Activity: what makes a house a home?


Homes invites children to explore the world around them by visiting different houses in Guatemala, Mongolia, Yemen, and the United States. Each home is unique in structure and style, responding to the people and place where it was built. But, no matter where in the world we live, we all have the same basic needs and enjoy similar activities.

To help guide kids’ explorations of Homes and extend their learning into the world around them, we’re offering a series of activities. This first activity, inspired by the House & Home exhibit at the National Building Museum, encourages kids to identify similarities and differences across homes by using their own house and experiences as a point of comparison.

Help your child spot unique objects in Homes and compare these to favorite objects in your household. As the House & Home exhibit reminds us, it’s the objects within houses that tell stories and make them a home.

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Share your kids’ discoveries on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use the hashtag #tinybop — we love seeing what you’re up to.

Download a free Homes Handbook for further learning in the third app from the Explorer’s Library, Homes.

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Homes activity #1