List of School Programs

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is dedicated to providing meaningful & relevant learning experiences for school children. To that end, we have worked to ensure our programs align with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Please click on each program title for more information on how it will help your students meet curriculum requirements, as well as some suggested pre- and post-visit activities to supplement the learning and skill development that occur in the program.

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Tale of the Dragon 

Learn about griffins, gargoyles and other mythological creatures. Hear the legend of St. George & the Dragon and enjoy our Griffin Garden. Role-play the part of the dragon, hear other dragon stories, and make your own dragon to take home.

Pre-K to 2nd grade

Early American Toys & Tales 

Let’s Play! Experience how Early American children played, discover how early toys were made, and learn how “free time” has changed and stayed the same. Includes playing with replicas of toys from early America and decorating a spinning top.

1st to 4th grades

Simple Machines (STE[A]M & primary source/object) 

Early Americans developed tools to save time and energy using simple machines.  Explore the functions of the inclined plane, screw, lever, wedge, wheel & axle, and pulley through hands-on examination of the Museum’s artifacts.  In cooperative learning groups, present findings to the class.  Decorate a simple machine to take home.

A Child’s Life in Early America (primary source/object) 

What was it like to be a child living in Early American times? Was it very different from how children live today, or are there similarities? Children will experience a day in the life of an Early American child, problem-solve the challenges they would face and make a toy to take home.

School Days  Best for 2nd-5th grade

Students examine reproduction 19th-century school supplies and learn how each object tells the story of the students in a one-room schoolhouse.  Participants will get to try their hand at writing with a quill or dip pen on a “hornbook” to take home.

4th to 12th grades

The Tradesman and Community (STE[A]M) Best for 3rd-5th grade

Become a citizen in an early 19th-century community.  Who did you depend on? What was your role in the community? Learn about the blacksmith, the tinsmith, the cooper and many other tradespeople while taking part in a “Community Web” activity.  Train to be a Tinsmith Apprentice and make a tin-punching craft.

The American Revolution in New Jersey (primary source/object) 

Tracing the lives of various New Jersey residents—Tories, Patriots, iron workers, farmers, housewives, tavern keepers—and enhanced by artifacts from the Museum’s collection of 18th-century objects—this program highlights the harsh conditions and changes in lifestyles that people endured during the colonies’ fight for independence. Journal-making & creative writing complete the program.

Decoding the Past (STE[A]M & primary source/object) 

What could this object be? What was it used for? What does it tell us about life in earlier times? Examine some of the Museum’s more mysterious artifacts, and have fun trying to figure out what they were. Explore the museum’s exhibits to discover and “decode” other unfamiliar objects.

Exploring Architecture (STE[A]M & primary source/object) Appropriate for 2nd-12th grade

Use METC’s beautiful building to explore how architecture combines form and function in a unique way.  Discover different architectural techniques and terms, then design a stained-glass window inspired by the ones in our building.  “Take home” parts of the METC building by creating rubbings from the building itself.

From September 25, 2018 through June 9, 2019 ONLY!

Narrative Threads: New Jersey Quilts and Textiles

METC’s newest exhibit showcases historic textiles from the collection. The exhibit also features pieces made by contemporary New Jersey textile artists who draw inspiration from the past, while continuing to forge an exciting new future for the craft.

Contact the Education Department at 973-377-2982 ext. 12 or
to plan a customized program either at METC or at your school.