Children's Museums: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, provides an exciting and educational experience for kids. Katie, age 11, enjoyed making tissue paper collages in the art studio and exploring the extensive gallery of picture book art, among other activities.

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I'm Katie and my mom works for Parents magazine. We just got back from meeting my little cousins at the Eric Carle museum of picture book art in Amherst, Massachusetts. About an hour and a half from Boston. Let me show you all the cool stuff we did. In the amazing art studio we created tissue paper collages that are similar to the style that Mr. Carle uses in his books. The staff told us that the projects change frequently to match the new exhibits at the museum. The studio also has an area just for toddlers that my cousin hung out in while her brother was finishing up his collage. After that we spent time in the museum's incredible library of picture books. We could grab one to read on your own or take part in a scheduled story time. Outside the library, I couldn't resist sitting on the bench inside a very hungry caterpillar cut out with my cousin. We also enjoyed looking at the galleries of picture book artwork from Mr. Carle and other children's illustrators. I picked up a clipboard and a scavenger hunt sheet to make it more fun for us. It took a little while but we found everything. We're also lucky because the day we visited Mr. Carle himself was there to sign books. While we waited in line, we got butterfly tattoos. Our parents allowed us to stop in the gift shop before we left. It has a great collection of books for babies to teens. Plus toys, stuffed animals, t-shirts and games. We all got a treat. I hope you have a chance to visit the museum. It truly is something special.

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