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New Museum Kids Menu provides families with activities to learn about contemporary art and ideas at home. Sign up for future editions of “Kids Menu” at newmuseum.org.

Kids Menu is designed for young children working with teachers or caregivers. For lesson plans and resources written for students in grades 6-12 learning in the classroom, or at home, download an Educator Guide for “Jordan Casteel: Within Reach.”

Family Album: LaToya Ruby Frazier

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Materials

  • Camera or device that can record photographs (e.g. a phone or tablet)
  • Existing photographs
  • Optional: A book or album for printed photographs, or access to a digital device where you can organize photographs into a narrative


Significant Care: Rashid Johnson

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Materials

  • Toys, mementos, books, photographs, and other objects reminiscent of a special person, place or event
  • If you’re representing a family or personal ritual, objects might include games, books, food labels, cookware
  • A dedicated space to organize your objects into an installation (this might include a shelf or shelves, or an area of your room, including the floor or a tabletop)
  • Music that reminds you of the person, event, or experience of the ritual, and a device for playing music
  • Optional: live music you sing or play on an instrument
  • Optional: live plants or cut flowers from inside the home or a garden.
  • Alternatively, fallen leaves, flowers, acorns or other natural items you find outside can be used.


Abstract Language: Julie Mehretu

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Materials

  • Paper
  • Drawing media – pencils, crayons, markers or oil pastels
  • Optional: photographs of the event of experience you wish to memorialize
  • Optional: magazines or newspapers with bold letters you can cut out and collage onto your drawing
  • Optional: glue and scissors to cut out and add letters


Memory Capsule: Terry Adkins

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Materials

  • Plastic or glass recycled container one can see through
  • Elmer’s glue, or other wet glue
  • Scissors
  • Objects related to memories of a person or event, including photographs, buttons, charms, ticket stubs, letters, photographs, and other small objects. Ask an adult if it’s okay to glue them to a container.
  • Optional: paper and pencil. If there are objects you want to include, but don’t want to damage or affix to your container with glue, consider tracing them on paper or cardboard and cutting out their shapes instead. Use a collection of silhouettes or drawings of photographs to show the meaningful items.


Photo Exchange: Dawoud Bey

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Materials

  • Existing photographs
  • A camera
  • Optional: a printer
  • Optional: a scanner and digital editing software
  • Optional: a picture frame large enough for both photographs, or use cardboard paper, or objects around the house to create a frame.


Finding Words: Glenn Ligon

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Materials

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Magazines, catalogs or newspapers
  • A pen or pencil for writing


Fake ID: Paul Ramírez-Jonas

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Materials

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Magazines, catalogs, or newspapers
  • Pencil or pen
  • ID, transit, and membership cards, plus other identifying documents
  • Selfies or group photographs
  • Optional: index cards; printouts


Animal Persona: Nayland Blake

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Materials

  • Drawing or plain paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Stapler
  • Pencils and drawing media (markers, crayons, colored pencils)
  • Yarn, thread or string
  • Optional: beads, buttons, ribbons and other decorations


Mapping History: Anna Boghiguian

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Materials

  • Pens, markers, crayons, pencils or other drawing media
  • Paper
  • Online and/or printed maps for research


Message in a Bottle: Nari Ward

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Materials

  • Paper to draw and/or write on
  • Pen, pencil and/or drawing materials (markers, crayons, colored pencils)
  • Recycled bottle or container, preferably one you can see through
  • Windowsill or sunny indoor spot


Fictional Figures: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

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Materials

  • Pens, markers, pencils or other drawing media
  • Paper
  • Printed or digital photographs (these can include people you know)
  • Catalogs, magazines, newspapers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Optional: Paint (watercolor, tempera or acrylic), brushes, small cup for water, paper plate for a palette


Teeming With Life: Ensayos

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Materials

  • Pens, markers, pencils or other drawing media
  • Paper or a sketchbook
  • A smart phone or device for recording sound and video
  • An adult or older sibling to accompany you on visits to the water


Dear ______: Sharon Hayes

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Materials

  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper
  • Newspapers, magazines and/or online journalism for research
  • An adult who can help with writing
  • Optional, if available: a microphone
  • Optional: a device to record your statement instead of writing it down


Fashion Futures: Jeffrey Gibson

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Materials

  • Fabric in different colors and patterns
  • Buttons, beads, ribbons, lace, trim and other materials
  • Wet glue, like Elmers
  • Scissors
  • A needle and thread
  • Stapler and staples
  • Paper and drawing media
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Optional: fabric markers, acrylic paint, paintbrushes and a cup for water.


