Try, Try Again

I often talk in my blogs about how we intentionally create safe spaces for children to fail in order to support the development of persistence and problem solving skills in regards to older children. Today I would like to shift the focus to our youngest visitors, from birth to 3 years old, who need a different type of support in developing the capacity to stick with something that is challenging, and cope with frustration.Learning with ...</p><a class= Continue Reading →

Ways to Combat the Winter Blues

It seems to be that time of year where we here in the midwest are beyond ready for winter to be over and the sun to come out. Here are a few of my favorite ways to keep your little ones engaged mentally and physically while having fun inside.

Homemade playdoh!
One of my all time favorite indoor activities will always be making playdoh. creating with clay in the Studio at DuPage Children's Museum in ...</p><a class= Continue Reading →

The Great American Solar Eclipse!

The Great American Solar Eclipse!

A very rare astronomical event is coming in 2017. The United States will be experiencing a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. To see the sky darkened by a total solar eclipse in the midwestern U.S., you had to be alive in 1919!

What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon “appears” to cover up the sun. What is really happening is the moon passes between Earth and the sun, and the ...

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Question, Predict, Try, Analyze, and Retry

Children are natural born scientists. When children discover why and how something is so, they are behaving like scientists. Discovering science, exploring science and applying scientific principles can happen anywhere, including play opportunities in the exhibits and programs at DuPage Children’s Museum. Our job is to ensure that your child has many opportunities to explore and experiment through play in the exhibits and programs at DCM.

The exhibits at DCM are thoughtfully and intentionally designed to promote critical thinking, ...

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Winter Break Is Upon Us

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 ...

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Brain Building through Repeat Experiences

Does your child have a favorite story that you now know by heart because they want to hear it read to them time and time again? Or maybe it’s a favorite game or toy. These requests are not to try our patience. Early experiences are incredibly valuable for a child and actually serve a developmental purpose. As a matter of fact, the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child at Harvard University tells us that early experiences ...

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Instilling a Sense of Giving

This time of year we hear a lot of chatter about giving back either by donating to charities, buying gifts for the less fortunate, volunteering at soup kitchens. While these are all important acts that I encourage you all to engage in and talk to your children about, I feel that if we are truly going to grow a generation of children who will genuinely make a difference, that we need to make a year round effort to instill ...

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This Season Give Toys that Teach

Toys are tools for the young. When chosen according to a child’s needs, wants, or interests they can inspire curiosity and creativity as well as foster motor development, problem solving, and thinking skills.

Here are a few tips to guide you as you choose toys that teach your child:

Which Toys for What Age?
According to NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), each child grows at a different pace, and knowing how your child plays or uses ...

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Books to Help Teach Kindness

As a continuation of last week’s blog, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite books that have an underlying theme of kindness, empathy, dealing with difficult feelings, respect for others’ differences, and other topics regarding friendship. By experiencing rich, often complex, well-developed plots and characters in books, children are better positioned to deal with conflict in their own lives. Children’s literature in general is an excellent way to facilitate conversations with children. Use open-ended questions ...

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Cultivating Kindness

Anyone who works with or has young children knows that they are driven by an innate need to understand how the world operates. Noticing and being interested in differences is one manifestation of this drive to learn. These differences can pertain to objects and surroundings but also to people from a physical standpoint and emotional as well.

As of late, a topic that has been at the forefront of my mind is that of teaching kindness, empathy, and an appreciation for ...

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