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BCM+You

Dear Caregivers,

We miss you and your children running through our doors and down our rainbow tunnel! Our families are the pulse of BCM, and we are thinking of you during this time. As you adjust to this unexpected opportunity for more face-to-face time with your family, we affirm your superhuman efforts to keep the play, curiosity and exploration going. We hope that this BCM+You webpage, together with our BCM+You newsletters and social media, will activate and stimulate learning — and give you tools to help your child explore and discover our world from home.

We can’t wait to open our doors again and share space with you. Until then, we look forward to staying connected online. Hashtag your finished projects #BCMandYou and tag us @bcmkids on Instagram so we can see and celebrate your work! If you have any questions about BCM+You, send us a note at hello@brooklynkids.org.

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum Team

Hands-On Art

Aquaponics collage

Koi ponds are one example of an aquaponic environment. These beautiful pools consist of koi, a fish native to Japan, and plants that grow in water, like water lillies or lotuses.

Watch this video and learn more about aquaponics!

Paint an oyster

Did you know that oysters help keep waterways clean and healthy? Use a coffee filter and watercolors to create your own unique oyster.

Watch this video featuring BCM’s live oyster collection!

Explore mask-making

Use supplies available in your home to make a mask! How will you express yourself?

Watch this activity video!

Make a Brooklyn business

What’s your favorite store in your neighborhood? Use recycled materials to create a storefront model of a shop that is meaningful to you.

Design a pizza pie

Nothing says New York like pizza! Create a pizza pie from your imagination using playdough and colorful materials.

Make a Chalk Quilt

Enjoy a moment in the sun and leave inspiration at your feet! Make a sidewalk “quilt” for your community using tape and chalk.

Block Collage

Home is where the heart is. Show your neighborhood block some love and create a collage using paper, found materials, and a few of your own memories.

Clay Flower Pot

Get messy and grow something beautiful! Make a flower pot using clay and decorate it with your favorite colors.

Carton Sailboat

Sail away! Make a boat out of a carton to sail around your bathtub or inflatable pool.

Ice Cube Painting

Stay fresh, cool, and creative! Freeze water and food coloring to make ice cubes to paint with on hot, summer days.

Create Your Own Mbira

The mbira is an African musical instrument that dates back centuries. Create a mbira using everyday materials and explore your unique rhythm!

Beautiful Us Beads

Repurpose fabric scraps and magazine pages to make upcycled beads, then use yarn to create necklaces and bracelets.

Paper Bag Puppets

Make a puppet friend using a paper bag and colorful, recycled materials from you home!

Reading Nook

Create a cozy reading nook! Build a special space where you can slow down, stay cool, and dive into a great story.

Object Color Wheel

Color is all around us. Create a color wheel with objects from your home!

Soap Bar Prints

Carve soap bars to make prints inspired by the artist Elizabeth Catlett!

Pop-Up Collage

Transform every day paper into a 3-D pop-up collage that draws inspiration from your home!

Painting With Dots

Explore the practice of pointillism by creating a picture using small dots of color!

Recycled Wind Chimes

Harness the power of the wind to make musical patterns!

Potato Prints

Create shapes and stamp patterns using an everyday potato as your inspiration!

Get Moving

Make a Nature Brush

Create natural, DIY paintbrushes made with sticks, leaves and flowers, and experiment with making different marks, strokes, and stamps on paper.

7PM Noisemaker

We clap because we care! New Yorkers are making noise out of their windows in honor of essential workers every day at 7 pm. Make your own noisemaker using plates, loose materials, and tape.

Treasure Map

There are hidden gems all around us! Make a treasure map of your neighborhood that features special places.

Animals in Motion

All animals move in different ways depending on how their bodies are built. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try moving like them!

See how snakes and turtles move!

Build a Sensory Box

Build a simple DIY sensory box using beans or beads, hide objects, and have your toddler dig through to explore, discover, and practice describing their senses.

Watch the activity video!

Bird Up Brooklyn

Tweet, chirp, caw! Make your own binoculars and get outside to bird watch.

Neighborhood Bingo

Every neighborhood is special! Make your own Neighborhood Bingo game and fill the squares with the people, places, things and experiences in your neighborhood that are special to you.

Upcycled Drum

Upcycle a used container and create a fun percussion instrument to make music with!

Freestyle Friday

Create a peace box

We could all use more positivity and peace. Redesign a box or container and fill it with reminders that bring you inner peace.

Watch this activity video!

Make clay impressions

Everyday objects can make a great impression on our lives! Inspired by Brooklyn-based artist LaKela Brown, make a clay sculpture by pressing found objects into clay.

Watch this activity video and get inspired!

Family Hand Portraits

Our hands are not just for making, working, and expression… they are works of art! Take a series of family hand portraits that include gestures and objects.

Watch this activity video!

Kevin & Rich’s Recycled Sounds

Kevin & Rich’s Recycled Sounds recently visited Brooklyn Children’s Museum to show us how anything can be used to make music, from household objects to even the Museum itself! Watch the video and get inspired. What music will you make?

Watch Kevin & Rich’s performance!

Galaxy Goggles

Rev up your spaceship while looking cool and futuristic with these homemade galaxy goggles!

Color-Play Painting

Drip, splatter, and spray! Explore color and create an abstract art piece inspired by Guyanese-British artist Frank Bowling.

Watch this activity video!

Juneteenth Freedom Poster

What does freedom mean to you? To celebrate Juneteenth, make a colorful sign to celebrate the culture, lives, and freedom of Black Americans!

My Pride Flag

Love is Love! Make your own colorful flag inspired by Pride, a month-long celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and the rights of all people to be who they are and love who they love.

Self-Love Crown

Make a Self-Love Crown that allows your child to practice expressing themselves in ways that make them feel good. When finished they’ll have a crown they can wear with pride!

Brooklyn Children’s Museum thanks its supporters:

Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s programs are made possible in part by private funding from foundations, corporations, and individuals, as well as public funds from: Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, Department of Youth and Community Development of the City of New York, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, New York City Council and its Brooklyn Delegation, New York State Assembly and its Brooklyn Delegation, New York State Senate and its Brooklyn Delegation, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Special thanks to New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo; New York City Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel; New York City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.; New York City Council Member Farah Louis; New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery; New York State Assembly Member Joseph R. Lentol; and New York State Assembly Member Diana C. Richardson.

Special thanks to our corporate and foundation sponsors: The Achelis & Bodman Foundation, AECOM Tishman, Aimbridge Hospitality, American Express, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Bulova Stetson Fund, Chase Private Client, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Con Edison, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Duane Morris LLP, FAR Fund, Gans Studio, GKV Architects, Goldman Sachs, Google, Grand Street Settlement, Greiner-Maltz, Gunderson Dettmer, The Holborn Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Investors Bank, Jaros, Baum & Bolles, The Keith Haring Foundation, The Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund, Mariani Metal Fabricators USA, MetLife Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Moses L. Parshelsky Foundation, National Grid, Ncheng, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, Pfizer, Inc., The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Pinkerton Foundation, Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, Robert Derector Associates, Ropes & Gray LLP, Schindler Elevator, Silverstein Properties, Inc., Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Steven Dubner Landscaping, Stop N Stor, Studio Institute, Sullivan & Cromwell, Tiger Baron Foundation, Tsao & Mckown, Turner Construction, Two Trees, UBS, and Warner Media Group.