STEAM Learning Lab – The Buzz on Bees

STEAM Learning Lab – The Buzz on Bees

Today, we are visiting The Farm here in the museum. Tucked into the corner of Kid’s Eye View, The Farm lets museum visitors ride a horse, care for crops and tend to some broody chickens. We especially love the picture of a cute piggy, so today we are going to make a cute piggy of our very own!

STEAM Learning Lab – Piggy Pinch Pots

STEAM Learning Lab – Piggy Pinch Pots

Today, we are visiting The Farm here in the museum. Tucked into the corner of Kid’s Eye View, The Farm lets museum visitors ride a horse, care for crops and tend to some broody chickens. We especially love the picture of a cute piggy, so today we are going to make a cute piggy of our very own!

STEAM Learning Lab – Hexagon Bubbles

STEAM Learning Lab – Hexagon Bubbles

A hexagon is a shape with 6 sides. Can you think of anywhere in nature that you might be able to find hexagons? They are all over the place! Snowflakes, turtle shells, insect eyes, pineapples, and the honeycombs in beehives all contain hexagons! This is because the hexagon is a very efficient shape. When bees make their honeycombs, the cells are shaped like this because it doesn’t waste any space. Today we are going to make our own hexagons with bubbles!

STEAM Learning Lab – A Mask for Me and My Friend!

STEAM Learning Lab – A Mask for Me and My Friend!

Today we are going to teach you how to make an easy no-sew mask with just a t-shirt you no longer use or want and some scissors. To protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 the CDC now recommends wearing cloth face covering when in public to help keep ourselves and others safe. Wearing masks along with handwashing, coughing into your sleeve, and continuing to social distance are all ways we can stay healthy and safe.

STEAM Learning Lab – Leaves and Leaf Rubbings

STEAM Learning Lab – Leaves and Leaf Rubbings

Today we’re going to do a fun project and learn about leaves, which are a very important part of a plant. Leaves are how a plant makes its own food! Leaves turn sunlight into food for the plant through a process called photosynthesis. They use a chemical called chlorophyll to do this, and that chemical is what makes the leaves green. There are all kinds of shapes and sizes of leaves, but they all do the same things and have the same parts.

STEAM Learning Lab – Ice Fishing

STEAM Learning Lab – Ice Fishing

While it may be getting warmer in Utah, in some parts of the world it is still cold and snowy. At the South Pole, the warmest temperature ever recorded was nine degrees Fahrenheit! This is good news for animals who love the cold, and also for snowmen. After all, only heat can melt the snow and ice, right? Let’s try a little experiment to find out more!

STEAM Learning Lab – Earth Balloon Painting

STEAM Learning Lab – Earth Balloon Painting

Let’s paint a picture of our planet, as seen from space! This activity is a great way to try painting with some different materials. The half-filled balloons present a fun challenge and lets your child play with the shapes that the balloon makes on the paper. The round shape of the Earth works well with the circular “brush strokes” of the balloon.

STEAM Learning Lab – Spring Plant Prints

STEAM Learning Lab – Spring Plant Prints

Now that everything outside is blooming, it’s the perfect time to make plant art! This could also be a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day! This activity preserves the image of the plants on a beautiful background. It is also a good chance to experiment with art activities that use multiple, different tools to make a single piece of artwork-also known as mixed media art!

STEAM Learning Lab – Cardboard Loom Bracelets

STEAM Learning Lab – Inverted Plastic Bottle Planter

Happy Earth Day! Today we are partnering with the American Chemical Society to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Find some fun activities on their website  To show some love for the planet we are going to recycle a plastic bottle into a self-watering planter. This easy to maintain planter makes a great place to watch fruits and vegetables grow

STEAM Learning Lab – Cardboard Loom Bracelets

STEAM Learning Lab – Bubble Wrap Art Prints

Welcome to Earth Week! This is a time to celebrate the Earth and also see what we can do help the environment. Earth Week is an opportunity to talk to your children about respecting the environment and see what changes you and your family can make to help the Earth. Earth Day is April 22nd, and it’s the 50th anniversary, so make sure to do something special to celebrate, and we’re here to help with lots of fun activities!

STEAM Learning Lab – Family Friday

STEAM Learning Lab – Family Friday

Thanks so much for participating in Week of the Young Child with us! For our last day, we are talking about families. Everyone’s family is special and unique, so we chose projects that can help you learn a little bit more about your family. We have two guests who have created fun projects that you can do with your family at home.

STEAM Learning Lab – Family Friday

STEAM Learning Lab – Artsy Thursday

We are excited to work with the UMFA to showcase one of their current art exhibits, Beyond the Divide: Merchant, Artist, Samurai in Edo Japan. Even though the museum is closed, you can still check out the exhibit online. Today, they are going to teach about us the history of Japanese folding screens and show us how to make a fun paper screen.

STEAM Learning Lab – Family Friday

STEAM Learning Lab – Work Together Wednesday

This week we are participating in Week of The Young Child (WOYC). WOYC is a national celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and invites parents, teachers and caregivers to spend the week focusing on early learning opportunities. This year we have moved the celebration online and are delighted to be joined by five guest organizations. Throughout this week we will explore each day’s theme through performances, projects and virtual visits with our partners. Today we are participating in Work Together Wednesday

STEAM Learning Lab – Family Friday

STEAM Learning Lab – Tasty Tuesday

This week we are participating in the Week of The Young Child (WOYC). WOYC is a national celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and invites parents, teachers and caregivers to spend the week focusing on early learning opportunities. This year we have moved the celebration online and are delighted to be joined by five guest organizations. Throughout this week we will explore each day’s theme through performances, projects and virtual visits with our partners. Today we are participating in Tasty Tuesday with our partners Red Butte Garden!

STEAM Learning Lab – Family Friday

STEAM Learning Lab – Music Monday

Today is Music Monday, and we will be making a simple musical instrument. We are also joined by Hello Music. Hello Music offers family-style classes in the museum with a focus on teaching young children. Today, they are offering a free music class that you can do at home.

STEAM Learning Lab – Sweet Bunny Face Treats

STEAM Learning Lab – Sweet Bunny Face Treats

Thanks for participating in our virtual Bunny Hop! Today we are going to do some fancy food art. So many of the items in our kitchen have an interesting shape or color and other items can be sliced into any shape you want. Take some time to notice the shape, texture and color of the items we are using today. Once you are all done, you will have a yummy treat!