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Spring Break Hands-on Happenings: Down on the Farm

Spring Break Hands-on Happenings: Down on the Farm

Mon April 7, 2014 - Fri April 11, 2014 1-4 p.m.

Spring Break Hands-On Happenings are in full bloom at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum with "Down on the Farm" April 7-11. Come for FREE farm-themed crafts from 1-4 pm daily. Farmers’ work is never done, but spring is a special time, when baby animals are born, hay fields green up, and plowing begins! These programs highlight our special exhibit, Michigan's Heritage Barns: An Artist's Perspective, where farm implements from our collection will also be on display. Families will find a variety of free hands-on crafts focused on different aspects of farm life each day. The crafts are also inspired by different books which will be read during the programs.

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On Monday, April 7th, make animal puppets, costumes, and decorations taken from Julia Donaldson’s comical book “What the Ladybug Heard.” Create a collage hen, assemble a flying duck, make a woolly sheep, put together a jumping-jack dog, make a cat mask, assemble a piggy bank, stencil a farm animal puzzle, and color a riding horse, a cow bell, and a ladybug fan.

Tomie DePaola’s book “Strega Nona’s Harvest” is in the spotlight on Tuesday, April 8th for crafts about harvest time. Join us as we plant seeds, fold a seed packet, decorate a garden journal, color a watering can, color vegetable markers, fold a basket, decorate a harvest placemat, decorate a moon and star potholder, color a garden hat, and decorate garden tools.

Barns, Chicken Coops, and Homes are the inspiration behind this day full of farm structures. Hear how three chickens find their way from the coop to the farm house in Leslie Helakoski’s book “Big Chickens Fly the Coop.” Assemble a silo, fold a doghouse, decorate a barn picture frame, fold a chicken coop, scratch a farmhouse ornament, fold a rocking chair, color chicken puppets, scratch a tree house design, assemble a tool shed, and decorate a birdhouse, all on Wednesday, April 9th.

On Thursday, April 10th, explore tractors and more and enjoy “Otis” by Loren Long. Discover the relationship that exists between Otis the tractor and his best friend the calf. Color an Otis tractor puppet, assemble a tractor with wheels, fold a windmill, assemble a calf puppet, color a pick-up truck, solve the yoke puzzle, assemble a 3D tree, color a cowboy hat, stencil a tractor bag, and decorate a farm picture frame.

Finally, on Friday, April 11th, follow the lives of the people and animals that live on the farm in Elisha Cooper’s book “Farm.” From chores to the changing of the seasons and the habits of the animals, life is never dull on the farm. Make farm family puppets, decorate a bandanna, stencil a farm picture, decorate a butterfly fan, make cat and dog masks, decorate a fly swatter, make a scarecrow costume, create a bird and nest, make corn husk dolls, and try your hand at taking corn off the cob.

Visit our website to learn more about the Michigan Barns, planetarium shows, and Challenger Learning Center experiences available during Spring Break.