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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002

Hours

  • Tuesday- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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Making Art Together

Homemade Texture Rubbing Plates

The Art Studio has a long history of offering texture rubbing plates to add visual texture to art work. We?ve used them to add interest to collage cats and birds, and in at least a few other collage projects. Doing texture rubbings with young children can be a bonding experience because they sometimes need another hand or two to help them! READ MORE

Coffee Filters and Watercolor Paint in Open Book, Open Play

Have you ever offered coffee filters and watercolors to your preschoolers and/or toddlers? This deceptively simple pairing of materials thoroughly engaged participants in one of our Friday morning Open Book, Open Play program sessions.

Open Book, Open Play, facilitated by Museum Educator, Emily Prabhaker, happens in three to four week intervals in place of our regular Friday morning storytime program a few times a year. It extends the sharing of picture books by weaving imaginative explorations inspired by elements of the picture books shared into and after the storytime. READ MORE

Glue, Stamps, Salt, and Sand Exploration

When I?m designing explorations for our Materials Play for Toddlers and Preschoolers series I try to include a variety of textures across the series to help build our young guests? sensory awareness and vocabulary.

I also try to use everyday objects or materials we already have on hand. This is not only so that parents and caregivers can easily replicate the experience at home, but because why not? Working with what we have forces us to stretch our creative and problem-solving muscles and is easier on the budget. READ MORE

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