Early Learning

Skill Builders: Lacing

Skill Builders: Lacing

Lacing skills are an important skill for young children to practice and develop. A great way to start is by teaching your little ones to string beads. These skills also are important as they are necessary for children as they begin to write and dress themselves. By...

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Family Friday 2021

Family Friday 2021

Family fun and engagement helps to support, encourage and inspire early learning for children. At the i.d.e.a. Museum, we support families as a child’s first and most important teacher! For Week of the Young Child, we have a few in-person activities in our HUB Gallery...

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Artsy Thursday 2021

Artsy Thursday 2021

Art is an integral part of the development of young children. It promotes creative expression, fine motor development, problem solving and even early math skills! During Week of the Young Child, we are planning a few special activities in our HUB Gallery near the...

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Work Together Wednesday 2021

Work Together Wednesday 2021

Wednesday's theme focusing on working together. When you work together, you learn social skills, teamwork and problem solving. You also develop language and communication skills because to really work together you need to talk to each other. We love building together...

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Tasty Tuesday 2021

Tasty Tuesday 2021

Tuesday’s delicious activities are tied to Week of the Young Child (WOYC), taking place through Friday, April 16. Tasty Tuesday is a fun day that’s about more than just food. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. Also, today presents...

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Music Monday 2021

Music Monday 2021

Love music? We do, too! We especially love seeing families play with our musical instruments as they walk up to the entrance of the i.d.e.a. Museum. It's a fun way to start your museum adventure. Today, as it's Music Monday - one of five themed-activity days during...

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Skill Builders: Construction Junction

Skill Builders: Construction Junction

Let's build! As your child becomes more comfortable with block play, add some challenges with interconnecting blocks. They'll learn/develop: Fine motor skills Following directions Cause & effect Elements of design and building Nurturing your child Some tips for...

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Skill Builders: Learning to use scissors

Skill Builders: Learning to use scissors

Learning to use scissors is an important skill for your little ones as they prepare to go to school. You can help by providing some activities that let's them practice their cuts and proper use, safety and following lines. Find scissor tips via Parents magazine....

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Skill Builders: DIY Mosaic Board

Skill Builders: DIY Mosaic Board

We are back with another post highlighting important school readiness skills! For this activity we have recreated one of the resources we use in our early childhood education programs, a mosaic board. Early childhood skills learned: Color and shape recognition Fine...

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Skill Builders: Building Blocks

Skill Builders: Building Blocks

Let's play with blocks! This activity is not only fun, but it helps your toddlers and preschoolers build skills needed for school. Among the things they learn:  Spatial reasoning Creativity Building 3-D structures To get started, all you need are some blocks - they...

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Skill Builders: Mosaic Art

Skill Builders: Mosaic Art

Let's continue building your preschooler's shape recognition with a creative activity that also reinforces fine motor and scissor skills and shape recognition. Getting started You'll need a few items likely around your home. Materials: Construction paper Scissors Glue...

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Artful Tales Experience: Ish Painting

Gallery Educator Monica shares a fun art activity that you can do at home. This one is inspired by the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds. It’s a process art activity, which essentially means you don’t follow step-by-step instructions. Instead, the focus is on exploring...

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