Instilling a Sense of Giving

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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

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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

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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

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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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What’s Happening in the Color Booth?

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At the Museum, we honor and celebrate children’s individuality and creativity in the opportunities we provide for them, but also by including their voices in what we do – whether that be the quotes on the hoops hanging from the ceiling in Creativity Connections or the art on display in the Good Show! Gallery. In the spirit of election season we decided to once again honor the voice of our visitors and hold an election of our own.

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Easy Chemistry To Do At Home

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In honor of National Chemistry Week, try the following experiments as an easy way to introduce chemistry to your little ones at home.

  • Bubbles
    Fill pie tins with a small amount of water and bubble solution or just pure bubble solution and let your child explore the properties of materials and how they change. This is an excellent open-ended introduction to science for the youngest.
  • Sink or Float
    Make and test hypotheses with your child and then classify the objects that sink ...
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National Chemistry Week is Coming Up!

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With the goal of building an awareness of chemistry for all ages, the American Chemical Society has declared October 16 – 22, 2016 as National Chemistry Week. The theme is “Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry.” Mysteries – what an interesting word. It brings to mind the unknown and seemingly unexplainable, or a puzzle yet to be solved. What does this mean for children?

In the preschool years, science is more about wonder and, yes, mystery. We encourage ...

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Power of Simplicity

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There is no doubt that parents, caregivers, daycare providers, and early childhood educators are under a tremendous amount of pressure these days to provide our youngest children with the highest quality of experiences in order to prepare them for the future. Naturally, our modern instincts lead us to look to what we perceive to be trusted sources for how best to support the development of our infants and toddlers even when doing something as seemingly simple as selecting toys. ...

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The Volunteer Spirit of Kiwanis

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By Dan Swick and Jessica Greenlaw
Historical contributions by Diane Ernst

At DuPage Children’s Museum we create an environment for all children to reach their full, unique learning potential through play in our hands-on exhibits of art, math, and science. However, we could not do any of this without some very dedicated volunteers. Community volunteers play a vital role in the success of the DuPage Children’s Museum. Great things happen when adults work collaboratively to give children the chance to learn, ...

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