6 Games to Play With Your Child at the Museum

6 Games to Play With Your Child at the Museum

Nuria from the The Adventures Archive is here today to share some great ideas for learning through play at art museums.

Are you visiting an art museum with your children this summer? Here you have some ideas to make the most of the visit.

6 Games to Play With Your Child at the Museum


1. Start the visit in the souvenir shop. Let him choose a few postcards of the museum’s collection and then invite him to find them around the museum. Once he has found them all, ask him which one is his favorite and why. Tell him to write those reasons to the artist on the back of the postcard. Pretend to post the card. A few days later you may surprise him with a reply postcard written “by the artist”.


2. Bring props: Look at the paintings through a kaleidoscope, a fly eye pair of glasses or a magnifying glass and have a laugh together.


3. Mixing art: At home, draw lines on an A4 drawing paper to divide it into squares (if your child is very young start with just 4 squares, for 6+ children try at least 9). Once you are in the museum, let your child copy the top left part of the first painting in the top left square of the paper. Move to another painting and let him copy the top right one. Continue the visit, filling a square with each painting. You’ll end up with a fun and quirky mixed work of art.


4. Continue the story: Choose a painting and let your child look at the scene for a few moments. Then start “Once upon a time there was…” and describe the scene. Then, turn it over to your child and ask him to continue the story. If you have more than one kid they can take turns so they come up with a long story.


5. If you visit a museum of abstract art, ask your children to guess the title of the paintings. My daughters come up with the funniest titles like “Super Dot” or “The Clumsy Squares”. They marvel when I tell them that the real title is something like “Sunset” or “The Cow and the Moon”.


6. Create a character: Choose a portrait and let your child imagine who this person was: What was his name? What did he do? Where did he live? Back home, if it was a portrait of a historical figure, do some research with your child so he can learn the real story and compare it to the one he had imagined.

6 Games to Play With Your Child at the Museum


Do you have games that you play with your children when visiting a museum? I’d love to hear them, leave me a comment so we can build together a longer list!


Meet Nuria Pérez Paredes, a supernova mama, world-class creative director, and random-acts-of-creativity renegade. Nuria sparks genius by teaching creative-thinking techniques in schools and helping families improve their parenthood skills. She holds a MA in Advertising from Accademia di Comunicazione in Milan and a diploma in Executive & Creative Coaching from Noble Manhattan in London. Nuria loves writing, playing the ukulele, and dunking biscuits in tea. She lives in Madrid with her two daughters and enjoys blogging about their creative endeavors over at The Adventures Archive.



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  1. These are really nice, and funky (is there anybody say funky these days;), and refreshing ideas. So far, we were only playing the ‘where do I know this from’ game. We were looking at a picture, trying to remember a similar piece/tree/house we saw. Which was the idea I came up with, when my daughter (5,5) kept saying she had a short memory, and ‘forgets things easily’ (actually, quite a clever statement whenever I ask her to do sth…;)

  2. My favorite activity at my local museum is to bring a bunch of toys/object/wax fruit/whatever into a gallery and match the object to a piece of art and talk about why the object matches the artwork. This is especially great for elementary school tour groups.

  3. I love the postcard idea! My husband and I created a scavenger hunt when we took our 6-y.o. daughter to the Art Institute of Chicago this summer. The list included things that weren’t necessarily specific to any particular work of art (e.g., a bridge, person eating, at least five people in it, bird, umbrella, etc.), so she could choose to apply them to any piece she found that included something from the list. Kept her interest for over four hours! 🙂

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