Brain Building through Repeat Experiences - DuPage Children's Museum

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Brain Building through Repeat Experiences

December 15, 2015

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 can have a profound influence on a child’s brain architecture. In addition, repeating experiences or doing the same activities over and over can build a foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health.

Repeated play, learning, and exploration experiences can support the growing brain by:

    • Helping to stimulate flexibility, imagination, and inventiveness
    • Building confidence on familiar knowledge by allowing children to constantly reexamine understandings about their world


  • Engaging children in a learning process that includes making plans and carrying them out, reasoning and problem-solving, as well as interacting with others
  • Challenging children to construct new understandings based on new information
  • Providing a place where children can demonstrate understanding of skills and concepts
  • Offering opportunity to observe and participate in the perspective of others
  • Supporting intrinsic motivation to learn through a hands-on and interactive environment.


Repeat experiences are an important part of construcitivist learning theory – the foundation of which DCM is built up. We are very intentional in designing exhibits that support growth and development through repeated interactions. As a child grows and develops the ways that they will engage with our exhibits will change, and as a result the things that they will learn, change. What is something you have seen your child interact with differently as they have grown? Does your family have a lifetime favorite exhibit at the Museum? Share your stories with us – comment here or post on Facebook.