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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.”

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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