Complete this word puzzle to learn about the Maxwell Museum and SW culture.
Learn about the Japanese art of origami and make your own origami dog.
Each week Little Lobo Lulu takes you on a journey around the world to explore topics in anthropology and world culture. This adventure will explore the history and importance of agriculture. Complete an agriculture crossword puzzle then investigate foods in your very own kitchen!
Continuing our exploration of agriculture, in this adventure we explore irrigation, domestication of plants and animals, and agricultural sustainability. Produce your own food by growing beans in a bag!
Join Lulu as she explores the history and culture of Turkey! Located at a crossroad between Asia and Europe, Turkish culture, art and food are influenced by many others. Complete a maze, design your own coin and make a paper mosiac.
Ancestors Exhibition Virtual Tour
Take a virtual tour of our Ancestors exhibition and go behind-the-scenes of the museum collections and laboratories.
Ancestors virtual tour vocabulary list
Ancestors Scavenger Hunt PowerPoint presentation
Ancestors Scavenger Hunt PDF
Ancestors Scavenger Hunt answer key
Download our scavenger hunt to go around the web and discover more about our early ancestors.
Journey back in time and meet our earliest ancestors. Learn who they are, where their fossils were found and what traits they had and how they changed. Then complete a timeline of the human family tree and make your own ancestor flash cards and trading cards to keep or give away.
Discover the traits necessary for bipedalism – walking upright. Compare the features of chimpanzees, early human ancestors and modern day humans, then explore footprints. Make your own footprint trackway and analyze footprints just like a Forensic Anthropologist would!
Learn how the fossil and archaeological record shows how our physical and behavioral traits have changed through time. Compare fossil skulls, make calipers to measure 3-D objects and try our opposable thumb challenge.
Make your own cave art! Cave painting is one of the oldest forms of art found all over the world. Explore some cave art and get inspired to make your own.
Cave Painting Tutorial
Dig deep into archaeology terms and methods, then try some puzzles. Complete a matching activity and word search puzzle, then color and assemble your own pottery puzzles.
Take a virtual trip to Chaco Culture National Historical Park with an interactive Google Earth presentation. Fly around the park and identify the Great Houses and learn about the features that make them unique. Complete and color a worksheet to remember your tour.
Google Earth Video Tutorial
Time travel to the past and keep time like the ancient ones with these fun solar activities. Make your own sundial and track the sun with the Stellarium app. Make daily and yearly observations of the sun and learn about time and the seasons.
Dig deep into the principle of stratigraphy and the Law of Superposition! Learn how archaeologists use the layers of the earth in relative dating of artifacts. Use your best observation skills and decipher the clues to recreate a timeline of artifacts in the Southwest.
Learn what petroglyphs are, how they are made and why they are an important record of the past. Then carve some petroglyphs of your own design. Includes information and resources to learn about and explore petroglyphs right here in the Rio Grande Valley!
Take a close look at stone tool shape and design. Describe projectile points like an expert and play an I Spy guessing game. Then sketch a tool of your own design.
Discover how dendrochronology is useful in archaeology. Create a timeline of historical events and make a tree-ring project that tells your own story!
Maxwell Museum docent Diana Shea presents our Weaving in the Southwest traveling trunk. Learn about types of weavings and the steps taken to make a woven item.
Explore this interactive presentation to learn about designs and styles of Navajo rugs.
Instructions for making your own cardboard loom and weaving a rug sampler. Includes techniques for adding designs from weaving cultures from around the world.
Explore a collection of coiled and woven baskets from the Maxwell Museum collection and weave your own paper basket using recycled materials.
How to make Paper baskets
Explore a small sample of pottery from the Maxwell Museum collection, read a story about pottery making and identify the parts of a pot. Resources and instructions to design a pot and for clay pot making included.
How to make a Yucca paintbrush
Explore Hispanic crafts by making your own ramillettes. Ramillettes are “little flower bouquets” made for decorating any celebration. In this version of the tradition, we use decorative or recycled paper. Get creative and make your own to keep or give away.
