Kids and Family Activities (2023)

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Inside the Outreach Collection

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Want to learn more about the Figge's outreach collection? Join host and Figge Outreach Educator Kelsey Vandercoy for the YouTube web series, Inside the Outreach Collection. These videos explore theFigge's educational objects. Click link below.


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Big Picture In the House From Summer 2020Kids and Family Activities (4)

The Figge held five weeks of virtual FREEprogramming for the Big Picture in the House series during thesummer of 2020. Sessions were streamed live from the museum and can be accessed below for your viewing pleasure.


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Follow Along Activities

Activity 1 - Learn to Print like Warhol!
Inspired by Andy Warhol's colorful pop art prints, we decided to make our own! A simple way to do print making at home, without the mess. Tag us on Instagram @figgeartmuseum and show us your creations!

Materials Needed:
-white paper
-Crayola or any brand washable markers
-baby wipes (substitute: paper towel & spray bottle of water)
-mini styrofoam plates
-pencils and erasers (careful! pencil won't erase off of the plate, take your time)

Activity 2 - Make Your Own Half Moon
Inspired by the Figge’s beloved Half Moon by artist Deborah Butterfield, get in touch with your inner sculptor to build a mini horse. Deborah Butterfield is known for her horses made from found objects: from sticks and mud to sheet metal; get creative and look around your house for materials you can use too.

-aluminum foil
-various materials to form the horse (suggestions: sticks & leaves, pipe cleaners, clay, buttons, scrap paper)
-regular Elmer’s glue

Activity 3 - Making NewHouse
Highlighting another great woman artist from our collection, we introduce Doris Lee and her work New House. New House is based off the construction of Lee and her husband’s home in New York, but presented in a naïve and quirky style of the everyday life.

-large piece of paper (we used 12x18)
-various scraps of materials (paper, fabric, scrapbook pages, magazines, old photos – anything that can be glued down)
-crayons, markers, or color pencils (to decorate background)

Activity 4 - Making Grant Wood
The father of regional art, Grant Wood is a true treasure at the Figge Art Museum. We have several of his pieces and personal objects at the museum as he was a resident of our area. Grant Wood is always a favorite among our guests, we hope you can come see him too!

-objects for texture (experiment: don’t be afraid to try anything, if it doesn’t work, try something else!)
-crayons (you can try different art supplies, but we found crayons work the best)
-pencil & eraser (to do the sketching)

Activity 5 - Making Fire &Water

A crowd favorite, Fire and Water greets our visitors as they enter the museum. This colorful piece was created by Japanese-American artist, Yuriko Yamaguchi, whose sculptures represent the binding of nature and technology. Fire and Water was composed of hand cast, resin pieces that have the appearance of dried mushrooms, affixed with stainless steel wire. The blue and the red represent the duality of fire and water in our lives.

-paper (thicker paper helps so the water doesn’t soak through)
-sponges (cut up into smaller pieces)
-cup of water

*Bonus Supplies: try dipping other materials in the paint to get different textures

Activity 6 - Making Moon Zag III
Crafted out of painted wood, Moon Zag III is another Figge piece that’s hard to miss, and sits across from another artwork previously covered on this channel: Half Moon by Deborah Butterfield.

-paper & pencil (if you would like to do a sketch)
-various objects around the house to build your assemblage
*You do not have to adhere the objects together, keep them loose! That way you can keep moving the pieces around into different configurations

Activity 7 - Making Lee Krasner Prints

It’s women in the arts time once again! This week, the Figge is featuring Lee Krasner, an American artist from New York. Her style can be described as “abstract expressionism” and shows itself in the form of print making. Krasner has many different styles of her prints, but today we are focused on her Primary Series of three works: Blue, Gold, and Pink. Happy art making!

-paper (thicker paper that can hold the weight of paint)
-paint or ink (try different types of colors!)
-brushes, or other items to spread paint
-an object for smoothing (or could use your hand as well)


Activity 8 - Making a Haitian Jungle Scene

One of the largest collections in the museum, our colorful Haitian art always draws crowds together. From markets, voodoo Gods and Goddesses, or wild animals, Haitian art delights crowds with a cocktail of history, religion, fantasy, and so much more. This collection, much like Grant Wood, has a special place in our hearts and is unlike anything else in the museum. We hope you get a chance to see it in person soon!

