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Making Paper

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By: Claire Reynes

Making handmade paper can be a fantastic at-home activity if you’re prepared with the right tools and materials! Below is a list of the absolute essentials that you’ll need for a day of papermaking fun, along with some fun extras and ideas for projects.

One of the things you’ll definitely need is a mould and deckle, which is what we use to catch and pull the pulp to form a sheet of paper. Professional mould and deckles can be ...

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Meet Artist Claire Reynes

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By: Claire Reynes

When people meet an artist one of the first things they usually ask them is, “what materials do you use?” For a long time I didn’t have an exact answer to that question. I love making art and I love teaching art but I really didn’t have one medium that I felt connected to. During my junior year of college that all changed when I studied abroad in Cortona, Italy through the University of Georgia-Athens art program. It ...

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Winter Break Is Upon Us

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Winter break is upon us! Here are 5 easy things you can do with your child at home that are guaranteed to keep them engaged, having fun, and using their brains in open-ended ways.

Experiment with the physics of projectiles by creating a catapult
For detailed instructions click here. Then visit our Divinci Exhibit to experiment with our catapults.

Marbleized bubble print paper
Get your little ones involved in writing thank you notes by creating personalized paper. For ...

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Storywalk Throwback

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Today’s blog throws back to September 2014. Join us for the next
Storywalk Saturday, August 20 at the Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavilion./p>

DuPage Children’s Museum partners with the Naperville Public Library and the Naperville Park District for a StoryWalk™ on the Riverwalk!

Over 210 people arrived downtown on a brisk September morning to take part in the first ever StoryWalk™ on the Riverwalk. The morning was filled with reading, play, and FUN!

StoryWalk™ is a literacy and physical activity medium ...

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Think. Explore. Create. Math Masterpieces.

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By: Alix Tonsgard | Early Learning Specialist
Justice Janowski | Art Specialist

Last Friday night DCM was buzzing with anticipation for the opening of the newest installation in the Good Show! Gallery, “Think. Explore. Create. Math Masterpieces.” The exhibit captures the experience of the children from Addison KinderCare engaging in the three stages of the art process. In the gallery you can read quotes from the young artists, see pictures of them working on their depictions, and view their created ...

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MARCHing on toward Spring Break!

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As the Museum marches toward Spring Break, we will continue to have a variety of programs for you and your family to enjoy together. With the weather getting warmer, we also have some fun suggestions for outdoor family activities.

At the Museum By Michelle Gonzalez | Assistant Public Programs Manager
The Children of Hangzhou exhibit has given us a variety of opportunities to create companion programming. As your children continue to play in the traveling exhibit, here through May 30, ...

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Math at Home

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By: Alix Tonsgrad | DuPage Children’s Museum Early Learning Specialist

Last week we talked about the importance of early math and the math experiences here at DCM. Since children’s parents and primary caregivers are their most important first teachers and role models, I thought it was important to follow up this week with ways to support you outside of the Museum. The thought of doing math at home with your toddler might seem daunting; however, something as simple ...

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Fall Program Preview

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By: Katie L. Edinger | DCM Senior Public Programs Manager

child and adult making slimeIt seems as though summer has just started, but we are already looking ahead to the fall and winter here at DCM! We are busy gearing up for another great season of programs, classes, and special events. Some of your favorite classes will be coming back, but like many of our returning exhibits, they will be updated and refreshed! ...

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A Fresh Start, Top to Bottom

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By Cindy Oles-S.M.A.R.T Café Manager

When we say that the new DuPage Children’s Museum is new from top to bottom, we aren’t kidding. In addition to two floors of new exhibits set to re-open to the public on September 19th, there are also lots of new things to see and experience on the bottom level too… at the S.M.A.R.T Café.

Since its creation two years ago, we have tried to make the S.M.A.R.T. Café a destination in itself, combining nutrition and ...

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Why Pretend Play?

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By Alix Tonsgard | DCM Early Learning Specialist

child pretend plays in the DuPage Children's MuseumOne way children learn is by imagining and doing. Pretend play is one of the ways children learn about themselves, their families, and the world around them. Pretend play is about so much more than creativity and imagination. There are many important skills that children develop as they pretend to be a fireman, dress up like ...

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