Thursday, October 27, 2011

Museum Scavenger Hunts

Since Thursdays are free days at the Blanton Museum of Art here in Austin we decided to take a visit.  To make it more fun for the girls, I made up a pictorial scavenger hunt ahead of time by printing out snippets of paintings from the Blanton collections that I could find online.

I ended up making 3 different hunts:

1.  Unique objects (a book, or hat, jewelry, etc) from paintings in the European collection
2.  Animals from all over the museum
3.  A collection of black and white photographs of the very colorful modern art sculptures.  (The girls' job was to find each sculpture and color it the color that it appears in real life.)

It worked well.  I think they looked at the paintings more closely than they might have.  M enjoyed circling the pictures as she found them, and even G found a couple on her own.

I'll be tweaking the pictures for my particular scavenger hunts to share in another post in the next couple of days (in case any fellow Austinites want to use them), but I think the idea could work for other museums as well- especially small museums or ones with smaller collections of paintings so it is not too overwhelming for small children.


CJ said...

What a great idea! I have not had a chance to visit the Blanton Museum of Art yet, but hope to do so in November. Looking forward to your pictures. Thanks for sharing. 

Sarahwright99 said...

That is such a great idea, Katey!  You're such a good teacher!

Having Fun at Home said...

Coming from a wonderful teacher herself, that's a very nice compliment.  Thanks, Sarah!

sian said...

Hi, this is a lovely idea, would you mind if I featured it on our site xo