Earthworks: Hans Haacke

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Materials

  • Natural materials from outside, possibly twigs, stones, leaves, branches, acorns or flowers that we find on the ground
  • Natural materials we collect from inside, possibly plants, seeds, beans, fruit
  • Soil and/or sand if available
  • Pits, seeds or stones from fruit you’ve eaten, like an avocado pit or tomato seeds, if available
  • A container or surface area for planting that can withstand water, if available
  • Glue (optional)


Masquerading: Wynne Greenwood

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Materials

  • Scrap cardboard, including packaging and cereal boxes
  • Scissors
  • Scrap or recycled paper, including magazines and newspapers
  • Colored pencils, markers, crayons or paint
  • Wet glue and/or glue sticks
  • Assorted found and craft materials, such as fabric scraps, yarn, pipe cleaners, buttons, beads, and/or plastic bottlecaps


Paint With Your Food: Carmen Argote

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Materials

  • White paper of any size. You may wish to experiment with different textures and weights of paper.
  • Old clothes that can be stained, apron, or smock
  • Cardboard or plastic to protect surfaces
  • Small take-out or food containers that can hold liquid paint brush, and/or a sponge
  • water
  • One or more of the following: canned or fresh red beet, fresh or frozen spinach, ground or fresh turmeric root, carrot, fresh or thawed frozen raspberries and blueberries, red cabbage

Optional Materials (to be used with an adult helper)

  • knife and cutting board
  • vegetable peeler
  • stove
  • food processor


Collective Words: Nari Ward

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Materials

  • Your collection of different fonts and lettering for inspiration from “Look Around.”
  • A large piece of cardboard. Size can vary, but consider if your sign will be held in your hands, or put on display, and if you want it to be seen from a distance and how. You may use poster board, or a flattened box, cut to a size that is comfortable for your plans.
  • Pencil
  • Markers or crayons


Make A Loom and Weave: Diedrick Brackens

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Materials

  • A cardboard rectangle of a comfortable size to hold and turn (6”x12”)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or embroidery thread
  • Tape
  • Plastic embroidery needle (optional)
  • Ribbon, scraps of fabric cut in strips, other long flexible materials (optional)


Making Space: Lubaina Himid

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Materials:

  • Tape
  • Assorted household recycled materials: boxes, packing supplies, and cardboard tubes


A View From The Clouds: Peter Saul

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Materials:

  • Pencil (a no. 2 pencil works well; if you have colored pencils, those can be used too)
  • Paper of any size
  • Crayons or markers


Lessons and Stories: Jordan Casteel

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View Finding: Jordan Casteel

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Materials:

  • One index card, or thin sheet of cardboard, or sturdy paper cut to 3×5 or 4×6 inches, a size that won’t bend and can be held up comfortably with one hand
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paper of larger than the index card (letter sized or larger)
  • Colored pencils or crayons
  • Images from magazines, newspapers, posters, and/or books


Naturally Fantastic Worlds: Daiga Grantina

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Materials:

  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Paper (either 8½” x 11” printer paper and/or colorful construction paper)
  • Scissors
  • Different binding materials: glue, colorful tape, masking tape, clips, pins
  • Optional:
  • Collect different material that you might use in your assemblage, like fabric scraps, cut up boxes, washed take out or food packaging, foil, cellophane
  • Chord/string to hang your work
  • Phone, camera


What’s In The Fridge? Peter Saul

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Materials:

  • Pencil
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Paper (either 8½” x 11” printer paper or construction paper)
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • Magnets or masking tape


The Faces of Places: Jordan Casteel

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Materials:

  • Pencil (a no. 2 pencil works well; if you have colored pencils, those can be used too)
  • Paper


At Home With Portraiture: Jordan Casteel

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Materials:

  • Digital camera (a cellphone works!)
  • Crayons
  • Paper
  • Another person to make art with you

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