Autistic kids like routine so current restrictions are making life very different.
Autism in Museums wanted to share some themed resources to keep you busy and add a little distraction to your day. Many autistic kids have special interests so each week will be themed around some common favourites.
I will normally share 3 tweets from 10am every day Mon-Fri. These are activities or links we have tried out to see what we have enjoyed. Some you will need a printer for but it allows you to do some activities off-line as well as online. I will also share a virtual tour of a museum so you can search around for yourself and find some favourites exhibits.
On a Friday I will post a blog with all the week’s content. Do let me know how you get on and if you have any favourites!
We began with a simple Word Search (needs printer) from Oxford University Museum of Natural History @morethanadodo http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/thezone/funstuff/games/pdfs/prehist.pdf
Next we tried to work out how a T-Rex should sound with the Roarsome T-Rex Roar Mixer from the American Museum of Natural History @AMNH https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/paleontology/t.-rex-roar-mixer
For our first virtual tour we are heading to the Fossil Hall, this is a former exhibit, you can find the link on this page. @NMNH https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour/past-exhibits
Not strictly dinosaurs but we love them so have a go at drawing a Wolly Mammoth with these instructions from National Museums Scotland @NtlMuseumsScot https://www.nms.ac.uk/media/146232/draw-a-mammoth.pdf
If you are not so confident on drawing then these templates are great. Design-a-saurus (needs printer) from National Museums Scotland @NtlMuseumsScot https://www.nms.ac.uk/media/145914/design-a-saurus.pdf
If you don’t enjoy drawing then how about a quiz? What dinosaur are you? From Natural History Museum @NHM_London https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/what-dinosaur-are-you.html
Today’s virtual tour is a trip to Melbourne Museum to see their Dinosaur Walk with 17 skeletons of prehistoric animals @museumsvictoria https://museumsvictoria.com.au/longform/dinosaur-walk/
For those who enjoyed our colouring yesterday but want a bit more of a challenge how about these Dino colouring sheets from the Dinosaur Museum Dorchester @DinosaursDorch https://thedinosaurmuseum.com/colouring-pages
We had fun designing our own dinosaur – Dress up a T-Rex with @AMNH with your favourite colours! Dress up a T-Rex https://amnh.org/explore/ology/paleontology/dress-up-a-t.-rex…#Dinosaurs#DinoWeek#Day3#AutisminMuseums#MuseumsToYou
For today’s virtual tour we are off to Wollaton Hall to see Dinosaurs of China, click on the tags for more content including a video with Chris Packham @V21Artspace https://v21artspace.com/dinosaurs-of-china
I was intrigued by this vase that has dinosaurs on it that got squashed, can you write a 300 word story explaining what happened to it? From the Smithsonian American Art Museum @smithsonian https://www.si.edu/object/vase-landscape-and-dinosaurs:saam_2015.17
Got an amazing memory for dinos? You can create your own dino top trumps using this template from The Natural History Museum @NHM_London https://www.nhm.ac.uk/content/dam/nhmwww/schools/things-to-do/explore-and-discover/free-downloads/museum-trumps.pdf
We like this video that explains how they made a Titanosaur Dino Skeleton from 3D scans and 3D printing from the American Museum of Natural History @AMNH https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent/orientation-center/the-titanosaur
You have been good all week, so we are letting you out of the museum to try this cool #dino quiz from the @guardian Test out your new knowledge https://www.theguardian.com/science/quiz/2009/feb/06/dinosaur-quiz
Don’t know about you but it has been a long week…So how about some dino jokes to lift the mood… From Oxford University Museum of Natural History @morethanadodo http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/thezone/funstuff/jokes/dinojoke.htm
Our final link for Dino Week – Want to chat to a real dinosaur? Then head to @FieldMuseum where you can ask Maximo the Titanosaur questions! https://www.fieldmuseum.org/exhibitions/maximo-titanosaur?chat=open
And an extra treat for Friday …
We hope you enjoyed Dinosaur Week !
Next week we will be focussing on all things Transport, buses, trains and boats so join us next week at 10am Mon-Fri for more fun and things to do as Autism in Museums brings #MuseumsToYou