*One of our most recent exhibitions is by Haitian artist, Didier William, learn more here:

-cut outs of animals: search everywhere! Magazines, old photos, postcards, wrapping paper, wherever you see animals, or can draw your own!
-material to color the background (we used oil pastels, but crayons or markers work well too)
-glue and scissors
-inspiration! Look up pictures of jungles in places around the world; where do you want your animals to live?

Watercolor Ice Cream Cone Activity:

(Video) Fun Activities for Kids and Families

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Big Picture in MyHouse

Our outreach educators bring you this fun video series adapting our popular arts education outreach program for you to enjoy at home. Listen a brief art lesson followed by an easy art activity to do together with your child. For questions on a session, email Laura at [emailprotected]

Session 1 - The Perfect Square

Session 2 - The Noisy Paint Box

Session 3 - Big Orange Splot

Session 4 - Grant Wood

Session 5 - Yayoi Kusama

Session 6 - Sky Color

(Video) Emma and Kate Spin Art and More 1 hr kids activities at home!!!

Session 7 -Scribble Art

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Educational Resources

Great for teachers and parents alike!

Elementary Students

Cassie Stephens
Our Outreach Educator'stop pick for art resources. Cassie's content is often used to enhance our own educator's lessons. She is an art educator from Nashville, TN and has an amazingly FUN way of teaching art to students.

Cassie Stephens Blog
Cassie Stephens YouTube Channel

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!
Many are familiarwith Mo Willems and the Don’t Let the Pigeon Series. The Kennedy Center for the Arts brings us thissponsored a series in response to COVID-19.

Kennedy Center: Mo Willems
Mo Willems: Lunch Doodles YouTube Series

Deep Space Sparkle
Patty Palmer is another educator who has a lot of lessons based on art and visual literacy. She prepared an Emergency Sparkle Kit for remote learning. Go to the link and scroll down to sign up for the packet on the Deep Space Sparkle website.

Deep Space Sparkle Website
Deep Space Sparkle YouTube

Art Projects for Kids
This resource provides great “How to Draw” step by step. Great activity for keeping the kids creating and busy.

Art Projects for Kids Website

(Video) Ryan jumping through impossible Shape Challenge and more 1 hour kids activities!

Middle School Students

Boca Raton Museum of Art
The Lesson Plans offered by the Boca Raton Museum of Art encourage educators to teach art analysis, as well as incorporate art into language arts, math, and creative writing. This is a fun way to encourage students and kids to think about art from new perspectives. Below is a link to the Lesson Plans menu and an example of a Lesson Plan.

Boca Raton Museum of Art: Lesson Plan Listing
Example Lesson Plan: Kuhn Young Woman

National Gallery of Art
These lesson plans are like those offered by the Boca Raton Museum of Art; however, they are categorized by art and subject. Each lesson contains warm-up questions and discussions, class activities, and additional downloadable content for both children and adults. The lessons promote critical thinking and encourage students to have constructive discussions with their peers.

National Gallery of Art: Lesson Plan Listing
Example Lesson Plan: Uncovering America

TED Ed provides educators with a series of engaging, fun videos about visual arts and literature. There are also other video categories, such as math, science, history, etc., which can be accessed from a Subjects drop-down menu. The videos average between three-to-five minutes long, and have four learning steps: Watch, Think, Dig Deeper, Discuss. As students watch the videos, they are encouraged to think critically about the content and respond to quizzes and open discussion questions.

TED Ed: Visual Arts
Example Lesson Plan: Frida Kahlo

Art to Remember
Art to Remember offers free, simple art projects for students. What is great about this resource is that educators can filter topics, grade levels, and media types to find what art projects work best for their students, teaching style, and material access. Each lesson incorporates other concepts, such as math, geography, and science, so students can learn more as they play and create art. Even better, many of the projects incorporate every-day items you may already have at home.

Art to Remember: Lesson Plan Listing
Example Lesson Plan: Mystery Pattern

High School Students

PBS Learning Media
This extension of PBS offers online lesson plans and supplemental videos, interactives, documents, and galleries for all grade levels—including 9-12. In the Arts section, you will find materials that focus on visual art, music, art history, dance, and more—all designed to bolster higher education art classes. The additional interactives keep students engaged and allow them to have fun while learning. The site is also compatible with Google Classroom.

PBS Learning Media - High School
Example Lesson Video

J. Paul Getty Museum
The Getty offers art-focused lesson plans with supplementary videos, activities, and documents so educators can customize the classroom experience. Each lesson is designed to enhance art and art historical knowledge, and complement other subjects, like English, literature, science, and math. The lesson questions encourage students to think critically and participate in discussions with their peers. Art and writing activities encourage active learning and creativity, allowing students to directly apply what they have learned in class.

