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MEanderthal MEanderthal

Do you look like your relatives? Your prehistoric relatives? Try  morphing yourself backward in time with MEanderthal. You might be  surprised when you see your face transformed into the face of an early  human with the Smithsonian Institution's first-ever mobile app.

Meet Me at Midnight Meet Me at Midnight

Take a vivid journey through the American Art Museum’s collection in this interactive adventure.

Meet the Mariachi! Explore Mexico's Musical Gift to the World

(Grades 4-8) This is an introduction to the inviting sounds of mariachi: its instruments and how they are played, its rhythms, and how it is important to people. The activity uses maps, video, and interactive instrument demonstrations to give an "insider's view" that will help students enjoy the music and learn to talk about it with others.

Migratory Bird Center Games and Activities Migratory Bird Center Games and Activities

Migration Game - Learn about bird migration while playing a game.
Name that Nest - See if you can identify a variety of bird nests.
Online Coloring Book - Color birds online and learn about feathered travelers.

Mirror Molecules Mirror Molecules

Contains activities intended for school children, grades 5 and up, under adult supervision.

Mr. President Mr. President

Learn the facts about each of our nation’s presidents. It’s a great place for browsing, research, or homework help.

Our Story: American History Stories and Activities You Can Do Together! Our Story: American History Stories and Activities You Can Do Together!

OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through children’s literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.

Pilot Pals Pilot Pals

Pilot Pals’ four games—Gears, Weather, Rocket Stacking and Airplane Parts—introduce children to basic concepts about weather, parts of the airplane, rockets, sizes, shapes and patterns.

Prehistoric Climate Change Prehistoric Climate Change

Use fossils as a thermometer to read temperatures 55 million years ago. You can also watch a video of a fossil digger at work. 

Romare Bearden Black Odyssey Remixes Romare Bearden Black Odyssey Remixes

Create your own collage art based on the incredible works of American artist Romare Bearden (1911–1988). With this lively, colorful, and highly engaging app, you can remix works from Bearden's original series to create your own unique works of art, and express your personal journey.

Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp

Designed for the home and classroom by the Smithsonian Science Education Center and Filament Games, this iPhone/iPad game teaches students how to describe movement and motion while visiting rare animals at the National Zoo.

Sizing Up a Squid Activity Sheet Sizing Up a Squid Activity Sheet

Learn all about the giant squid, a real-life sea monster. You can figure out the size of the creature by drawing yourself swimming next to one.

Sizing Up the Universe Sizing Up the Universe

Choose objects, like a basketball, to represent objects in the universe and use these to explore relative sizes in outer space.

Smithsonian Channel App Smithsonian Channel App

Stay connected with Smithsonian Channel’s original series, documentaries and fun facts — on the go, anytime, anywhere with the Smithsonian Channel app for iPhone and iPod Touch. View full episodes and hundreds of video clips of your favorite Smithsonian Channel programs. Check the schedule for what’s on tonight, tomorrow or next week.

Smithsonian Folkways Jazz Mixer Smithsonian Folkways Jazz Mixer

This interactive feature explores jazz from different perspectives: chronologically with a timeline, geographically with a world map, and musically with a virtual mixer in which you can listen to and observe the musical elements of jazz.

Smithsonian Kids Smithsonian Kids

Find lots of fast, fun, cool, scary, patriotic, and beautiful things from the Smithsonian and send free E-cards to your friends!
 

Stories of World Heritage Stories of World Heritage

Discover ten stories from UNESCO’s World Heritage List: The list of the most outstanding natural and cultural sites in the world. Add your voice to the conversation! In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1972 UNESCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and to further its objectives, the Smithsonian and UNESCO have partnered to produce the Stories of World Heritage app and website.

The Family of the Sun - Song for Children The Family of the Sun - Song for Children
The Great History Mystery The Great History Mystery

Follow the clues and see if you can identify famous Americans!

U. S. Rationing During World War II U. S. Rationing During World War II

Introduction to primary sources as well as an introduction to life on the home front. You can examine a ration book, morale posters, and an Office of War Information film to learn how Americans lived in a time of sacrifice.
 


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