Kansas Day at the Museum - Activities
In the lobby of the museum you will find a wide variety of hands-on activities. Each has been chosen to correlate to the Kansas Academic Standards. Activities are designed around the number of people expected to attend and the varying ages of students who will be here.
- Young Kansans - Learn about symbols as you make a Kansas flag or a book of some Kansas state symbols.
- A Pony in the White House - Learn about presidential pets by matching the presidents to their animal friends. Not all of them are dogs and cats!
- Vote for President! - Vote for your favorite president.
- Who Can Vote? - Compare today's voting rights in Kansas with those in 1861.
- Top Hat Stories - Make your own book of stories about President Abraham Lincoln.
- Making Sense of your Dollars and Cents - Learn about the presidents featured on U.S. currency as you do some simple math problems.
- Abraham Lincoln in Kansas - Explore President Lincoln's early life and what he had to say about ending slavery.
- Hunting for History - Explore the museum galleries as you search for these presidential artifacts.
- You Decide - Who did the most to support Civil Rights, President Eisenhower or President Johnson? You decide, and then share your decision with others by making and wearing a 'campaign' button.
- Oh Say Can You See? - Learn the significance of the Kansas and US flags and see how they have changed over time.
Take a step back in time as you learn about the low-tech life of the past. Try your hand at weaving on a loom, examine a flute made by an American Indian craftsman, or feel wool as you card it for spinning. Demonstrators will share their skills in making baskets, spinning yarn, knitting and more.
You won't want to miss the opportunity to touch a bison bladder "water bottle", try on a Civil War uniform, examine a candle mold, or sit in a train seat once occupied by a cowboy moving cattle across Kansas. These experiences and more are waiting for you at the gallery carts in the museum gallery.
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