Go Ahead – Destroy It!

KarenBy: Karen Dewhirst
Museum Science Manager

Kids love using grown-up tools and taking things apart. Broken or outdated electronic equipment is the perfect foil for safe tool exploration and can help children develop multiple skills.

Not every child will be so inclined, but many enjoy using electrical component pieces, glue, wire and tape to create something from their imagination. The results are usually wild, wacky, and wonderful! Continue reading →

Curtain Call

AmyBy Amy Barrett
Museum Experience Manager

It was one minute till the curtain was set to rise when a little hand reached up to squeeze mine.  I looked down and saw a beautiful, dimpled face.

“Break a leg, Mama,” a sweet voice said, looking up at me with a grin.

This is just one of the many memories I have from my summer experience that I shared with my ten-year old daughter Kaylee as we both participated in the musical, “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” Continue reading →

Sticky Creations are Lessons for Mom and Child

LizaBy Liza Blair
Arts Manager

My son recently decided he wanted to make Rice Krispie Treats in the shape of jack-o’-lanterns. We realized our original plan needed tweaking after trying, unsuccessfully, to form the mixture into balls. The treats were too sticky to handle, even after coating our hands in butter.

We needed a new direction. So we made a graveyard and dotted it with the six jack-o’-lanterns we managed to produce. Now it was time to decorate.

Using “healthy” options picked by my son, we started our task. Pretzel sticks made the fence around the graveyard and worked as gravestones. A rock path was made using peanuts and apple slices added extra details. Continue reading →

Ready-Made Art

LizaBy Liza Blair
Arts Manager

Never underestimate the power of a paper towel roll.

Just the other day my five-year-old son showed me a fishing pole he made from a paper towel roll, tape and a blue balloon.

Granted, it didn’t look like a traditional fishing pole, but to my son, it was exactly what he needed it to be.

Watching him transform these simple items into different things reminded me of a valuable understanding from the perspective of an arts educator: “A child’s imagination is the best arts instruction.” Continue reading →

Sticks and Stones

AmyBy Amy Barrett
Museum Experience Manager

People often say that it’s the simple things in life that are best—which can be very true—but I have found that it’s the simple things in life that teach our children the most.

Since he could barely walk, no matter where we were outside, my son Kendall was immediately drawn to sticks of every different size. He would pick one up and transform it into an object of great worth.  It could become a warrior’s sword, a fishing pole, a soldier’s rifle, a telescope or just something with which to play. Continue reading →

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