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Valentine's Day is just a few days away, the holiday spent celebrating the ones we love. Over here at CME, we want to ce...
02/11/2021

Valentine's Day is just a few days away, the holiday spent celebrating the ones we love. Over here at CME, we want to celebrate love and kindness all month long! These are just a few of our favorite ways that children can show love and kindness for their friends, family and community. How are you and your kids spreading the love? Tell us!

This adorable snowman is a great activity during this weather and helps children improve their fine motor skills!You'll ...
02/10/2021

This adorable snowman is a great activity during this weather and helps children improve their fine motor skills!

You'll need: mini marshmallows, glue, a piece of construction paper (blue or any color you choose), orange construction paper, crayons or markers and cotton balls (optional)

Instructions:

1. Start by drawing the outline of your snowman's body onto your blue construction paper along with its eyes, smile, buttons and stick arms.
2. Cut out a small triangle from your orange construction paper and glue it into your paper to add the snowman's nose.
3. Now, glue on your marshmallows to the outline of the snowman's body!
4. If you have cotton balls, you can rip them up and glue them to the bottom of the paper to look like snow.

Thank you so much to our friends at Easton Chamber of Commerce for the love and support!!
02/08/2021

Thank you so much to our friends at Easton Chamber of Commerce for the love and support!!

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Local businesses need your business, now more than ever. That’s why we are using the month of February to highlight our Chamber Businesses and promote shopping local. Each day of February several of our businesses will be mentioned on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Join us in supporting your local businesses and showing
them some love (use their services, buy a gift card from them, refer people to them, etc).

Meredith Bonny of Rosemary Fresh. Homemade Food Delivered. makes dinners, desserts, cookies, soups, etc. Presenting each thing she makes in an artistic way. Lately, Meredith has added corporate and kids cooking classes to her list of offerings. Meredith believes food is love and she puts all her love and attention into each item she makes.

Center Insurance Agency is a full-service, independent insurance agent and broker. We are committed to providing valued clients with a comprehensive selection of insurance products for both personal and business needs. They provide the right coverage to give you confidence and security for business and personal concerns.

The Children's Museum in Easton is dedicated to educational, cultural, and social learning for children and families with a primary focus on children ages 1–8. It is located inside of a historic firehouse. They offer memberships and day rates as well as activities you can do from home.

North Easton Savings Bank provides services such as checking and savings accounts, loan and mortgage services and financing for automobiles. They have been members of the Chamber of Commerce since 2003 and are huge sponsors in the Easton Community.

These recycled tin can windsocks are so fun to make with materials you already have at home!You'll need: a clean recycle...
02/07/2021

These recycled tin can windsocks are so fun to make with materials you already have at home!

You'll need: a clean recycled can (any size), acrylic paint and paintbrushes, glue, ribbons (or yarn or colored paper will work), masking tape, glitter and stickers (optional)

Instructions:

1. Start by lining the inside rim of the tin cans with a thick layer of tape to avoid sharp edges.
2. Paint the can any colors you want!
3. Once the paint is dry, use glue to attach your ribbon, yarn or strips of colored paper (whichever option you have available) to the bottom of the can. You can also glue some to the top of the can in order to hang it somewhere.
4. Hang these on your front porch and you can put them in your yard or garden when spring begins to arrive!

These adorable penguin pencil holders are the perfect addition to your kid's learning space at home!You'll need: one tin...
02/04/2021

These adorable penguin pencil holders are the perfect addition to your kid's learning space at home!

You'll need: one tin can per penguin you make, black construction paper, scraps of white, orange and pink paper, a pen, scissors, tape and a glue stick

Instructions:

1. First, measure out the black construction paper. You need it to be high enough to cover the tin can and long enough to wrap around the tin can once, plus a little extra.
2. Using the other construction paper colors, cut out the penguin's features. A white oval for the body, two orange hearts for feet, a triangular orange beak, two eyes and two rosy cheeks with the pink paper.
3. Glue the penguin's body parts to the center of the black paper.
4. Add a strip of tape to one end of the black paper (height way) and tape it to the back of your tin can. Wrap it around the can and secure it with another piece of tape.
5. Now add your writing utensils and you've got yourself a penguin pencil holder!

Making your own sun catchers is a super fun activity that will lead to a beautiful display of colors in a sunny window!Y...
02/02/2021

Making your own sun catchers is a super fun activity that will lead to a beautiful display of colors in a sunny window!

