Early Learning

Messy Creations: Spray Paint Reveal

Messy Creations: Spray Paint Reveal

We’re sharing another painting method for your little ones - no paintbrush required - from our Messy Creations workshop. Before getting started, we recommend laying down some paper for unintentional messes. Also, smocks are always handy. If you don’t have one, try a...

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Early Learning: Shapes

Early Learning: Shapes

Learning shapes is a key part of preparing little ones for kindergarten. Find some helpful tips for helping your child recognize shapes from the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) website. The organization is a great resource for early...

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Messy Creations: Smush Painting

Messy Creations: Smush Painting

Painting can be a great way for your kiddos to create. But we know it can be scary because of the potential for big messes. That’s why we’re sharing a sensory painting method from our Messy Creations workshop that minimizes the mess for little ones, but it’s still a...

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Family Friday

Family Friday

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. As such, Friday’s activities are all about family. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers. You make all the difference. Start with...

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Artsy Thursday

Artsy Thursday

Think, problem solve, create! Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday, celebrate the joy and learning children...

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Work Together Wednesday

Work Together Wednesday

Today we explore working together on a project. We suggest building together! Why? When children build together they explore math and science concepts, and they develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any material to create. Some options...

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Tasty Tuesday

Tasty Tuesday

The delicious activities we’re sharing today are tied to Week of the Young Child (WOYC), taking place through April 17. Tasty Tuesday is a fun, food-themed day that’s about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills,...

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Music Monday

Music Monday

Love music? Week of the Young Child (WOYC) takes place in April, and communities in Arizona celebrate typically with a variety of activities to spotlight early learning and the educators who support the positive development of young children. Our efforts at the museum...

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Artful Play! Act & Giggle

Artful Play! Act & Giggle

A classic game featured in Artful Play! Games & Toys was a version of Charades made for little ones! We called it Act & Giggle. Charades is a good way to encourage vocabulary development in young children. With older children charades can be a fun and engaging...

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Story Time: The Little Red Hen

Story Time: The Little Red Hen

On this World Storytelling Day, we are sharing a classic story - a folktale told over time - The Little Red Hen. Take time to read it together. The Little Red Hen is in the public domain and considered a folktale, shared in an oral storytelling tradition over time. It...

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