Make a tin frame
Get creative with recycled materials and make a picture frame for a traditional display in your home. Complete this project as part of an ofrenda to set up for Dia de Muertos on November 2, to honor loved ones who have passed.
Dia de Muertos traditions
Explore the beautiful and colorful traditions of Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead. Learn about this holiday, complete a word search and crossword puzzle, decorate some coloring pages, and make your own dancing skeleton. Prepare decorations to make an ofrenda or alter to honor and celebrate loved ones who have passed away.
El Dia de los Muertos paper crafts
Complete some projects to prepare for El Dia de los Muertos and make your own ofrenda (altar) to honor a loved one. Instructions for papel picado (paper cutting), skeletons, stamp printing and more will inspire your creativity!
Making an ofrenda
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos and make your own ofrenda! Pay homage to your ancestors and welcome them back with an altar beautifully decorated by you. Use the instructions posted in previous weeks to make traditional crafts to adorn your ofrenda.
Take a photo and share your creations with us @maxwell_museum on instagram.
Learn about symbols and make a Chinese Fortune Teller.
This Chinese legend tells the story of one of the eight famous Chinese horses, Moon Dragon, through the shadow puppetry tradition.
Learn about the history and practice of Chinese shadow puppetry and make your own shadow puppets. Includes additional resources to make your own puppet theater, write a shadow puppet play and experiment to discover the properties of light and shadow.
Celebrate Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival. Learn about the history and traditions of this celebration and make your own hanging banner and paper lantern.
Ancient Egypt -hieroglyphs, tombs and temples
Explore ancient Egypt and discover hieroglyphs, pyramids, temples and more!
Ask an archaeologist - grades 5-8
Ask an Archaeologist - grade 9-adult
Dr. Loa Traxler, Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies Director at UNM answers questions about the field of archaeology and her career as a Mayan Archaeologist.
Try sky watching like the ancient Maya and make your own star finder to identify constellations.
Discover the story of the stars in the night sky and make a constellation viewer to tell your own story.
Write like the ancient Maya and make your own codex.
Discover the history, technique and patterns of Maya weaving. Complete your own weaving word puzzle and make your own friendship bracelet.
Travel around the world and discover folk instruments. Make your own instruments and play them to accompany various songs, chants and dances. Includes additional resources with lessons on musical instruments, cultural heritage and the science of sound and music.
Guess that Instrument Game Powerpoint presentation
Try this listen and guess matching game to explore a small sampling of musical instruments from around the world that are part of the Maxwell Museum Ethnomusicology collection.
Explore dolls from around the world and make your own paper dolls.
How to make Corn Husk Dolls!
Suitable for students in upper elementary and middle school, this guide provides a focus to explore our early ancestors, their biological traits and cultural behaviors.
Suitable for upper elementary and middle school students, this guide provides a focus to study the material remains and archaeological processes of Southwest Puebloan sites presented in the exhibition.
For grades 5 - 8, this worksheet directs students to look closely at, and think and write about an object in the museum.
For grades 2-4, this worksheet directs students to look closely at, and think and write about an object in the museum.
For grades 9-12, this worksheet directs students to look closely at, and think and write about an object in the museum.
For group visits, please share these guidelines with all students, teachers and chapreones visiting the museum and ask for their cooperation to make everyone's visit a pleasant one.
Interdisciplinary lessons for grades 3-5 to utilize the hands-on materials in the loan kit focusing on indigenous communities of the Bering Sea region, their material culture, art, environment, and lifestyle.
These archived activities of the Weaving Generations Together exhibition provide information and ideas for hands-on activities exploring the traditional weaving practices of the Maya of Chiapas, Mexico.
Visual Literacy exercises for grades 6 and up that use Sabino Osuna’s photographs to understand how visual images shaped events of the Mexican Revolution as they were happening and, as primary sources, add to our understanding of this chapter of Mexican history in a broader context.
3rd- 5th grade curriculum to supplement the Maxwell Museum’s signature museum visit experience. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, lessons include storytelling, analysis, vocabulary exercises, art projects, and more, to look for evidence within objects that provide an invaluable source of information about human behavior.