Activities to Do at Home | The DoSeum - DIY


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!


Category: DIY

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

DIY I Am Proud

I am amazing! I am proud! I am ME! What makes you proud to be you? Is it a favorite hobby, your family, or a unique part of your personality? Join us for I Am Proud, a DIY activity, where children can use art and poetry to discover that their identity is made of many parts!  Create alongside your child as they explore and express what makes them proud to be themselves! What You’ll Need: A drawing surface (paper, cardboard, poster board, etc.) Materials to draw or paint with ... Read More
at Thursday, August 27, 2020

Shoo Wee Okapi

Shoo Wee! Do you smell that? What is that smell...I think it's that Okapi! What is an Okapi, anyway? Okapis are nearly impossible to observe in the wild and, once discovered, obtained a mythical reputation and gained the name "African unicorn." This book is the first in a series of "ficinformational" books about lesser known animals with weird traits like the okapi. The illustrations are engaging, and the story is just plain fun to read and filled with real facts. A... Read More
at Wednesday, August 5, 2020

DIY Bubbles

Bubble wands can be made with almost anything — from pipe cleaners to cookie cutters, and even your hands! Join us for this quick DIY to learn how to make bubble wands and the perfect bubble solution for the best and biggest bubbles!  After you've made your first bubble solution, our challenge to you is to experiment with the Dish Soap and Corn Syrup ratio for your bubble solution! Can you make a bubble solution that allows you to ... Read More
at Thursday, July 23, 2020

DIY Junk Journal

One person’s junk is another person’s treasure! In this fun DIY activity, explore how to make personalized Junk Journal from items around your house. You can create a Junk Journal that is personalized just for you including pages with pockets or pages that fold out to reveal a hidden message!  Our challenge to you is to use items around your house that you wouldn’t normally use as journal paper think, paper doilies, envelopes, or even postcards!  Our friends at ... Read More
at Tuesday, July 7, 2020

American Flag Collaging with Michael Albert

  Collaging may seem easy, but can take a lifetime to master.  In this special DO It At Home DIY, American Pop Artist, Michael Albert guides you through creating an American Flag collage just in time to celebrate the July 4th!  His collage style turns familiar household items like cereal boxes, candy wrappers, and office supply packaging into unique works of art. Grab your favorite red, white, and blue items and join us for this one of a kind DIY!    About the Art... Read More
at Friday, July 3, 2020

DoSeum's Summer Challenge

  Keep your mind at play this summer!  As temperatures rise, so does the learning! This year's summer challenge booklet is packed with activities to spark children’s curiosity all summer long. Download your Summer Challenge booklet today, we are excited to continue to explore with you this summer!  Note to Caregivers Your encouragement and support lead to positive results. These challenges are designed to fight summer learning loss. They are activit... Read More
at Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Remember Balloons

James has so many balloons! Each of them carries a special memory. Grandpa has a million balloons because he’s lived so long. James loves to hear about the stories in Grandpa’s balloons. But Grandpa has been having trouble holding onto his balloons lately. They start to float away, and James can’t catch them even though he tries. James discovers that he is now the one to share Grandpa’s stories. After listening to The Remember Balloons read by author Jessie Oli... Read More
at Friday, May 22, 2020

DIY Invisible Ink

Invisible ink isn’t just for spies — you can make it at home with 3 simple ingredients!  Explore one-way invisible ink is made and the chemical reaction that makes it possible.  This quick DIY will have you and your child communicating through endless secret messages while learning how acids and bases react with one another.  Remember you can use invisible ink to send a top-secret message or even to hide a treasure map! What you'll need: Warm water Severa... Read More
at Thursday, May 21, 2020

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