Activities to Do at Home | The DoSeum


The DoSeum is a place where interactive fun and hands-on learning come together—a place where minds are always at play.  During your visit, our exhibits, programs, and classes will encourage young minds to explore the joy of learning through connections to STEM, the arts, and literacy, but curiosity and exploration don't have to end when you leave!

Explore our DIY Activities, Storytimes, and other family resources that were created for you to DO at home and stay connected with your family while keeping minds at play in between your visits!


Cast Away: Poems for Our Time

Waste, junk, trash! Join Naomi Shihab Nye as she reads from her book Cast Away: Poems for Our Time and prompts us to think about what we consider to be trash, what happens to trash, and what our trash says about us! This collection of poems is a reminder that we can have more control and intention over what we use and what we cast away, and that these actions have an effect on our planet. Read More
at Friday, August 12, 2022

Paper Making

For this DIY, we’re making paper! Explore how paper can be recycled into new paper for sketching, journaling, and more. Using scraps of paper found around the home, learners can experiment with their paper mix to explore how different textures and colors blend in their new paper. Supplies You'll Need:  Scraps of Paper Mixing Bowl (Large) Sponge Rolling Pin Baking Sheet Blender or Food Processor Towels (2) Hot Water Building Tips ... Read More
at Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Popsicle Planters

For this DIY, we’re making Popsicle Planters! During this activity, learners can express their creativity while learning about gardening and experiencing the life cycle of plants. Using an aluminum can, popsicle sticks, and a few other supplies, we’ll create a planter that is as unique as the creator. It will be the perfect home for your beautiful plant or herb!  What You'll Need:  Craft / Popsicle Sticks Empty Tin Can (with Holes Drilled into Bottom) ... Read More
at Thursday, June 23, 2022

Snow Globe

  For this DIY, we’re making Snow Globes! This DIY allows learners to work fine-motor skills while exploring the concepts of density. Using a glass jar, glycerin, and a few other supplies, we’ll create a snow globe that you can use to decorate your home or give as a gift this holiday season! What You'll Need:  Jar or Container with a Screw-Top Lid Figurines “Snow” (e.g., Glitter) Vegetable Glycerin or Clear Glue Water Spa... Read More
at Thursday, December 30, 2021

Toy Trains

For this DIY, we’re making our own Toy Train! This DIY allows learners to work on their gross and fine motor skills while exploring their creativity!  Using paper-towel rolls, bottle caps, and a few other supplies, we’ll create a toy train that will bring the spirit of our holiday exhibit, The DoSeum Express: Tiny Trains and Trolleys, into your home! What You'll Need:  Craft tubes, paper towel tubes, or toilet paper tubes (one per train car you want) B... Read More
at Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Doggie Treats

For this DIY, we’re making no-bake Doggie Treats! This DIY allows learners will familiarize themselves with materials and measurements while also working on their gross and fine motor skills. Using pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and a few other ingredients, we’ll create treats your dog or a dog close to you will love! What You’ll Need: One-half cup of pumpkin puree (fresh or canned) One and a half cups of dry oats 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or other nut butter ... Read More
at Friday, November 12, 2021

CPS Energy Passport

We can all join in the effort to conserve our precious energy resources! The DoSeum and CPS Energy are excited to share a STEM-focused resource to help increase energy literacy! Join Lil’ Tex and Ann, the Watt Watchers, as they track down the Wasters Gang. Along the way, you'll learn about saving energy, water, and all of the resources that make Texas a great place.   Come visit the DoSeum’s Explore Gallery to learn more about why it’s so important to save energy! ... Read More

Spooky Monster Wreath

You're in for a wicked fun time for this DIY — we’re making Spooky Monster Wreaths! This DIY allows kids to work on color and shape recognition, fine motor skills, counting, and size differentiation. Using cardboard, colorful pom-poms, and googly eyes, we’ll create a Spooky Monster Wreath to decorate your home - just in time for Halloween!  What You'll Need  Pompoms in varying sizes Glue (either hot glue or regular glue) Googly eyes... Read More
at Friday, October 29, 2021

DIY Activity Coffee Ground Fossils

  Grab your excavation hat because for this DIY — we’re making Coffee Ground Fossils! This DIY allows kids to explore how organisms leave their imprints on Earth, through fossils, long after they're gone. Using used coffee ground, flour, and other household items, we’ll create fossil impressions or excavate out a small dinosaur to see the impressions left behind like a Paleontologist! Coffee Ground Fossils provide time for your family to discuss prehistoric pla... Read More
at Tuesday, October 5, 2021

