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Wrapped Animals, Fabric Collages, and More — How-To Videos of the Week

Although CMA’s doors are closed to the public temporarily, you can still participate in family-friendly art-making by following along with our How-To Videos! Below, CMA shares five family-friendly art projects to do at home. Show us what you come up with using the hashtag #cmanychallenge!

1. Wrapped Animals

Do you miss visiting the Bronx Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, or New York City’s other fantastic zoos and aquariums? Make your own menagerie at home with our wrapped animals project. Want to take your project to the next level? Download iStopMotion on the app store and make your own animated zoo story!

2. Framed Fabric Collages

Perhaps you’ve been working with family and friends to turn bandanas, tee shirts, or bed sheets into face masks to wear in public. Don’t let those scraps go to waste! Turn pieces of fabric into a fabric collage that can serve as a reminder of the great work you did for others during quarantine.

3. H is for Helmet

Quarantine life has taught us that superheroes are everyday people — nurses, doctors, postal workers, grocery store clerks, and even yourself! Create your own decorated helmet and show the world your superpower.

4. Shoebox Pinball

Look around your home for empty cardboard boxes (shoeboxes and Amazon boxes work perfectly) and replicate the sights and sounds of the arcade!


While our doors are closed, CMA is here for you and your family with at-home art projects to keep children entertained and engaged. However, every day we’re closed puts the future of CMA in further jeopardy.

Will you be there for us? Every dollar you donate directly supports the Museum and ensures that CMA will remain a pillar of educational and artistic leadership in New York City. Click here to donate.

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