The Getty Education Guides
Example Lesson Plan

Kinder Art
This website offers dozens of free art lessons for educators and students. Each lesson is designed or can be adapted for at-home learning, and they can supplement lessons already taught in class. For example, if students are learning about art fundamentals, such as line, the Blind Contour Drawing exercise lets students practice and understand line-making. Many of the available lessons require materials that are easily found at home, so safety is ensured for both students and educators. Below is a link to the art lessons list and the Blind Contour Drawing example.

Kinder Art - Art Lessons
Example Lesson Plan: Blind Contour Drawing

Art History Teaching Resources
This resource is great for higher-education art and art history instructors—particularly anyone teaching AP classes. Selecting, “Lesson Plans,” from the top drop-down menu will introduce educators to a variety of lesson plans categorized as Survey 1, Survey 2, and Thematic. After selecting a lesson, educators will view a lesson description and suggested teaching methods. Each lesson is supplemented by vocabulary, readings, assignments, activities, and discussions to provide in-depth learning experiences. History’s impact on art is also explored via relevant literature, historical events, and human achievements—all conveniently linked directly in the lesson descriptions. If educators need additional resources or support, the website also has an e-journal and weekly publications to explore.

Art History Teaching Resources
Example Lesson Plan: Ancient Art


What do you like to do together as a family answers? ›

32 Fun Family Activity Ideas To Do Together As A Family
  • PLAY A CARD GAME. Oh card games rock! ...
  • VISIT THE BEACH. I love the beach as a family trip. ...
  • GO ON A PICNIC. ...
Jan 19, 2017

How many children is enough for a family? ›

Two children. Research suggests that having two children is still most people's idea of the 'ideal' family size.

How do you spend time with your child what activities do you do together ?*? ›

Spending time with younger children is easy because they so often want to be as much a part of our lives as possible!
  1. Have Dinner. ...
  2. Fix Things Together. ...
  3. After Dinner Walks. ...
  4. Leave a Message. ...
  5. Read Together. ...
  6. Bring Your Child to School or Class. ...
  7. Plan a Monthly Excursion. ...
  8. Share Family Stories.

How are you and your family doing answer? ›

You need to answer briefly, but in a positive way. “Great!” “I'm doing really well, thank you,” or “Fantastic!” are all good ways to answer.

What are good ideas for activities? ›

Activities for any Season
  • go for a walk or to a park in your neighbourhood and play Frisbee.
  • plan a family road trip and bring a soccer ball or baseball to use on the way or when you get there.
  • walk at night and look for stars.
  • go swimming indoors.
  • go bowling, skating, or to a museum.

What size family is happiest? ›

Grow your family to at least four children! According to a study out of Australia's Edith Cowan University, parents with the most life satisfaction (which means those who are the happiest) are those that have four or more children.

What is the best age gap between kids? ›

Based on the study findings, they suggest the optimal time between giving birth and getting pregnant again is 18 months, with a range of 12 to 24 months. That said, many experts still adhere to the recommendation of 18 to 24 months.

Why two kids is enough? ›

Having two children reduces mortality risk. Three different studies looked at thousands of older adults and found the same thing: two kids was the sweet spot for health. The risk of an early death increases by 18% for parents of an only child.

How do you engage with children and families? ›

In genuine partnerships, families and educators: • value each other's knowledge of each child • value each other's roles in each child's life • trust each other • communicate freely and respectfully with each other • share insights and perspectives about each child and engage in shared decision-making.

Why is quality time with family important? ›

Some advantages of having a family are increased happiness and satisfaction. Studies have shown that spending time with family can help reduce stress and anxiety, lead to a healthier lifestyle and lengthen your life. Family gives you motivation to be the best version of yourself.

Which activities bring people together? ›

15 Community Event Ideas That Bring People Together
  • Organize a community-wide donation drive. ...
  • Invite residents to attend a black tie gala and silent auction. ...
  • Impress community members with a charity concert. ...
  • Host a heritage celebration. ...
  • Organize a cultural food festival. ...
  • Plan Tourist in Your Own Town events.

How are you and your family or how is you and your family? ›

The correct way to word this question is “How is your family?” The reason is that while family refers to a group of people, it refers to the group of people as a single unit, or collection. Nouns like this are called collective nouns, and in American English, collective nouns take singular verbs.

