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How-to craft videos with BAM's education team
Enjoy the following how-to videos for fun crafts you can do at home. We'll be posting new content in lieu of our usual Get Crafty Saturday and Free Family Day programming.
Ages 4 – 10
Design your own colorful pennant to celebrate your community! How can you create a flag using colors, symbols, and/or patterns to represent your favorite things in your neighborhood and beyond?
WHAT YOU'LL NEED...
Yarn or string
What we’re learning: fine motor skills, creative design thinking, and community building
Create the base of your pennant by cutting the felt into your desired shape (triangles are popular for pennants!).
With the remaining felt & fabric, design your flag by cutting out shapes, letters, and/or numbers, then attaching with glue!
Once you feel you’ve added enough details to your pennant, attach some yarn to the top with glue.
|Step 4:||After it’s dry, find a wall to hang your beautiful new creation!
Rainbow Sidewalk Chalk
Ages 7 – 10
Celebrate Pride month with this STEAM activity! First, practice your color mixing and create your own sidewalk chalk using plaster of Paris and tempera paint. Next, decorate your community with your new art supply.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED...
1 cup plaster of paris
¾ cup of water
Ice cube tray
What we’re learning: Measuring solids & liquids, experimenting with scientific reactions, and color mixing!
In a medium size container, mix 1 cup of plaster of paris& ¾ cup of water together until smooth.
Divide the mixture into your ice cube tray and then clean out your mixing container before the mixture hardens.
In the ice cube trays, add different paint colors in each filled cube and then thoroughlymix the paint into the mixture with a plastic fork—adding more paint until you’ve achieved your desired color. Keep in mind that more paint results in a longer drying time.
|Step 4:||Color mixing: green = blue & yellow, purple = blue & red, orange = red & yellow|
Once you’ve mixed allthe colors of the rainbow, find a space to let your chalk creation dry & harden.
After the chalk has completely dried, decorate your sidewalk & streets with the beautiful colors of the rainbow!
Tubular Topographic Maps
Ages 5 – 10
Make a topographic map of your neighborhood (or another place you love and know well) along with BAM’s Education Manager, Mary Kate! Topographic maps show the shapes and relative heights of landforms and other features in a relatively small area.
Take a walk around your neighborhood with your grown-ups. Pay attention to the shapes and locations of the buildings, trees, flowers, fences, birds nests, and other interesting spots.
|Step 2:||Begin by drawing your main street & how it intersects with other streets.|
|Step 3:||Outline the base of the buildings & their locations on your street.|
|Step 4:||Color in the landscape—is there grass, dirt, rocks, or sidewalk in your neighborhood?|
|Step 5:||To make this a topographic map, draw the base of each house on your foam or cardboard then cut out & glue to their location in your neighborhood.|
|Step 6:||Select a different color foam or another sheet of cardboard to create the second layer of the houses & continue to decrease the size of your lay out to make each home three dimensional – we recommend doing three layers. Taller buildings should have more layers than shorter buildings.|
|Step 7:||Add further details with fences, flowers, & maybe hidden treasures!|
|Step 8:||Use a compass to draw north on your map to help a viewer orient themselves! Can you add a key to describe the different lines, shapes, and symbols on your map?|
Ages 2 – 7
Join our Education Manager Mary Kate as she walks through how make your own fun window decorations.
Gather your supplies! Dilute 2 tbsp white glue with 1 tbsp water in a cup and mix well, and cut up bits of colorful tissue paper.
|Step 2:||Brush a layer of glue mixture onto wax paper.|
|Step 3:||Begin layering tissue paper pieces on glue mixture. Press down to allow glue to soak into the tissue paper.|
|Step 4:||Add and overlap these tissue paper pieces, brushing on your glue mixture in any dry areas, until you've made a collage that covers your wax paper.|
|Step 5:||Allow your collage to dry completely!|
|Step 6:||Once your collage is dry, carefully peel off the wax paper.|
|Step 7:||Trim your collage into your desired shape. Create a small hole to thread your ribbon through.|
|Step 8:||Knot the ribbon and hang on a window!|
Make your own watercolors!
