Sproutside at the Flint Children's Museum

To inspire a love for learning and awaken imagination through exploration and hands on play.

Rock and Roll in Sproutside! Aug. 16 & 28

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Yesterday we brought back a popular Sproutside craft project – Rock and Roll Painting! This is a fun and different way to create some messy art. Look at how cool these paintings turned out!

Join us on August 16 or 28 to try out Rock and Roll Painting with your family!

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We <3 Our Sunflowers!

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Isn’t nature just amazing!? One of our sunflowers grew into a heart shape all on its own. We love to see all of the beautiful things that nature brings to Sproutside. Come see us soon to check out this special sunflower for yourself!

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Ice Cube Painting: This Weekend!

Join us this Saturday and Sunday at the Flint Children’s Museum for some frozen fun! Make an ice cube painting from 1-3 pm to cool down from all the playing and learning you’ll be doing at the museum. Hope to see you here!

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A Butterfly Invasion!

A Butterfly Invasion!

Over 70 beautiful butterflies landed in Sproutside this morning.

What’s special about these butterflies? They were made by kids from the local Flint Community Schools who are visiting us for fun field trips all week. The students learned important new science terms such as camouflage and bilateral symmetry.

We expect more butterflies to arrive tomorrow morning, and we can’t wait to see how pretty they are!

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Butterfly Science!

Butterfly Science!

Today we learned about the science behind butterflies, and made fun art projects! Did you know that butterflies have bilateral symmetry? This means that they have two identical halves. We made “squish paintings” today to make our own symmetrical butterflies.

We also learned about butterfly camouflage. Some butterflies are colored to blend in with their environment. Others are bright colored or have spots to scare away things that might want to eat them.

Join us in Sproutside everyday to learn about lots of cool bugs!

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All About Ferns!

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Yesterday we learned about ferns and compared them to other plants found in Sproutside. Here is one beautiful leaf rubbing created by a visitor.

 

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Here is one example of a type of fern growing in Sproutside. Ferns are very old plants, they have been around since the time of the dinosaurs! Come learn more about ferns with us and make your own leaf rubbing on June 26th.

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Do you like to paint?

Do your kids love to paint? Try out some new ways to make painting fun! These two pictures are products of ice cube painting. Just mix some tempera paint with water, then freeze it in ice cube trays. This is a great craft for outside on a hot day!

In the containers we have sidewalk paint, which kids can use to paint the museum building. To make it mix equal parts of corn starch and water, and add a few drops of food coloring.

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Rock & roll!

Today is Rock ‘N Roll painting day! Isn’t this a cool piece of art? Out little artist learned about mixing colors when he used yellow and blue and it turned out green! Can you think of a famous artist whose art reminds you of this?

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