Play Unplugged

As technology gives way to newer and greater forms of entertainment media, at the forefront of our minds should be how these advances affect the mind and body of those most vulnerable in our society: children. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ screen time guidelines, updated at the end of 2016, suggest that children under the […]

On Repeat

Does it ever feel like your child is stuck “on repeat”? He keeps doing the same activity over and over, whether it’s building a puzzle, singing a song, or drawing a tree. As an adult, you start getting bored and wonder: How is he still so excited and interested? It seems monotonous to an adult, […]

Material Exploration

Through their unique way of viewing the world, children can see potential in materials that may go unseen by adults. When given the time and space to explore a variety of materials children not only nurture their imagination but they cultivate their ability to express emotions and relate to those around them. This connection to […]

Curious Kids Club

Curiosity is a natural way of thinking for children. They readily question moments and experiences as they are happening. This eagerness to learning is something we encourage in our Curious Kids Club offerings. At the beginning of class, we open discussion about a topic by simply exploring it through questions. Children write down their questions […]

Fizzy Bubbles

Fizzy Bubbles is a simple science experiment combining the excitement of cause and effect with a sensory surprise. This experiment puts a fun twist on the common baking soda and vinegar reaction best known for making volcanoes. By adding a powdered drink mix such as Kool-Aid or Gatorade to the baking soda, as the reaction […]

Art Village

As the teacher preparing for an Exploring the Studio class, I reflected on how I could support children in discovering different ways to use art mediums while expressing their ideas and interests. I opened the class with the following provocation: “If you could create your own studio and be your own type of artist, what […]

Dream Dough

Dream dough is one of our go-to recipes at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota because of how easy it is to make and how fun it is to play with! The recipe we use only calls for two ingredients; however, feel free to add additional color with food coloring or glitter for sparkly dream […]

Supporting Creative Expression

Imagination is a powerful childhood tool. Freedom of creative expression encourages children to take risks and explore the endless possibilities of their imagination. Here are some ways to support children’s creative expression: Art Rich Environment – Creating spaces for art, music, dance, and dramatic play are important to children’s social and emotional development. Having an […]

Problem Solving and Perseverance

In our classes at The Children’s Museum of South Dakota, we try to show the importance of cooperation and acceptance of other’s ideas. So when talking about creating a Rube Goldberg Machine in a recent engineering class, we also talked about how creating a working machine can be difficult, requiring teamwork to achieve our goal. […]