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. […]

Seize the Play

The title for this blog, Seize the Play, is inspired by the well-known saying Carpe diem: seize the day. Seizing the day is known as making the most of each day. Therefore, seizing the play can be thought of as making the most out of play. Young children instinctively seize the play. They naturally seek […]