You'll need: plastic beads and a muffin tin or baking dish

Instructions:

1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
2. Fill the bottom of your muffin tins or baking dish with one layer of beads.
3. Put the beads in the oven for 15-25 minutes until the beads are completely melted and the surface of the melted beads is smooth.
4. Let the beads cool in the tin. They will shrink a little bit as they cool which will make them pop out of the tins easily.
5. Put them on display in a sunny window to see the awesome color display!

Krissy, CME's Director of Education and Outreach, will be sharing videos on STEM learning with our friends at Brockton C...
02/02/2021
Brockton CFCE

Krissy, CME's Director of Education and Outreach, will be sharing videos on STEM learning with our friends at Brockton CFCE. Check out this video to learn all about the STEM acronym and continue to tune in for some fun activities!

Happy February Friends!

As we prepare to launch Science & Stories: Introducing Children to the World of S.T.E.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), here is a special message from Krissy with the The Children's Museum in Easton!

Be sure to share with your friends!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z9LJsi6DPs&feature=youtu.be

Not only does making volcanoes help kids learn about chemical reactions, this activity is extra sensory by enjoying the ...
01/31/2021

Not only does making volcanoes help kids learn about chemical reactions, this activity is extra sensory by enjoying the scent of lemons in the eruptions! Grab a lemon from the refrigerator and make a super cool volcano.

You'll need: 2 lemons per volcano, baking soda, liquid watercolors or food coloring, a craft stick, a tray, dish soap and cups and spoons

Instructions:

1. Slice the bottom off one lemon so it sits flat and then flip the lemon over to slice out the core.
2. Slice your second lemon in half to juice it. Juice it into a cup and set the cup of lemon juice aside.
3. Put the cored lemon on a tray. Take your craft stick to mash the center of the lemon to bring out the juices while keeping them contained in the lemon.
4. Put a few drops of food coloring into the center of the lemon, followed by a squirt of dish soap.
5. Next, add a spoonful of baking soda into the lemon and you should see some fizz. Stir the juice in the lemon and it should start to foam really well to create your chemical reaction!
6. To keep the reaction going, continue to add baking soda, coloring and dish soap. This is when you can add the extra lemon juice set aside from the second lemon! This will enhance the reaction!

The Science Behind It: The citric acid in the lemon juice when combined with baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, reacts to form carbon dioxide and sodium citrate. This is what causes the fizzing and bubbling like a volcanic eruption.

Thanks to National Grid, our official STEAM Education Partner, for sponsoring this activity!

With just a few materials and your hand print, make a super colorful butterfly!You'll need: colored card stock, googly e...
01/29/2021

With just a few materials and your hand print, make a super colorful butterfly!

You'll need: colored card stock, googly eyes, a black marker, scissors, a glue stick, a pencil and a circle punch (optional)

Instructions:

1. Trace your child's hand print on two different colors of paper. Do this twice to have four hand prints.
2. Use your circle punch or scissors to cut a circle from a new color paper (different from the hand prints) that will be the butterfly's head.
3. Cut out an elongated oval shape for the butterfly's body. Make sure the body is long enough to extend to the bottom of the hand print.
4. Next, using the same color paper as the head, cut out two small ovals to make antennae.
5. Place one hand print with the thumb facing up and fingers to the side, rotated out slightly. Position the other hand print the same way, only this time rotate it down.
6. Where the hands overlap, glue them together. Repeat this step with the other two hand prints. Each set acts as the butterfly's wings.
7. With the bottom of the hands facing in, glue the pair of wings together.
8. Assemble the rest of the butterfly by gluing the antennae to the back of the head and then gluing the complete head to the body.
9. Glue the complete body to the the middle of the hand print wings.
10. On the head, glue on googly eyes and add the butterfly's smile.
11. If you want to get even more creative, use your circle punch or scissors to cut out circles or other designs to add a pattern to the butterfly's wings!

Making an adorable flock of sheep is a craft your kiddos are sure to love!You'll need: jumbo craft sticks, googly eyes, ...
01/26/2021

Making an adorable flock of sheep is a craft your kiddos are sure to love!

You'll need: jumbo craft sticks, googly eyes, a paper plate, craft paint (your choice of colors), scissors, white craft glue and 7 cotton balls per sheep you want to make

Instructions:

1. Paint the craft sticks and let them dry.
2. Place some glue on each craft stick but leave the tops and bottoms of the sticks untouched.
3. On the glue, stick 3 cotton balls.
4. On the sides of the 3 cotton balls, add some glue and stick two more cotton balls on each side.
5. Using the same paint colors as you did for the craft sticks, paint small patches of color onto the paper plate.
6. Once the paint on the plate is dry, cut out two teardrop shapes from each color. These will act as the sheep's ears.
7. Lastly, glue the ears to the back of the craft sticks and glue googly eyes to the front to complete your sheep!

