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Kansas Day at the Museum - Activities

Standards Based 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.  Activities this year include:

  • Hands-on History - Learn to think like a historian as you handle genuine World War I artifacts with staff from the World War I Museum and Memorial.
  • Decode, Decipher, Decrypt - Challenge your skills and try to decode an encrypted message.
  • Write a Soldier - No cell phones? No computers? Write a letter to a soldier just like friends and families did during World War I.
  • I Spy! - Be a spy in the museum and tell us what you learned.
  • Young Kansans!  Celebrate Kansas' 156th birthday with Kansas symbols, the state flag, and a remembrance poppy.
  • Fur and Feathers Help Win the War - Find out how horses, dogs and pigeons helped soldiers in World War I.
  • Fight the Flu - Did the influenza pandemic of 1918 really start in Kansas?
  • The Victory Highway - Explore the transcontinental highway that honored fallen soldiers.
  • Rush to the Front - Play a World War I board game.

Historic Craft Demonstrators

Take a step back in time as you learn about the low-tech life of the past.  Feel the softnss of wool as you card it for spinning.  Talk to an American Indian flute maker. Watch wood carvers turn a piece of wood into something exciting. Duck as an airplane buzzes over head. Weave strips of wood with a basket maker. Demonstrators will share their skills in basket making, American Indian flute making, spinning yarn, knitting, weaving, aviation,  rope making, wood carving, sewing and quilting.

Learning Carts

You won't want to miss the opportunity to touch a bison bladder "water bottle", try on a Civil War uniform, or examine a candle mold. These experiences, and many more, are waiting for you at the learning carts in the museum gallery.


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