How do you answer a family question? ›

Be positive and joyous while answering to show that a happy attitude. Don't be shy or embarrassed of any factual information related to your family. Be confident and proud of what your parents' do to give you a comfortable living. Try to show good values that your parents have inculcated in you.

How are you doing simple answer? ›

I'm fine, thanks,” is an okay answer.

What are a list of activities? ›

An activity list is a document that includes all the scheduled activities that are part of a project. Each activity includes one or more tasks that, once completed, allows everyone working on the project to move on to the next stage.

What activities are popular? ›

The most popular hobby/activity in the United States is cooking and baking, with 38 percent of respondents stating it's among their personal hobbies and activities. The displayed data shows results of the Statista Global Consumer Survey conducted in the United States in 2022.

What are easy activities? ›

87 family activities to help you avoid coronavirus cabin fever
  • Zoom around in cardboard race cars. ...
  • Make a cardboard dollhouse. ...
  • Make your own drive-in movie. ...
  • Bring Minecraft to life. ...
  • Make your own pinwheel. ...
  • Make a portable art easel. ...
  • Make a calming jar. ...
  • Blow bubbles.
Nov 18, 2020

Which sibling combination is best? ›

Best to worst combinations of siblings, according to British web site
  • Two girls.
  • One boy and one girl.
  • Two boys.
  • Three girls.
  • Three boys.
  • Four boys.
  • Two girls and one boy.
  • Two boys and one girl.
Apr 7, 2011

What age group is least happiest? ›

After looking at data from roughly 500,000 individuals in 132 countries, he found that happiness for people in advanced countries bottoms out at age 47.2. In developing countries, it reaches its lowest point at age 48.2. Blanchflower, 67, tells CNBC Make It that the findings also extend to his personal life.

What age group is the happiest? ›

In one large study from the Brookings Institute, for example, scientists found happiness was high for 18- to 21-year-olds and then dropped steadily until about age 40. But past middle age, the pattern began to reverse—gradually climbing back up to its highest point at age 98!

What is the most difficult age for a boy? ›

In fact, age 8 is so tough that the majority of the 2,000 parents who responded to the 2020 survey agreed that it was the hardest year, while age 6 was better than expected and age 7 produced the most intense tantrums.

What is the hardest age gap between siblings? ›

A 2-Year Age Gap

Sibling rivalry is strongest during these years and parents are often already struggling with a toddler who is developing a strong sense of identity and loves to use the word “No!” On the upside, a 2 year age gap works out pretty well as the kids get older.

Is it better to be oldest or youngest child? ›

Research published in the Journal of Human Resources found that firstborn children outperform their younger siblings on cognitive tests starting from infancy — they are better set up for academic and intellectual success thanks to the type of parenting they experience.

Why one child is enough? ›

With one child, you can give all your energy to a single kiddo, prioritize career growth or travel, and stress less about finances. Conversely, maybe you want more kids, but simply can't afford them, or health issues prevented you from having more. Or perhaps being “one and done” always felt like the right choice.

Are people happier with 2 or 3 children? ›

Women with two children are a bit less happy than their childless peers, with a 4-percentage-point gap (p < . 10). There are no appreciable differences in happiness for women with three or more kids; their levels of happiness are statistically indistinguishable from those of childless women.

Are 2 child families happier? ›

All of this might be part of why research has showed that, while having one child is associated with a gain in happiness, having a second is associated with a drop in happiness for mothers. (That study found no effect of a second child on fathers).

What are examples of engaging with children? ›

Use methods that involve play, creativity and imagination to engage children and promote participation. Examples include visual arts, storytelling, role play and pretend play. Observe and listen while children create and play – the process is as important as the final product.

What is the best way to interact with kids? ›

Try these nine tips to practice your verbal and nonverbal communication skills:
  1. Active listening. Listening actively helps children to feel heard and understood. ...
  2. Reflective listening. ...
  3. Speaking clearly. ...
  4. Avoiding bribes. ...
  5. Explaining feelings. ...
  6. Using 'noticing' statements. ...
  7. Having fun together. ...
  8. Focusing on behaviour.

How can teachers engage families? ›

5 Ways to Engage Families Around Student Learning (and why you should!)
  • Recognize families as key partners in student learning. ...
  • Listen first. ...
  • Offer right-sized information directly connected to what students are learning. ...
  • Be explicit about how family feedback shapes decisions. ...
  • Make space and support teachers to do this work.
Sep 17, 2021

What makes a strong family? ›

Strong families have warmth and care, good communication, predictability, and strong connections to others outside the family. Looking after yourself is an important part of raising a strong family.

