everyone to participate in a remote community event: a global exhibition called, A Drawing a Day Keeps the Pandemic Away.
An awesome collection of crafts and printables for kids, parents, and teachers!
MO WILLEMS' LUNCH DOODLES
Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence, Mo Willems, invites kids into his studio (virtually, of course) every weekday at 1 p.m. to make art.
ART CLASSES FOR KIDS
Kim has been teaching art for more than 28 years and has created thousands of projects she shares with kids all over the world on YouTube.
AT HOME ART
At Home Art is helping kids stay creative from the couch. Submit your art for cash prizes, take virtual field trips to museums around the world, and even stream operas on your TV!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Met Kids site is made for, with, and by kids. It offers all kinds of creative fun for little ones.
Although all Las Vegas-Clark County Library District branches are closed right now due to COVID-19, their extensive catalog of digital resources remain ripe for the picking! Check them out by clicking the button below.
LEVAR BURTON'S SKYBRARY
This interactive digital library filled with hundreds of children’s books and videos is available on the web, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, and Android Tablets.
You may recognize CBS’ Steve Hartman from his emotional weekly series, “On the Road.” Like many Americans, he’s now being forced to work from home. So he’s starting a new segment on Facebook Live — “Kindness 101.”
Virtual Resources from Children's Museums Around the Country
As of March 19, 2020, every children’s museum in the U.S. had shut its doors due to the COVID-19 epidemic. While we were one of the first to bring you virtual content for your kids to DISCOVER at home, many others have since taken to the web to offer great virtual resources of their own! Check them out by clicking the button below.
Recursos Para Niños Hispanohablantes
PBS Niños hace que el aprendizaje sea divertido. Resuelve rompecabezas y juega con esta sección en español del sitio.
Colorín Colorado es un sitio web bilingüe que proporciona información, actividades y consejos para ayudar a los niños a aprender a leer y tener éxito en la escuela.
Juega, mira vídeos y crea obras de arte utilizando su computadora con los personajes de Plaza Sésamo.
Este sitio solo en español cuenta con unidades temáticas para aulas preescolares. Las actividades basadas en animales y letras, así como las actividades prácticas y las páginas para colorear, se destacan aquí.
ASL Resources for Kids
Children’s Books in ASL
This extensive list links to dozens of videos of storytellers presenting children’s books in ASL. The books are even organized by recommended age range.
DIY Sign Language Puppet
Chances are, you have all of the following at home: an old stuffed animal, a pair of gloves, an old tee shirt, scissors, and a rubber band. If so, you have everything you need to make your own sign language puppet!
Early Childhood Resources
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS
PREPARE, DON'T PANIC
To inform Nevadans statewide, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Governor’s Office have created this website to better share information and resources as it pertains to the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact within the state of Nevada.
TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19
The Association of Children’s Museums has put together a list of resources for parents wanting to talk to their children about COVID-19. Click the button below to be directed to this extensive and thoughtful list.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance during these troubling times, please click the button below for a list of resources available to help.