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Kansas Day at the Museum - Activities

Standards Based Activities

In the lobby of the museum you will find a wide variety of hands-on activities.  Each has been chosen to correlate to the Kansas Academic Standards.  Activities are designed around the number of people expected to attend and the varying ages of students who will be here.  Activities this year include:

  • Pack Your Bags, Soldier - If  you were a Civil War soldier what would you pack? Choose carefully!
  • Meet the Buffalo Soldiers - The Civil War brought African Americans from slavery to the front lines. After the war many were stationed at forts in Kansas. Learn more about these brave soldiers.
  • Young Kansans!  Celebrate Kansas' 154th birthday with Kansas symbols, the state flag, and more.
  • Museum Bingo - How observant are you? Search for objects on your bingo card as you tour the museum gallery.
  • Kansans from the Great Soldier State  -  Examining primary sources will help you sequence the achievements of Kansans who took part in the controversies integral to the Civil War and earned our state the nickname "The Great Soldier State."
  • Finding Frontier Forts - Learn about the role of forts in Kansas as you put together a puzzle and locate the forts on a map.

Historic Craft Demonstrators

Take a step back in time as you learn about the low-tech life of the past.  Try your hand at weaving on a loom, examine a flute made by an American Indian craftsman, or feel wool as you card it for spinning.  Demonstrators will share their skills in basket making, American Indian flute making, spinning yarn, knitting, weaving, flying model airplanes,  rope making, wood carving, sewing and quilting.

Learning Carts

You won't want to miss the opportunity to touch a bison bladder "water bottle", try on a Civil War uniform, or examine a candle mold. These experiences, and many more, are waiting for you at the learning carts in the museum gallery.


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