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Acrostic Poem | CMSMatHome

  Good morning from #CMSMatHome! Choose a word and write it down vertically on a piece of paper. Find a word or phrase that starts with each letter of your chosen word. Add longer phrases to fill in the blanks if needed. Make poems using your name, or names of friends and family members. Try

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Colorful Critters | CMSMatHome

  Let’s create colorful critters with #CMSMatHome today! Get some paper, crayons, coloring pencils, or markers. Imagine a critter you’d like to draw; will it be real or something you’ve made up? Start with an outline as you think about its size, how it moves, and how it protects itself. Does it have fur? What

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Falling Faster and Slower | CMSMatHome

  We’ve all dropped things before and watched them fall to the ground. You might have noticed that some things fall faster than other. Let’s experiment! Gather some items that are safe to be dropped. Maybe a ball, sheet of paper, shoe, pencil, feather… We’ll also need a stopwatch or a timer that can be

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Jump Like a Frog | CMSMatHome
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Jump Like a Frog | CMSMatHome

Jump with Toddler Wednesday and #CMSMatHome today! We’ll create a path down our driveway, sidewalk, or room and hop the whole length. Gather some sidewalk chalk (for outside play) or pillows and blankets, or placemats, for inside play. Create your lily pads by drawing or arranging items, then jump around like a frog. Can you

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CMSM at Home
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Shape Hunt | CMSMatHome

  Let’s go on a shape hunt with #CMSMatHome today! First, cut some shapes: square, rectangle, triangle, oval, circle, hexagon, octagon, rhombus… Look around the home and see how many of each shape you can find. Make a list. Observe the colors of your found shapes. Once you exhaust your options inside the home, take

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Molly Playworker butterfly monarch release Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota
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CMSM Needs You Now More than Ever

  These are hard times. Yet, life’s hardest moments seem to be what draw us closer to the people we love. We have missed you greatly during this global pandemic. The Museum thrives on being a community space, but our community’s wellbeing depends on our doors being closed, with our galleries empty and our ears

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Line Game Art | CMSMatHome

Good morning from #CMSMatHome! Today, we challenge you to a Line Game Art. Get a large sheet of paper (or tape together several letter-sized sheets) and attach it to the wall or lay it on the floor. Use a marker or crayon to draw a line, from top to bottom. Take turns and fill the

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Germination Exploration | CMSMatHome

  Good morning from #CMSMatHome! Today, we’ll set up a station for germination exploration. To get this going, you’ll need a paper towel, ziploc bag, a few beans, and a stapler. Place a damp, folded paper towel into your bag, then insert 5 staples about halfway up the bag, to keep the beans in the

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Egg Marbleizing | CMSMatHome

  Here’s an easy one for a (lazy?) Saturday with #CMSMatHome! Prepare some cups, 1 tablespoon of each vinegar, cooking oil, and food coloring, some hardboiled eggs, and water. Combine food coloring, oil, and vinegar, and add enough water to cover an egg. Swirl the liquid around with a spoon, then lower an egg into

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CMSM at Home | Birthday Mud Pie
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Birthday Mud Pie | CMSMatHome

It’s the Museum’s 5th birthday today and we’d love for you to join the party, right here with #CMSMatHome! To help celebrate, we’re asking you to bake the best treat a children’s museum would ever want: a birthday mud pie! Post your creation in the comments through the end of the day on Sunday, May

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Ribbon Cutting Grand Opening of the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota
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Brittany

CMSM Celebrates 5th Birthday

Today, we celebrate five memorable years of the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota! Although CMSM was around long before May 1, 2015, that is the day we officially opened the doors of our current location at 224 Lamm St in downtown Mankato. Oh, the memories that have been made here! Let’s Celebrate! We had big

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CMSM at Home | Seed Tape activity
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Brittany

Seed Tape | CMSMatHome

Have you ever made your own seed tape? Let’s do it together with #CMSMatHome! Gather supplies: toilet paper (you won’t need too much!), ruler, marker or pen, 1 tablespoon of flour, some water, cotton swab, tweezers, and a packet of seeds. Unroll the toilet paper to the length of your planned garden row. Measure the

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