Virtual Early Explorers


Welcome to Virtual Early Explorers!

Three kids sitting around a table working on a craft project.

Themes:

These activities are designed for children 5 and under (with adult), but are adaptable to other ages.

We miss hosting Early Explorers at the museum and seeing so many friendly faces and curious kids each week. We have adapted our program and share with families each Friday so Early Explorers can happen at home!

For all the families who have come to our in-person events in the past, we miss you. For those who are new to Early Explorers, we look forward to seeing you in person when our regular programs begin again.

We are excited to connect with all of you through our virtual program. We hope you enjoy the activities and craft suggestions and have the opportunity to keep exploring with your young children!

Please share your pictures, videos, comments, or thoughts with us via email: ua-museumlearn@alaska.edu or on the museum's Facebook pageWe look forward to hearing from you!



May's theme is Amazing Earth!

View of the Earth's surface from outer space, with the sun in the distance. Part of a spacecraft is visible in the lower right.

Image courtesy of NASA.


Download Tips and Ideas for Early Explorers At Home!
Activities:

The links are all PDF documents. 

Home Sweet Home: Discover reasons why Earth is a great place to live!

Citizen Science Projects
Courtesy of Globe Observer Program (NASA)

Crafts:

 

Child touching a globe.Exploration Activities:

  Right: Image by Amy Humphries, Unsplash.

Insect on a white plastic spoon.Sensory Activities:

 

 For more outer space activities, download an activity booklet from NASA!
 
 For more Amazing Earth activity ideas, go to the Virtual Family Days page.

 


 

April's theme was Water!

Children wearing teal rain boots stepping in a mud puddle.

Photo by June Admiraal on Unsplash.

Download Tips and Ideas for Early Explorers At Home!

 

Watch welcome videos for each week:
  
Activities:

The links are all PDF documents. 

Example mosquito craft, made with pipe cleaners, modelling clay, and plastic bag pieces.Crafts:

 

Exploration Activities:A child playing with toys in a bin of water.

 Bin filled with water and various household objects. A child's hands are reaching into the bin.

Sensory Activities:

 

Harvesting Birch Sap and Citizen Science Projects 
Courtesy of OneTree Alaska

For more water-themed activities,  go to the Virtual Family Days page, or watch a  Museum Minute video!


 

March's theme was Music!

Watch a welcome video from a museum educator:

 

Download Tips and Ideas for Early Explorers At Home!
 
Activities:

The links are all PDF documents. 
Early Explorers craft example: A paper collage of an outdoor scene as viewed through a window, with a colored bird.

Crafts:

 

Small child wearing a red shirt, dancing.Sensory Activities:

Exploration Activities:

Image credits: Elisabeth Padilla.

 


 
Family Programs are proudly sponsored by Alaska 529.

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