These Activities Sheets, each on a single theme, include word and number games, art exercises, and fun quizzes. With each activity, kids learn about something new, from the anatomy of the giant squid to the history of chocolate.
Look closely at four bicycles from the nineteenth century. Can you put them in order of their age? Clues can be found in a crossword puzzle. Bicycle Crossing (PDF)
Three cats at the National Zoo—a lion, a clouded leopard, and a cheetah—have each lost a cub. Reunite the three families by matching the adult cat with the baby cat. Herding Cats (PDF)
Look closely at two paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum in order to find and count things in them—pigeons in an urban scene, for example, and chickens in a rural scene.
Counting Your Chickens (PDF)
Take a quick trip around the Smithsonian to learn about some of the world’s fastest things. In a word-search puzzle, look for words that mean “go fast.”
Action Words (PDF)
. . . move a rubber-tree plant. But an ant can move things as heavy as twenty times its own weight. What could you lift if you could do the same thing? Do some simple multiplication to find out.
Everyone Knows an Ant Can’t . . . (PDF)
This activity page contains fun drawing and writing activities for children ages 8-12. By following fold-and-tear instructions, the child turns the page into a small book. Multicultural Make-a-Book (PDF)
Identify three zebras at the National Zoo by their unique fingerprint-like patterns of stripes. Included is a drawing activity.
Zebra Lineup (PDF)
In 2004, a team of Japanese scientists went fishing for the giant squid and snagged one that seemed to be about 25 feet long. It put up a fight and broke free, but not before the scientists got the world's first pictures.
Photo courtesy of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B and Dr. Tsunemi Kubodera.