Ages 6 – 10
Did you know that you can make your own watercolor paints with some basic kitchen ingredients? Join BAM’s Education Manager Mary Kate as she walks through the surprisingly fun process of making your own watercolors!
4 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp vinegar (+ more as needed)
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp corn syrup
Something to mix with (such as a popsicle stick)
Put 4 tablespoons of baking soda into your container and then add 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
See how it fizzes? In science class, you would call this an acid-base reaction—the baking soda, which is a base, is reacting to the vinegar, which is an acid. During the reaction, when the baking soda is mixed with the vinegar, the baking soda takes a proton from the vinegar, making the baking soda transforms into water and carbon dioxide. Those bubbles are carbon dioxide gas being released!
|Step 2:||Once the bubbling stops, add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon of corn syrup. Give it a good mix!
Adding the cornstarch will make this mixture VERY thick—keeping working at it. If your mixtures isn’t coming together, add another tablespoon of vinegar. You should end up with a substance similar to Oobleck. Oobleck is a non-Newtonian substance, which means when you leave it alone it acts as a liquid, but when you touch it, it acts as a solid. Once your mixture is well combined, pour some into your hands or on a clean surface and have fun experiencing these properties for yourself!
|Step 3:||Once you're ready to move one, pour your Oobleck into small containers, like an ice cube tray or muffin tin. Now it's time to add the food coloring. Mix your food coloring into individual tins for different colors of paint. The more food coloring you add, the more intense the color of your paint will be.|
|Step 4:||Let dry completely before using your new paints.|
Ages 4 – 10
Join BAM's Education Manager Mary Kate to make some BAMtastic binoculars for your next adventure!
For the binoculars:
2 toilet paper tubes
Hole punch or scissors
String, yarn, or ribbon
To decorate (any of the following):
Glue two toilet paper tubes together and wait for glue to dry
|Step 2:||Decorate your binoculars! You can cover them in magazine clippings, color them, paint them, or even bedazzle them with sequins.|
|Step 3:||Once your binoculars are finished punch holes on the outer side of both tubes and then tie the ends of a ribbon, length or yarn, or string to each side.|
|Step 4:||Take your binoculars on an adventure around your house!|
Under the Sea crafts
Join BAM's education team to make some of the crafts from our Under the Sea Free Family Day using materials you can find around your house.
Ages 4 – 10
Join BAM's Education Manager Mary Kate to make your own Very Great Barrier Reef! Did you know… Coral is one of the most important animals in the ocean because they provide homes for many other sea creatures!
Other recycled materials like:
Newspaper or magazines
Old pool noodles
Start by gathering your materials! Cardboard from a shipping box, cereal box, or the like makes a great base for your coral reef sculpture. Look around your home for other recycled materials, like plastic bags, bottle caps, or packing materials, that can all be included in your coral reef.
|Step 2:||Use scissors to cut pieces into shapes you’d see on the ocean floor like seaweed, coral structures, and rocks.|
|Step 3:||Start gluing down pieces of your coral reef together. Collage them onto your base and think about what kind of places a sea creature might want to live in!|
|Step 4:||You can color parts of your sculpture with marker or paint for extra detailing.|
|Step 5:||Once you’ve transformed your base into a coral reef, find a place in your house to display your artwork!|
Ages 4 – 10
Get inspired by Marcus Pfister's classic book The Rainbow Fish and make your own eye-catching underwater creation.
Watercolor paper (regular paper is ok, but may warp)
Lightly paint water over the surface of your paper.
|Step 2:||Once page is covered in water, start applying watercolor paint.|
|Step 3:||Once page is painted to your liking, sprinkle salt across the page and set aside.|
|Step 4:||On a new page, draw a fish! You can use markers, colored pencils, or paint.|
|Step 5:||Cut out aluminum foil scales and glue them to your finished fish.|
|Step 6:||Cut out your fish from the page.|
|Step 7:||Once your watercolor page is dry, brush off any remaining salt and glue your fish to your background.|
Ages 4 – 10
Make a fun jellyfish hat with BAM's Arts Educator Erin. Did you know that jellyfish have existed for millions of years? Even before the dinosaurs!
