Friday, September 11, 2020

Times: The Village is open 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. Hands-on workshop times vary; pre-registration is required.

The health and safety of our visitors is our top priority, so this Home School Day will look a little different from past Home School Days. While we are not able to offer in-person workshops at this time, we encourage you to visit the Village and try out some fun, outdoor activities on your own. For those who are unable to join us at the Village (or, if you want to get the best of both worlds), try out an interactive virtual workshop taught by the museum’s talented educators. In addition, we’ll have craft kits available for pre-purchase you can pick up during your visit so you can try out some of our favorite Village crafts at home.

Things to Know for your In-Person Visit:

Activities to do in the Village (including with Village admission or membership):

Craft Kits

If you would like to try one of our favorite crafts at home, purchase a craft kit to pick up while you visit on Home School Day! Each craft will include a comprehensive lesson plan and all the supplies you need to create a fun, handcrafted item. Please note: these kits must be pre-purchased prior to your visit. Supplies are limited. You can pick your kit up at the Visitor Center when you arrive on Home School Day.

Wooden Sailboat Kit | $8 | Purchase kit here.

Kit contains: wooden boat pieces, dowel, tack, string, wood glue, and cardstock sail

Make your Own Marbles | $5 | Purchase kit here.

Kit contains: large ball of air-dry clay, booklet of marble games, paper bag to decorate for marbles, glue stick

Cardboard Loom | $8 | Purchase kit here.

Kit contains: cardboard loom with warp, small ball of yarn, shuttle

Live Virtual Workshops and Demonstrations

Things to know for virtual workshops:

30 minutes (Free; Ages 6+)

Hearth Cooking: Making Albany Cakes

Sign up for 10:30 am

Sign up for 11:30 am

Part demonstration, part cook along, and part “ask the expert,” join us for this live hearth cooking workshop! We’ll be making Albany cakes, a simple cookie made with ingredients you probably have at home. Watch or cook along with us while we make cookies, and then ask us any questions you have about cooking in the 1800s! This workshop also serves as a preview for our future Little Bites virtual workshops, coming soon for home schoolers!

Want to cook along with us at home? Check out the list of ingredients here

Village Crafts to try at Home

While you can’t join us for workshops in person, we still have ways of teaching you some of our favorite historic crafts from the comfort of your own home. Using materials you have on hand, we’ll teach you a modern and easy spin on traditional 1830s crafts. Click the time slot to register. Space is limited.

Paper Marbling

Sign up for 9:00 am

We’ll talk a little about printing and marbling in the 1830s, then marble paper using a surprising ingredient: shaving cream!


Sign up for 10:00 am

Make your own salt dough and join us for a lesson in making simple, hand-built pottery pieces. Examine redware made at the Village before you start your own creations.

Nine Men’s Morris

Sign up for 11:00 am

This ancient strategy game is a popular one here at OSV. We’ll show you how to make this game at home and then walk you through how to play.

Want to craft along with us at home? Check out the list of craft supplies here

50 minutes (Free; Ages 6+)

Curatorial Show and Tell: Looking at Toys

Sign up for 1:00 pm

Store-bought or homemade, toys and games teach us a lot about children’s lives from the 19th century. Join curatorial staff member Rebecca Beall for a show-and-tell of toys from the museum’s collection.

50 minutes ($5 per child; Ages 6+)

Make your Own Stamp

Sign up for 12:00 pm

Participants in this workshop will check out woodcuts and stereotypes from the 1800s, then carve their own stamps from materials available at home! Use your unique stamp for cardmaking, letterboxing, and more.

Botanical Watercolors

Sign up for 2:00 pm

Join one of the Village’s talented artists for this lesson in watercolor painting techniques. Together, we will learn how to look closely at flowers and leaves, then create lovely, botanical images.

These two projects will require minimal supplies, which you probably already have at home! Check out the list of supplies here.


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