I really like going to museums, but this is now, and in my childhood I was frankly bored there. And I'm not the only one, we languished as a whole class, but it was a shame to admit our low level of cultural development, so the question "Did you like it?" everyone answered “Yes!”, and to further questions “What did you like, what did you remember, what did you tell?” everyone hung up together, and after a hitch blurted out something, just to fall behind.
At school we used to go to museums after school, did you too? If so, then you probably remember this feeling when, after studying six lessons, without really having lunch, you are traveling with the whole crowd in public transport, walking through the halls of the museum with backpacks full of textbooks, and a guide (maybe even a good one) something is broadcasting (maybe even something interesting), but there are twenty of you, all of you have more pressing problems than the play of light and shadow in a birch grove on a hot afternoon, everyone is dreary, hungry, and shoe covers are on their feet, and nowhere to sit…
In general, now I try to make going to the museum a pleasant and memorable event for myself and for the child. We go there in the first half of the day, when we are both still full of energy, and after that we always go to rest and eat a cake in a cafe to consolidate the pleasant impressions of the time spent.
We spend no more than an hour in the museum: then everything starts to tire, and interest quickly fades. In particular, all of the above applies, of course, to art museums - everything is easier with modern scientific museums, it is easy and interesting for children there, but boredom still blows from art galleries.
Therefore, a few days before the trip, we begin to prepare the ground: we take out an art album or a set of postcards, examine them and discuss them, and then we arrange a game "Find the picture" in the museum. By the way, if you buy two identical sets of postcards, you can play the Memo game, beloved by many children, with paintings by great artists.
If we can't prepare ahead of time, we'll improvise on the spot. For example, we look at the picture from afar, discuss and try to guess the name. Interestingly, we almost always guess or are very close to the correct answer.
We love the game in the style of the books "Find and show": we approach the picture and take turns guessing the details to each other: "Find the club." "Find an arrow." "Find a glove." "Find a stirrup." BUT? Guess what picture I'm talking about? And for some large canvases, there are also sketches of the artist - here, it is also interesting to look for these fragments on the whole.
And recently, having looked through the album on expressionism and inspired by bright colors, we ourselves tried to draw a picture in a given style. Neither the child nor I have ever been artists, so we did not take risks - we chose the works of Jackson Pollock to imitate. You know, I think we got it...