Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. In January, we're exploring the world through our five senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching.





Robyn teaching the five senses


In this short video, museum educator Robyn teaches us about how we use our five senses to explore the world around us. She also gives an overview of the fun crafts and activities we're featuring this month.


I Hear a Pickle book

Book Suggestion
This month's live, virtual story time is on Friday, January 15 at 10:30 a.m. If you missed it, we recommend checking out I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!) by Rachel Isadora, from your local library. 

You can register here for next month’s story time on Friday, February 19 at 10:30 a.m., when we will learn all about animal teeth.

Five senses craft


Our Five Senses
Sam is missing a few senses... can you help? Using this easy guide, start with the coloring sheet and draw on the missing senses.

Paper roll binoculars

Paper Roll Binoculars
Make and decorate your own binoculars using supplies from around the house. Follow these simple steps.

Catching sounds activity

Catching Sounds
Animals like deer and rabbits have big ears to help them hear better. With this simple activity guide, you can make your ears bigger, too, and see how it changes what you hear.

Cup phone

Paper Cup Phones
"Hello? Anyone there?" Here's another fun sound activity: Create your own phone with simple materials and instructions.

Scented painting craft

Scented Painting
Make your own scented paints with these easy instructions for some smelly fun!

Texture collage

Texture Collage
Create a collage with a variety of different textures to experience your sense of touch. Here are some suggestions for materials to include. 

Enjoying the Virtual Little Wonders programs?Have a suggestion for us? Provide your feedback through this short survey for a chance to win a free activity kit! Each month, one winner will be randomly selected to receive a Little Wonders activity kit in the mail.

Looking for more activities? View past Little Wonders Online and check out our Explore from Home page for lots more family fun!

Please note: The University of Oregon has no control over the content offered by third party websites. Parents and guardians should monitor the online activities of their children to ensure the content is age appropriate and to ensure the safety of their children.

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