DIY Sock-topus

  For this DIY, we’re making a Sock-topus!  This art-based DIY allows your kids to express themselves as they design and create a unique sock-topus and discover ways to recycle household items.  Once their one-of-a-kind sock-topus is complete they can embark on hours of imaginative play in deep sea adventures, developing story-making skills and supporting language development. What You’ll Need: One Sock (crew length) Poly-fill or cotton filling Zi... Read More
at Tuesday, June 29, 2021


Today is Juneteenth, a day to celebrate and recognize the freedom of enslaved people in America.  We hope your Juneteenth celebrates the hope and joy this day brings and provides moments of reflection and conversation on America’s history.   What Is Juneteenth? Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when the last Confederate state, Texas, began enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation - signifying the ended slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General G... Read More
at Saturday, June 19, 2021

DIY Kinetic Sand

Mix it, mash it, mold it, or cut it! For this DIY, we’re making Kinetic Sand!  Creating kinetic sand at home can help you familiarize your child with ratios and allow them to express themselves through the multiple color options in kinetic sand.  The powerful playtime that follows will be a fun way to incorporate sensory play and develop fine motor skills with your family!     What You'll Need:  Decorative sand Canola oil Corn starch or flour A... Read More
at Thursday, June 3, 2021

Mason Bee Hotel

  Did you know there are blue-green bees in Texas that don’t sting?  They’re called Mason Bees! Their name refers to the fact that they typically use mud or other "masonry" materials for making nests, and they help pollinate fruit trees like apples, plums, peaches, and pears, and flowers. For this DIY, we’re making a Bee Hotel for our local pollinator friends. Bee Hotels create a safe space for Mason Bees to lay their eggs, helping pollination for seas... Read More
at Saturday, April 10, 2021

Drum Dream Girl

  Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule―until the drum dream girl. Join us for Storytime as we explore Drum Dream Girl, the inspiring true story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers.      Read More
at Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Baby Bear Sees Blue

Baby Bear has so much to learn about the world! Join us for our latest Storytime featuring Baby Bear Sees Blue, as we follow Baby Bear from the moment he wakes until it’s time to curl up and go to sleep, he explores outside with his mama. They see green leaves, blue jays, brown trout, and—best of all—a patch of yummy red strawberries. Read More
at Tuesday, November 10, 2020

DIY Fairy Garden Terrarium

  There’s a touch of magic that’s created when imagination and botany meet! For this DIY we are making a Fairy Garden Terrarium for your fairy, gnome, or other imaginary creature. Creating a Fairy Garden Terrarium is a fun activity to do with your family, and it allows your child to explore their imagination while creating a unique garden to display around your home.  Once your Fairy Garden Terrarium is complete, your child can continue to learn about soil science and... Read More
at Thursday, October 29, 2020

Why Do Cat's Eyes Shine At Night?

Come across a cat at night and you may be surprised to see them staring at you with glowing eyes, but see the same cat during the day and their eyes are not glowing — why? Join us for Ask A Doer and we’ll explore Livija’s question: Why do cats' eyes glow green at night?    Terms You’ve Learned:  Eye Shine: The reflection of light from the inner surface of an eye through the pupil  Nocturnal: An animal behavior characterized by being ... Read More
at Friday, October 16, 2020

DIY Slimy Slime

  It’s ooey, gooey, and perfect for Halloween season – it’s Slime! For this DIY, we will show you how to make Slimy Slime! Slime making allows for endless self-expression with all colors and texture combinations you can create!  After you’ve made your first batch of Slimy Slime, our challenge to you is to experiment with the recipe and observe what ingredients increase or decrease the sliminess of your slime! What You’ll Need: Mixing Bowl Wooden... Read More
at Monday, October 12, 2020

Little Night/Nochecita

Where could Little Night be? Hiding in a Barn? Playing in the hills? Jump into the dreamy bilingual pages of Little Night/Nochecita with us for Storytime to find out! Little Night/Nochecita is a sweet story that every child will enjoy.  Read More
at Thursday, October 8, 2020

I Am Poem

  Poems come in many different styles, lengths, and rhyme schemes – some poems don’t rhyme at all! Join us for a special DIY Activity where performance poet and Outside The Lunchbox Luncheon keynote speaker, LeDerick Horne, will guide you through how to write an I Am Poem!  This type of poem will be as unique as the poet who writes it and will allow children to explore and express who they are and describe when they see, hear, and wonder about in the wo... Read More
at Friday, October 2, 2020

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