Playing with Light

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By: Alix Tonsgardlight table color

Last week in my blog about summer camp I touched on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning and how important cultivating innovation is for a child’s future success. For those of us who feel challenged in these areas, the thought of doing STEM at home can be extremely intimidating, but, really, it doesn’t have to be. Math and science are all around us, ...

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Summer Learnin; Had Me a Blast

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Summer Learnin’; Had Me a Blast
By: Alix Tonsgard, DCM Early Learning Specialist

DMC Science CampSpring has sprung, summer is right around the corner, and so begins the mad dash to register for summer camps, classes, and everything in between to keep our little ones busy! While for most families camp is a necessity either due to parental work schedules or as a sanity saver or, let’s be honest, both, ...

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Food, Glorious Food

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By: Alix Tonsgard

Raise your hand if the topics of food and meal times in your household stress you out. If you didn’t already know, you are not alone!bowl of carrots Between the ages of two and five it is common for children to display a fear of new foods, causing them to be cautious about trying things that are unfamiliar. While this might make us think they are being difficult or ...

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Bring in ‘da Noise!

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By: Alix Tonsgard

baby playing drums

In continuation of this month’s theme on all things sensory play, I thought we would take some time to explore hearing or auditory development. Babies typically have well-developed hearing at birth, but it takes time for them to understand and distinguish sounds as well as to learn how to respond accordingly. In a recent article Louise Parks discussed how hearing, communication, and language go hand-in-hand, stating ...

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Zen and the Art of Messy Play

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Zen and the Art of Messy Play: the significance of sensory activities
By: Alix Tonsgard

Childhood is often loud and messy, and while it may seem that this is the case merely to test our patience, it actually has developmental significance. Children learn best and retain the most information when they are actively exploring their environments as well as the materials in them in ways that engage their senses.baby with color water

The Sensory Stage By providing children ...

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Come Play with Us

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Come Play with Us! [email protected] Mall is Open!


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By: Alix Tonsgard, Early Learning Specialist at DuPage Children’s Museum

On February 6, we officially opened our home away from home at Westfield Fox Valley thanks to the generosity of Scott Samson, general manager and museum member, and the hard work of the DCM team! From the moment of the ribbon cutting, members and museum newbies have ...

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