Cellophane (or: use markers or paint to give color to your jellyfish!)
String Streamers (or: paper, plastic, or other material that can be cut into streamers)
Draw your jellyfish’s face on the bowl with a marker.
|Because you will be wearing this bowl as a hat, make sure you draw your face with the bowl upside down (unless you’d like a silly jellyfish! If you don’t have cellophane, you can color your bowl with markers or paint before drawing your face.)|
|Step 2:||Take a piece of cellophane and wrap it around the bowl and staple the edges of the cellophane under the bowl’s rim.|
|Step 3:||Hole punch opposite sides of the bowl, keeping your jellyfish’s face centered between hole punches.|
|Step 4:||Tie each end of the string through the holes—you might have to adjust the string length to fit your head.|
|Step 5:||Attach streamers to your jellyfish head by stapling them to the rim of your bowl. Once you’ve added enough tentacles to your jellyfish, you can put it on and show off your wearable sea creature!|
Ages 4 – 10
This Silly Sea Turtle craft is a fun way to practice the fundamentals of weaving!
3 Popsicle sticks (alternatives: coffee stirrers, branches)
Paint (or: markers, colored pencils)
Yarn (or: string, cut up t-shirts, strips of plastic)
Sharpie (or: marker, colored pencil)
Glue three Popsicle sticks into a star shape.
|Step 2:||Once the glue is dry, paint or color your star the color you’d like your turtle body to be.|
|Step 3:||Tie the end of your yarn around the center of your turtle body.|
|Step 4:||Wrap yarn around the center until the middle section is completely covered.|
|Step 5:||Start weaving! Under one leg, over the next leg, under the current leg, over the next leg. Repeat.|
|Step 6:||If using multiple colors, tie on new color and keep weaving at any point.|
|Step 7:||When you're happy with the size of your turtle’s shell, cut your yarn, leaving enough to tuck the end under the outer layer of yarn, wrap through, and tie.|
|Step 8:||Cut off excess yarn ends, if any.|
|Step 9:||Draw a face and feet onto your completed turtle!|
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Get Moving with BAM
Get your wiggles out with art-inspired movement videos from BAM.
Get Moving: Yoga with Jenna
Ages 2 – 10
Can you stand tall like the trees in Nicole Gordon's "Finishing Touches" installation? This week, we're taking a break from crafting and offering a new, mess-free way for the young artists in our community to connect with art through movement! Check out this video for fun, kid-friendly yoga poses you can do together.
Enjoy scavenger hunts and coloring pages from BAM.
Get inspired by the works of art at BAM and get outside with these themed scavenger hunts. How many shapes, colors, and textures can you find?
Nicole Gordon inspired coloring pages
We've created some fun coloring pages inspired by the paintings in Nicole Gordon's current exhibition at BAM, Altered States. Learn about the surrealist imagery in Gordon's work and add your own twist to the image by coming up with your own unique background and color scheme:
Click on any image below to open the printable version in a new tab:
Bellevue School District Craft Kits
BAM is providing hundreds of take-home craft activity kits each week to Bellevue School District for students participating in their free Grab & Go Meals and childcare programs.
This week's craft: Pulped Under Pressure Zine
Available for pickup March 11 & 12
Celebrate the art and craft of paper by creating your own zine! Utilize 2D media to tell a story, share a secret recipe, or highlight a cause that is important to you through a sharable mini-book.
Next week's craft: Farmers Market Bags
Available for pickup March 18, 19, 25 & 26
Bring a personalized tote with you wherever you go! From sketching to cutting to painting to stamping, this craft combines multiple activities. The end product is a special bag of your own design that you can use to carry groceries as well as many other things!
Take a quick virtual trip to BAM! Join our Executive Director & Chief Curator Benedict Heywood in discussion about some of the works on view at the Museum and check out other virtual Museum content.