Great kids activity booklet from QM’s ‘Hidden Treasures’ Exhibition
I only caught up with the ‘Hidden Treasures’ from Afghanistan exhibition this week. While the destruction of the Kabul Museum is quite disturbing and a big loss to world heritage, the recovery of items by the museums’ staff is inspiring. It is a story the sparks many questions and lines of inquiry, since it was done in secret, and many thought these treasure were lost for quite some time. I wonder about the tough decisions the staff might have had to make about what was possible it retrieve and get to safe keeping.
As with all QM exhibitions, there is an activity booklet for kids. It has some great features I thought I’d share. I had no child with me to test it out, but I noticed quite a number around the exhibition sprawled on the floor fully engaged in the activity. The exhibition trail was written and designed by Qld museum. Photographs in the booklet are copyright National Geographic Society and Musee Guimet/Thierry Oliver. I have just shown a couple of exerts of the activity booklet below, to give a sense of the style and approach.
The opening activity is a great way to set the context for the exhibition. It shows a simplified map, and photos of five objects. The challenge is to match the objects to the location, then trace the trade route back to Afghanistan. It is a clever way to depict the main theme of the exhibition – the cross cultural influences that the objects show.
Other activities included:
– identifying Greek Gods on a plaque
– identifying and shading in shapes on a simple sketch of one of the gold bowls
– drawing a costume decorated with some of the items of jewellery found in a grave
– finding objects in the merchant storerooms, based on a simple description
A favourite activity was finding and matching objects to a description – then crossing out any words that don’t correctly describe the item.