Educational Programs


Program times (1-2 hours) can be flexed to meet your requirements and most
can be presented either on-site at your facility or at the Museum.

To book programs, please contact Meg Wastie, Curator of Education 973-377-2982, x12/schools@metc.org 

TALE OF THE DRAGON (in METC only) Hear the legend of St. George & the Dragon while viewing the detailed casting of the story that is in the Museum's Main Gallery fireplace. Pre-school students will also role-play the part of the dragon through dramatic movement, hear other dragon stories, and make a dragon to take home.

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EARLY AMERICAN TOYS & TALES (hands-on)
“Playtime” includes handling Museum replicas of simple toys from the colonial period. Participants learn about how toys were made and get to play with the toys. Primary grade students make a top craft.

SIMPLE MACHINES (hands-on)    Early Americans used timeless innovations to perform daily tasks and chores. Participants explore the functions of the inclined plane, screw, lever, wedge, wheel & axle, and pulley through hands-on examination of the Museum's artifacts. Students in grades 1-4 make a simple machine to take home.
A CHILD'S LIFE IN EARLY AMERICA (in METC only)
Through role-playing activities, participants will increase their understanding of what it was like to be a child in Colonial America. they will examine and handle clothing and artifacts as they act out parts of a typical child's day. Student participants (grades 2-4) will make a toy craft to take home.
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THE TRADESMAN & COMMUNITY
Put yourself in the shoes of the community tradesperson. Who did you depend on? What was your role in the community? Participants learn about the blacksmith, the tinsmith, the cooper and many other tradespeople while taking part in a "Community Web" activity. Students (grades 2-5) become Tinsmith Apprentices and make a tin-punching craft.
EARLY AMERICAN SCHOOLHOUSE (hands-on)
Participants are given “school supplies” from the Museum’s collection to hold and examine. Each artifact tells the story of early one-room schoolhouse practices. Student participants (grades 2-5) make a traditional "hornbook" to take home.

DECODING THE PAST (hands-on)
This program provides hands-on examination of Museum artifacts, many of which are “mysteries” which the participants can have fun trying to figure out. Students make a "secret code" journal to take home.

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MEASURING TOOLS OF EARLY TRADES (hands-on)
Discover the necessity of measurement and accuracy. Participants examine early measuring tools to learn how uniform standards were established. In cooperative learning groups, participants present their findings to the other and create solutions for actual measuring problems. Students (grades 5-8) make a measuring tool to take home.
CREATIVE JOURNAL WRITING  (in METC only)  The Museum provides a stimulating and creative setting for writing inspiration for writers of all ages. Participants tour the Museum's exhibits for ideas for writing prompt for fiction, non-fiction & poetry writing. Participants will make a personal writing journal.
ART IN ARTIFACTS & ARCHITECTURE
Early American artisans created their tools and implements primarily for function, but many also exercised their artistic talents in the form and decoration of these items. Buildings themselves were often works of art with different styles of architecture and design. This program includes indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) tours of the METC building and neighboring buildings. Craft options include stencils & rubbings. (in METC only)

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