Looking for a unique youth group activity? Consider the MDHAC® Hands-On Workshop experience! Great for Scout troops, homeschool groups, school field trips, youth camps, birthday parties, and more! Participants can have the opportunity to earn a HANDS-ON Workshop badge!
Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture®'s most popular cultural enrichment activity for youth groups of all ages!
The museum Hands-On Workshop offers an enriching and interactive experience. This program helps introduce children to Deaf Culture and the language as well as bridge the gap between the Deaf and hearing communities.
The HANDS-ON workshop consists of a 1 hour program split into three 20 minute activities: ASL storytelling, a lesson in sign language (food signs) and an art project.
Storytelling offers a truly unique experience for children to observe sign language in action and interact as they follow the story. During the food signs lesson, children learn a variety of ASL signs for everyday food items such as fruits, vegetables and meats. The art project is a fun and creative way for the children to make their own souvenir while continuing to learn about the language and culture.
$7 per participant with a minimum of $70
maximum group size with craft activity is 36
maximum group size without craft activity is 60
For an additional $3, earn a HANDS-ON Workshop Badge at the end of the workshop experience and learn the meaning behind the EYE!
We also encourage our groups to take a self-guided tour of the museum after the workshop as the exhibits do offer explanation of cultural and linguistic history. The Kansas School for the Deaf exhibit shows what life was like in a typical state residential school setting years ago and some traditions that do carry on to the present day.
If your group is looking for something other than the standard workshop provided, we do have other topics you can chose from in the request form.
In preparation to creating a successful and memorable educational experience for your groups, you could have the students practice fingerspelling their name. You can find examples of fingerspelling online.
HANDS-ON Badges for Scouts
For an additional $3 each, Girls and Boys Scouts (or anyone) can earn a HANDS-ON badge at the end of the workshop experience.
If interested in this added perk, please express your interest in your request form.
If you would like to give additional monetary support in supporting the HANDS-ON Workshop and supply of badges, please go to Donate Now to help! THANK YOU!
Scheduling a HANDS-ON Workshop:
Fill out this Hands-On Request form.
THANK YOU! We look forward to having you visit the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture®!
This workshop is made possible by MDHAC's many volunteers who give their time, talent, energy and passion in making this a long-lasting memorable activity for all who participate!