Hot chocolate on a stick is a great sweet treat for a winter day!You'll need: lollipop or popsicle sticks, an ice cube t...
01/24/2021

Hot chocolate on a stick is a great sweet treat for a winter day!

You'll need: lollipop or popsicle sticks, an ice cube tray or candy molds, marshmallows, 8 ounces of chocolate chips, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions:

1. Start by melting the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl by heating in 30 seconds intervals, stirring in between until the chocolate is completely melted.
2. Mix the melted chocolate with the dry ingredients. Once the ingredients are mixed, you should have a crumbly and thick texture.
3. Pack the mixture in the ice tray or candy mold.
4. Put one marshmallow on each popsicle stick with one inch of stick poking through, and push the stick into the chocolate.
5. Put the tray of your hot cocoa sticks in the refrigerator to harden.
6. After giving the chocolate ample time to set, your hot cocoa sticks are ready to use! Heat up a mug of milk and stir your chocolate stick in the hot milk until it melts, turning the milk into cocoa.

Enjoy!

With materials you have at home, make your own marble run that your kiddos are sure to enjoy!You'll need: 11 toilet pape...
01/22/2021

With materials you have at home, make your own marble run that your kiddos are sure to enjoy!

You'll need: 11 toilet paper rolls, a cardboard base, tape, paint, glue and marbles or pom poms

Instructions:

1. First, make 3 towers. Make two towers that are 3 toilet paper rolls high, and the third one 2 rolls high. Tape the rolls together to make your towers.
2. Next, cut 3 toilet paper rolls in half longways and tape some of the pieces together to make chutes.
3. To connect the towers together using your chutes, cut holes in the towers for the chutes to rest in. Make sure the chutes are tilting downward so that the marbles or pom poms will roll.
4. A piece of cardboard makes an ideal base for the towers. Put glue on the cardboard where you want to place your towers and glue them down. 5. Make sure the towers are completely dry in place before playing. Once dry, you can paint your marble run or start watching the marbles travel through the chutes!

Process art activities like paper plate twisting art are super engaging for kids and lead to some amazing creations!You'...
01/20/2021

Process art activities like paper plate twisting art are super engaging for kids and lead to some amazing creations!

You'll need: paper, a paper plate and paint

Instructions:

1. Pour some paint onto the back of a paper plate. Choose two to three colors!
2. Flip the plate over onto a piece of paper and twist it around. You can twist the plate completely if you want, but swiveling the plate back and forth on the page will still make for some awesome patterns.
3. Peel off the plate and you're left with a super cool piece of art!

Thanks to our superhero sponsors like NiSource, Morse Insurance Agency, Inc., North Easton Savings Bank and Pleasant Hill Pediatrics who are not only helping CME save the day for play at the Museum, but with activities for you to complete at home!

This activity teaches kids all about the science of the water cycle and can be easily completed at home!You'll need: a z...
01/17/2021

This activity teaches kids all about the science of the water cycle and can be easily completed at home!

You'll need: a ziploc bag, a black Sharpie, blue food coloring, tape and a small measuring cup

Instructions:

1. At the bottom of your ziploc bag, draw some ocean waves to represent water. At the top near the seal, draw a cloud in one corner and a sun in the other.
2. Fill a small measuring cup with 1/4 cup of water.
3. Squeeze four drops of food coloring into the water and then pour the blue water into the ziploc bag. Seal the bag tightly closed.
4. Tape the bag to a window and watch the magic happen!

The Science Behind It:

Over the next few days as you watch the bag, kids will see the process of evaporation when the sunlight hits the water and turns into vapor. Next, condensation occurs as the vapor cools and turns back into liquid. After enough water condenses, it will fall in the form of precipitation.

Thanks to our official STEAM Education Partner, National Grid, for sponsoring this activity.

Do you miss seeing colorful flowers outside during snowy weather? This season is the perfect time to make your own sunfl...
01/14/2021

Do you miss seeing colorful flowers outside during snowy weather? This season is the perfect time to make your own sunflower so you enjoy flowers indoors!

