Posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago at 11:30. 1 comment
Kristina was out-of-town this past weekend. I decided to take the kids to the Museum of Nature, but I wanted something to draw them out of the standard parts of the museum that we tend to gravitate towards out of habit. Even I get bored of the dinosaurs eventually.
Given their recent interest in Minecraft, this is what I came up with:
FINDCRAFT is a Minecraft-based scavenger hunt. The version above is customized for the museum I was going to be visiting. Assuming you have some knowledge of Minecraft, rudimentary Photoshop skills (mine are very rudimentary), and some prior knowledge of your own local museum, you could easily customize the scavenger hunt for your own purposes.
For instance, if I were going to take the kids to the Museum of Civilization, I could easily swap out some of the animals and ores, and replace them with skeletons, villagers, glass panes, or anything really. The Minecraft wiki has transparent PNGs for all the blocks and mobs in the game, so you can mix-and-match to your heart’s content. The goal is not necessarily to complete the sheet, but to encourage exploration. Good luck convincing the kids of that though.
Did it work? I think so. We still spent our requisite time in the wild bird clinic and with the dinosaurs, but we also visited the Animalium for a change, and the kids discovered that they *LOVE* the Vale Earth Gallery.
Pop me a note if you find it useful or come up with an interesting variant. Enjoy!