Why is family time important for kids? ›

Family time offers many benefits, including building confidence, creating a stronger emotional bond between family members, improving communication skills, better performance in school and reduced behavioral issues, as well as providing an opportunity to make memories built on fun, laughter and togetherness.

Why is bonding with family important? ›

It strengthens family bonds

Families who share everyday activities together form strong, emotional ties. Studies have found that families who enjoy group activities together share a stronger emotional bond as well as an ability to adapt well to situations as a family.

What is the best activity for kids? ›

Indoor Activities for Kids
  • Bake brownies or cupcakes together.
  • Build animal families out of homemade play dough.
  • Build Legos together.
  • Conduct kitchen science experiments.
  • Create a special place in your home for displaying your child's artwork.
Aug 19, 2022

Why fun activities are important for kids? ›

Children become more self-confident and learn new social skills like problem-solving, negotiation, cooperation, etc. These skills will help them all through life right from childhood till the workplace.

What is a fun group activity? ›

For example, scavenger hunts, board games, and happy hours. These ideas can work for team building outings, friendly gatherings and other social activities. These ideas are similar to connection games, relationship-building activities, and community-building ideas.

Why is it important to bring people together? ›

Individuals get a greater sense of connection and contribution, a feeling that their ideas and solutions really count. Plus, meeting in-person presents opportunities for small talk which can help you find common interests and get to know others on a more personal level.

What brings community together? ›

Community events, activities and gatherings are a great way to connect with others, make new friends, nurture long lasting relationships, and often help other people in your community in a multitude of ways.

How many children is too many for a family? ›

There is no limit on how many children a person or couple can have. Several factors, such as personal beliefs, physical health, and financial capability, play a role in deciding how many children to have. The main concern is ensuring that each child's emotional, physical, and social needs are met.

What is a good size family to have? ›

According to a Gallup poll, 4 in 10 Americans say three or more children is the ideal family size.

Is having 4 kids a big family? ›

Coming up with a large family definition is tricky, but many signs point to four children as the magic number. It's all in the way you read the statistics and how you feel about your own family size.

What is a normal family size? ›

There were an average of 3 people in each US family in 2021. Census Bureau.

What number of kids makes parents happiest? ›

Four is the magic number

In a study conducted by Dr Bronwyn Harman from the Edith Cowan University in Perth, it was found that parents with four or more children are the happiest parents.

Why having a third child is great? ›

Pros of having a third baby

You'll still be able to go out easily as a family of five. Your kids will have more than one sibling. Having three kids may be an easier transition than you think.

How many kids can you have in your life? ›

One study estimated a woman can have around 15-30 children in a lifetime, taking pregnancy and recovery time into account. Since men require less time and fewer resources to have kids, the most "prolific" fathers today can have up to about 200 children.

What is ideal family? ›

Summary. The cultural embodiment of an “ideal” family is the nuclear family form consisting of two heterosexual parents who conceive and rear their biological children.

Why do people have so many kids? ›

Some parents cite religious or cultural reasons for having many children. Some say they just love kids and feel they can provide a big family with a stable, loving home. Some want to help a child in need so they add to their biological families through adoption.

How do you explain family size? ›

Definition. Family size refers to the number of persons in the family. Economic family refers to a group of two or more persons who live in the same dwelling and are related to each other by blood, marriage, common-law union, adoption or a foster relationship.

How many children is the perfect number? ›

"The survey finds that the majority of respondents believe that two children is the 'ideal' number for family happiness, but the majority of respondents also have two children.

Are couples happier with one child? ›

Research has showed that, while having one child is associated with a gain in happiness, having a second is associated with a drop in happiness for mothers.

Are big families happier? ›

After three, you just stop stressing. Another study confirms that parents with four or more children are the least stressed, especially when compared to parents with three kids. Those fears with the first child get less and less as you go along. Turns out, four is the magic number for less stress and more happiness.

How many kids is average per family? ›

The typical American picture of a family with 2.5 kids might not be as relevant as it once was: In 2022, there was an average of 1.94 children under 18 per family in the United States. This is a decrease from 2.33 children under 18 per family in 1960. If there's one thing the United States is known for, it's diversity.

How many kids can you have in China? ›

Three-child policy (Chinese: 三孩政策; pinyin: Sānhái Zhèngcè), whereby a couple can have three children, was a family planning policy in the People's Republic of China.

What is the average American family size 2022? ›

The average household size for the U.S. in 2022 is 2.6 people per household. It is calculated by dividing the household population by total households.


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