You'll need: a paper plate, bubble wrap, yellow and black paint, green construction paper, scissors and glue

Instructions:

1. Paint the front of your paper plate with yellow paint.
2. Cut a circle out of the bubble wrap that's about the size of the inside of the paper plate. Paint the bubble wrap black. Let it dry completely.
3. Once the paint on the paper plate is dry, cut slits all around the edge of the paper plate to give your flower its petals.
4. Once the bubble wrap is dry, glue it onto the middle of the plate.
5. Complete your sunflower by gluing a strip of green construction paper to the bottom of the plate to give your flower a stem!

Share your sunflowers with us! We love to see photos of your crafts.

Bring the family together for everyone to make their own unique monster puppets!You'll need: a paper bag, acrylic paint,...
01/12/2021

Bring the family together for everyone to make their own unique monster puppets!

You'll need: a paper bag, acrylic paint, colored paper, markers, scissors, glue, scrapbook scissors (optional) and circle punches (optional)

Instructions:

1. Choose one color to paint the front and bottom of your paper bag and let it dry completely.
2. Construct your monster's features and design using scissors, colored paper, markers and circle punches. Will it have three eyes? A polka-dotted body? Two mouths? The creative options are endless!
3. Open up the paper bag to use your monster puppet! Give your monster puppet a name and put on a puppet show.

This winter sensory bin is a great way for kids to work on hand eye coordination and improve their fine motor skills whi...
01/10/2021

This winter sensory bin is a great way for kids to work on hand eye coordination and improve their fine motor skills which is helpful for their STEM learning!

You'll need: a plastic bin, packing peanuts, blue pom poms, small snowflakes, silver ribbon, measuring cups and a clothespin

Instructions:

1. After gathering your materials, place them all in the plastic bin.
2. Using measuring cups, start working with the materials! Pay attention to size and texture. Your child can scoop some materials out with a measuring cup or practice grabbing different items using a clothespin. This activity gives them the freedom to work with the materials in a variety of ways and engage their senses!

Sponsored by CME's STEAM Education Partner, National Grid.

We have super fun activities in store to share with you this week! If you and your kiddos complete any of the crafts and...
01/10/2021

We have super fun activities in store to share with you this week! If you and your kiddos complete any of the crafts and projects, be sure to share your final products with us! We love seeing photos of all of your cool creations.

Thank you so much to our superhero sponsors like Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company, Morse Insurance Agency, Inc., NiSource, North Easton Savings Bank and Pleasant Hill Pediatrics for helping us save the day for play at the Museum and at home as we share activities for you to craft in your own MakerSpaces!

This adorable turtle craft is a simple yet fun activity that can easily done at home!You'll need: a paper plate, 1 inch ...
01/09/2021

This adorable turtle craft is a simple yet fun activity that can easily done at home!

You'll need: a paper plate, 1 inch squares of tissue paper, white school glue, googly eyes, scissors, a green marker, a black marker, double sided tape and a paint brush

Instructions:

1. On a piece of paper, draw and cut out your turtle: a circle for the head, a tail, and four legs.
2. Use a paint brush to spread glue over the bottom of the paper plate.
3. Cover the paper plate with tissue paper squares and when you reach the edge of the plate, fold the tissue paper underneath.
4. If you have googly eyes, glue them to the turtle's head. Otherwise, you can draw on eyes with black marker. Draw on a nose and mouth with the marker.
5. Use double sided tape to secure the head, tail and legs to the paper plate.

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9 Sullivan Ave
North Easton, MA
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Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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(508) 230-3789

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In light of the extended quarantine, I wanted to share my new children's book which seeks to provide a little story comfort. Here is the Kindle link; there are also print edition copies available.
Twice this week there has been no email about the daily project. Is there a problem? Have great grands who love the activities. Hope they will continue.
Thank you for the flower craft idea!
Check this out for 100 free things to do with and without kids this summer in Massachusetts! The Children's Museum in Easton is on the list for this week! https://www.facebook.com/musefulmom/posts/1836884646415137
We loved the improvements to the Museum! #FreshCME
Fabulous way to let the kid burn off some excess holiday energy #FreshCME
A big thank you to The Children's Museum in Easton for their support of Up With Books and our charity auction ❤️ Your contribution is greatly appreciated! #kidsread
Maybe update your page so people don’t drive over and end up leaving with upset kids. Thanks 😡
All roads lead to Childrens Museum in Easton! #FreshCME
Our first visit! #FreshCME
25% OFF 4 Lesson Start-Up Package Special!!🥁
I just saw on your website that you are closed Aug.26-September 12? If so really disappointed as my grandson is coming from Florida for vacation. We were looking forward to a visit. Sad!