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Munchkin Mondays

Mon., Sept. 21
10 am–2 pm

Bring your smallest scientists to Carnegie Science Center for Munchkin Mondays, featuring themed activities just for early learners ages 2–6! Your preschoolers will explore exciting science concepts, while having tons of fun with interactive activities! FREE with Science Center admission!

Each day offers a variety of activities and shows, such as story time, make-and-takes, live science shows in our demonstration theaters, and more! Pick up a schedule the day you visit for the latest theater showtimes.

Munchkin Mondays at Home:

Go on a walk with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and see what you can gather in your own backyard! 

 

Courtesy of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

 

DIY Activity at Home: Leaf Art

Play in nature to discover the different types of leaves in your own backyard!

Materials:

  • Bag to hold gathered items
  •  Leaves (various shapes, colors, sizes)
  • Construction paper or other type of canvas
  • Adhesive (glue, tape, etc.)
  • Other art supplies: markers, crayons, colored pencils (optional)

Steps:

  • Head out to your yard or take a walk in your neighborhood searching for leaves of all kind
  • Once home, sort through your findings and use your imagination to think about what kind of art piece you can create
  • Using only your gathered items, place them on your construction paper or canvas to see how they will fit together
  • Once you are happy with your design, glue down your pieces
  • After it is dry, you can use other art materials to add small details

Follow-up:

  • Try adding other nature items to your art piece
  • Can you describe what the leaves symbolize? Animal fur, skin, scales?

Child Development Fact: Time to play in nature is very important for social, intellectual, and physical early childhood development. For further reading, check out: https://www.brighthorizons.com/family-resources/children-and-nature opens in a new window

Notes:

  • Be careful to avoid choking hazards
  • Adult supervision is advised when collecting leaves

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