Museum for Children

Museums activities for preschool children from the cycle Journey to The Past of Belaya Rus.

Museums activities from the cycle Journey to The Past of Belaya Rus are offered for kindergarten children.

  1. From The History of Book

At the museum lesson, children will learn about the history of the appearance of the first texts on papyrus, parchment, clay plates, wax paper, learn how the book appeared in the Middle Ages as the printing was invented. This lesson tells about our famous countrymen – Euphrosyne Polotskaya and Franciscus Skorina.

  1. In The World of Labor and Beauty

At the lesson children will get acquainted with the traditional products of the Belarusian masters – tools of labor, utensils, clothing, toys, houseware. Made of clay, wood, straw, flax, sheep wool, paper, these objects have not only utilitarian (practical) purpose, but are also works of art. Modern masters continue the tradition of our ancestors.

  1. From The Cradle to The Heavens

Family traditional rituals of Belarusians includes a set of events, ceremonial actions, following person throughout his life, implementing communication of generations, transmission of traditions, worldview. Birthing, wedding, funeral ritualism is a synthesis of two great traditions – folk and church. Objects at the museum activity helps to display the gist of rituals, formed in the surroundings of the Belarusian family for centuries.

  1. The Story of Christ’s Birth

At the museum lesson, children will learn about the Christian holiday – Christmas, learn about the biblical story about celebrating traditions. Feast of the Nativity of Christ was combined with the ancient holiday dedicated to the day of the winter solstice – Kolyada. At the museum lesson, it’s told about the ancient customs and rituals, here you can learn how a Christmas tree and Father Frost, fairy tale character, appeared on our territory.

  1. City of Artisans

At the museum lesson children will get acquainted with distinctive craftsmanship of our ancestors, whose hands created various, artistically designed, vitally important items – dishes, clothes, tools of labor, houseware, toys and others of wood and bone, stone and sheep wool, metal and linen, clay and straw. Products of masters give a vivid picture of high-level professional skills and talents of Belarusian people.

  1. House with Mother’s Soul

At this lesson children will learn about the features of domestic life, in which arrangement a significant role belonged to the mother-mistress, they’ll find out about the distribution of domestic space and placing it in everyday objects, the role of mother in conserving the cultural traditions of each family and in the educational process.

  1. Easter. Easter in Belarus

Easter – the most important holiday of the church calendar, during which the faithful recall the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. These events we learn from the Gospel and also it’s reflected in the exhibition: the Bible and icons, engravings and greeting cards, and more. From pre-Christian times there came to us the name of Velikden. Some ceremonies are held now, but have gained quite a different interpretation and perception. Children learn about these changings at the lesson.

  1. In The Country of Summer

In summer there are three Christian holidays (the Trinity, the birth of John the Baptist, St. Peter and Paul, St. Elijah), in celebration of which you can find an echo of folk traditions. A bright example of this – Midsummer (Kupalle). Objects at the museum activity helps to reveal the meaning and the essence of summer holidays

Museum lessons with interactive block

The Stories of The Old Trunk

Museum lessons with interactive block geared for kindergarten children.

  1. Christmas (Christmas Vytinanka)

The museum’s activity is divided into two parts. The theoretical part introduces the history of the holiday, the traditions of peasant decorations houses with vytinanka. Practical part gives children the opportunity to feel connected with artisans’ craftsmanship (cut angels from paper and make greeting cards).

  1. Festival of Autumn – Bogach (Belarusian Straw)

The museum’s activity is divided into two parts. The theoretical part introduces the history of the holiday, the traditions of celebration. A special emphasis is made on the traditional material in the life of the Belarusians (straw, flax). Practical part gives children the opportunity to feel the connection with the artisans’ craftsmanship (they make straw appliqué on linen napkin).

  1. Easter – The Holiday of Holidays

The theoretical part introduces the history of the holiday, the traditions of celebration, here are explained the symbols of the holiday. Practical part gives children the opportunity to feel connected with the folk traditions of Easter celebration, as well as to practice in the Easter games (traditional games with eggs – Bitki, egg rolling down the chute), the children are given the task to work in a group – making Easter gifts (egg from paper and ribbon).

  1. Golden Strand of Wool

The museum activity is divided into two parts. The theoretical part introduces the clothing manufacturing traditions. Special emphasis is made on ritual importance of belts. Practical part gives children the opportunity to feel connected with folk art of weaving belts.