Supporting Language Development

Children’s museums are unique places that vary according to each organization’s individual guiding philosophies and missions. The range of focus is wide, spanning from science education to open-ended play exploration and a myriad of topics in between. One thing however, that seems to be consistent and often overlooked, are the ways in which museums support the other crucial areas of growth and development outside of specific content areas.

Today I want to draw attention to language development. Research shows that ...

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Why

Anyone who works with, takes care of, or parents children between the ages of two to four years knows that this is the age of ‘why.’ While this may very well press your buttons and seem like a testing strategy, these questions are actually an expression of how very young children are fueled by curiosity and innately driven to figure out how the world works.

Why questions are rich with possibilities to teach important concepts and skills, but even more important, ...

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Inventor Fair

Co-written by Michelle Gonzalez

Tinkering, making, and inventing are all hot topics in the world of early childhood these days, which fills my heart with joy. The ability to be creative in one’s thinking and approaches to solving problems, to create, carry out and revise a plan, are all things that children tend to do naturally. When we provide them with environments, opportunities and materials that stimulate and enhance these experiences, the adults in a child’s life are communicating ...

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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 notes by creating personalized paper. For ...

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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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